EFG-Hermes says fair price 30pc more than Beltone-New Egypt bid

June 28, 2014 - 10:42:27 am

CAIRO: EFG-Hermes said on Saturday an independent adviser had set its fair share price at 22.93 Egyptian pounds ($3.21), 30 percent higher than the price offered by Beltone and New Egypt Investment Fund for a stake in the investment bank.

The bid for a stake in the Egyptian lender could help to revive dealmaking in Egyptian equities after more than three years of stagnation following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

EFG-Hermes appointed Cairo-based HC Securities & Investment this month to evaluate the fair value of its shares and help shareholders decide whether to accept an offer to acquire a 20 percent stake in the bank at 16 pounds per share.

That offer runs until July 3.

"We see that the price offered... is less than the fair value of the share," it said in a statement.

Beltone and Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris are offering around $257 million for the EFG stake, with the offer document stating that EFG will also be granted the chance to take over the financial group that owns 17 companies specialising in investment and asset management activities among other operations.

EFG has said it does not consider it "economically viable" to accept the proposal to acquire Beltone Group.

EFG Hermes in 2012 agreed on a deal with Qatar's QInvest to spin off part of its assets to create an investment bank with operations spanning the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. But the deal fell through as did another previous Sawiris-backed offer.

EFG Hermes is one of the Middle East's biggest investment banks, with operations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman and Qatar.

The government of Dubai owned 11 percent of EFG Hermes as of the end of March, making it the biggest shareholder, according to Thomson Reuters data. EFG has a free float of about 67 percent. (Reuters)

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