Shopping mall operator
rejected an unsolicited takeover bid from rival
Simon Property Group
Indianapolis-based Simon, which owns 166 regional malls nationwide, went public with the $17.50-a-share offer after several refusals from Taubman's chief executive Robert Taubman to discuss the bid.
Taubman's shares were recently up $1.10, or 7.4%, at $15.90 on the
New York Stock Exchange, while Simon shed 65 cents, or $1.91, to $33.30.
"We are dismayed that Mr. Taubman continues in his refusal even to discuss our offer -- or indeed any sale transaction, particularly in light of the fact that we have expressed a willingness to be very flexible with respect to the structure of the proposed transaction," said David Simon, chief executive officer.