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Bang & Olufsen Reviewing Takeover Bid, Shares Rise More than 30 Percent

Nov 27, 2015 02:07 AM EST | By Jean-Claude Arnobit
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Bang & Olufsen Reviewing Takeover Bid, Shares Rises More than 30%
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Ole G. Andersen, the chairman of Bang & Olufsen A/S, a Danish maker of high-end stereo and TV, have confirmed in a statement that it has received an offer for a possible takeover and is reviewing this offer.

The announcement of the possible takeover has sent the company's shares soaring by more than 30 percent.

Andersen said in the statement that "the company has initiated a dialogue to investigate and analyse the firmness of these approaches."

"The ongoing dialogue may or may not lead to an offer for the whole or part of the issue share capital of Bang & Olufsen," he said.

He adds in the statement that the discussions provide "no certainty" on "whether a takeover offer will be announced at all."

"Bang & Olufsen will make further announcements if and when it is deemed necessary or appropriate," he said.

Reuters said that Bang & Olufsen's shares have soared 32 percent by 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

The rise in stock price has given the company a capitalization of approximately 3.2 billion Danish crowns, or about $455 million.

Reuters adds that Bang & Olufsen, who is known for its exclusive designs has been experiencing a loss for three straight years.

The company has received criticisms that its technology has failed to keep pace with its rivals.

Reuters adds that Bang & Olufsen also suffered from consumers switching to streaming more music and television shows on mobiles and tablets.

The company has reported a loss before tax of 803 million Danish crowns for the fiscal year 2014/2015, following a loss of 286 million Danish crowns a year earlier.

Reuters adds that Bang & Olufsen has sold its automotive division to Harman International Industries in March 2015.

Harman paid an upfront cash of about 1.17 billion Danish crowns as well as license payments at least 12.7 million Danish crowns a year for 20 years.

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