In a regulatory filing released on Friday afternoon, Sainsbury said that it is offering to buy Home Retail Group for a value of £1.454 per share, and that it values Home Retail at around £1.2 billion.
Crucially, Sainsbury’s says that Home Retail is likely to recommend to shareholders that they should approve the deal.
In other words, they’re going to accept the offer. More formally, Sainsbury’s announcement said that “the Board of HRG had indicated to Sainsbury’s that it would be willing to recommend Sainsbury’s offer, if made”.
Sainsbury’s initially approached HRG in early January about a possible takeover, before making another offer at the start of February. Both were turned down, but the new offer means that a deal looks likely to go ahead.
Speaking about the offer, Sainsbury’s chairman, David Tyler said:
“This combination with Home Retail Group presents an opportunity to accelerate our strategy, delivering compelling revenue and cost synergies. We will create a multi-product, multi-channel proposition with fast delivery networks that we believe will be very attractive to the customers of both businesses.”
The move comes on the same day that South African group Steinhoff International, who had been fighting Sainsbury’s to buy HRG, confirmed that it is no longer interested in buying the retailer. “Steinhoff now confirms that it does not intend to make an offer for Home Retail,” Steinhoff said in a statement.
Sainsbury’s announcement was made one minute after Britain’s financial markets closed for the day, so investors will not get a chance to react to the news until Monday when markets re-open.