Best Buy Founder Richard Schulze to Proceed with Due Diligence to Take the Company Private
August 28, 2012 8:53 AM
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Schulze has 60 to offer a purchase proposal
Retail electronics giant Best Buy has been going through some rough times as the company faces increasing pressure from online and discount retailers such as Amazon and Walmart. Best Buy founder Richard Schulze
about a month ago that he was considering an attempt to take Best Buy private with private equity or possibly selling his 20% stake in the company.
The Best Buy board and Schulze have announced that they have reached an agreement that will permit Schulze to form an investment group and conduct due diligence needed to make a fully financed proposal to acquire Best Buy. The agreement establishes a non-exclusive, orderly process with Schulze and has been filed with the SEC.
The agreement allows Schulze to perform immediate due diligence with access to non-public company information to be shared with advisors and potential private-equity partners. Under the terms of the agreement, Schulze will be allowed to bring forward a fully financed and definitive proposal within 60 days of the beginning of the due diligence period. The due diligence period can also be extended in certain circumstances.
Schulze has also agreed that if his proposal is rejected by the Board of Directors, he will not pursue an acquisition until January 2013. At that time, Schulze will have the opportunity to make a second offer if the original is rejected. The
Wall Street Journal
reports that Schulze has previously publicly announced that he was proposing a $10 billion buyout of the company he helped found and that his financial partners were "highly confident" that the money to purchase the company could be raised.
Best Buy has also announced that it will offer Schulze two seats on the company's board reflecting the 20% of the company he owns. However, the two seats could be withdrawn if Schulze decides to make a purchase offer directly to shareholders or violates standstill provisions of the agreement.
Wall Street Journal
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8/28/2012 2:52:45 PM
Even if they cannot
the online price, they should at least try to set prices that makes it worth the "instant gratification". If a TV costs you $1500 in the store and $1250 online, you most likely aren't going to be paying that $250 premium. If, however, it was priced only $50-$75 more in the B&M store, you'd be a lot more likely to eat that cost. Sales would increase dramatically, too. So, it'd be a better situation than the one they are in now.
8/28/2012 4:42:11 PM
They don't have to match
online prices. They just have to match or beat
. Then while you're in the store to buy that sale item, you notice the router and LAN cable you also needed for only $3 more than online. And since it's right there in front of you and you've already paid for the gas to get there, you pick those up too.
The problem for Best Buy is that they charge like $20 for a $3 cable. Frys doesn't do that as much. Most of the stuff I see there is priced pretty close to online prices, and their sale prices frequently beat online prices. So they remain in business.
8/29/2012 9:56:37 AM
This strategy is as far as I can tell very successful for MicroCenter. They sell you a CPU/Motherboard at a loss, but make up for it on other items such as Memory, Cases, PSUs, HDDs, etc. If you go into MicroCenter, at least the two I have been in, they actively advertise the Newegg and TigerDirect prices for CPUs as well as Motherboards, but not for the products where MicroCenter's price is higher. I imagine they must get a decent price on CPUs and Motherboards, since they seem to stock a limited variety of each, but in extreme quantities, at the stores I have shopped in. I also enjoy the fact that their salespeople, while not necessarily the brightest, are not trying to push cell phone upgrades or satellite TV service on me when I shop there.
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