LONDON U.S. buyout firm J.C. Flowers has withdrawn from the auction process to buy ailing British bank Northern Rock NRK.L, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.
The buyout firm found it "impossible" to construct a deal that would deliver required value for Northern Rock shareholders alongside its own profitability criteria, the person said.
He said Flowers remained interested in Northern Rock and it could re-enter talks if the auction process stumbles. That would be based on a proposal made in mid-November, which included an offer to the bank's shareholders at a "nominal value".
(Reporting by Steve Slater)