Quick sellers should have smelt a rat | Enterprise


Rentokil Preliminary, the world’s greatest pest management firm, has a goal on its again. The inventory has turn out to be the sixth most shorted in London, with brief positions at 5.6 per cent of its excellent share capital, from zero at the beginning of this yr.

Why? It’s associated to the FTSE 100 constituent’s $6.7 billion cash-and-shares buy of American rival Terminix, which is heading in the right direction to finish this yr. Hedge funds have tried to revenue on uncertainty over whether or not the deal will full, taking brief positions in Rentokil and betting that Terminix will rise. These funds generate profits because the unfold between the 2 share costs closes as a result of a deal turns into extra prone to undergo.

The shares now commerce at 28 occasions ahead earnings,


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