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Coach to buy rival Kate Spade for $2.4 billion

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Handbags are pictured through a window of a Coach store in Pasadena, California (photo Reuters)

Handbag maker Coach Inc (COH.N) said it would buy Kate Spade & Co (KATE.N) for 2.4 billion dollars as it looks tap the smaller rival’s popularity among millennials.

The 18.50 dollar per share cash offer represents a premium of nine per cent to Kate Spade’s Friday close.
Kate Spade’s stock was trading above the offer price at 18.95 dollar premarket on Monday.

The stock has risen 17 per cent since Dec. 27, a day before the Wall Street Journal reported the company was looking to sell itself.

Reuters reported in April, citing sources, that Kate Spade would need a few more weeks negotiating a sale of the company after receiving an offer from Coach.

Coach expects to have a run rate of about $50 million in savings within three years of the closing of the deal.

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