E-commerce leader Trade Me Group has received a $2.56 billion takeover offer from a US-based private equity firm, a higher bid than one from a London-based counterpart last month.
California-based Hellman & Friedman offered $6.45 per share to buy all shares of Trade Me, the company said in a statement on the New Zealand stock exchange.
This offer is at a 6.6 percent premium to Trade Me’s closing price on Tuesday and 0.8 percent higher than the $6.40 per share takeover bid from London-based private equity group Apax Partners offered to Trade Me in November.
TradeMe has informed Apax Partners, which is currently conducting due diligence, of the competing proposal.
"The board has decided that it is in the interests of Trade Me and consistent with its fiduciary obligations to also engage with Hellman & Friedman on the new proposal," the company said.
Shares of the company traded 1.8 percent higher in early trade, compared with a 1.3 percent lower New Zealand benchmark.