UPDATE 1-Sears CEO’s hedge fund offers to buy Kenmore brand for $400 mln


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(Reuters) – A hedge fund owned by the chief executive of Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD.O), Edward Lampert, has offered to buy the company’s Kenmore appliances brand for $400 million in cash, Sears said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Sears Kenmore washing machines are shown for sale inside a Sears department store in La Jolla, California, U.S., March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

ESL Investments also made an offer to buy the Home Improvement business of the company’s home services division for as much as $80 million in cash, according to the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

It said the offers were made in a letter to Sears’ board.

The offer for Kenmore is conditional on ESL receiving equity financing from a potential partner, according to the filing. No partner was named.

Lampert said in April Sears should sell its Kenmore brand, home improvement businesses and real estate, and that ESL Investments would bid in any sale.

Sears formed a special committee in May to explore the proposal.

In its fiscal first quarter ended May 5, Sears reported a net loss attributable to the company of $424 million, or $3.93 per share, compared with a profit of $245 million, or $2.29 per share, a year earlier. The company’s store closures brought down its revenue by nearly 31 percent in the first quarter.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier


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