July 23, 2020 / 12:19 PM / 15 days ago

Valmet to be active long-term Neles shareholder - CEO

(Reuters) - Finnish engineering firm Valmet (VALMT.HE), which hold 15.5% stake in Neles NELES.HE, repeated on Thursday it plans to be an active long-term shareholder in the valves maker for which Sweden’s Alfa Laval (ALFA.ST) has made a takeover offer.

On July 13 Alfa Laval announced a recommended 1.73 billion euro (1.58 billion pounds) cash bid for Neles, seeking to boost its presence in the industrial flow control market.

“Valmet’s goal is to have an active long-term role in the development of Neles,” CEO Pasi Laine said in Valmet’s second-quarter earnings report published on Thursday.

Valmet criticised the offer and said it was not in the interest of Neles or Neles’ shareholders.

Reporting by Tarmo Virki in Tallinn; editing by Jason Neely

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