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Matalan sale process axed

The sale of Matalan has been pulled after potential buyers failed to meet founder John Hargreaves’ price hopes for the value retailer.

A spokesman for the retailer confirmed today that Matalan has closed down the potential sale process.

It is understood that the retailer received a number of approaches for the business but that potential investors balked at the £1.5bn price-tag.

Private equity houses TPG, Advent International and Warburg Pincus have been linked to the sale.

A source close to the retailer said that the Matalan board and advisor PricewaterhouseCoopers investigated the offers but that they failed to meet a “significant attractive offer” for Matalan.

Hargreaves reportedly set a £1.2bn to £1.25bn break price for the deal for the 205-store chain.


Readers' comments (2)

  • What a surprise... This was never going to happen in a million years. Just hype. Hopefully Matalan will get what they deserve by deploying tactics to hype the chain. The value player offering no value atall - ha ha!

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  • It will be very interesting to to see the future results as I suspect the cost cutting employed to ready the business for sale may not make the recent profitability sustainable.

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