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Morrison (wm) Supermarkets Plc LSE:MRW London Ordinary Share GB0006043169 ORD 10P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 286.40 286.60 286.70 - 0.00 01:00:00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Food & Drug Retailers 17,598.0 165.0 4.0 71.8 6,902

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Supermarket shortages may last 'FOREVER': Food and Drink Federation chief gives stark warning that the days of shoppers getting anything they want are 'over' - as farmer says crisis is 'killing small business'
That is anyone below team leader ranking
I spoke to an employee friend today,he said mrw are asking for voluntary redundancies,you cannot believe this shower of a company.
"Morrisons bidding war overshadows disappointing interims."-Proactive Investors, Thur, 9 Sep 2021, 7 hrs ago. "...unlikely to dampen the buying interest from private equity rivals, CD&R and Fortress and the formal auction later this month is likely to see the BIDDING TOP 300p level, said independent retail analyst Nick Bubb." To read, call up the title for all the details.
How will PE operate the business more efficiently than the current management? What exactly is it they will do differently to maximise profit potential? Probably nothing much since as already stated it is really all about the property assets. Still sitting on the sidelines is Amazon who might actually be interested in the grocery and food manufacturing aspect of the business. Of course that doesn't mean Amazon have to own the business since PE will still want to maintain them as customer. Today's report mentions "'Morrisons on Amazon' now expanded to over 60 towns and cities, covering 60% of the British population and accounting for more than 10% of sales in the majority of stores offering the service. We are also supplying the new Amazon Fresh UK stores."
"No interim dividend declared given offers from CD&R and Fortress" The exec appear to be fully committed to a takeover, the CD&R offer even allowed for interim dividends stating that they would just be deducted from the offer price.
I've SOLD !
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285 achieved... 3xx still on. Starting to feel xxy
"Morrisons bidding war to be decided on a dramatic auction showdown."-This is Money, 13 hrs ago. [Daily Mail] "Bidding war for Morrisons to be decided in auction showdown within weeks."-Retail Gazette, 1 hr ago. Mon, 6 Sep 2021 To read and check, kindly type the above titles into the search engine.
Having reviewed Supermarket Income REIT presentation and what they do with their Supermarket freehold, I haven't heard much about what CD&R or Fortress could do similar. All you hear is about how these companies what to buy morrisons, then sell the freehold to make it work financially. That is probably true, but what they can also do is make the assets more valuable and obtain other income streams. With supermarkets come car parks - and usually too much spaces for what is needed moving forward. If these private equity companies could squeeze a drive-thru costa coffee/ Mcdonalds etc on this under-use land on a few sites then suddenly they can bring rental income which will just do directly to the bottom line and into their bank accounts. We all know Morrisons has alot of freehold property, but unsure what % of these would suit the plan outlined above.
Confirmation came out yesterday that Morrisons are moving to the FTSE 100 with effect from 20th September: Https://
Separate court and general meetings for shareholders to vote on both the Fortress and CD&R offers have now been scheduled for 5 October.
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I don't see why they want to buy Morrisons.. Where are the new owners going to get much additional growth from it in such a highly competitive business sector, for that amount of money?.(Lidl and Aldi investing in UK ), Is the Government getting the assurance that the purchaser will not cash in Morrisons freehold shops,then leaving Morrisons to pay the new owners of the freehold rent on its shops?(that stunt helped to bankrupt Debenhams)
Trustees of Morrisons’ pension schemes have broken cover to warn that a £7bn private equity takeover threatens to “materially weaken” their financial position, and demanded additional security over some of the supermarket’s assets. Trustees who represent the schemes’ 85,500 members are concerned that they will be outranked by lenders who are helping fund the takeover should the supermarket hit trouble – meaning pensioners would have to wait for banks to be repaid first during a crisis. They are also worried about the cost of servicing that debt burden , as well as future corporate activity including refinancing and restructuring. Steve Southern, the chair of trustees for the Morrisons Retirement Saver Plan and the Safeway Pension Scheme, said more protection was needed and they wanted it to be in place before shareholders vote on the deal. Unlike many company schemes, the two pension funds, which are closed to new members, are in surplus. They benefit from security over some of the company’s large freehold property estate. However, they do not have enough money to buy annuities for their 85,500 members, with the cost of doing so estimated to be £800m on a windup basis, the trustees said. The current funding arrangements would allow them to complete this task within a decade. While this “buy out” deficit remained, they said, the schemes were dependent on the Morrisons business for support, and if it were to go bust they would be an unsecured creditor. Whether it was an offer from CD&R or Fortress that succeeded, without additional protection the change in ownership would weaken the company’s ability to support the schemes, the trustees said in a lengthy statement. Pensions have become an increasingly sensitive area in takeovers, after high-profile scandals such as Sir Philip Green’s £1 sale of BHS which left a huge hole in the department store chain’s pension scheme. He later paid £363m to make it good. The trustees had been in talks with Fortress since last month when the grocer’s board backed its offer for the company. However, the board has now switched to CD&R and as yet they have not had the same opportunity to hold discussions with the buyout firm, although an initial meeting has taken place. In a statement CD&R said that if its takeover was successful the pension rights of all of Morrisons’ management team and employees would be “fully safeguarded”. It described it first meeting with the trustees as a “positive discussion” and said it accepted that they would want to discuss providing additional security to the schemes through an appropriate mitigation package. “Given their position as important stakeholder in Morrisons, CD&R looks forward to further positive engagement with the trustees and to providing the appropriate support to the schemes and its members,” it said. The trustees said they wanted to agree an appropriate mitigation package – which would be likely to focus on signing over the rights to more of the company’s property – with CD&R as soon as possible. They would also demand the same concessions from Fortress should it continue to pursue an offer for Morrisons. John Ralfe, an independent pensions consultant who has previously advised Morrisons on its pension schemes, said the trustees were “doing the right thing in asking for cash or security to protect the position of members”, and suggested the figures involved would not be a dealbreaker. “The schemes are in good shape, so the buy out deficit is only £800m, not large in the context of the CD&R offer,” he said. “CD&R should get out their chequebook and pay some or all of this.”
