* Holders of preferred shares have until Aug. 11 to accept
* KKR offers premium of 11 pct on the last three months
* Offer follows deal with co-owner Weissenbacher
(Adds details on offer, background on deal)
FRANKFURT, July 14 Buyout group KKR has
launched an offer to take full control of German cutlery and
coffee-machine maker WMF, which it then would delist
from the Frankfurt stock exchange.
Holders of preferred shares have until Aug. 11 to
accept a 53 euro ($72.29) per share offer - a premium of 11
percent on the last three months' average share price, KKR said
in a statement on Monday.
KKR, which already owns 72 percent of WMF, last month struck
a deal with co-owner Andreas Weissenbacher, who is tendering his
25 percent for a stake in a KKR holding company set up to
Weissenbacher initially opposed KKR's investment in WMF but
has now sided with the buyout group.
To be able to delist WMF, KKR needs to control 90 percent of
the common and the preferred capital. It would therefore have to
acquire 75 percent of the preference shares, which are mainly in
free float, and has set that percentage as a minimum acceptance
In 2012 KKR had offered holders of preference stock 31.70
euros a share when it bought roughly 50 percent of the common
WMF stock from private equity investor Capvis for 238 million
In 2013, WMF posted sales of 1 billion euros and a fall in
earnings before interest and taxes of about a third to 47
million, prompting Chief Executive Peter Feld to vow that the
company would put more emphasis on emerging markets.
($1 = 0.7331 Euros)
(Reporting by Arno Schuetze and Christoph Steitz; editing by