Former New Look owner reported to have tabled Shop Direct bid
Private equity group Apax Partners, the former joint owner of New Look, and BC Partners are reported to have tabled indicative offers for home shopping group Shop Direct last week.
According Sky News Apax and BC Partners made their bids along with at least one other party after several private equity houses including Carlyle, Cinven, CVC Capital Partners and Permira all declined to make bids.
It is understood the £3bn price tag has put some bidders off along with the business's relaince on revenue from its consumer credit arm, though it has shown strong growth in profit in recent years. Should the Barclay brothers decide to lower the price the parties who have not tabled bids may well return to the fray, it is reported.