Shares in Cabela’s Inc (NYSE:CAB) gained 15% in pre-market trading after the firm announced that it had agreed a deal to be acquired by fellow outdoor recreation retailer, Bass Pro Shops.
The deal – valued at US$5.5bn – will see Bass pay US$65.50 for each of Cabela share in issue, just shy of a 20% premium compared to Friday’s closing price.
Privately-held Bass Pro Shops’ bid prevailed over a rival offer from private equity firm Sycamore Partners.
Industry experts have suggested that the tie-up between two of the US’ largest fishing and hunting retailers could face antitrust scrutiny.
Shares in Nebraska-based Cabela’s were already up 18% in the year to Friday (September 30).
Both have marketed themselves as one-stop shops for entertainment, expert advice and shopping, as well as decorating their stores to look something more akin to a theme park.
Both Cabela’s and Bass – founded in 1961 and 1971 respectively – have also benefitted from their hunting gun businesses, as public demand surges amidst the uncertainty of gun law changes.
The two retailers have a strong foothold across the US, with Cabela’s 80 or so stores generally focussing on the Northwest, while Bass Pro’s approximately 100 stores have a stronger presence in the US Northeast.
The stock was up 15% in pre-market trading to US$62.90.
Story by ProactiveInvestors