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M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is upbeat about prospects for its strong-performing underground mining unit, which was the biggest contributor to the group’s 2018 financial performance, as well as to the growth in the JSE-listed company’s R30-billion order book. The... 

M&R withdraws Aveng merger proposal

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Wednesday announced that it had withdrawn its proposal for a potential merger with Aveng. The company announced last week that it was reviewing a decision by the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) to overturn a June decision by the Takeover Regulation Panel that... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2018 The protracted tussle for control of Murray & Roberts (M&R) took yet another turn this week, after the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) overturned a June decision by the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP), allowing M&R to continue with preparations for a potential combination with Aveng, despite the... 

Inquiry into Grayston drive bridge collapse awaiting heads of arguments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2018 The Department of Labour-led inquiry into the October 2015 collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge this week completed its work of gathering evidence. It is now awaiting the submission of written heads of arguments by legal representatives of interested... 

M&R to assess impact of ATON’s acquisition of a 25% stake in Aveng

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) will assess the impact of ATON’s acquisition of a 25.42% interest in JSE-listed Aveng. M&R, which is subject to a buyout offer by ATON, has launched a bid to acquire Aveng. M&R shareholders last month voted in favour of the company's independent board further... 

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2018 The board of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has again guided shareholders not to accept ATON’s mandatory offer of R17 a share, which it argues undervalues M&R’s strategic platforms and business prospects. The board made the statement in a circular response to ATON’s... 

PIC increases shareholding in M&R to 20.41%

By: Anine Kilian     25th June 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray and Roberts (M&R) on Monday reported that the Public investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its beneficial shareholding in the company from 19.96% to 20.41%. The PIC is one of M&R’s biggest shareholders. 

Takeover panel clears way for M&R to move on Aveng tie-up amid ongoing ATON opposition

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) announced on Thursday that it would proceed to further develop a potential tie-up with Aveng after the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP) sanctioned the outcome of an earlier shareholder vote, which approved a resolution stating that the proposed Aveng deal was not designed to... 

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2018 Investment company ATON, which is seeking to acquire Murray & Roberts (M&R), has welcomed a Competition Tribunal ruling opening the way for it to vote all its shares at a general meeting at which M&R shareholders will vote on the merits of a proposed transaction with Aveng. The meeting is... 

M&R ‘disappointed’ about ATON’s response to proposed Aveng merger

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Construction and engineering services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) has expressed its disappointment with German investment company and majority shareholder ATON, following ATON’s reaction to M&R’s interest in merging with construction engineering company Aveng.  

ATON bemoans M&R’s Competition Tribunal application

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 German investment company ATON says JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has initiated another ‘frustrating action’ against its offer to acquire all shares in M&R, by trying to prevent ATON from exercising its full rights and voting against M&R’s proposed combination with construction giant Aveng.  

ATON reiterates its view on M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 Investment company ATON, which has made a mandatory offer to buy all the shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R) it does not already own, has once again reiterated it opposition to M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng. The company said in a statement on Thursday that the potential Aveng transaction... 

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2018 Investment company ATON, which is preparing a mandatory offer to buy all the shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R) it does not already own, has reiterated it steadfast opposition to M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, describing the proposed Aveng transaction as a “poison pill” to prevent a takeover... 

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) confirmed on Wednesday that it would be meeting with its largest single shareholder, ATON, to discuss the merits of M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, which it continues to describe as “highly strategic”. No date has been provided for the meeting, which is being pursued... 

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2018 The takeover battle for engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) by German investment company ATON intensified this week with ATON announcing its intention to make a new mandatory offer, following a Takeover Special Committee (TSC) ruling instructing ATON to withdraw its earlier... 

Aton increases interest in M&R to 43.70%, lifts offer price to R17 a share

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 German-owned Aton has acquired a further 18.25-million shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R). Following the settlement of these shares’ acquisition, Aton will hold 194.35-million shares in M&R, representing about 43.70% of the entire issued share capital. 

Aton lifts M&R interest to 39.6%

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 German-owned Aton, has acquired a further 6 600 issued ordinary shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R) at R15 a share, taking its shareholding in M&R to 39.6%. Aton is seeking to acquire all of the shares in M&R not already owned by it. 

Aton says will not support M&R’s proposed transaction with Aveng

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 German-owned Aton believes Murray & Roberts (M&R) is putting its interests ahead of that of shareholders and other stakeholders with its proposed combination with Aveng. The sole intent of M&R’s announcement on Friday that it plans to merge with Aveng, Aton states, is to frustrate Aton’s... 

