FTSE 250 movers: Liontrust roars as GAM bid fails; Harbour Energy slides

by | Aug 24, 2023

(Sharecast News) – Liontrust Asset Management has failed in its contested bid to land its Swiss rival GAM.

The FTSE 250 group said it had received acceptances from only 33.45% of GAM shareholders and expected to declare the offer unsuccessful next week.

Liontrust said its attempted bid would cost it “not more than £11m” in fees.

North Sea oil and gas producer Harbour Energy trimmed annual production and capital expenditure forecasts due to drilling delays at its Beryl operations.

The company said it now expected production between 185 – 193 housand barrels of oil equivalent per day (kboepd) this year, compared with an earlier forecast of 185-200 kboepd.

Total capital expenditure was cut by $100m to $1bn, Harbour said.

Half-year pre-tax profit fell to $429m from $1.49bn a year earlier, due to to higher taxes after the government imposed a windfall levy on energy companies.

“In response to the Energy Profits Levy (EPL) in the UK, we scaled back our activities in certain areas and acted decisively to manage our cost structure. This included a review of our UK organisation, which is expected to deliver annual savings of $50m from 2024, following a $16m one-off charge taken in our half-year financial statements,” the company said on Thursday.

Market Movers

FTSE 250 (MCX) 18,294.07 0.37%

FTSE 250 – Risers

Liontrust Asset Management (LIO) 681.00p 12.94%
PureTech Health (PRTC) 191.40p 3.46%
Baltic Classifieds Group (BCG) 212.00p 3.41%
W.A.G Payment Solutions (WPS) 91.40p 3.39%
Auction Technology Group (ATG) 716.00p 3.32%
Molten Ventures (GROW) 240.80p 3.26%
LXI Reit (LXI) 92.65p 3.23%
IWG (IWG) 175.20p 2.88%
Digital 9 Infrastructure NPV (DGI9) 53.10p 2.71%
NB Private Equity Partners Ltd. (NBPE) 1,534.00p 2.68%

FTSE 250 – Fallers

Harbour Energy (HBR) 228.50p -5.46%
Ferrexpo (FXPO) 76.15p -4.63%
Wizz Air Holdings (WIZZ) 2,242.00p -3.24%
Capita (CPI) 18.22p -3.14%
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OSB Group (OSB) 351.80p -2.66%
Indivior (INDV) 1,777.00p -2.36%
Ibstock (IBST) 146.00p -2.34%
Ithaca Energy (ITH) 151.40p -2.32%
Shaftesbury Capital (SHC) 117.70p -2.08%

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