First round bids for private equity-backed Swedish bedmaker Hilding Anders and binding offers for Nordic cinema chain SF could come as soon as this week according to Reuters.
It cited deal advisors as saying Hilding could sell for as much as €1bn, while SF is likely to raise up to €250m.
Hilding is owned by private equity firm Arle Capital Partners, while SF is controlled by publishing company Bonnier.
The report added that private equity firm Altor received first round bids for its Danish food services company Eurocater last week, which could see its valuation top €500m.
Reuters noted that the pick up in buyout activity comes after 2012 ended with a dearth of major deals and the abandoned sale of Swedish optical chain Synsam.
The report quoted a senior mergers and acquisitions adviser as saying, “In particular after the Synsam debacle I think it would be healthy to have a successful larger deal.
“Let’s say Hilding Anders ends in a successful way – that is something which could help get things moving.”
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