zondag 12 maart 2006

Struggling Center Parcs accepts £205m takeover

Center Parcs, the holiday village operator struggling with energy and labour costs, has agreed to a £205.4m takeover by the private equity firm Blackstone.

Center Parcs shares leapt 15% to 79.5p, 0.5p below the offer price from Blackstone, which has a history of investing in leisure ventures, including Legoland.

The price is 20p below the 2003 flotation level. The board said the firm faced "a number of material financial and operational constraints in the short to medium term". It had not had talks with other potential bidders. Investec Securities analysts said they did not expect a rival offer.

Bron: The Guardian


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