29 Jan 2011

OIO approval obtained for Michael Hill takeover offer

5:59 am on 29 January 2011

Family interests associated with the founder of Michael Hill International have received Overseas Investment Office approval for a partial takeover offer for the jewellery company.

Durante Holdings already holds 47.6% of the company and is bidding for up to 50.2% of the company.

It is offering 90 cents per share for a controlling stake in the jewellery company, valuing MHI at about $344 million.

The offer has been extended and will now close on 28 February.

Durante Holdings is a privately-held Australian entity representing the Hill family.