Carbacid Keen on Acquiring BOC in Kshs1.2B Deal

Carbacid Investments is still keen on acquiring medical and industrial gas manufacturer BOC Kenya in the Sh1.2 billion deal that was agreed to before.

The carbon dioxide manufacturer told shareholders they are seeking to speed up the hearings at the Capital Markets Tribunal and the High Court to resolve the impasse that derailed the sale.

The company made an offer to acquire the shares of BOC Kenya.

One of its shareholders however filed an objection before the Capital Markets Tribunal and the High Court.

BOC’s former chairman Ngugi Kiuna, who holds a 7.6 percent stake in the company, filed an appeal at the Capital Markets Tribunal on March 2.

BOC Objection

He was objecting to the buyout which he says undervalues the Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed firm.

As a result of the objections, the offer has been suspended by the Capital Markets Authority.

Various steps are being taken to have the matter heard and determined so that a clear position can be established on the offer.

We shall keep you informed on the developments as is appropriate,” Carbacid told shareholders in the annual report.

The deal has now been delayed for over a year with fears it may collapse.

Carbacid Buyout

This is not the first time that a deal between the two companies collapse.

BOC had earlier tried to buy Carbacid in 2005 but the deal collapsed.

This was due to regulatory roadblocks according to Business Daily.

BOC’s main business lines are medical and industrial gases.

Carbacid, on the other hand, has a carbon dioxide business catering to producers of fizzy drinks.

The proposed transaction will result in the largest combined industrial gases business, bringing together Carbacid’s carbon dioxide operation and BOC’s oxygen and other gas products.

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