Edinburgh: John Menzies rejects Kuwaiti takeover bid

HELLO and welcome to the AM Business Briefing, as Scottish airport services company John Menzies has seen its shares rocket after revealing it rejected a £469 million takeover approach from a Kuwaiti suitor.

Shares in the Edinburgh-based firm – which provides fuelling, ground handling, lounge and maintenance services – jumped more than a third higher after it said it had rebuffed a 510p-a-share unsolicited bid proposal from National Aviation Services (NAS).

The bidder is an aviation services provider in emerging markets, which has its headquarters in Kuwait and is part of the wider Agility Public Warehousing Co.


The proposal followed an earlier 460p-a-share possible offer previously made by NAS.

John Menzies said: “The proposal is highly opportunistic and comes at a time when the full impact of management actions is not yet reflected in Menzies’ valuation and underlying volumes have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.”

The latest approach from NAS marks a significant premium on John Menzies’s 335p-per-share closing price on Tuesday.

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