Suitors for Amey, one in all Britain’s greatest outsourcing teams and a key authorities contractor, have been given till subsequent week to lodge takeover bids by its Spanish guardian.
Sky Information has learnt that Ferrovial and its advisers have requested for a preliminary supply to be tabled for Amey within the subsequent few days.
It comes six months after it emerged that Ferrovial was relaunching an public sale of its British subsidiary, which employs about 15,000 folks.
An preliminary “on the market” signal was hoisted over Amey greater than two years in the past, elevating questions over the long run possession of a enterprise which has held authorities contracts starting from transporting prisoners for the Ministry of Justice to upkeep of the UK’s rail and highway networks.
Ferrovial, which owns an enormous chunk of London Heathrow Airport, has contemplated a sale of its complete world companies enterprise for a while, with Amey the topic of a standalone public sale course of.
The preliminary try and divest it was unsuccessful, nevertheless, amid uncertainty about the way forward for a controversial £2.7bn roads contract in Birmingham.
A dispute with the town’s native authority was resolved in 2019, though Amey solely lastly extricated itself from the deal final yr.
The tidying-up of Amey’s enterprise is probably going to offer potential patrons with a clearer view concerning the firm’s valuation in a sector which has been rocked by a number of distinguished company collapses in recent times.
Morgan Stanley is dealing with the public sale.
Ferrovial and Amey each declined to remark.