Friday, October 10, 2008

Warehouse bidders ready to lay money down

If you were reading the Share Investor Blog last Sunday you would have read my latest opinion over the long running The Warehouse [WHS.NZ] takeover saga.

I basically pointed out the news that came out today that The Warehouse have finally officially kicked their "Extra" format grocery stores into touch.

Personally I don't think The Warehouse gave the Extra format enough time and scale to succeed, at 3 years and 3 stores, though at least the cost of withdrawal will not be too cumbersome for the company and shareholders.

The focus now lay on what the two predators Foodstuffs and Woolworths Australia [WOW.ASX] will now do.

Late night meetings in both camps will be par for the course and we may see a bid next week subject to advice from legal counsel for the two companies and lawyers from the Commerce Commission.

Disclosure: I own WHS shares

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Related Links

Warehouse results

Annual Results 2008 - Audio Webcast

Audited Results for the financial year ended 27 July 2008.pdf (1MB)
Warehouse Corporate profile
2008 Interim Report -Discuss this company

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c Share Investor 2008

1 comment:

  1. Darren,

    I do notthink there wil be any bids until earnings are realised not just anticipated. In the current climate, current forecasts can be out the window in a matter of weeks. The perceived value of a company may change dramatically over a short period. Thus any bids would be foolish at this stage and I think woolworths and Foodstuffs both know this.


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