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Deltic Energy sees largest shareholder back company in its takeover defence

Michael Spencer says the Reabold offer doesn't appropriately value Deltic and lacks rationale.

Reabold Resources - Deltic Energy’s largest shareholder backs company in its takeover defence

Deltic Energy PLC’s (LON:DELT) largest shareholder has backed the North Sea oil junior in its defence against Reabold Resources PLC's takeover advances.

Michael Spencer, via the IPGL (Holdings) Limited vehicle, does not intend to support the unsolicited takeover offer, according to a letter received by the company.

READ: Deltic rejects Reabold takeover approach

In the letter, Spencer meanwhile reiterated its continuing support of Deltic's management team.

Spencer details that the Reabold offer does not place an appropriate value on Deltic and “lacks any compelling strategic rationale, commercial logic or sufficient operational synergies.”

He adds that the offer “does not reflect the commercial and technical risks associated with the Reabold portfolio and their potentially dilutive impact on Deltic's own portfolio and prospects.”

Deltic last week rejected the proposed share-based takeover offer which, at 1.5 Reabold shares per Deltic share, was pitched at £12.3mln or 0.87p per share.

On July 16, Deltic said the offer places no value on its significant non-cash assets and 'not least its share of two potential high impact exploration wells with partner Shell'.

The offer does not even reflect its existing cash balance (£13.2mln), added Deltic, which said it also had concerns over Reabold's existing investments.

The takeover would see Reabold shareholders own approximately 76.2% of the combined group's issued share capital and Deltic shareholders approximately 23.8%.

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