Sydney Airport (ASX:SYD) slams down $22b takeover bid

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by Melissa Darmawan

The nation’s largest airline hub Sydney Airport (ASX:SYD) slammed down the rubber duck stamp to reject the $22 billion takeover bid from a consortium of infrastructure investors.

The Sydney airport board said it was “not in the best interests of securityholders” and provided a raft of reasons why.

The rejection notice followed from their announcement last Monday, 5 July as investment managers of QSuper, IFM Investors and Global Infrastructure Management known as the Sydney Aviation Alliance approached the airport giant to lobby its bid.

The $30 billion enterprise value bid including debt was not attractive to the board after the consortium offered $8.25 share, a 42 per cent premium to the stock's closing price on 1 July.

The board believes the bid is “opportunistic” with the offer below the Sydney Airport share price pre-pandemic.

Shares in Sydney Airport (ASX:SYD) are trading 0.1 per cent higher at $7.81.

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