Balfour Beatty plc rejects Carillion plc advances (again) - but which should you buy?

Balfour Beatty plc rejects Carillion plc advances (again) - but which should you buy?

Fifty pound noteIt’s beginning to sound like a doomed teen romance: the ambitious suitor, Carillion plc (LON:CLLN) believes that independently-minded Balfour Beatty plc (LON:BBY) could be so much happier if it would open its arms to a union — but the two firms can’t agree on the terms of a pre-nup…

Yesterday’s RNS announcements saw a further ‘without consent’ update from Balfour Beatty, alongside the firm’s half-year results, giving chapter and verse on the Carillion offers to date, and why it has rejected them.

I looked at the issues in detail in an article for the Motley Fool, yesterday, but ultimately, I believe the problems comes down to money — and debt.

As in so many relationships, each party has a different idea of whose money should be used for what purpose — I suspect that in the case of Balfour-Carillion, we are looking at a relationship that will never be consummated, even though there are potential benefits for both parties.

The question for potential — and existing — shareholders is which firm, if either, should you buy today? To find out my opinion, read my full Motley Fool UK article here.

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