Cerberus close to acquiring parts of Supervalu

Deal could be announced as soon as Thursday

NEW YORK — The breakup of Supervalu to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management could be announced as soon as Thursday when Supervalu shares third-quarter results with analysts, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal published Friday. 

Bloomberg also reported that a deal between Cerberus and Supervalu was imminent. According to that Bloomberg report, Cerberus would lead an investment of around $500 million in equity. 

Bloomberg in December reported that Cerberus and Supervalu were negotiating a deal in which Supervalu would sell its Albertsons and Save-A-Lot operations to Cerberus, and Cerberus would take a stake in the remainder in what will still be a public company. 

Supervalu's stock rose 13.5% to $2.94 on Friday, after WSJ reported a deal with Cerberus was close. The company's stock has been down more than 60% over the past 12 months.

Cerberus already has a stake in the Albertsons banner. In 2006, a Cerberus-led group acquired more than 650 underperforming Albertsons stores as part of a larger deal to dismantle that grocer. As part of that deal, Supervalu had acquired more than 1,100 Albertsons grocery stores. 

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