Highland Gold and Hastings Group strike gold with billion pound offers

Highland Gold and Hastings Group strike gold with billion pound offers

On 5 August 2020, Finnish insurer Sampo plc, and South African Rand Merchant Investment Holdings Limited (RMI) announced that they have agreed on the terms of a recommended cash offer for FTSE 250 company Hastings Group Holdings plc.

The offer values the company at £1.66 bn – a 37.5 % premium to the volume-weighted average price of 182 pence per Hastings share for the three-month period ended 28 July 2020. The offer also represents the highest deal value for public M&A activity in 2020 so far, the one transaction already pushing the aggregate deal value for August higher than all 5 firm offers announced in July 2020 combined, despite the fact that July also saw an offer in excess of £1 billion. On 31 July, Cypriot company Fortiana Holdings made an offer for one of Russia’s leading gold miners, Highland Gold Mining, valuing the company at 1.09 billion dollars.  This comes after Fortiana, a company majority owned by Russian businessman Vladislav Sviblov,  purchased a 40% stake in Highland Gold at a price of £3 per share, triggering a mandatory offer under Rule 9 of

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