Anglo buys up Tiny's pounds 91m Lonrho stake
Thursday 14 March 1996
Anglo American Corporation, the South African mining giant, yesterday signalled its interest in Lonrho's mining interests by paying pounds 91m for Tiny Rowland's 5.85 per cent stake in the mining to hotels conglomerate.
Anglo has also been given first refusal for 18 months of the 18.5 per cent holding owned by Lonrho chief executive Dieter Bock. If granted, this would give it effectively a controlling stake when Lonrho's mining interests are demerged later this year.
The deal, at 200.36p a share, sent Lonrho's shares 8p higher at 202p yesterday. It marks possibly the final bow for Tiny Rowland from the group he led in combative style for 33 years before the arrival of Mr Bock in 1992. The stake bought by Anglo represents the bulk of his remaining holding in Lonrho, which was sold to Mr Bock last Thursday under a put and call option. Mr Bock's company, Laerstate BV, passed the holding on to Anglo at the same price at which Mr Rowland exercised his put option.
Anglo has committed itself not to make a general offer for Lonrho ahead of the demerger. Thereafter, it could swap its stake in the non-mining side for Mr Bock's shares in the mining business. Analysts said the deal puts Anglo in a strong position to shut out other potential buyers of the Lonrho assets, including American Barrick Resources and Gencor.
- 1 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 2 Kate Moss: Previously unpublished nude photo revealed by Mert and Marcus
- 4 World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
- 5 Bad Jews poster 'censored' on London Tube
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
iJobs Money & Business
£13000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join ...
£25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A global leader operating...
£12 - £15 Hourly Rate: Jemma Gent: In this role you will report to the Head of...
£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This Pension Specialist was established early...