JOHANNESBURG - PPC is worth at least 43 percent
more than what Canada’s
Fairfax Financial Holdings has offered for the share component of its bid,
according to the holder of about 5 percent of stock in South Africa’s
biggest cement maker.
Value Capital Partners is among PPC investors who oppose the Fairfax bid for 2 billion rand ($145 million)
worth of shares at 5.75 rand each, the Johannesburg-based money manager said in
a October 4 letter to PPC Chairman Peter Nelson. PPC is valued at more than 10
rand a share, it said, without saying how it calculated that price.
“If the proposed transaction is placed before shareholders for a vote, we will
vote against it,” VCP Chief Executive Officer Sam Sitole said in the letter,
which has been seen by Bloomberg. “Our position would equally apply to any
current or future transaction that does not meet our fair value guidance. ”The
offer by Toronto-based Fairfax
was made on condition that PPC merges with local rival AfriSam Group Pty Ltd, a
tie-up that’s opposed by investors holding more than 25 percent of stock, Nelson
said on Thursday.
PPC has hired Investec to
review the Fairfax
approach, which also includes a recapitalization of AfriSam, and said last week
the bank could take “some time” to reach a conclusion.
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PPC shares traded 3 percent lower at 6.18 rand a share as of 1:23 p.m. in Johannesburg on Monday,
valuing the company at 9.8 billion rand. Investor hopes for a bidding war for
PPC faded on Friday when Dangote Cement , the continent’s biggest producer of
the building material, withdrew its interest. PPC has said a second, unidentified
industry rival has expressed an interest, but no offer has been forthcoming.
PPC and AfriSam have been in
on-off talks since February about combining their operations to strengthen
balance sheets and better expand on the continent. Fairfax didn’t respond to a call placed
outside office hours.