November 14, 2017 / 1:30 PM / 4 days ago

Shares of Buffalo Wild Wings soar on bid reports

Nov 14 (Reuters) - Buffalo Wild Wings’ shares rose nearly 26 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday, a day after a report that the company received a $2.3 billion takeover bid from private-equity firm Roark Capital Group.

Roark made an offer of more than $150 per share, a premium of at least 28 percent to the fastfood chain’s close on Monday.

Analysts at Wedbush, which boosted their price target to $130 from $115, said the offer is realistic and that Buffalo’s management could view it favorably with the stock’s current price representing limited visibility into same-store sales growth and margin trajectory.

“We believe a premium is now warranted given the potential for upside to expectations if wing cost declines are sustained, but remains a discount to M&A multiples given uncertainty regarding any potential deal.”

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. (on.wsj.com/2jmdx8l)

Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Martina D'Couto

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