Homebuilder McCarthy & Stone to go private in 630 mln pound deal
Adds details on deal, shares, background
Oct 23 (Reuters) - Retirement-home builder McCarthy & Stone Plc MCS.L on Friday agreed to be taken private by a unit of private equity firm Lone Star Funds in an all-cash deal that values the British company at 630 million pounds ($822.40 million).
Shares in the London-listed firm jumped 43% to 118.4 pence, above the 115 pence per share offer, as the company said its board plans on unanimously recommending the deal to its shareholders.
McCarthy & Stone said the offer, which represents a 38.6% premium to its stock's closing price of 83 pence on Thursday, would help it continue growing its shared ownership offering and access finance from private capital.
The company swung to a loss in the first half of 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions on housing transactions slashed its number of completed sales.
Mastiff Ltd, the unit of real estate-focused Lone Star Funds, said it had received an irrevocable undertaking from hedge fund Anchorage Capital for 17.1% of McCarthy & Stone shares.
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(Reporting by Aniruddha Ghosh in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)
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