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WB Partners Offering $2.6 Billion for Midcon

December 17, 1985|Associated Press

NEW YORK — Wagner & Brown and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. on Monday jointly launched a $2.6-billion attempt to acquire Midcon Corp., which recently concluded its own acquisition of an energy concern.

Besides the $62.50-a-share cash offer for Midcon's common stock outstanding, the partnership also wants to purchase all outstanding Midcon 10.25% subordinated convertible debentures due 2009 for $1,488.10 cash for each $1,000 face amount.

After the tender offer, Wagner & Brown and Freeport, united as WB Partners, proposed a merger in which the remaining Midcon stock would be exchanged for cash, an amount that they expect would also be $62.50 per share.

The proposed takeover would have an approximate value of $2.6 billion, WB Partners said in an announcement.

Studying Unsolicited Bid

Patricia Wees, a spokeswoman at Midcon's headquarters in Lombard, Ill., said the oil and natural gas pipeline company is studying the unsolicited bid.

"We are also studying our options," she said.

Those options probably deal with how Midcon can avoid being taken over, analysts said.

William Brunet, a vice president at Advest Inc., a regional brokerage based in Hartford, Conn., said the offer surprised him, primarily because Midcon has just carried out its own acquisition.

Midcon last week completed the purchase of United Energy Resources Inc., based in Houston. The cash and stock transaction valued at $1.14 billion was widely viewed as a move to shield Midcon from hostile pursuers.

Brunet said the takeover could undermine Midcon, which he considers a "very strong, very well-managed company."

"My immediate impression is completely negative," he said.

Wagner & Brown, based in Midland, Tex., is an oil and gas concern. Calls to company officials were not returned.

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