Acquiring a business – How not to do it (China Powerplus case)
By Level13  •  March 24, 2008
By: Level13 Investors need to evaluate motives for a merger in order to asses whether the newly formed entity is likely to create long-term value or not. There are numerous questions concerning motives for any merger that need to be asked and answered when evaluating the new company. Among others, investors need to know if a merger makes sense and what are the chances of the new company making it in the tough world of capital markets. On 15 January 2008, it was announced that JGL shall sell and Powerplus shall buy 50% of the fully paid ordinary shares of China Steel Australia held by JGL. Powerplus is currently in the process of acquiring 142,450,000 China Steel Australia shares from JGL, representing a 46.25% stake in China Steel Australia at the Consideration (RMB 155,302,000). The payment can potentially increase another RMB 11,419,000 if the audited FY2008 consolidated net profit after tax of China Steel Singapore Pte Ltd is greater or equal to RMB 48,000,000. Currently, China Steel is listed on the Australia Stock Exchange. In my point of view, this is a lousy acquisition. Below are the reasons: Read more...
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By Level13
Level13 is a 30 yr old guy who started investing about 4 years ago. He is a value investor who tries to buy a dollar note for eighty cents or less. Level13 Investor Creed "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of people who are above you. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in books. But after observation & analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it."

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