Hedin Group could possibly be sizing up second Pendragon takeover bid

Hedin Group could possibly be sizing up second Pendragon takeover bid


Swedish automobile retailer Hedin Group could possibly be lining up a second takeover bid for Pendragon after having an preliminary £400m supply rejected, it has been reported.

Sky Information reported that the group, whose proprietor Anders Hedin turned the AM100 group’s greatest shareholder again in October, tabled a suggestion value 28p-per-share “a number of weeks in the past” solely to see it rejected.

Whereas neither social gathering would touch upon the transfer, the information retailers advised {that a} follow-up supply may now be on the playing cards.

This morning (March 21) shares for Pendragon had been valued at 25.8p, their highest degree since April 2019 and a near-four-fold rise from 5.2p at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Anders Hedin elevated his stake in Pendragon to only over 25% of voting rights 5 months in the past.

His funding firm, Anders Hedin Make investments, now holds greater than 350 million shares in Pendragon, making it Pendragon’s largest shareholder.

The Sweden-based Hedin Group operates greater than 120 dealerships in Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland, and in January final yr appointed former Pendragon chief govt Trevor Finn as a non-executive director.

Privately-owned, Hedin is an acquisitive group, and has added a number of companies in mainland Europe lately.

Commenting on his elevated Pendragon funding again in October Hedin, who had beforehand criticised the bonus fee of Pendragon chief govt Invoice Berman, stated: “Since Hedin Group first turn into a shareholder in January 2019, we’ve got supported Pendragon in its mission to regain its place because the main automotive retail enterprise within the UK and we’re happy with the optimistic steps the corporate has taken this yr.

“Administration’s technique and the current appointment of an impartial chairman are encouraging developments from which optimistic momentum may be constructed.

“We’re supportive of the administration and appears ahead to work constructively with the board to proceed with Pendragon’s success, to the profit all stakeholders.”

Pendragon has elevated its revenue expectations for 2021 by an additional 14.3% at the beginning of December after continued automobile purchaser demand powered it to a different efficiency improve.

The group stated that, within the first two months of This fall, a lower-than-expected shortfall in new automobile deliveries and powerful margins throughout its automobile gross sales had resulted in a rise in anticipated year-end underlying pre-tax income from £70 million to £80m.

It was the group’s fourth revenue improve of 2021, following earlier bulletins in June, July and October.


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