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Power Financial shares jump on buyout offer by parent

FILE PHOTO: Power Financial Corp's Co-Chairman of the Board Paul Desmarais Jr. prepares for the company's annual general meeting in Montreal May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

(Reuters) - Shares of Power Financial Corp (PFC) PWF.TO rose nearly 10% on Friday, their biggest jump in more than a decade, after parent Power Corp of Canada (PCC) POW.TO agreed to buy the rest of the stake it does not currently own.

PCC, which owns 64.1% of PFC, has offered 1.05 of its shares and C$0.01 in cash for each Power Financial share held.

PCC co-chief executive officers, Paul Desmarais and André Desmarais, will step down from the roles after 23 years, the companies said, with PFC CEO Jeffrey Orr taking charge.

Paul will continue as chairman and André as deputy chairman of PCC.

The Canadian company said it would save about C$50 million ($37.59 million) per year in cost reductions within two years of the deal close, expected in February.

Shares of PCC were up 7.4% at C$34.25 in morning trade.

The company said it would raise its second quarter dividend by 10% to 44.75 Canadian cents per share.

Reporting by C Nivedita in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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