05 June 1998
Dalgety buy-out examined
LAST months buy-out of Dalgety by directors in reality cost £110 million, not the £50m lauded in the headlines of newspapers, according to The Financial Times.
A case study of Dalgety is published in the papers Private Equity – The Buy-Out Market supplement. It says the £50m was just the sum the parent companies shareholders received for their ownership rights.
The true cost of acquiring the business, whose £1bn annual turnover represents nearly a third of British agriculture, was in fact £110m.
- Financial Times 05/06/98 page VI (Private Equity- The Buy-Out Market supplement)