The Associated PressAssociated Press
Posted: 07/23/2012 06:25:47 AM PDT
EMERYVILLE, Calif.—Peet’s Coffee & Tea is being taken private for approximately $977.6 million.
German conglomerate Joh. A. Benckiser will pay $73.50 per share, which is a 29 percent premium to Peet’s Friday closing stock price of $57.16. The companies put the deal’s total value at about $1 billion.
BDT Capital is a minority investor in the deal.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc. has about 13.3 million outstanding shares, according to FactSet. The current management and employees will remain with the company and its headquarters will remain in Emeryville, Calif.
The acquisition, which was unanimously approved by Peet’s board, is expected to close in about three months. A majority of Peet’s outstanding stock must be voted in favor of the deal at an upcoming special shareholders meeting.