TEL AVIV (Reuters) – PepsiCois in talks to buy Israel’s SodaStream International, whose machines make carbonated drinks from tap water, for $2 billion, the Calcalist financial newspaper reported on Thursday.
SodaStream, which also makes flavours, carbon dioxide refills and re-usable bottles, was listed on Nasdaq in 2010 and has a market valuation of $1.4 billion.
Estimates are that PepsiCo is willing to go even higher than $2 billion and might agree to pay as much as $95 per share, Calcalist said. SodaStream’s shares closed at $69.35 on Wednesday.
PepsiCo has already made an offer to buy SodaStream through Goldman Sachs, according to the report.
Officials at SodaStream were not immediately available for comment.
PepsiCo is interested in SodaStream’s potential to expand in the United States after its U.S. sales doubled in 2012, Calcalist said.
Calcalist also said SodaStream is checking its options for a deal with Coca Cola Cobefore moving into advanced negotiations with PepsiCo.
Global sales at SodaStream, which sells at upscale department stores such as Harrods as well as at budget chains like U.S. group Target Corp, have risen more than three-fold since 2009. The group booked sales of over $436 million last year, with net profit up 18 per cent to $44 million.
(Reporting by Tova Cohen)
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