Trade Me Group Ltd. has just recently acquired a 26% premium takeover bid to their previous closing price.
Trade Me Group is New Zealand based online auction and classifieds business for cars, properties, jobs, electronics and many other categories.
I suppose you could say it’s a combination of SEEK Limited, REA Group Limited, and Carsales.Com Ltd for the New Zealand market.
It has received a preliminary, non-binding, indicative proposal from Apax Partners to acquire all the shares of Trade Me for a cash price of NZ$6.40.
The offer appears quite attractive to Trade Me as it has decided to engage with Apex and give exclusive due diligence until 12 December 2018 to facilitate a binding offer. However, Trade Me can engage with third parties if it receives other proposals.
There is no guarantee that this deal will go ahead. New Zealand investors seem to think there’s a decent chance it won’t go ahead considering it’s currently trading at NZ$6.06, which is 5.6% under the offer price. Nailed-on takeover offers normally trade at a discount somewhere around the annualised cash rate.
With Trade Me generating earnings per share (EPS) of NZ24.33 cents in FY18, this offer prices Trade Me at 26x earnings.
In FY18 it grew revenue by 6.6% to NZ$250.4 million and grew earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation by 6.2% to NZ$163.8 million.
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