It’s been a big start to the week for the Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd [ASX:CCL] share price, with the beverage company announcing a takeover offer and the release of Q3 2020 results.
CCL shares entered a trading halt on Friday stoking rumours about a potential takeover bid.
Today those rumours have been confirmed, which has sent the CCL share price upwards:
At the time of writing, CCL shares are trading at $12.29 per share, up $1.54 or 14.33%.
Deal branded as ‘opportunistic’
CCL emerged from its trading halt today, announcing a proposed takeover by Coca-Cola European Partners PLC [NYSE:CCEP] of $12.75 cash per share, less any dividends paid, for independent shareholders.
But some investors may think that CCEP are treating us as if we have very short memories.
Look at the five-year graph below:
CCL shares were trading around $13 in February, before the coronavirus pandemic punished sales.
Reece Birtles, chief investment officer at Martin Currie Australia, said the offer was opportunistic.
Are they right?
According to the Australian Financial Review there are a host of other analysts that agree the offer is opportunistic and undervalues CCL.
Trading volumes in Q3 2020 have sunk 5.4% on the previous corresponding quarter, resulting in a 4.2% drop in revenue.
What we do know is that the pandemic has exacerbated the long-term decline in sales of full-sugar soft drinks and bottled water.
Meaning an acquisition by CCEP could be the ticket to protecting the share price and its dividends.
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