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Crane refutes claims made by Circor in rejecting its bid

Crane Co. said claims made by flow control technology company Circor International Inc. regarding its $45-a-share offer for the company are “highly unrealistic” and show why its all-cash offer is the best option for Circor’s shareholders. Crane, a diversified manufacturer of engineered industrial products, was responding to Circor’s rejection of its offer on Monday, when Circor said the offer substantially undervalues the company. “CIRCOR’s short-term plan, while expected, is yet another set of empty promises,” Crane Chief Executive Max Mitchell said in a statement. In May, Crane said it would pay $45 for each Circor share outstanding, which at the time represented a 47% premium. The deal was being valued at $1.7 billion. Then on June 17, Crane said it commenced a tender offer for Circor shares. Neither stock was active premarket. Circor shares have gained 115% in 2019, while the S&P 500 has gained 17.5%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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