Corporate: IP wars heat up as the billion-dollar bidder lifts offer for Xenith; QANTM has 3 days to counter
IP company Xenith’s (ASX:XIP) rich suitor has ponied up with more stuff, if not more money, and now it’s up to rival QANTM (ASX:QIP) to match it.
IPH (ASX:IPH) is now offering the equivalent of $2.15 a share to Xenith holders.
The new offer is for $1.28 cash and 0.1261 IPH shares valued at $6.90.
The old offer was the same amount of cash and 0.1056 IPH shares.
The ball is now in QANTM’s court to make a better offer than their merger of semi-equals, a ruse designed specifically to prevent IPH from taking over not Xenith, but QANTM.
The QANTM deal values Xenith shares at $1.598, and will give that company’s shareholders 1.22 QANTM shares for every one they own in Xenith.
IPH started out trying to buy QANTM IP (ASX:QIP) last year. That company turned to Xenith as a white knight — a friendly merger — only for IPH to buy 19.9 per cent of Xenith this year to block the merger, and is now bidding for it instead.
But in mid-March something changed: Xenith said it might be open to discussing IPH’s offer, coyly couching it as simply doing its duty by shareholders.
IPH sniffed the weakness and just over a week later Xenith postponed a shareholder meeting for investors to approve the QANTM merger in order to get a bit closer to the rival bidder.
IPH says its new deal gives Xenith shareholders a tiny bit more of a stake in the $1.4bn company after a deal is done.
Qantm has three days to make a better offer.
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