Kraft is expected to launch its £10bn-plus hostile bid for Cadbury today ahead of the deadline imposed by the UK’s Takeover Panel.
If the US food giant does not launch a formal approach by 5pm today, it will be forced to wait for at least six months before making another attempt at a takeover.
The panel issued its ‘put up or shut up’ order last month in the wake of an indicative approach from Kraft that valued Cadbury at 745p a share – around £10.2bn.
But the confectioner’s stock has fallen since then, with shares in Cadbury last week closing at 720p – valuing the Dairy Milk maker at £9.8bn. It was previously thought a bid of 800p per share would be required to secure a sale.
The Daily Telegraph reports that 10 banks have been lined up to provide funding for the bid, including RBS, Barclays Capital and HSBC.
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