Energy Africa says Petronas takeover fails

Small South African oil firm Energy Africa said on Friday a hostile takeover bid by Malaysia’s Petronas had failed after an insufficient number of minority shareholders accepted the offer.

State-owned Petronas needed 90% of minority shareholders in Energy Africa to accept the R1,6- billion rand offer to take over the company in full.

From the outset, the board rejected the offer—at R45 a share—as too low, although it said earlier this month it believed holding shares in the company represented a bigger risk than accepting the offer or selling the shares.

However, it said it could still not recommend the offer.

Energy Africa was trading at R43,75 on Friday, down 0,6% in a firmer broad market.

Majority shareholder Petronas—with a 65% stake—had only received offer acceptances for 0,1% of Energy’s Africa’s issued share capital, the South African firm said.

“Since Petronas did not obtain acceptances for 90% of the shares subject to the offer, it will not be able to acquire compulsorily those shares which it does not already own,” Energy Africa said in a statement.

A mystery buyer has acquired around 11,6% of the company since the bid was made in September—enough to scupper the deal. - Reuters

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