Advent, Kreke family to squeeze out remaining Douglas shareholders

Berlin

Advent International Corp and the Kreke family said today that they had so far accumulated a 95.33% stake in German retailer Douglas Holding AG (ETR:DOU).

Together with the 12.73% already owned by the Douglas founding family Kreke, Beauty Holding Three AG, a firm controlled by funds advised by the private equity firm, secured an ownership level of 93.09% in Douglas by 4 December. Another 2.24% stake was bought outside the EUR38.00 (USD50.34) tender bid, whose additional acceptance period is set to expire on 21 December.

Having secured over 95% of the German firm, Beauty Holding can now proceed with a squeeze-out for the rest of the Douglas stock, with the procedure to be carried out until 20 March 2013 at the same price per share, the pair added.

The EUR1.5bn transaction, which was launched in October, will see the Kreke family holding an indirect stake of 20% in Beauty Holding, while Advent funds will own the rest.

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