MusicMagpie shares soar because it reveals rival bids from Aurelius and BT

  • MusicMagpie has struggled to change into worthwhile and seen gross sales decelerate
  • The Stockport-based electronics vendor stated talks had been at ‘a really early stage’ 
  • Since going public on the LSE two years in the past, the agency’s worth has plummeted

MusicMagpie has confirmed that talks a couple of potential sale to both BT Group or funding firm Aurelius are underway.

The Stockport-based enterprise, identified for promoting secondhand electronics, stated talks had been at ‘a really early stage’ and that there was ‘no certainty’ of a proposal being constituted of both social gathering.

Since MusicMagpie went public on the London Stock Exchange two years in the past, the agency’s worth has plummeted by round 87 per cent as loosening Covid-related restrictions and financial uncertainty have led to commerce slowing down.

Founder: MusicMagpie was started by Walter Gleeson and Steve Oliver (pictured) in 2007

Founder: MusicMagpie was began by Walter Gleeson and Steve Oliver (pictured) in 2007

It has additionally struggled to change into worthwhile on account of larger prices from sourcing items and its rising use of third-party platforms, similar to Amazon, eBay and BackMarket.

For the six months ending May, MusicMagpie noticed pre-tax losses greater than triple to £3.2million and turnover drop by £9million to £62million.

Books and disc media gross sales declined at a faster-than-anticipated tempo, declining by £4.4million to £20.8million, whereas demand for client know-how items shrunk by £4.8million to £41.2million.

The group blamed the general half-year efficiency on weak client confidence and postal strikes across the Christmas and New Year durations.

It warned that buying and selling situations remained difficult however stated annual forecasts had been anticipated to be fulfilled due to price financial savings, enhancing momentum, and its give attention to high-margin gross sales.

MusicMagpie shares soared 26 per cent to 23.7p on Monday morning following the announcement of takeover talks, making them one of many high 5 risers on the Aim All-Share Index.

One of its doable suitors, Aurelius, owns Lloyds Pharmacy and simply agreed to purchase The Body Shop, the sweetness retailer well-known for promoting vegan-friendly cosmetics, from its Brazilian proprietor Natura & Co in a £207million deal.

Both Aurelius and BT have till 5pm on 18 December to declare a agency proposal for MusicMagpie or say they’re strolling away.

Russ Mould, funding director at AJ Bell, stated: ‘BT and its cellular model EE deal in massive volumes of telephones, so having an in-house refurbishment enterprise within the type of MusicMagpie would make sense.

‘It additionally helps that the latter goes low-cost, having been a catastrophe because it joined the inventory market just a few years in the past.’

MusicMagpie was based from a Stockport storage by Walter Gleeson and Steve Oliver, who had been the managing director of high-street leisure retailer Music Zone till its collapse in 2007.

Starting out as a CD and DVD reseller, the agency obtained an early enhance when Martin Lewis advisable the corporate on tv.

A £10million money injection from non-public fairness group LDC in 2011 helped the group fund enlargement into North America, the place it trades underneath the title Decluttr.

It now resells the whole lot from telephones to laptops, smartwatches and recreation consoles and likewise gives subscription providers permitting prospects to hire electronics.