* Shareholder Odin with 4.7 pct says will accept
* Says expects BASF to get 90 percent
* Shares jump 3.1 pct
OSLO, Jan 17 A key opponent of BASF's
sweetened takeover offer for fish-oils maker Pronova
has dropped its objections, raising the chance the German firm
will get the 90 percent it is seeking.
Norwegian fund Odin Forvaltning, which holds 4.7 percent of
Pronova, remains unsatisfied with the $734 million bid but
considers accepting as the best option, the fund's Alexandra
Morris told Reuters.
"This offer is far from reflecting the true value of the
company," Morris said. "But the alternative is a prolonged
fight, which is not in our interest."
She said she now expected BASF to get to 90 percent, its
self-imposed threshold to complete the deal.
BASF raised its offer to 13.5 crowns a share this week from
12.5 crowns, seeking to buy in Pronova's expertise in the
extraction of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil for use in drugs
and food supplements.
Some shareholders opposed the initial bid as it was just 4
percent above the stock's closing level the day before it was
announced, but the majority of shareholders plus Pronova's board
all backed BASF's offer.
At 1240 GMT Pronova shares traded 3.1 percent higher at 13.4
crowns, indicating investors expect the deal to succeed.
The deadline for acceptances is Friday.
(Reporting by Joachim Dagenborg; Editing by David Holmes)