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Pep Boys puts the brakes on Bridgestone deal; has better offer from Icahn

Bridgestone, a Japan-based tires and auto service company, has until Dec 11 to increase its buyout offer



NEW YORK—Pep Boys told Bridgestone that it may ditch an already agreed-upon $835 million buyout offer and go with a competing offer from Carl Icahn’s investment firm that is worth $2 million more.

Icahn Enterprises is offering $15.50 for each Pep Boys share, compared with Bridgestone’s offer of $15 per share. The buyout from Icahn Enterprises is worth about $837.4 million. Icahn, an activist investor, has an 11.2 per cent stake in Pep Boys, according to FactSet.

Bridgestone, a Japan-based tires and auto service company, has until Dec 11 to increase its offer, or Pep Boys will take Icahn’s deal. Pep Boys said it notified Bridgestone of its decision.

Bridgestone confirmed in a Dec. 10 statement that it received the notice and said any further decisions will be made based on what makes financial sense for the company. Bridgestone said it still believes its buyout of Pep Boys “is good for the combined business.” The company declined to comment further.

Pep Boys, based in Philadelphia, has about 800 locations around the U.S. that sell auto parts and repair vehicles.

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