Barnes & Noble surges 12% on takeover rumors

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Barnes & Noble surges 12% on takeover rumors – Nov. 16, 2017

Barnes & Noble turnaround not fiction yet

Once again, rumors are flying that Barnes & Noble is going private. Investors are loving it.

Shares of the bookseller jumped 12% after The Wall Street Journal reported that an activist investor made a $650 million proposal to take the company private.

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Sandell Asset Management Corp, which bought a stake in Barnes & Noble in July, reportedly offered the company a plan that would value it at more than $9 a share. Shares of Barnes & Noble had been trading at $7.25 mid-day Thursday.

Barnes & Noble and Sandell did not immediately respond to request for comment.

This isn’t the first time Sandell has attempted to take Barnes & Noble private.

Barnes & Noble’s (BKS) stock spiked 17% in July after Sandell approached it with an offer, but the bookstore rebuffed the plan.

The trouble Barnes & Noble faces are familiar for retailers: Amazon has eaten into sales at its 632 locations across the country, leading to tumbling profit over the past several years. Sales were down more than 6% last year.

Related: Barnes & Noble reeling as Amazon eats its lunch

“2017 has proved to be an extremely challenging year for Barnes & Noble,” chairman Leonard Riggio wrote in a June letter to shareholders. “Consumers are changing their shopping behavior and we have to do a better job of anticipating their needs.”

Despite the boost it received from takeover rumors, the bookseller is down nearly 34% this year and more than 50% over the past three years.

CNNMoney (New York) First published November 16, 2017: 2:49 PM ET

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