ST. LOUIS (
raised its offer to acquire Australia's
by 14% to 16 Australian dollars a share, or A$4.1 billion ($3.8 billion).
Peabody's offer tops an offer of A$14.50 for Macarthur from
Peabody said its offer is for all cash and it remains "willing to provide any, or all, of Macarthur's three major shareholders with the opportunity to retain their economic interest in Macarthur should they so desire. "
Citic Group of China is Macarthur's largest shareholder with a stake of 22.4%, according to
holds 16.6% and
has a stake of 8.3%.
Peabody, the U.S. coal miner, said Thursday the proposal will lapse if Macarthur proceeds with the shareholder vote scheduled Monday regarding a takeover of its smaller rival
-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.
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