The Competition Commission (Commission) has approved two
transactions whereby Oceana Group Limited (acting through
subsidiary companies) (Oceana) is to acquire interests, shares and
assets in the fishing and cold storage industries. The approval of
both transactions are subject to conditions related to employment
in the fishing transaction and access to cold storage facilities in
the cold storage transaction.
Oceana acquired interests, shares and assets in the fishing and
cold storage industries from companies within the African Marine
Products (Proprietary) Limited (AMP) group, Phambili Fishing
(Proprietary) Limited (Phambili) and Bato Star Fishing
(Proprietary) Limited (Bato Star).
The fishing industry, and Oceana in particular, has come under
close scrutiny by the competition authorities. This follows the
recent investigation by the Competition Commission (Commission) of
Oceana in relation to the pelagic fishing industry; which has been
The main transaction involves the sale of fishing interests,
businesses, shares and assets from different companies within the
AMP group, Phambili and Bato Star. The various acquisitions were
made in respect of the sole, hake, south coast rock lobster and
horse mackerel markets. This transaction also falls under the
jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries (DAFF) and, in addition to competition endorsement, is
subject to approvals by the DAFF.
The second transaction, which was a related but separate and
divisible transaction, constituted a small merger and involves the
acquisition by Oceana's subsidiary, Commercial Cold Storage
(Proprietary) Limited (CCS), of the cold store business of V&A
Cold Store (Proprietary) Limited (V&A). V&A's cold
storage facilities are located at the Cape Town quayside while CCS
owns and manages public refrigerated warehouse facilities in the
main industrial centres and harbours of South Africa.
The total value of the transactions amounts to ZAR200
The mergers were approved by the Commission subject to conditions,
which in the case of the fishing transaction related to employment,
and in respect of the cold store transaction concerned access to
cold store facilities. The parties have requested that the
Competition Tribunal consider the appropriateness of the cold store
conditions. The transaction is still subject to the approval of
other regulatory authorities, including the DAFF.
Webber Wentzel acted for the merging parties.
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