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Briscoe offer for Kathmandu lapses

BriscoesBriscoe Group’s offer for outdoor clothing retailer,┬áKathmandu Holdings, has lapsed after attracting a paltry 2.27 per cent of acceptances.

Briscoe, controlled by managing director Rod Duke, opted not to increase its offer, which amounted to $NZ1.80 a share in cash and scrip.

Before the offer was made, Kathmandu shares had traded at $NZ1.39 on the NZX.

They fell about two per cent to $NZ1.50 on Friday morning.

The Kathmandu board rejected Briscoe’s offer saying it undervalued the chain, adding it had been valued at between $NZ2.10 and $NZ2.41 a share by Grant Samuel’s independent assessment of the offer.

Briscoe’s stake reverts to 19.9 per cent, the most it can hold without making a full takeover.

Briscoe stock last traded at $NZ2.99.

Kathmandu last traded on the ASX at $A1.31, down 8.00 cents or 5.76 per cent.

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