Adds steps to approve Netshoes deal, pre-market opening share move
SAO PAULO, May 23 (Reuters) - Brazil's Grupo SBF CNTO3.SA, owner of sporting goods retailer Centauro, has submitted a counteroffer of $2.80 per share to acquire online shoe retailer Netshoes Ltd NETS.N, the company said in a filing on Thursday.
That would value the U.S.-listed company at around $87 million, and represents a 40% premium over the offer made by Brazilian retailer Magazine Luiza MGLU3.SA at the end of last month, which values Netshoes at around $62 million, SBF said.
According to the SBF filing, its board of directors unanimously approved the proposal to buy 100% of Netshoes shares.
Magazine Luiza said on Thursday that Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade has given its bid the green light. The company did not immediately comment on SBF's offer.
Although Magazine Luiza has secured antitrust approval, Netshoes shareholders have yet to vote on the deal. The shareholders assembly is scheduled for May 30.
Netshoes did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Netshoes shares were launched on the New York Stock Exchange in 2017 at $18 a share. Shares were up 37.8% in premarket trading in New York after the SBF offer.
(Reporting by Tatiana Bautzer and Roberto Samora Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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