One week after being made aware of a takeover bid by BCA owner Constellation, Marshall Motor Holdings board has recommended the 400p a share offer.

The offer, which if successful will see Marshall become a private company, is conditional on Constellation’s acquisition vehicle ‘Bidco’ receiving more than 50% of Marshall Motor Holdings’ voting rights and gaining regulatory approval from the FCA for the deal.

The FCA has 60 days to consider “an application for a change of control of MMH”.

Constellation surprised Marshall Motors last week after agreeing a deal to buy 64.4% of the PLC’s shares from its largest shareholder Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings).

As well as BCA, Constellation also owns Cinch and WeBuyAnyCar. Constellation welcomed the announcement from MMH and expects to post the offer to Marshall shareholders the week beginning 13 December.”

According to the statement by Marshall’s board: “Constellation is required to publish an offer document and a form of acceptance accompanying the offer document within 28 days of 29 November 2021.”

In its consideration of the offer, Marshall’s said: “The board of MMH has taken into account statements made by Constellation regarding its intention to work with MMH’s manufacturer brand partners for a long term partnership and for MMH to continue to grow. The board also notes Constellation has longstanding business relationships with a number of automotive manufacturers in the UK and Europe.

“The board has noted Constellation’s statement that it has no intention to make any changes to the conditions of employment or the balance of the skills and functions of MMH employees or management. They also note that Constellation is looking forward to working with the employees at Marshall to build on their success.”

Marshall also noted the financial terms of the deal which values the retailer at approximately £325 million.