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Bonmarché execs sell shares to Philip Day

By Huw Hughes

2 Jul 2019


Top execs from Bonmarché have sold their stakes to Edinburgh Woollen Mill owner Philip Day just weeks after the UK retailer advised shareholders to ignore his takeover bid.

Chief executive officer Helen Connolly, chief financial officer Stephen Alldridge, and senior independent non-executive director Ishbel Macpherson have all sold their shares to the retailer’s majority shareholder just days after Bonmarche’s third-largest shareholder, Cavendish Asset Management, sold off its 10.8 per cent stake in the company.

In April, Day bought a new stake in Bonmarché via his Dubai-based investment firm, Spectre, giving him a 52.4 percent in the retailer, and by doing so triggered a mandatory takeover bid. At 11.445p per share, the offer valued the chain at 5.7 million pounds.

Bonmarché’s board of directors initially advised shareholders to reject Day’s offer which they said “materially undervalues Bonmarché and its prospects”. Last week however, following poor trading in the first quarter of the new financial year, the company took a U-turn and advised its shareholders to accept Day’s offer.

In a statement the company said: “The increase in uncertainty that has developed reflecting the trading and financial position of the business during the first quarter of the financial year makes the certainty represented by the offer potentially more attractive in the short term.”

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