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Hollywood Video Chain Accepts Lower Bid

IN BRIEF/ENTERTAINMENT

October 15, 2004|From Reuters

Hollywood Entertainment Corp., the No. 2 U.S. video store chain, has agreed to take less cash in a buyout deal with Leonard Green & Partners, citing changing industry conditions, Hollywood said.

Under the new deal, shareholders would receive $10.25 in cash per share, down from a previous offer of $14. The lower offer, which came despite growing calls for the company to abandon a buyout, values the chain at about $619.7 million.

When the offer was unveiled in March, the Portland, Ore.-based company was valued at $890 million. Its stock rose 54 cents to $9.94 on Nasdaq.

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