KKR launches $493 mln offer for Spain's Telepizza

Dec 21 () - U.S. private equity giant KKR has launched a 431.7 million euro ($493 mln) takeover offer for Spain'sTelepizza after buying around a quarter of the fast-food restaurant chain's shares.

KKR plans to de-list the company after the 6 euros per share buyout, it said on Friday.

The U.S. private equity firm has secured commitments from holders of 12.7 pct of Telepizza's shares to take part in the offer, bringing its stake above the regulatory threshold of 30 percent, which would trigger a mandatory takeover bid.

The cooperation between the two brands assumes the Spanish pizza chain would open as many as 1,300 new stores in the next 10 years. It would also mean rebranding Telepizza as Pizza Hut in some markets.

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