The whole food retail sector now alight
Morrisons has reportedly lined up the former Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy as its next chairman, as the supermarket’s takeover war continues. Leahy is in pole position to fill the role due to his retail nous and previous track record at discounter B&M, The Telegraph reported. He is being lined up as the next chairman of Morrisons if the £7 billion takeover offer from US private equity firm CD&R is successful. Leahy is also a senior adviser at CD&R. B&M chief executive Simon Arora reportedly had a good working relationship with Leahy when he was chairman of the discounter, which led to a fruitful exit for CD&R after it floated the chain on the London Stock Exchange. The same would apply to Morrisons chief executive David Potts, who used to work with Leahy at Tesco. Morrisons denied that Potts would be opposed to working for Leahy again, despite rumours. A clear out of the non-executive directors is also on the cards, which is standard practice after a takeover deal. Two CD&R executives who are working on the Morrisons deal – Marco Herbst and Gregory Lai – could take a place on the supermarket’s board. Leahy was at the helm of Tesco for 14 years as chief executive, overseeing a period of rapid growth, before retiring in 2010. He would replace Andrew Higginson, Morrisons’ current chairman, who joined in 2017.
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There is also the still the slight potential that a major retail group could enter the fray with an offer. Morrisons has a long-standing partnership with US online retail giant Amazon, with Morrisons selling groceries through its online platform in the UK. Amazon has also boosted its bricks-and-mortar retail business in recent years with its acquisition of Whole Foods in 2017 and its recent launch of three Amazon Fresh till-free stores in London. AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould said: “Strategically, Morrisons has cemented an important relationship as a key supplier and partner to Amazon, and to McColl’s convenience stores. “Amazon has long been touted as a potential buyer for Morrisons to help give it a much stronger foothold in the UK grocery markets so that’s an obvious name to watch.”
As things stand, a shareholder vote on CD&R’s 285 pence-a-share bid won’t happen until October. If Fortress opts to return with an even higher offer, as Morrisons’ 292 pence share price on Friday morning seems to suggest, the process could drag on even further, especially as CD&R might counter-bid again. Handily, the UK’s Takeover Panel has an alternative to this sort of bid-a-thon, which might seem good for shareholders but is bad for businesses as managers spend months obsessing over M&A instead of running their companies. Calling on bidders to participate in an auction, as recently happened with Carlyle and Philip Morris International’s pursuit of Vectura, can break the cycle. The panel can probably force the issue towards the end of September if both sides remain at loggerheads. Morrisons’ board could call for such a circuit-breaker sooner. While that might seem against its price-maximising interests, it could still be a good idea. CD&R may be able to juice its returns by using an undivulged amount of preference shares. It might also grow Morrisons’ top line by parachuting ex-Tesco boss Terry Leahy in as chairman. But further bidding will naturally lower returns and increase the chances of buyer regret. There’s an argument for putting everyone out of their misery.
Correction: bid!
As a new bud has been officially announced via the market this morning, there will be a new timetable announced. It may have already been announced in the RNS. Forget about 5pm today.,,. That is yesterday's chip paper
MORRISONS TAKE-OVER In the last extension, the deadline was 5pm, Fri, 20 Aug 2021. A higher bid has been forthcoming by CD & R at £2.85 last night. The share price is £2.91 or there about currently. Whilst Fortress has said not to do anything, nevertheless, will they seek an extension BEFORE 5pm, Fri, 20 Aug 2021 or make a counter bid? It was rather unclear as to the procedural as they did not say?
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