REUTERS POLL-Potash investors eye 25 pct lift to BHP bid
* Shareholders think deal could be done at $162
* Believe deal is likely to go through
* Think chances of rival bid are slim
* Analysts predict deal at $157 per share
By Cecilia Valente and Eric Onstad
LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Investors in Canada's Potash Corp think BHP Billiton could succeed in its bid for the company if it sweetens its $39-billion offer by a quarter, according to a Reuters poll.
Asked at what price a takeover could happen, a sample of 11 global shareholders produced an average answer at $162 per share, against the $130 offer on the table.
Separately, a Reuters poll of 15 analysts in North America and in Europe found that the industry specialists believe a deal could be done at $157. Continued...