Last month we wrote about the Lender Processing case, which ultimately awarded deal price and contained an instructive survey of recent appraisal law. For another view of this case, see the January 11, 2017 post on Harvard Corporate Governance.
Today Vice Chancellor Laster issued a new appraisal ruling, Merion Capital LP v Lender Processing Services, pegging the appraised fair value to the merger price. The court found no reason to depart from merger price given the apparently reliable sale process and reliable projections. The court performed its own DCF valuation, which came out 4%… Continue Reading
Vice Chancellor Glasscock issued his valuation decision this week in the BMC Software case, which we have previously blogged about concerning its threshold ruling rejecting any share-tracing requirements and thus allowing appraisal arbitrageurs to proceed with a valuation case. As we have previously reported, Merion Capital was seeking a 45% premium to the merger price,… Continue Reading
Delaware’s latest appraisal decision in LongPath Capital v. Ramtron International Corp. adopted the merger price as its appraisal valuation, but stands apart from the other recent appraisal decisions that likewise fell back on transaction consideration. Here, the court’s lengthy opinion repeatedly lamented the lack of any remotely reliable means of valuation other than the merger… Continue Reading
As reported in Law360, stockholder Merion Capital LP petitioned the Delaware Chancery Court this week for an award of $67 per share for its stock in BMC Software, Inc. Such a demand would reflect a 45% premium to the merger price of $46.25. Indeed, as Law360 reported, the parties’ arguments focused to a large degree… Continue Reading
Last week the Delaware Supreme Court’s en banc hearing in the CKx case resulted in a simple affirmance, without opinion, of the Chancery Court’s 2013 decision that the merger price in this particular case was the best proxy for the fair value of petitioners’ stock. In CKx, the Chancery Court had rejected the valuation methodologies… Continue Reading
The Delaware Supreme Court has scheduled the case of Huff Fund Investment Partnership v. CKx Inc. for en banc review in February 2015. The Chancery Court rejected the valuation methods proposed by the parties and deferred to the merger price as the only reliable indicator of value. The Chancery Court likewise rejected the shareholders’ argument… Continue Reading
The purchaser of a company through merger often argues in a subsequent appraisal action that the price paid was too high and that the dissenting shareholder should be paid a lower amount. Tactically, it is important for the purchaser to impress the dissenting shareholder with down-side risk in pursuing the appraisal. The resulting inference of… Continue Reading