October 22, 2019 / 9:20 AM / 24 days ago

Prosus CEO says offer for Just Eat not hostile, hopes for talks

FILE PHOTO: Bob van Dijk, CEO of Naspers and Prosus Group poses at Amsterdam's stock exchange, as Prosus begins trading on the Euronext stock exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The chief executive of Prosus said on Tuesday his company’s 4.9 billion pound bid for Just Eat was not hostile, despite having not been agreed with the board of the British restaurant ordering and delivery firm.

Bob Van Dijk said Prosus had made several approaches to Just Eat’s board and hoped the company would agree to talks. He said he hoped the “merits of our proposal”, which offers a 20% premium to a bid by rival Takeway.com, would be understood by shareholders.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Edmund Blair

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