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Murray & Roberts says withdraws Aveng merger proposal

M&R was reviewing the regulator’s decision to prohibit it from the potential merging.
Murray & Roberts dump deal to merge with Aveng. Picture: Moneyweb

South African construction company Murray & Roberts said on Wednesday that it had withdrawn plans for a potential merger with rival Aveng , saying there was “limited potential” for the deal to go through.

“The board will continue to evaluate the possibility of revisiting the potential transaction in future,” the company said in statement.

Aveng confirmed that it had received a formal notice from Murray & Roberts to terminate the proposed deal.

Murray & Roberts and Aveng had announced merger plans in May, but German investment company Aton, Murray & Robert’s biggest shareholder, opposed the deal.

Last week, Aton successfully appealed a decision by a South African regulator, allowing the deal to be blocked. Aton, which has a 25.4% stake in Aveng, submitted an appeal to the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) requesting TRP approval be overturned.

Read: Is this the end of M&R’s Aveng plan?

Aton and Murray & Roberts have been in a tug of war since March when the German company launched a takeover bid for Murray & Roberts that was rejected as poor value for shareholders by an independent board.

At 08:21 GMT, shares in Murray & Roberts were up 1.15% while Aveng’s shares were up 12.50%. 

 

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