Corporate: Aurora is done playing nice with 8IP, launches full-scale war
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Aurora Funds Management has lost patience with 8IP Emerging Companies (ASX:8EC), launching a takeover bid this morning after spending the past year trying to roll its board of directors.
Aurora said this morning its subsidiary Aurora Dividend Income Trust would make an all-scrip takeover bid for 100 per cent of 8IP, at 75c per share, a 12 per cent premium on 8IP’s closing price on Thursday of 67c.
The bid, which values 8IP at $30.8 million, follows months of frustration from Aurora, which is a significant shareholder in 8IP.
Back in March last year Aurora called for a general meeting of 8IP shareholders, seeking to remove its three directors and replace them with Aurora directors.
It expressed concerns about a lack of share price traction and the riskiness and lack of returns of some of 8IP’s companies.
8IP shot back, recommending shareholders vote against all six resolutions, which led to Aurora agreeing to drop the resolutions to remove the 8IP directors.
When the meeting was held in April for the appointment of the three Aurora directors, two-thirds of 8IP shareholders voted against the motion, with 81 per cent of proxy votes received in advance against it.
Some five months later, Aurora decided to challenge the results of the meeting, but by March had dropped its case, with the Supreme Court of NSW ordering Aurora to pay 8IP costs of the proceedings.
Aurora currently has a 16.01 per cent shareholding in 8IP.
Aurora is yet to release its bidders statement and 8IP is yet to release its target statement. Stockhead has reached out to 8IP for comment.
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