AXA Private Equity has reportedly upped its offer for French caterer Elior by €250m after negotiations hit an impasse.
The private equity firm is looking to buy a minority stake in Elior in a deal that would value the company at €3.7bn, which is close to the asking price of €4bn, said French newspaper Les Echoes.
Elior is currently majority owned by private equity firm Charterhouse Capital. The firm and minority shareholder Chequers Capital would retain a 51 per cent stake under the terms of the offer.
Joint private equity bidders CVC Capital Partners and BC Partners have also sweetened their offer, which now values Elior at €3.5bn, but talks with the company have stalled.
Charterhouse, which holds a 62.3 per cent stake after buying Elior for €2.5bn in 2006, has considered floating the company if no bidder agrees to match the asking price, according to the FT.
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