Saturday, 23 August 2014
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Jul 20 2007 | 8:25am ET
Man Group CEO Peter Clarke blamed fears of a credit crunch resulting from the growing sub-prime mortgage debacle for the failure of the MF Global initial public offering to achieve its sale price. But he defended his decision to go forward with the sale in spite of the unfavorable conditions.
“The strategy was more important than the last dollar on the share price,” he told The Times of London.
“The exit multiple of 23 times underlying earnings is a compelling price for a separation,” he argued in a separate interview with Reuters. “It's the best price for shareholders in this environment.”
MF Global, Man’s futures brokerage, raised $2.9 billion in a float on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. Man priced the shares at $30 each, well below its projected range of $36 to $39. In their first day of trading, MF Global shares dropped a further 8%.
Clarke said growing fears about the sub-prime mortgage market were to blame.
“What you have seen since [four weeks ago], particularly in the U.S., is concerns that started in the sub-prime mortgage market expanding across financial institutions,” he told The Times. “We were trying to sell into an environment of weakness. The timing might have been better—a week earlier, two weeks later—but the reason for floating was strategic, not financial.”
Man still owns 20% of MF Global, but Clarke said the firm would sell the remaining stake “over time.”
Aug 4 2014 | 7:42am ET
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