Mar 9, 2022

Stagecoach agrees rival £595mn offer from DWS in blow to National Express

Stagecoach has received a rival £595mn cash bid from German asset manager DWS, scuppering National Express plans to combine with the Scottish bus operator and create a UK road transport giant. A fund managed by DWS Infrastructure said on Wednesday that it agreed to pay 105p in cash for each Stagecoach share at a premium of 37 per cent to its stock price a day earlier. The all share deal offered by National Express valued Stagecoach at about £470mn at the time of the bid in December. Stagecoach said that its directors have decided unanimously to withdraw from recommending the National Express takeover offer. "DWS Infrastructure will back Stagecoach to rapidly capitalise on the growth opportunities presented by increased public and private investment in UK bus and coach," said Hamish Mackenzie, head of infrastructure at DWS..

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