Raspberry Pi maker shareholders set to vote on Avnet takeover offer

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The Raspberry Pi is a small, cheap, computer – popular with developers (Source: Getty)

Shareholders in the electronics maker behind the Raspberry Pi computer Premier Farnell will vote on the 185p-per-share offer for the company today.

Investors are expected to back the £868m deal, which is seen as a sign the UK’s tech industry is still attractive to overseas investors.

The deal requires 75 per cent of shareholders – which include Deutsche Bank, Prudential and Morgan Stanley – to sign off on it.

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Swiss manufacturer Datwyler last month said it will not increase its bid of 165p per share after Avent swooped in with a higher offer of 185p per share.

Avent is offering a 12.1 per cent premium on Datwyler’s bid and a nearly 70 per cent premium on the value of shares prior to either takeover offer.

Shareholders of tech giant Arm Holdings last month approved a takeover offer of £24bn from Japan’s SoftBank – its last hurdle ahead of the deal being completed.

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Some have criticised the deals however, with former City minister Lord Myners saying the sale of Arm was evidence of the City failing to back the British economy.

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