Staples is hoping the third time’s the attraction, because it seeks to purchase rival Workplace Depot for a reported $2.1 billion.
“Staples believes that its all-cash transaction is a compelling worth proposition for ODP’s stockholders that gives a excessive diploma of certainty and is superior to the intrinsic, standalone worth” of Office Depot, the letter stated.
“We’re absolutely dedicated to finishing the proposed transaction,” Staples stated. “Our intention is to start a public, all-cash tender supply” for all of Workplace Depot’s excellent shares of widespread inventory in March — “within the occasion we can’t attain a negotiated settlement,” the corporate added.
“Staples is ready to take all vital measures to divest” Workplace Depot’s business-to-business (B2B) division to “a certified purchaser concurrently with the closing of the general transaction,” the letter learn. That transfer is supposed to move off “any fairly anticipated regulatory objections.”
Staples needs to keep away from interference from the Federal Commerce Fee (FTC), which sued to dam a deal 5 years in the past that was value an estimated $6.3 billion. The FTC’s fundamental concern on the time was that the mixture of the 2 workplace provide giants’ B2B operations would damage competitors and lift costs for big companies that purchase provides in bulk.
When the 2016 deal flopped, Staples was taken personal by the hedge fund Sycamore Companions in a leveraged buyout, The Wall Street Journal reported. The corporate is now managed by USR, a Sycamore subsidiary.
Final summer season, Sycamore, which is is thought for purchasing distressed firms, sought to buy JCPenney.
The Wall Avenue Journal reported that the FTC additionally rejected Staples’ first strive at shopping for Workplace Depot, courting again to 1997. The chief concern on the time was over brick-and-mortar retail competitors.