By John Smith • 29 July 2021 • 13:39
Takeover will affect Morrisons 110,000 employees
Credit: Morrisons Media Centre
THERE is some doubt concerning the feasibility of a takeover as Morrisons share price higher than value of offer by Fortress consortium.
A statement from Morrisons’ largest shareholder Silchester International says “it is not inclined to support” the £6.3 (€6.93) billion private equity-backed takeover deal for the supermarket chain.
Although the Morrisons board has recommended the deal, it has to be approved by 75 per cent of shareholders and Silchester owns 15.14 per cent so is in a very strong position to try to influence the outcome of the bid.
The offer on the table is £2.52p (€2.79c) per share plus a small dividend but it appears that the market believes this to be less than the company is worth as for more than a week the share price has hovered around £2.66 (€2.93).
In addition, the takeover would see a reduction in debt of £3.2 (€3.52) billion.
Silchester International said there was “little in the recommended offer that could not be achieved by the supermarket as a listed company” and added “Silchester encourages Morrisons’ board to allow more time to respond to other parties who might offer better value to Morrisons’ public shareholders.”
There is still the possibility that Amazon may step in to make an offer before the shareholders vote on August 16 and with new members joining the Fortress consortium there is also the possibility that it may be forced to increase its offer before the vote.
Some experts argue that Morrisons has undervalued its properties and therefore if it undertook a review, shareholders would see the value of the company increase considerably rather than let the consortium benefit.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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