Mexico's Femsa to buy Swiss store operator Valora for $1.15 bln in Europe push

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ZURICH, July 5 (Reuters) - Mexican bottler and retailer company Fomento Economico Mexicano (Femsa) on Tuesday offered to buy Swiss kiosk operator Valora in a 1.1 billion Swiss franc ($1.15 billion) deal as part of its push to expand in Europe.

Femsa, which had a total sales of more than $27 billion in last year, made an offer of CHF 260.00 per share, a premium of 52% to Valora's last closing share price, Valora said in a statement.

Valora said its board has recommended shareholders to accept the offer, which was supported by its largest individual shareholder with a roughly 17% stake.

Ernst Peter Ditsch is Valora's largest shareholder, with a 16.91% stake as of July 4, according to Refinitiv Eikon data.

The deal includes plans to speed up growth in Switzerland, Germany and other European countries where Valora operates convenience stores and food service, Valora said.

Credit Suisse is advising Femsa and is its offer manager, while J.P. Morgan is advising Valora on the deal.

The transaction is to be funded with Femsa's available cash on hand, the two companies said. The offer, which remains subjected to regulatory approval, is expected to close in end-September or beginning October. ($1 = 0.9600 Swiss francs) (Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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