Oakfield plc, has surplus cash balances of £23 million which are currently invested in short term money market deposits. The company is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and the current share price is 785 pence. The Company’s growth is achieved by strategic acquisitions and the surplus cash available now is intended primarily for this purpose. The remit of the company’s acquisition committee is to identify possible acquisition targets, and the most recent recommendation made by the committee is the purchase of Bird plc, a small company listed on the (Alternative Investment Market) AIM. The shares of this company are currently trading at 370 pence. Bird plc operates in a different industry to Oakfield plc. Although Bird.plc is quoted, 50% of its shares
are still owned by three directors, who have stated that they might be prepared to recommend the sale of Bird, but they consider that its shares are worth £ 22 million in total.
The acquisition committee have provided the following industry data in support of their recommendation;
Average P/E ratio
Average dividend growth (last 5 years)
Average P/E of companies recently
taken over based upon offer price
The following economic data is available;
The current 3 month treasury- bill rate is 6% per annum, and the market rate of return is 14% per annum. The rate of inflation is 2.4 % per annum and is expected to remain at approximately at this level in the near future.
The expected effects of acquisition would be as follows;
Pre-tax advertising and distribution savings of £ 150 000 per year (at current prices) would be possible.
Some land and buildings of Bird plc would be sold for £ 800 000 (after tax).
50 employees of Bird would immediately be made redundant at an after tax cost of £ 1.2 million. Pre-tax annual wage savings, are expected to be