LLX Logistica Slumps After Batista Ends Planned Buyout
LLX Logistica SA (LLXL3), Eike Batista’s port-development company, dropped the most in 13 months after the Brazilian billionaire said he won’t spend as much as 618.7 million reais ($305.3 million) to take the company private.
LLX declined 7.3 percent to 2.94 reais at 12:07 p.m. in Sao Paulo, after falling as much as 13 percent, the biggest intraday drop since Aug. 8, 2011. The stock, which has fallen 13 percent this year, was the worst performer on the Brazilian benchmark Bovespa index today.
Batista, who owns 54 percent of LLX’s stock, offered to buy the company for as much as 3.13 reais a share on July 30. LLX said late yesterday that the billionaire suspended his plan after Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch, selected by minority shareholders to analyze the proposed deal, concluded Batista would have to pay 6.94 reais to 7.63 reais a share for the Rio de Janeiro-based company.
“The market is reacting badly because he removed the offer,” Rogerio Freitas, a partner at hedge fund Teorica Investimentos, said in a telephone interview from Rio de Janeiro. “Investors are not looking now at value.”
Batista, who controls six publicly traded companies, owns 372 million shares of LLX, which is building the Acu port in Rio de Janeiro state. The next largest shareholder is the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which holds a 17.9 percent stake, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Ontario Teachers’ had agreed to boost its stake in the company through the Batista offer.
Batista, 55, has seen his wealth dwindle this year after investors were disappointed by production and reserve estimates at oil producer OGX Petroleo & Gas Participacoes SA, his biggest holding. Batista’s holdings are worth $22 billion, making him the world’s 24th richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index daily ranking.
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