Centerbridge to Acquire P.F. Chang’s

by Christopher Freeburn | May 1, 2012 11:04 am

Centerbridge to Acquire P.F. Chang’s

Restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (NASDAQ: PFCB[1]) is going private.

The company announced that it will be acquired[2] by private equity firm Centerbridge Partners for about $1.1 billion. The company also operates Pei Wei and True Food Kitchen restaurants.

Centerbridge will pay $51.50 a share, 30% above the Monday’s market close for P.F. Chang’s shares. The transaction is expected to close later this year, if Centerbridge can acquire 83% of outstanding shares. P.F. Chang’s can explore competing offers until May 31.

P.F. Chang’s shares soared almost 30% in Tuesday trading to just over $51.

First-quarter profits at P.F. Chang’s fell 41% to $6.3 million, down from $10.6 million last year, while same-store sales slipped 0.6%.

Adjusted EPS was 35 cents during the quarter, which narrowly missed[3] analysts’ forecasts, the Associated Press noted.

Revenue for the quarter rose to $318.9 million, compared to $317.4 million last year. Analysts had expected $312.8 million in revenue for the quarter.

Endnotes:
  1. PFCB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PFCB
  2. will be acquired: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=62237&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1689495&highlight=
  3. narrowly missed: http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=AP&date=20120501&id=15050417

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