By Ian Walker


Shares of AdEPT Technology Group PLC jumped 61% on Wednesday after the company said that it has agreed to a 50.3 million-pound ($60.6 million) takeover by Macquarie Group Ltd.

Under the deal, accepting shareholders of the U.K. IT services provider will get 201 pence in cash for each share held. The price is a 75% premium to AdEPT's closing price of 115.0 pence on Tuesday.

As part of the takeover the AdEPT board has agreed to cancel the 2.5 pence a share dividend that was outlined on Nov. 15, but will reinstate it if the deal doesn't go ahead.

"Whilst we believe that the AdEPT platform can deliver long-term growth and profitability, we also recognise that uncertainties and risks exist in the short to medium term which impact AdEPT's ability to optimise growth as a stand-alone quoted entity," Chairman Ian Fishwick said.

"Given the balance of future opportunities and risks, we are comfortable that the acquisition fairly recognises the medium-term prospects and growth potential of AdEPT as a standalone business and provides AdEPT shareholders with an immediate, certain and attractive value in cash."

Shares at 1509 GMT were up 70.0 pence at 185.0 pence.


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February 08, 2023 10:44 ET (15:44 GMT)

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