Carfinco gets a Spanish bid

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CARFINCO FINANCIAL GROUP $11.35 (Toronto symbol CFN; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative) (1-888-486-4356; www.carfinco.com; Shares outstanding: 26.5 million; Market cap: $299.7 million; Dividend yield: 4.2%) is the subject of a friendly takeover bid from Banco Santander of Spain (ADR symbol SAN on New York). The offer is for $11.25 a share in cash. Carfinco will also pay a special dividend of up to $0.10 a share when the deal closes. Carfinco is now trading at $11.35, which is equal to the value of the cash and special dividend. Carfinco’s directors and executive officers, who collectively own 12.9% of the company, have agreed to support the deal. However, Carfinco could attract a rival bid, or significant shareholders, such as mutual funds, could hold out for a higher offer. We’ll say more as the takeover progresses, but for now Carfinco is a hold. hold…

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