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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Backlash mounts against management-led buyout of Canada's Tuckamore, (TSE: TX.TO)

A backlash against a management-led takeover of Tuckamore Capital Management Inc grew on Wednesday, with another large investor JC Clark Ltd stating that it plans to vote the shares it controls against the proposed deal. Two large sets of investors that control some 20 percent of the shares of Tuckamore Capital went public on Tuesday with their discontent over the management-led buyout of the firm that is being sponsored by private equity firm Birch Hill.JC Clark, which controls more than 8 percent of Tuckamore's shares, said the 75 Canadian cent per share price being offered, substantially undervalues Tuckamore and is inadequate.Tuckamore announced in early May that its senior management, along with the support of Birch Hill Equity Partners, had agreed to acquire the firm in a deal that valued the holding firm that invests in early- and mid-stage private companies at around C$60 million ($55 million).Earlier this week, two large investors, Access Holdings and Canso Investment Counsel, said they plan to vote against the deal.

Shares of TX fell by 2.3% or $-0.02/share to $0.85. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $0.10 and as high as $0.88. On average, 173170 shares of TX.TO exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 214317.