Apollo in talks to provide up to $2 billion in financing for Kohl's sale -source
By Chibuike Oguh
June 9 (Reuters) - Apollo Global Management Inc APO is in talks to provide up to $2 billion in debt financing for the potential acquisition of department store chain Kohl's Corp KSS by retail store operator Franchise Group FRG, a person familiar with the matter said.
The discussions between Apollo and Franchise are still at an early stage and no agreement has been reached, the source said. An Apollo spokesperson declined to comment. The New York Post was the first to report on the talks.
Franchise Group, operators of retail stores such as The Vitamin Shoppe and Buddy's Home Furnishings, said on Monday it has entered into a three-week exclusive negotiation to acquire Kohl's for $60 per share, which values the company at nearly $8 billion. Kohl's stock traded at $46.32 per share on Thursday, giving it a valuation of about $6 billion. nL4N2XT38M
Franchise Group's bid for Kohl's was chosen ahead of other competing offers for the department store from private-equity firm Sycamore Partners, Brookfield Asset Management Inc BAM, and Simon Property Group Inc SPGS U. nL2N2XG2LK
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(Reporting by Chibuike Oguh in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)