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Home decor superstore At Home is sold to private equity

The Plano-based chain of 228 stores in 40 states follows Irving-based arts and crafts retailer Michaels out of the spotlight of Wall Street.

Plano-based At Home is going private, five years after its initial public offering of stock and after more than a year of gaining new market share from households nesting during the pandemic.

Private equity firm Hellman & Friedman said in a filing Wednesday morning that 57% of At Home shares were tendered for $37 a share as of the deadline Tuesday night. It’s extending the deadline to 5 p.m. Thursday to complete the offer.

The value of the deal is $2.8 billion and includes the assumption of about $300 million in debt. Hellman & Friedman first made an offer to buy the company in May and the At Home board approved it. But the transaction turned into a tender offer after a major shareholder opposed the sale.

At Home’s second quarter ends this month, but the company hasn’t disclosed preliminary results. The chain’s total sales increased 27.3% last year to $1.74 billion, and same-stores sales were up 19.4%. Strong results continued in the first quarter, when sales more than doubled to $537.1 million from $189.8 million in the prior year.

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Maria Halkias, Staff writer. Maria Halkias has covered the retail scene for The Dallas Morning News since 1993.

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