JB HI-FI holds talks with The Good Guys over potential buyout

JB HI-FI holds talks with The Good Guys over potential buyout

Retailer confirms reports it is in discussions with rival

JB HI-FI has confirmed it is in discussions with retail chain, The Good Guys in relation of a proposed sale of The Good Guys business.

According to a company statement, discussions at this stage are “preliminary and exploratory.”

As reported originally by the Australian Financial Review, JB Hi-Fi chief executive, Richard Murray, used a recent Macquarie Australia to express the company’s desire to expand into the home appliance market.

The paper claimed it had information JB HI-FI had “made an indicative offer for The Good Guys.” The story also said the retailer had become the frontrunner among trade buyers and moved of Steinhoff International, owner of furniture retailer, Freedom.

“JB HI-FI has made no decision and nor has it entered into any agreement with respect to acquisition of The Good Guys,” the company statement said on 19 May.

The retailer added that it understands The Good Guys is looking at a range of options, including an IPO on the ASX.

“JB HI-FI evaluates all possible opportunities against a range of factors and would only pursue an acquisition if it made compelling financial sense for our shareholders,” the company added.

A buyout would boost JB Hi-Fi's sales from $3.9 billion to almost $6 billion. It would also bring in $110 million to earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) before synergies and increase JB Hi-Fi's store count from 194 to close to 300 stores

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