In late April, billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian made public his intention to have Tracindo Corp., his investment company, buy up an additional 20 million shares of Ford stock to up his ownership of the Blue Oval from 4.7% to 5.6%. He offered $8.50/share, which at the time was a small premium over Ford's share price of $7.50 and today is a big premium over its current price of $6.16/share. He set a deadline for Ford shareholders to respond to his offer by yesterday at 5 PM, and boy did they. Kirkorian received offers to buy 1 billion shares of Ford, 980,000,000 more than he intends to buy. As such, Tracinda Corp. will easily acquire the additional shares it needs to reach 5.6% ownership of Ford at a price of around $170 million, but hasn't stated that it will buy up anymore of the Dearborn-based automaker. Ford's board of directors has already stated on record that it is neutral and has no opinion about Kirkorian's increase in shares. We wonder if their mood will change when he asks to sit down at the table with them at talk business.
[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]

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