Dec 13 Hostess Brands Inc, the bankrupt Twinkie
and Wonder Bread maker, has received bids for assets being sold
by about two dozen parties including Wal-Mart Stores Inc
and Kroger Co, according to a media report on Thursday.
Some of the bidders are interested in acquiring all of the
Hostess assets, while others are just focused on its cake or
breads businesses, said the report by Bloomberg, which cited a
person familiar with the matter.
Spokesmen for Hostess, Wal-Mart and Kroger all declined to
comment. A banker at Perella Weinberg, which is running the
sale, was not immediately available.
Hostess received court permission last month to wind down
its 82-year-old business, which cleared the way for the company
to begin selling assets. Proceeds will help it repay creditors.
It has about $900 million of secured debt and faces up to
about $150 million of administrative claims.
By early January, the company expects to have initial bids
for its various brands, which will then be put to auction.
Wal-Mart shares were up 0.5 percent at $69.27 in late
afternoon trade while Kroger shares were down 0.6 percent at