Sears CEO's hedge fund offers to buy Kenmore brand for $400 million

  • A hedge fund owned by Sears CEO Eddie Lampert has offered to buy the Kenmore appliances brand for $400 million in cash.
  • ESL Investments also made an offer to buy the Home Improvement business of the company's home services division for as much as $80 million in cash.
  • The offers were made in a letter to Sears' board.
CEO of Sears Holdings and founder of ESL Investments Eddie Lampert
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CEO of Sears Holdings and founder of ESL Investments Eddie Lampert

A hedge fund owned by the chief executive of Sears, Edward Lampert, has offered to buy the company's Kenmore appliances brand for $400 million in cash, Sears said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

ESL Investments also made an offer to buy the Home Improvement business of the company's home services division for as much as $80 million in cash, according to the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

It said the offers were made in a letter to Sears' board.

The offer for Kenmore is conditional on ESL receiving equity financing from a potential partner, according to the filing. No partner was named.

Lampert said in April Sears should sell its Kenmore brand, home improvement businesses and real estate, and that ESL Investments would bid in any sale.

Sears formed a special committee in May to explore the proposal.

In its fiscal first quarter ended May 5, Sears reported a net loss attributable to the company of $424 million, or $3.93 per share, compared with a profit of $245 million, or $2.29 per share, a year earlier. The company's store closures brought down its revenue by nearly 31 percent in the first quarter.