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Crest Nicholson shares jump after revealing it rejected two takeover bids from rival Bellway.

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'Confident': Crest Nicholson shares rose 13.7 percent on investors' hopes its biggest competitor will return to the table with a more favorable deal

Shares in Crest Nicholson rose yesterday after revealing it had rejected two takeover bids from rival Bellway.

The struggling Surrey housebuilder confirmed it had rejected the bids – the second of which was worth £650m – because it is “confident” in its future as an independent business.

Crest Nicholson shares rose 13.7 percent on investors’ hopes that its biggest competitor will return to the table with a more favorable deal.

It came as Martyn Clark took over as chief executive yesterday, replacing Peter Truscott.

Clark joined a day after the developer issued its fifth profit warning in less than a year, sending shares down more than 11 percent. Annual profits are expected to be between £22m and £29m, down from previous forecasts of £39m.

‘Confident’: Crest Nicholson shares rose 13.7 percent on investors’ hopes its biggest competitor will return to the table with a more favorable deal

Russ Mould, investment director at brokerage AJ Bell, said: ‘Crest Nicholson’s profit warning made miserable reading, so its investors could welcome a good offer premium to dig them out of a hole. “The next step is to do mergers and acquisitions (mergers and acquisitions) until we reach an agreement.”

Interactive Investor’s Victoria Scholar said the share price reflects “the fact that investors expect Bellway to return with another improved offering.” A partnership would be the latest consolidation between the housebuilders after Barratt agreed to buy Redrow for £2.5bn. Legal & General also revealed this week that it has put Cala Homes up for sale.

High interest rates have raised mortgage costs, leading to lower demand for new homes. Therefore, promoters seek to grow by buying other companies.

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Barratt acquisition investigation

The competition watchdog has launched a formal investigation into housebuilder Barratt’s £2.5bn deal to buy rival Redrow.

The Competition and Markets Authority said yesterday that it is investigating whether the purchase, announced earlier this year, will harm competition.

The CMA announced an initial investigation in March, which has now become an official investigation. The watchdog said it will report its findings by August 8.

The two housebuilders agreed an all-share deal in February that would see them become Barratt Redrow.

They said it creates an opportunity to accelerate the construction of “much-needed” housing.

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