Although it is common for the directors of the target of a bid to go to great lengths to oppose it, there are a number of reasons why they may recommend one:
- They are honestly trying to fulfil their duty to shareholders.
- They will be offered positions on the board of the combined company.
- A takeover is inevitable and the directors prefer this particular one.
- Major shareholders back the bid, so there is little point opposing it.
The recommendation of a bid is usually motivated by several of these motives.