December 21, 2018 / 2:31 PM / in 7 months

KKR launches $493 million offer for Spain's Telepizza

FILE PHOTO: Trading information for KKR & Co is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

(Reuters) - U.S. private equity giant KKR (KKR.N) has launched a 431.7 million euro ($493 mln) takeover offer for Spain’s Telepizza (TPZ.MC) after buying around a quarter of the fast-food restaurant chain’s shares.

KKR plans to de-list the company after the 6 euros per share buyout, it said on Friday.

The U.S. private equity firm has secured commitments from holders of 12.7 pct of Telepizza’s shares to take part in the offer, bringing its stake above the regulatory threshold of 30 percent, which would trigger a mandatory takeover bid.

KKR’s move comes days before Telepizza formally enters into an alliance with Yum Brands’ Pizza Hut (YUM.N).

The cooperation between the two brands assumes the Spanish pizza chain would open as many as 1,300 new stores in the next 10 years. It would also mean rebranding Telepizza as Pizza Hut in some markets.

($1 = 0.8760 euros)

Reporting by Katarzyna Zajaczkowska, editing by Louise Heavens

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