Simon Thompson 

Takeovers, tenders and taking profits

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson

Takeover activity in my small-cap space has stepped up a gear or two in recent months. True, larger predators habitually pick off the market’s minnows, and my value-focused investment bias means that I am rarely the only one running a slide rule over a company’s investment case, albeit my strategy is to spot the value opportunity at an early stage when companies are well below the radar, thus maximising the gains. But it’s now getting ridiculous as no fewer than nine companies I have been following are either in the process of being, or have already been, taken over this year.

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