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Who’d have thought it: Hargreaves Lansdown “in play” as £5 billion takeover target: BUY, SELL or HOLD?

By Tom Winnifrith | Thursday 23 May 2024

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

After hours yesterday, a private equity backed group said that it had made two pitches to buy Hargreaves Lansdown (HL.) the most recent at 985p, valuing the Bristol based company at £4.67 billion. Hargreaves, whose shares were £22.57 five years ago, says that the bids undervalue it and have been rejected. What next?
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