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What is Objective of Business Takeover?

Narendra Kumar

| Updated: Sep 11, 2017 | Category: NBFC

Business Takeover

In this article, we will discuss the objective of Business Takeover.

To effect savings in overheads and other working expenses on the strength of combined resources;

  • To achieve product development through acquiring firms with compatible products and technological/manufacturing competence, which can be sold to the acquirer’s existing marketing areas, dealers and end users;
  • To diversify through acquiring companies with new product lines as well as new market areas, as one of the entry strategies to reduce some of the risks inherent in stepping out of the acquirer’s historical core competence;
  • To improve productivity and profitability by joint efforts of technical and other personnel of both companies as a consequence of unified control;
  • To create shareholder value and wealth by optimum utilization of the resources of both companies;
  • To achieve economy of numbers by mass production at economical costs;
  • To secure advantage of vertical combination by having under one command and under one roof, all the stages or processes in the manufacture of the end product, which had earlier been available in two companies at different locations, thereby saving loading, unloading, transportation costs and other expenses and also by affecting saving of time and energy unnecessarily spent on excise formalities at different places and stages;
  • To secure substantial facilities as available to a large company compared to smaller companies for raising additional capital, increasing market potential, expanding consumer base, buying raw materials at economical rates and for having own combined and improved research and development activities for continuous improvement of the products, so as to ensure a permanent market share in the industry;
  • To increase market share;
  • To achieve market development by acquiring one or more companies in new geographical territories or segments, in which the activities of acquirer are absent or do not have a strong presence.

What are the Types of Business Takeover?

Business Takeovers may be broadly classified into three kinds:

(i) Friendly Takeover: Friendly takeover is with the consent taken by the company. In a friendly business takeover, there is an agreement between the management of two companies through negotiations and the takeover bid may be with the consent of majority or all shareholders of the target company. This kind of takeover is done through negotiations between two groups. Therefore, it is also called negotiated takeover.

(ii) Hostile Takeover: It is a kind of business takeover where an acquirer company doesn’t offer Target Company proposal to acquire its undertaking but silently and unilaterally takes pains to gain control against the wishes of existing management.

(iii) Bail Out Takeover: A Business takeover of the financially sick company by profit earning company to bail.

Out the former is known as a bailout take over. There are several advantages of a profit-making company to take over a sick company. The price would be very attractive to creditors, mostly banks and financial institutions having a charge on the industrial assets would like to recover to the extent possible. Banks and other lending financial institutions would evaluate various options and if there is no other go except to sell the property, they will invite bids. Such a sale could take place in the form of transfer of shares. While identifying a party (acquirer), lenders do evaluate the bids received, the purchase price, the track record of the acquirer and the overall financial position of the acquirer. Thus a bailout takeover takes place with the approval of the Financial Institutions and banks.

Procedures Involved in Business Takeover

  1. Appointment of Merchant Banker: [Regulation 3]

An acquirer shall have to appoint a category I merchant banker who is not associate of or member group of the acquirer or the target company before making a public announcement.

  1. Minimum Public Offer: [Regulation 21]

The acquirer has to make the public offer to the acquire the shares of the target company for a minimum of 20% of the voting capital. It should not be less than 20%.

  1. Public Announcement: [Regulation 14]

It is an announcement made by the acquirer through a merchant banker disclosing his intention to acquire a minimum of 20% of shares/ voting rights of the target company. Public announcement shall be made in one, English daily and one in a vernacular language daily newspaper circulating in the state where the registered office of the target company is situated and the stock exchange where the shares are most traded. The announcement must contain the details about offer price, a number of shares to be acquired from public, purpose, future plans, and details of acquirer and period of the offer.

  1. Opening of Escrow Account: [Regulation 28]

The acquirer shall open an escrow account for 25% of the consideration of offer size is less than Rs. 100 cr. and 10% for the excess of consideration above Rs. 100 cr., with a scheduled bank.

  1. Filing of Letter of Offer (LO) with SEBI [Regulation 18]

Within 14 days of the public announcement, a letter of offer must be filed with SEBI. The following should be filed along with the letter of offer:

  • A hard and soft copy of the public announcement made along with the cutting of newspaper in which advertisement has been published.
  • A filing fee of or bankers cheque as prescribed.
  • Due diligence certificate.

The acquirer shall within 14 days of the public announcement send a copy of draft LO to the target company and all stock exchanges. LO shall be dispatched to the shareholders within 21 days from submission to SEBI.

  1. Minimum Offer Price: [Regulation20]

LO must contain the minimum offer price. While determining the minimum offer price the following shall be considered.

  • Negotiated price between acquirer and shareholders of the target company
  • Highest price paid by the acquirer for acquisition of shares in a public or right or preferential issue during 26 weeks prior to the announcement whichever is higher
  • In case shares of the target company are frequently traded the average of weekly price during 26 weeks
  • In case shares of Target Company are not frequently traded book value, EPS, return on net worth etc. to be considered
  1. Other Obligations of Acquirer: [Regulation22]

A public announcement will be made only when the acquirer is capable of implementing the offer. During the offer period, the acquirer or persons acting in concert will not be entitled to be appointed on Board of the target company.

  1. Obligation of the Board of Target Co. /Merchant Banker: [Regulation 23 & 24]

After public announcement or offer the board of the target company, unless approved by the members at a general body meeting shall not sell, transfer or dispose of assets of the company or its subsidiaries or issue or allow any un-issued securities or enter into any material contracts. The Merchant Banker shall have to send a final report to SEBI within 45 days from the date of closure of the offer.

  1. Withdrawal of Offer/ Acceptance: [Regulation 27]

The shareholders shall have the option to withdraw acceptance given by him up to 3 working days prior to the date of closure of the offer. An acquirer shall have no option to withdraw a public offer made except under following circumstances:

  • Statutory approvals required have been refused
  • The sole acquirer being a natural person has died
  • Such circumstances as in the opinion of the SRBI Board merit withdrawal.
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Narendra Kumar

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