View the article online at http://citywire.co.uk/money/article/a877205
Home Retail rallies as Sainsbury's bid nears
Shares in Argos owner jump on reports suitor Sainsbury's could announce a takeover deal as early as tomorrow.
Update: Shares in Home Retail have rallied on reports suitor Sainsbury's is closing in on a deal for the Argos owner, and could announce a takeover as early as tomorrow.
Bloomberg said that Home Retail may ask the panel for an extension as talks continue over a bid of between 160p and 165p a share. The Guardian said leading investors in both groups were confident a deal had been reached at more than 160p per share.
Shares in Premier Oil (PMO) meanwhile gave up some of the morning's gains in a return to trading following its deal to buy E.ON's UK North Sea portfolio. But they remained strong up on the day, 85.3% higher at 35.3p.
The FTSE 100 was trading 35 points, or 0.6%, lower at 6,046, weighed down by miners amid disappointing factory data from China.
Premier Oil shares rocket on E.ON deal
(10:17) Shares in Premier Oil (PMO) have more than doubled in value after returning to trading following its deal to buy E.ON's UK North Sea portfolio.
The small oil explorer jumped 125% to 42.8p after the suspension of trading in its shares imposed last month was lifted.
Premier Oil announced the lifting of the suspension alongside its deal to buy E.ON's UK North Sea assets for $135 million (£95 million).
Analysts had hailed the deal when it was first announced as a means for Premier Oil to address balance sheet issues amid the backdrop of the subdued oil price.
Barclays analyst James Hosie said the deal was 'an important step in management's plans to reduce financial leverage'.
'Acquiring cash generative production assets and selling pre-development assets are two ways for an explorer and producer to address a sub-optimal balance sheet,' he said. 'Premier's agreement to acquire E.ON's UK North Sea portfolio follows its sale of its Norwegian business.'
Those likely to be celebrating the deal include Andy Brough, manager of the Schroder UK Mid 250 fund, listed by Reuters as Premier Oil's largest fund shareholder, and Nigel Thomas, Citywire AA-rated manager of the AXA Framlington UK Select Opportunities fund.
Smaller company shares were the day's biggest movers, with construction company Lakehouse (LAKE) more than halving in value, down 56.8% at 36.5p, on a profit warning. The company said it had been hit by a reduction in spending by social housing landlord customers.
The FTSE 100 was down 40 points, or 0.7%, at 6,043, with Prudential (PRU) among the biggest fallers, down 3.2% at £13.24 on news Michael Mclintock, boss of its fund management arm M&G, is to step down.
Mclintock will be succeeded by Anne Richards, chief investment officer at rival fund group Aberdeen Asset Management (ADN). Aberdeen shares fell 1.7% to 242.2p on the news.
BT (BT) was the biggest riser, up 3.1% at 500p after posting the best revenue growth for seven years in its latest quarter.
News sponsored by:
After Boris announced he was backing Brexit, sterling suffered its biggest slump in six years. Our Market Mavens discuss. Follow the Market Mavens LinkedIn page for weekly videos, in which our panel of industry experts share their views on financial news
More about this:
Look up the funds
Look up the shares
- Premier Oil PLC (PMO.L)
- Lakehouse PLC (LAKE.L)
- Prudential PLC (PRU.L)
- Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (ADN.L)
- BT Group PLC (BT.L)
- Home Retail Group PLC (HOME.L)
- J Sainsbury PLC (SBRY.L)
Look up the fund managers
More from us
- 'Are we missing something?' Shock Sainsbury's bid panned
- Home Retail soars as Sainsbury's reveals rejected bid
What others are saying
Tools from Citywire Money
From the ForumsForums are temporarily down for maintenance.
Weekly email from The Lolly
Get simple, easy ways to make more from your money. Just enter your email address below
An error occured while subscribing your email. Please try again later.
Thank you for registering for your weekly newsletter from The Lolly.
Keep an eye out for us in your inbox, and please add email@example.com to your safe senders list so we don't get junked.
by Gavin Lumsden on Jul 22, 2016 at 16:24