Sept 25 (Reuters) - Zooplus AG, one of Europe's
largest online pet supplies' retailers, said on Saturday that
Swedish private equity firm EQT AB has made an offer
to buy the company for about 3.36 billion euros ($3.94 billion).
EQT's 470-euros-per-share offer for Zooplus comes after U.S.
private equity company Hellman & Friedman this month raised its
offer to buy the company for 3.29 billion euros from an initial
3 billion euros.
The deal represents a premium of about 69% to Zooplus's last
close on Aug. 12, the day before Hellman & Friedman made its
The company, which has benefited from rising online demand
for pet supplies during the pandemic, said in a statement that
its management and supervisory boards welcomed the takeover
offer from EQT.
Earlier in the month, U.S. financial investor KKR & Co Inc
terminated its talks on a potential takeover offer for
the company, two days after Hellman & Friedman raised its offer.
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(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by William