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Pacific Smiles might be grinning all the way to the bank.
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Pacific Smiles shares climbed almost 5% on Thursday after turning down an unsolicited $223 million takeover offer by Genesis Capital. The dental services group said the private equity firm’s offer at $1.40 per share ‘materially undervalues’ the company. Genesis has already amassed an 18.75% stake in Pacific Smiles.
While it rejected the offer, Pacific Smiles left the door open to Genesis returning a materially improved offer.
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