The British financial media is reporting the existence of a letter sent by the government of the Falkland Islands to Falkland Islands Holdings group, which is in the midst of a controversial takeover bid dispute with an Argentine fund. Last month the Dolphin fund controlled by the Buenos Aires property developer Eduardo Elsztain said it was considering a bid for FIC’s Aim-listed parent FIH Group.
The much publicized and controversial bid from an Argentine group to acquire a leading position in the Falkland Islands Holdings, which owns the Falkland Islands Company, closely linked to the Islands' history and economy, has been considered “a real hazard” by FIH directors.
The Falkland Islands government, FIG, stated on Friday that any proposal change of ownership affecting assets held in the Islands will be scrutinized for compliance with Falklands law. The statement follows the Argentine Dolphin Fund's announcement to the London Stock Exchange, earlier this week, of its interest in taking over the private company Falkland Islands Holdings, FIH.
Falkland Islands Holdings PLC on Tuesday reported a fall in pre-tax profit for its recently ended financial year, and said it expects to see a quieter period in the Falklands for the year ahead, to be offset by its Portsmouth Harbour Ferry and Momart businesses.
A group of road workers are expected to start arriving in the Falklands Islands in early December to boost the dwindling local force. Falklands' Director of Public Works Colin Summers said that efforts to obtain agency workers were progressing well with up to nine workers sourced to be split between the FIG Highways Section and the Quarry.
Falkland Islands Holdings chairman David Hudd has resigned from the board with immediate effect and been succeeded by non-executive deputy chairman Edmund Rowland, it was reported on Monday. John Foster continues as group managing director.
The Falkland Islands Company has announced the expansion of its tax efficient share plan (Share Incentive Plan or SIP) which is open to all its 180 full time employees. The company believes in share ownership by staff and the public company status of its parent company, Falkland Islands Holdings plc (FIH), allows local staff to benefit from this in a meaningful way.
Falkland Island Holdings PLC announced on Monday that its pre-tax profit increased slightly in its first half as strong sales at the company's London-based Momart operations offset increased costs at its Falkland operations. The international services group, which focuses on transport and logistics, said its underlying profit before tax was up 14.8% to £ 1.37 million for the six months ended September 30 compared to £ 1.19 million the previous year.
Falkland Islands Holdings' shares rose on Monday after it posted an increase in underlying pre-tax profits and looked forward to 'an exciting future'. FIH reported underlying pre-tax profits of £3.29m for the year to the end of March - 1.9% up on last time.
Falkland Islands Holdings, which owns the Falkland Islands Company, FIC, expects to report a slight fall in annual profits but anticipates a quantum leap in the Falklands’ economy over the next decade with the oil industry and the commencement in 2014 of the Sea Lion project.