Irving, Tx. — Affiliates of Apollo Global Management Inc. (NYSE: APO) have entered into an agreement to buy arts and crafts retailer Michaels (NASDAQ: MIK) and take the company private in a deal that is valued at approximately $5 billion.
Under the terms of the agreement, Apollo will tender an offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Michaels common stock for $22 per share in cash. The purchase price represents a 47 percent premium over the Irving-based arts and crafts retailer’s closing stock price on Feb. 26, the last trading day prior to press speculation about a potential transaction involving Michaels. The deal is expected to close during the first half of Michaels’ fiscal year.