Decision near in Evans & Tate-Yarraman takeover

Two months after Yarraman Winery first launched its bid to take over Evans & Tate a decision appears finally in sight.

Yarraman has put in an improved offer, valuing Evans & Tate at AU$148.3m (€89.3m). This has been accepted conditionally by Evans & Tate.

The two companies must now follow due diligence procedures and there must be a merger implementation agreement by 20 March.

On 20 February the E&T board said they would look to ‘verify the debt and equity commitments for Yarraman’s proposal as well as Yarraman’s forecasts.’

Yarraman’s deal includes paying AU$97.3m (€58.6m) to Evans & Tate’s bankers.

However, Yarraman’s latest results for the three months to 31 December 2006 show a loss of US$1,299.354 (€986.57) and total liabilities of US$8.96m (€6.8m).

In these latest results Yarraman has been obliged to raise ‘substantial concern about its ability to continue as a going concern’.

Evans & Tate retains the right to consider and accept an unsolicited and better offer.

Written by Jim Budd