Bidding war sparked for SMS M&T

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Bidding war sparked for SMS M&T

Board decides it likes ASG's bid better than offer from DWS.

The board of Australian IT services provider SMS Management and Technology has decided to back a bid for the company made by rival ASG Group after the firm yesterday made its offer official.

It formalises a bidding war for SMS M&T, which had been close to signing a deal to sell itself to fellow IT services provider DWS before ASG revealed its intention to swoop in late last month.

SMS and DWS had signed a scheme of implementation arrangement in late February under which DWS proposed to buy SMS for $1 in cash and 0.39 shares for each SMS share for a total of $1.66 per share. The SMS board had recommended shareholders vote for the deal.

However late last night it decided it liked ASG's offer of $1.80 per share in cash better.

SMS' shares were worth $1.69 at the time of ASG's initial expression of interest, and at the time of writing are sitting at $1.83.

DWS now has three business days to make a counter offer. The company said it was assessing its options.

ASG's offer will remain on the table until June 21.

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