AOL’s bid is at a 10% premium to TradeDoubler’s closing price at the end of last week. Things are heating up as AOL said its bid is supported by the Swedish firm’s management. Looks like it’s time to go to work drumming up support among Tradedoubler’s other owners as Swedish takeover rules require the acquisition of two-thirds of a company’s stock for overall control.
AOL’s deal is conditional on approval from over 90% of TradeDoubler shareholders. Uh-oh.
In related news, Valueclick (VCLK) is surging on the news over speculation on AOL’s interest in Commission Junction, a unit with which it (as I see it) has a strained relationship. Not to mention Commission Junction’s faltering relationship with what could be its biggest client, eBay (EBAY).
Via ThoughtShapers reader and financial journalist, Daniel Mark Harrison.
The snub by Alecta, which owns a 10.01% stake, is expected to attract higher offers by rival firms, possibly Google (GOOG), Yahoo! (YHOO) or Value Click, which are interested in the high growth of European ad revenue from search.
Although AOL announced Tuesday it would not raise its bid, it will probably come in with a higher offer, says Mikael Laseen, an equity research analyst for Kaupthing AS, Iceland’s largest bank.
“We heard from TradeDoubler in December that they were talking to several buyers, one of which was obviously AOL” says Laseen. “The statement from AOL that they are reluctant to raise the bid is not unexpected; I think they are likely to raise the bid but it’s difficult to say by how much.”