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Predicted Hammers full takeover date

CandH Exclusive by Hughie Southon

News today that the board has agreed a deal which could see them taking up options to buy each other’s shares suggests a full takeover is on the cards – probably at the start of the 2023-24 financial year.

Were that not the case it seem unlikely that such an agreement would have been made and it’s at that time  David Gold and David Sullivan will be free of any financial penalties from selling up under what has become known as the “embarrassment clause.”

However, a takeover by Daniel Kretinsky who needs another 24 per cent of the shares to gain control won’t see the Sullivan/Gold era come to an end as such.

They will remain on the board despite having presumably sold sufficient shares for the Czech billionaire to get the 51 per cent he requires.

The media pointed out today that Kretinsky has struck an agreement that allows him to acquire the shares of both Sullivan and Gold.

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What wasn’t was that the Davids have matching rights, meaning they could, in theory, buy shares from Kretinsky. That, of course, is unlikely.

As things stand April 2023 – the start of a financial year – is an obvious takeover month given the board has until the March of that year to avoid Government penalties.

A calculation within the concessionaire agreement would be used to work out how much is paid back to the taxpayer were that to be the case.

If the club were is sold for £125m or less then no tax is due, 7.5% tax is due if the club is sold between £125m and £150m, 10% tax due between £150-£200m & 12.5% tax between £200-£300m with anything above £300m costing 20% in windfall tax.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “Predicted Hammers full takeover date

  1. We’ve read reports in recent weeks that Kretinsky, like Warren Buffet, prefers minority shareholdings, and that the Davids had put succession plans in place, with son and son-in-law now on the Board. We’ve also read for years that David S is in for the long haul, and that David G, who, of course, played boys’ football for the Club and lived in Green Street, would never sell.up because, after all, they’re fans first and foremost. Of course, we heard this most recently when PAI Capital clumsily made their botched takeover bid public. So odd that the Guardian should be reporting now that they’ve agreed an option to sell to Kretinsky, with a likely exercise date coinciding with the end of the period agreed as part of the concessionaire agreeement within which a sale would see the London Stadium-funding taxpayer benefit from the sale of the Club. In a free market economy, the David’s have every right, of course, to benefit from the sale of a shareholding, after having benefitted for years from interest payments made by the Club on those loans they made to the Club, But who could possibly have foreseen that they would sell up at the first opportunity?

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