Barnes and Noble spikes after reportedly being approached about going private

  • Barnes and Noble‘s shares are up 11.4% to $US7.35 after a report from the Wall Street Journal says the company has been approached about going private.
  • The proposal came from activist investor Sandell Asset Management, with a potential deal offer of $US750 million, including debt.
  • There are multiple hurdles to overcome if the proposal is to work, including arranging $US500 million in debt financing.
  • Chairman Leonard Riggio, who owns 18% of the company, has said he opposes the deal, according to the WSJ.
  • Sandell said it doesn’t have the financing in place or agreements with other investors, but thinks it could arrange both.
  • Barnes and Noble is down 34.51% this year including the post-proposal bump.

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