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Canada's WSP to de-list Opus from NZX in January

Canada's WSP to de-list Opus from NZX in January after successful takeover

By Sophie Boot

Dec. 7 (BusinessDesk) - Opus International Consultants will de-list from the NZX in January, with its shares to be suspended from Dec. 11, after being acquired by Canadian listed consultancy firm WSP Global Inc.

In November, WSP announced it had crossed the 90 percent threshold needed to enforce mop-up provisions in its takeover bid for the local engineering firm and had received approval from the Overseas Investment Office. The compulsory acquisition process, which the company began on Dec. 4, will be completed on Jan. 10, after which it will de-list.

The Canadian consultancy mounted a takeover bid for Opus in August after extended negotiations with Malaysian Stock Exchange-listed UEM Edgenta Bhd, which owned 61.2 percent of the company. It lifted its offer price to $1.92 a month later to accommodate a dividend payment.

Three institutional shareholders - Accident Compensation Corp, Salt Asset Management and Aspiring Asset Management - who between them held 9.4 percent of Opus International - joined UEM Edgenta in signing a lock-up deal with WSP, meaning it started the process with acceptances totalling 70.6 percent.

Opus shares last traded at $1.81 and have gained 116 percent this year.

(BusinessDesk)

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