Whirlpool officials began taking a closer look at Maytag books yesterday as the two appliance companies took the initial steps toward a...
DES MOINES, Iowa — Whirlpool officials began taking a closer look at Maytag books yesterday as the two appliance companies took the initial steps toward a deal that would combine their businesses.
Whirlpool boosted its offer for the Iowa appliance maker by $1 per share Friday to $18 a share, or about $1.43 billion.
In a statement yesterday, Whirlpool said it had entered into a mutual-confidentiality agreement with Maytag, allowing its accountants to examine Maytag’s financial records in detail.
“We’ve commenced due diligence. Therefore, we’re unable to comment on our proposed acquisition at this time,” Whirlpool spokesman Steve Duthie said.
Most Read Stories
- Billionaire Paul Allen pledges $30M toward permanent housing for Seattle’s homeless
- Seattle just broke a 122-year-old record for rain — because of course it did
- Is Seattle a target for a North Korean nuclear attack? Well, not quite yet, insiders say
- 2017 NFL draft: Live Seahawks updates from the first round
- Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch agrees to contract with Raiders, is traded to Oakland in exchange of 2018 draft picks
Maytag spokesman John Daggett confirmed that Whirlpool officials were at the Maytag headquarters.
Whirlpool had given Maytag until Sunday evening to respond to its sweetened offer. Minutes before the deadline, Maytag officials issued a statement asking for more information from Whirlpool.
That apparently was provided earlier this week.
Maytag shares rose 6 cents to close at $16.91 yesterday. Whirlpool shares fell 59 cents to close at $79.69.
In May, Maytag accepted a buyout offer from Triton Acquisition, an investment group led by Ripplewood Holdings, for $14 per share, or about $1.13 billion.
Maytag shareholders are scheduled to vote on that offer on Aug. 19.
Maytag’s agreement with Triton stipulates that Maytag must pay a $40 million fee if it walks away from the deal.
Whirlpool CEO Jeff Fettig told Maytag officials in a letter Friday that Whirlpool would pay the fee if Maytag broke its agreement with Triton.