Adcock rebuffs Bidvest, prefers Chile deal
SA's second-largest drug company said Bidvest had not clearly articulated the benefits of its offer.
JOHANNESBURG - The board of South African drugmaker Adcock Ingram on Tuesday said it believed a $1.2 billion takeover bid from Chile's CFR Pharmaceuticals was still the best option for shareholders, rebuffing a rival offer from local company Bidvest.
Adcock, the country's second-largest drug company, said industrial conglomerate Bidvest Group had not clearly articulated the benefits of its offer.
Bidvest on Monday challenged CFR's $1.2 billion takeover bid for Adcock on two fronts - seeking nearly a third of Adcock's shares and launching a court order against the offer.
Bidvest had previously attempted to acquire a controlling stake in the underperforming drugmaker, but its original bid was dismissed by Adcock's board as "opportunistic".
If Bidvest is successful in raising its Adcock stake from four percent now, it could thwart the CFR takeover, which requires approval from holders of 75 percent of Adcock shares.
In a statement, Adcock said its board believed the CFR offer was still "the most attractive opportunity for Adcock Ingram shareholders to maximise value".
It said Bidvest had not clearly articulated the benefits of its offer to shareholders, or how it would manage "potential conflicts of interest".
It did not identify those possible conflicts of interest.
The company also said no legal proceedings from Bidvest had been instituted for now.