Is a Best Buy Buyout Inevitable?
Originally granted 60 days to review Best Buy’s financials, Bloomberg reports that people familiar with the matter say Schulze has asked for 30 more days so that he and PE firms such as Cerberus Capital Management, TPG Capital, and Leonard Green & Partners can perform due diligence and see how the company performs over the holidays.
Although the financial review is not complete, Schulze has indicated that he would offer up to $26 per share for the company, over double the stock’s price on November 21.
Bloomberg’s sources indicate that Best Buy could grant Schulze’s request for extra time within the next few days. The company’s management is likely warming up to the idea of the buyout offer as the stock price continues to decline. If the company fails to execute on its turn-around strategy then Schulze’s offer quickly becomes the best option for both the company and shareholders.
Best Buy will want to make sure that Schulze can line up appropriate financing for the deal, said Bloomberg’s sources. However, funding doesn’t seem to be an issue with a single one of the three private-equity firms Schulze has on board reportedly able to throw down for the deal.
This holiday season won’t make or break Best Buy, but if sales are bad it will certainly help make the company’s decision easier. From all accounts Schulze’s offer is generous, and there’s no doubt he has a competent plan of recovery and the company’s best interests in mind.