Thursday, December 13, 2007

Reed Complete Harcourt Sale

Reed outlined its plans for a special shareholder dividend to distribute the proceeds from the sale of the Harcourt education unit. From Reuters:
Reed Elsevier shareholders will receive 82 pence per share while Reed Elsevier NV shareholders will get 1.767 euros per share. This will be accompanied by a share consolidation, which has already been approved, on the basis of 58 new ordinary shares for every 67 existing ordinary shares.
According to ABN AMRO analyst Paul Gooden (also quoted by Reuters) this is good news because some analysts were worried the deal could collapse. Post-sale, the consensus is that share performance will improve as the impact of Reed Elsevier's electronic publishing is more readily apparent. It was generally believed that Harcourt was a drag on the overall business.


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