Axis boosts offer for Lloyd’s insurer Novae

New offer values Lloyd’s insurer Novae at £477.6m

Global (re)insurer Axis has boosted its offer to buy Lloyd’s insurer Novae to 715p a share from its previous level of 700p a share.

The new offer values Novae, which is listed on the London Stock Excchange, at £477.6m, up from £468m under the original offer.

Axis first announced that it was buying Novae on 5 July.

Axis said: “By offering Novae Shareholders an improved cash offer, AXIS aims to bring certainty to the transaction.”

Shore Capital analyst Eamonn Flanagan said the offer increase could prompt speculation that counter-bids could be possible. But he added: “We remain of the view that this is unlikely.

“We still believe shareholders should accept the offer and move on.”

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