M&R hopes to convince ATON of commercial merits of Aveng tie-up

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas says he will make every effort to convince its largest shareholder ATON – the German family-owned business, which owns 39% of the company and which has made a firm offer to acquire majority control of the South African engineering and construction group – of... 

Aton’s wooing of M&R shareholders continues

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2018 As it continues to seek support from Murray & Roberts (M&R) shareholders for its R15 a share buyout offer, German investment company Aton on Tuesday released salient information related to its buyout offer to address “stakeholder concerns”.  

Independent board urges M&R shareholders to reject Aton offer

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 An independent board established by Murray & Roberts (M&R) to assess the proposal by German family-owned business Aton to acquire all shares in M&R at R15 a share, has again recommended that M&R shareholders reject the offer. In an announcement on Friday, the M&R independent board reiterated that... 

PIC, Aton lift shareholding in M&R

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its interest in JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) to 20.15% of the total issued ordinary shares of the company.  

PIC rejects Aton's takeover offer for M&R

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the second-biggest shareholder in Murray & Roberts (M&R), said on Monday it had rejected an offer by Germany's Aton to acquire the engineering and construction firm. M&R's biggest shareholder German investor Lutz Helmig's Aton, which owns more... 

M&R board labels Aton offer 'opportunistic'

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) independent board review has concluded that German investment holdings company Aton's planned offer of R15 a share is “opportunistic” and that Aton is unlikely to successfully delist M&R after the takeover. M&R reported on Tuesday that Aton’s proposed cash... 

M&R’s shares rise 50% as Germany’s Aton plans buyout 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) share price rose by more than 50% on Monday morning as it announced that German family owned business Aton plans to buy all shares in the company for R15 apiece. M&R on Monday said Aton, which already holds 33% of M&R’s shares, had informed the group of its... 

M&R awarded R3.8bn in underground mining contracts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Friday announced that it had been awarded new underground mining projects in North America and Australasia to the value of R3.8-billion.  

Tribunal approves sale of Genrec to Southern Palace

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2018 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved Southern Palace Group’s (SPG’s) acquisition of Genrec from Murray & Roberts (M&R). M&R in October last year agreed to sell Genrec to SPG for R185-million. 

M&R acquires a further 17% of Bombela

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has completed the acquisition of a further 17% shareholding in the Bombela Concession Company (BCC) for a total consideration of R405-million.  BCC is a special-purpose vehicle that was appointed in 2006 by the Gauteng... 

M&R sells Genrec to Southern Palace

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has sold Genrec to black-owned industrial company Southern Palace Group. Certain assets and liabilities are excluded from the transaction and will remain with the group. 

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2017 The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia. Norway’s Yara International, which owns the facilities,... 

M&R a co-applicant with GE in dispute with Eskom over Duvha contract

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that it is a co-applicant with GE’s in court bid to prevent Eskom from implementing a contract with Dongfang Electric Corporation for the Duvha Unit 3 boiler recovery project. The 600 MW boiler was damaged catastrophically in March 2014 as a result of over... 

Grayston bridge inquiry may be postponed to July 2018

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 The Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian bridge, on Gauteng’s M1 highway – which resulted in the death of two people and the injury of a further 19 –  may be postponed to July, 2018. The presiding inspector Lennie Samuel said that he would make a... 

Laas sees German group’s interest in M&R as ‘an opportunity, not a threat’

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Aton share buying spree 'opportunity, not threat', says M&R’s Laas

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation with ‘ground-breaking’ deal 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2017 Government and the seven leading construction companies reported further progress on Monday in the implementation of a voluntary agreement that seeks to materially accelerate the racial transformation of the South African industry and raise the combined revenue attributable to black contractors... 

Clough secures another Australian contract

By: Anine Kilian     8th April 2016 Murray & Roberts’ wholly owned subsidiary Clough has been awarded a hook-up services contract on the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. The Ichthys FPSO was a 336-m-long,... 

Bombela Concession Company to be awarded R354m in Gautrain arbitration case

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2016 Construction group Murray & Roberts' (M&R's) share price on the JSE rose by 6% early on Friday after it announced that an arbitration tribunal had awarded the Bombela Concession Company (BCC) a provisional quantum award of R354-million in relation to a claim lodged by the Bombela Civil Joint... 

Set of bolts not installed on collapsed Grayston bridge, says JDA 

By: Anine Kilian     16th February 2016 While key stakeholders have refused to take responsibility for the October collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian bridge on Gauteng’s M1 highway – which killed two people and injured 19 – the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has told an official inquiry into the bridge collapse that... 

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