July 25, 2017 / 3:15 AM / 2 years ago

Activist investor Sandell presses for Barnes & Noble sale: WSJ

(Reuters) - Activist investor Sandell Asset Management Corp wants Barnes & Noble (BKS.N) to try to sell itself again, saying the bookstore chain will benefit from a new owner, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Sandell has recently bought a stake in Barnes & Noble and is among its top 10 investors, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter. on.wsj.com/2uSwmEi

Barnes & Noble could attract a bid of more than $12 a share, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a letter from Sandell.

Based on Monday’s closing share price of $7.10, Barnes & Noble’s market value is about $515 million.

John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp (FWONA.O) proposed buying Barnes & Noble for $1.02 billion in 2011, but ended up investing in preferred shares it could convert into a stake later.

In 2014, Liberty sold almost all its stake, ending a nearly three-year bet that the retailer would emerge as a dominant seller of e-books. reut.rs/2uUsEcY

Barnes & Noble and Sandell were not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours.

Reporting by Parikshit Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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