Friday, October 03, 2008

Scangroup Sellout Part II

More details on the Scangroup sale of a controlling stake to the WPP Group (UK) are out now. The mechanics will involve:

- Investment of Kshs. 1.325 billion [~$18.2 million] into Scangroup (with Kshs. 400 million for working capital, Kshs. 650m for acquisitions, and 30% for in-house improvements including new ‘office space’)
- Existing shareholders approving increase in share capital from Kshs. 180 million to 240.7 million [~$3.82 million]
- Creation of 60.7 million new shares which will be offered to Cavendish Square Holdings (WPP subsidiary) at Kshs. 22 per share (Scangroup currently at 28.50). This will dilute existing shareholders stakes by about 8% each
- WPP get the right to nominate two directors and are locked in till 2012
- WPP will become largest shareholder at 27.5% followed by MD Bharat Thakar 20.6% and chairman Andrew White 11.93%
- Retail bail?; scangroup now has about 39,000 shareholders, down from 44,000 earlier this year


Miztaguugs said...

This story is similar to Unga/Seaboard story,a new order of the day:sell a crown jewel to a foreign wild card,dilute our shareholding,new BoD,then earnings will be improved,next time we sell more stake to them...

new world order,huh?

coldtusker said...

Unga was in big trouble when they sold to SeaBoard...

WPP sees value here & they are in at 22/- vs 28.50... normally there is a premium but in this case they are getting in cheap(er).

ScanGroup is the top PR+Ad firm in E.Africa... but with WPP perhaps it will grow in all of Africa


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