Best Buy Founder Offers to Buy Co, Take It Private
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Best Buy’s founder says he wants to take the electronics retailer private by buying up all of its outstanding shares he doesn’t already own for $24 to $26 each.
Best Buy shares jumped 22 percent on the news.
Richard Schulze also served as the Minneapolis-based company’s chairman until resigning in June amid a scandal involving its CEO. The offer represents a 36 percent to 47 percent premium over Best Buy’s Friday closing stock price.
Schulze is Best Buy’s largest shareholder, controlling about 20 percent of its shares.
He says he’s developed a plan to deal with the company’s challenges and has talked with private equity firms.
Schulze says he plans to finance the deal through a combination of private equity investments, about $1 billion of his own equity and debt.
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