Molson shareholders have been offered a special dividend worth C$381m (£171m) as part of a campaign to convince them to back a merger with Adolph Coors. The Financial Times says the move has increased the likelihood of shareholders approving the deal but it could significantly raise the debt of the combined company. It also creates a new obstacle to a possible rival bid headed by Ian Molson, a former deputy chairman of the company. The Times 06/11/04 page 66 (Need to know) Financial Times (Money & Business) 06/11/04 page 5