Tuesday 28 May 2019 8:23 am

Galliford Try shares rise as it rebuffs £950m Bovis offer for housebuilding arm

Home builder Bovis today revealed that talks for a £950m merger deal with Galliford Try’s housing business have collapsed.

Read more: Galliford Try rejects takeover bid from rival Bovis Homes

Bovs homes said this morning the two firms are "no longer in discussions" after its revised proposal to snap up Galliford Try’s Linden Homes and Partnerships & Regeneration businesses in exchange for new Bovis shares was rejected by the FTSE 250 construction giant.

Shares in Galliford jumped six per cent in morning trading, while Bovis shares have edged up just under one per cent.

Yesterday Galliford, which said it had considered the takeover bid with its financial adviser, Rothschild & Co, announced that the offer from Bovis undervalued the company.

Read more: Galliford Try cuts 350 jobs as turnaround plan pushes shares up

Under the proposals, first reported by Sky News, Galliford would have remained an independent UK-listed company focused on construction.

Last week Galliford said it will cut up to 350 jobs in its construction division, which has suffered a spell of poor trading and was the driving force behind a recent profit warning.

In March fellow housebuilding Nicholson Holdings poached Galliford Try's chief executive Peter Truscott, who is set to take over as boss in September.

Read more: Crest Nicholson poaches chief executive of Galliford Try

Finance director Graham Prothero will become the group's new chief executive, Galliford said.