The Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY) acquisition by Carl Icahn isn't expected by BB&T Capital Markets to do any favors for Federal-Mogul (FDML -7.3%). Federal-Mogul has been on watch since the deal announcement due to Icahn's sizable position in the automobile supplier.
BB&T's Tony Cristello explains: "By buying Pep Boys, (Icahn) has created a huge conflict of interest. I wouldn't be surprised if Pep Boys is the tipping point for Federal-Mogul's customers to look for other options."
It looks like Carl Icahn has won the Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY) bidding war: Bridgestone (OTCPK:BRDCY) says it won't counter Icahn Enterprises' (NASDAQ:IEP) $18.50/share offer for the auto repair shop chain. The offer, issued yesterday, topped a prior $17/share offer from Bridgestone.
Icahn Enterprises' (NASDAQ:IEP) latest offer for Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY) is $1.50/share above the $17/share deal Pep Boys agreed to with Bridgestone (OTCPK:BRDCY) last week. It value auto repair shop owner at a little over $1B.
Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY) says it agrees to a new takeover offer from Bridgestone (OTCPK:BRDCY) that values the company at $947M and no longer deems the proposal received from Icahn Enterprises (NASDAQ:IEP) a "superior proposal."
PBY says Bridgestone will pay $17/share, with the announcement coming just before a 5 p.m. ET deadline to match or exceed Icahn’s $16.50/share offer; Icahn said yesterday he would pay $0.10/share more than any Bridgestone offer up to $18.10 under a "ratchet" structure.
PBY also says the breakup fee in the revised Bridgestone deal has been increased to $39.5M from $35M.
Icahn says of today's offer: "We cannot understand the actions of the directors in that they know we were willing to offer a lot more than $17."
Earlier: Pep Boys breakup is likely scenario, analyst says
Pep Boys' (PBY -0.2%) bidding process will continue into the new year, culminating with a breakup of the service and retail operations and Monro Muffler (MNRO -0.5%) or O'Reilly Auto Parts (ORLY -0.1%) as potential buyers, Sterne Agee CRT analyst Ali Faghri says, adding that a deal with either company would be a positive catalyst since both have strong track records of acquisition integration.
Faghri says an Icahn Enterprises (IEP -0.1%) acquisition of PBY likely would result in a sale of the service operations, with MNRO as a potential buyer; should Bridgestone prevail, PBY's retail business would be viewed as non-core and the ~560 stores would be sold, with ORLY the mostly likely buyer in this scenario.
At an $18.10 takeout price, the analyst says the current deal valuation of ~12.5x TTM EBITDA shows the strength of the auto aftermarket industry, justifying MNRO's premium valuation (~14x 2016 EBITDA) and underscoring the discount at which Advanced Auto Parts (AAP +0.1%) trades (~9x 2016 EBITDA).
The board of directors at Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY) expects a "superior" offer from Bridgestone (OTCPK:BRDCY, OTC:BRDCF) after Carl Icahn and his affiliates came in with a $15.50 per share bid yesterday for the company.
The company is effectively passing on the current Icahn offer while it waits for the competition to play out.