Hostile Bid for Red October
Manatep Bank, a Russian investment bank, has just announced the country's first hostile tender offer for Red October, a confectionery company located in Moscow. As the chief financial officer of the target company, Yuri Yegorov must decide how to respond, how much his company is worth, and what to recommend to the board of directors. The context of the case, the nascent Russian financial system, raises a variety of interesting and complex valuation issues such as determining discount rates in countries with high inflation and unstable governments, uncertain property rights, and poor financial information. The absence of financial and institutional infrastructure provides a stark contrast to financial markets and takeovers in more developed countries.