GAM dismisses Rock’s ‘insufficient’ alternative financing plan

Rock suggested the asset manager issue a £22m convertible bond


GAM has dismissed an alternative funding proposal made by shareholder Rock Investment.

Rock had suggested the asset manager issue a CHF 25m (£22m) convertible bond to fund itself in the event the Liontrust takeover falls through.

The GAM board said today however that such a transaction would not be a viable replacement for the financing Liontrust is planning to put in place, and is ‘insufficient to maintain GAM as a going concern’.

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The board noted the first CHF 10m (£8m) tranche of the Liontrust loan has already been drawn in order to fund losses and UK pension obligations.

The CHF 15m (£12m) remaining would not be enough to cover for an underlying loss before tax of CHF 23.5m (£21m) for the six months to 30 June, combined with ongoing pension obligations of CHF10m (£8m) a year.

There will also be significant restructuring costs to be met, with the board estimating a figure of CHF 50m (£44m), based on the due diligence associated with the Liontrust deal.

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When outstanding liabilities on GAM’s balance sheet of CHF 40m are taken into account, the board estimated GAM would need to find CHF 100m (£80m) in new financing if the Liontrust deal collapses.

GAM shareholders have until this Wednesday, 23 August to accept the Liontrust offer, in-line with the wishes of the board and senior fund managers.

Rock Investment and their NewGame partners remain steadfastly against the takeover, insisting shareholders would be better served by implementing a turnaround plan as an independent entity.

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