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NY Post: Cerberus Capital emerges as potential white knight in Walgreens deal

Citing sources close to the negotiations, The New York Post on Friday reported that private-equity giant Cerberus Capital may emerge as a possible white knight for Walgreens and Rite Aid by acquiring the 865 stores being divested. "Cerberus had participated in Walgreen’s December auction of the stores in question, losing to a winning bid of $950 million from regional drug chain Fred’s, according to two sources close to the situation," The Post reported. "Walgreens had rejected Cerberus’ bid partly because it was concerned the Federal Trade Commission would not approve a private-equity buyer, according to the sources." Either way, the deal is "not in danger of collapsing" even though the deal technically expires Friday, The Post added. (The New York Post)

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Post: WBA, RAD to stay course if deal not approved by deadline

The New York Post late Tuesday night reported that neither Walgreens nor Rite Aid will the nix the deal if the they don't get regulatory approval by the deadline Jan. 27.  “I assume that is correct,” a source with direct knowledge of the situation told The Post on Tuesday. "Rite Aid’s shares closed up 5 cents, at $6.95, well below the offer price," The Post added. "Its shares could fall below $4 if the deal is blocked, sources said." (The New York Post)