S&W Seed Company has acquired the assets and business of SV Genetics Pty Ltd., based in Queensland, Australia, a provider of proprietary hybrid sorghum and sunflower seed germplasm. The acquisition expands S&W's product portfolio by adding two complementary crops that are expected to provide diversification into higher margin opportunities while leveraging the company's existing infrastructure. S&W expects to realize various synergies within its alfalfa production, distribution and research capabilities while also benefitting from licensing agreements that SVG has in place across the world.
Over the last decade, SVG's breeding program has developed a portfolio of both forage and grain sorghum seed varieties, as well as hybrid sunflower seed varieties, that out-yield commercial competitors in trials in key markets across the globe. SVG currently licenses its proprietary seed genetics (and sells parent seed) to local-market production/distribution partners.
The licensees produce hybrid seed using the SVG genetics and pay SVG a royalty on the seed produced and sold. S&W believes that hybrid sorghum and sunflower can be sold into S&W's existing distribution channels, while providing a significant opportunity for S&W to expand its distribution of alfalfa seed products into new markets, including Eastern Europe and Russia, where SVG already has a presence.
Mark Grewal, president and chief executive officer of S&W Seed Company, commented, "Adding hybrid sorghum and sunflower to S&W's proprietary germplasm portfolio is consistent with our strategy to be the world's preferred provider of seeds for forage and specialty crops. We see a significant opportunity to leverage the worldwide research, production and distribution platform we have built in alfalfa with the addition of hybrid sorghum and sunflower.
"The acquisition of SV Genetics and its high quality proprietary sorghum and sunflower seed varieties, customer base and research program, provides us with an entry into two new large addressable markets. We also see the potential to expand SVG's products into new markets using our existing global distribution channels. We look forward to continuing to leverage the assets of S&W to drive value on a go forward basis."
Grewal continued, "The management team of SV Genetics brings tremendous added value to our existing team. Alan Scott and Dave Holman are highly experienced seedsman who have spent years developing and bringing to market some of the highest yielding sorghum and sunflower seed varieties in the world."