The Sunday Times said Saint-Gobain will tell Richard Cousins, BPB's chief executive, that it is prepared to raise its offer by more than 5 pct from 720 pence to about 760 pence on the condition that it can secure the board's recommendation.
Saint-Gobain has until Friday (Nov 18) to raise its offer for the last time. It needs to win over at least 50.1 pct of BPB's investors.
Sources told AFX News today that the Saint-Gobain management is 'keen' to get a recommendation and that the board is making 'every effort' to get in touch with BPB.
A bid of around 750-760 pence a share would value BPB at about 3.8 bln stg, as against the current 720 pence a share offer.
So far, BPB has vigorously rejected Saint-Gobain's advances, but a higher offer would put pressure on BPB as around 20 pct the stock is held by hedge funds, who could sell out and make a quick profit. Neither company was immediately available for comment this afternoon.