Sunday 24 October 2010

Is KRBS Takeover good for investors?

Read the details of the transfer to find out if the Kent Reliance KRBS take over deal is good for investors - that is investors in KRBS not investors in JC Flowers (JCF). I have no doubt at all that this deal has been structured to be an excellent deal for JC Flowers - a 20% return guarantee and up to 8% interest on their shares is something I think we would all like to have!

Whether the takeover deal is good for savers and investors in KRBS is another matter. The following extracts may be of interest - page numbers relate to the main Transfer Document.

(p63) KRPS will hold 59.9% and JCF 40.1%, The boards view is that significant adjustment is likely to be needed at the time of investment but is not LIKELY to increase JCF holding to more than 75%.

So they expect that JCF could own 75% of KRPS at the time of the transaction!! How on earth can they be proposing a transaction that they already know (expect/anticipate) will be exceeeded or changed as soon as it happens? Surely the transaction should include all relevant information up front rather than buried in the details at page 63.

Changing from KRPS owning 60% to JC Flowers owning 75% is more than a little change in circumstances especially when it happens IMMEDIATELY not at some unspecified point in the future!

At this point JCF can appoint the majority of directors and therefore control the company! So within a few months of the transfer, KRPS will have no control over the assets and bank that they created. Some deal for the Private Equity company!! I don't blame them, they are only doing the best by their shareholders and investors, but the management of KRBS are being seriously remiss with hiding these details.

By voting for this deal you are likely to have no windfall and no assets owned by KRPS (KRBS) within a few months. KRPS will be just like every other bank - no more mutual society owned by its members for their benefit.

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