NEW YORK — Deutsche Bank on Thursday speculated that either Cerberus or Kroger could acquire Safeway.
The firm noted that divestitures in a Kroger acquisition would exceed those in a Cerberus buyout.
A Bloomberg report published last week suggested Cerberus was the lead bidder for Safeway's operations.
"While other private-equity firms also have expressed interest in buying the second-largest grocery chain in the U.S., they are more interested in cherry-picking assets, people familiar with the situation have said," Bloomberg reported. "Safeway is not interested in selling off pieces and would prefer to be sold in its entirety, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process is private."