NEW YORK — The U.S. subsidiary of Unilever began a sweetened tender offer Monday for all of the outstanding stock of Richardson-Vicks, which last week rejected a slightly lower bid by the Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant.
Unilever U.S. said it would offer $56 a share in cash if Richardson-Vicks' board of directors decided to support the offer and $48 if it did not.
Last week, Richardson-Vicks' board unanimously rejected an unsolicited $54-a share proposal from Unilever, calling it "inadequate."
Worth $1.31 Billion
Malcolm MacGruer, a spokesman at Richardson-Vicks' headquarters in Wilton, Conn., said his company had no comment on the latest development.
Richardson-Vicks, which produces health- and personal-care products, had about 23.4 million shares outstanding April 30, which would make Unilever's offer worth as much as $1.31 billion. Unilever said fees, expenses and the exercise of options convertible into Richardson-Vicks stock would boost the cost of the takeover to as much as $1.35 billion.
The latest offer is conditioned on at least 51% of Richardson-Vicks' stock being tendered, Unilever said. The offer expires at midnight Eastern time Oct. 11, unless extended.