Britvic Declines Carlsberg’s Second Acquisition Offer

Britvic PLC (LON: BVIC), the beverage company, confirmed on Friday that it had received a second takeover proposal from Carlsberg Group on June 11, 2024.

This cash offer valued Britvic shares at 1,250 pence each, following an earlier rejected bid of 1,200 pence per share submitted on June 6.

Britvic’s board, in consultation with advisors, unanimously deemed the revised offer to “significantly undervalue” the company and its future prospects. Consequently, the proposal was rejected on June 17.

Despite rejecting the bid, Britvic, which owns brands such as Robinsons, Gatorade, Lipton, and J20, expressed confidence in the company’s future and emphasized its commitment to shareholder value. However, they added that they will consider any future proposals based on their merit.

Carlsberg now faces a deadline of July 19, 5:00 PM, to either announce a firm offer or publicly declare its withdrawal from the acquisition process.

Britvic reported its interim results in May, with revenue for the six months ended March 31, 2024, increasing by 11.2% to £880.3 million. Its adjusted EBIT increased by 17.7% to £100.4 million.

The company noted strong consumer demand for its brands, with first-half volume rising by 4.4%. There was robust growth in all three of its business units, achieving revenue, contribution, and margin expansion.

“Our market-leading growth comes from the combination of another strong performance from our scale family favourite brands, coupled with accelerated growth in Brazil and across multiple new growth spaces, such as London Essence, Aqua Libra, and Plenish,” said Simon Litherland, Britvic CEO. “Looking forward, I am confident that we will deliver a strong full-year performance.”


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