Crafts retailer Michaels will go private in $3.3 billion deal

by Buzz Street Times

Reusable shopping bags are displayed beneath a checkout counter at a Michaels craft store in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Arts and crafts retailer Michaels said Wednesday it agreed to be taken private in a $3.3 billion deal with Apollo Global Management.

Apollo will acquire all outstanding Michaels stock for $22 per share in a tender offer. That represents a 47% premium to the closing price on Friday, the day before speculation of the deal was publicized in the media. The companies value the transaction at $5 billion.

Michaels said the terms of the deal were unanimously approved by its board.

The companies said that there will be a 25-day “go-shop” period, starting Wednesday, where Michaels will be able to entertain other options, but this process won’t necessarily lead to a better offer.

Michaels, which has been a public company since 2014, has over 1,200 stores in North America and roughly 44,000 employees.

Michaels shares soared more than 9% in premarket trading. Its stock is up more than 366% over the past 12 months, as of Tuesday’s market close. Michaels has a market cap of $2.66 billion.

Read the full press release here.

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