NEW YORK — Now here’s a deal Homer Simpson can get behind: Krispy Kreme is cashing in.
The doughnut chain reached a $1.35 billion deal Monday to be acquired by JAB Holding, a private company that just recently agreed to buy Keurig Green Mountain.
JAB is gobbling up Krispy Kreme for $21 a share in cash, or roughly 25% more than the doughnut chain’s closing price on Friday.
After the deal closes, Krispy Kreme will become a private company and keep its headquarters in Winston-Salem, NC.
“We are thrilled to have such an iconic brand as Krispy Kreme joining the JAB portfolio,” Peter Harf, senior partner at JAB, said in a statement.
Krispy Kreme hasn’t been doing that well lately. The stock plunged below $14 late last year as sales of its consumer packaged goods — donuts sold in supermarkets — stumbled. But only in spring last year, the doughnut chain was trading above $20.
The big takeover is making people wonder if Dunkin’ Brands might also be a takeover target. Shares of the parent of rival Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins rose about 2%.