Shares of British Aerospace opened sharply lower today, on news of the unexpectedly low valuation placed on its 20% stake in Airbus. Speculation abounds that BAe shareholders will decline the deal when they vote on it. Such a rejection would add further chaos to Airbus and its parent EADS, which just underwent a management "shake—up" predicated on EADS assuming 100% ownership of Airbus. Fine—sounding plans for "integration" of Airbus into EADS may not work with a minority shareholder owning 20%.
The spectacle promises to continue.
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