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Went to the HBOS AGM at the time of the LLOY takeover. I had shares in both. HBOS shareholders were angry and ready to lynch the directors for selling out too cheaply. They thought they were being swindled by a government stitch up, and to make matters worse, LLOY reduced the offer at the last minute. Strange times, LLOY thought they had a bargain at the time. HBOS shareholders imagined their bank was more valuable than the stodgy, safe, boring Lloy.
Court case began this morning https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/18/llyods-shareholders-mugged-by-2008-hbos-takeover-high-court-told Fairly factual report from the Guardian
To the institutions that essentially owned HBOS, along with Lloyds, it didn't really matter what value was ascribed to the valueless bank with its mountain of dodgy debts and legacy issues. They were still holding the same pack of cards after the takeover. That's the main reason the merger won the vote. It's only people like me that lost out, massively. Fools who thought they'd invested in a low-risk prudent bank. But you're right, HBOS should have been liquidated then taken over, not bought.
Almost one in five takeover announcements last year was preceded by suspicious or otherwise unusual share price movements, casting doubt over the Financial Conduct Authority’s efforts to stem insider trading. In its report for the year to the end of March, published yesterday, the watchdog said that 19 per cent of deals had been preceded by abnormal price movements in the two days before the announcement, the same as in 2015.
Had a quick look at Cobham. Not on my radar screen. Did not fill me with confidence - is it a takeover target? Bw may know.
It's only taken them 5 months broadwood - competition commission opening an inquiry in to Tesco's Booker takeover: http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-booker-group-m-a-tesco-idUKKBN18Q14S
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