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Man Group GLG Merger

Man Group GLG Merger

Man Group Purchasing GLG Partners for $1.6 Billion

Man Group is paying a 55% premium on Friday's closing price to buyout GLG shareholders.  The hedge fund firm is trying to diversify its business so that it does not rely too much on its flagship AHL fund.  Man Group's share price took a hit from investors and analysts wondering whether the firm paid too high a price for the acquisition.
Man said it expected the acquisition to add to earnings in 2012. GLG’s founders, Noam Gottesman and Pierre Lagrange, and the co-chief executive, Emmanuel Roman, agreed to a lock-up for their shares for three years. They also agreed to swap their GLG shares for Man stock at $3.50 a share, well below the cash offer to other GLG shareholders.
“We have known Man for many years and can be certain that our two businesses are highly complimentary, both focused on delivering long-term performance but each with differing client bases and uncorrelated investment strategies,” Mr. Gottesman said in a statement.
Man said in March that profit before tax probably fell in the year until the end of March after the performance of AHL disappointed and funds under management declined in the fourth quarter.  Source


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