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Arkhouse, Brigade raise Macy's buyout bid to $6.6 billion

FILE PHOTO: A customer exits the Macy's flagship department store in midtown Manhattan in New York

(Reuters) -Arkhouse Management, a real-estate-focused investing firm said on Sunday it and Brigade Capital Management have raised their offer for Macy's after the department store chain rebuffed their prior proposal as too low.

The firms are now offering to acquire Macy's stock they don't already own for $24 per share, about 14% more than its previous offer of $21 per share.

The new offer for the company represents a premium of about 33% to its last close on Friday at $18.01 and values the company at $6.6 billion.

"We continue to offer the company an attractive alternative solution through a sale of the company at a substantial premium. This would provide Macy's stockholders with significant value and immediate liquidity," Arkhouse said.

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"The Macy's Inc Board will carefully review and evaluate the latest proposal," Macy's said in a separate statement.

The two investment firms had submitted a proposal in December last year to acquire the shares of Macy's they don't already own for $21 a share but the offer was rejected by the department store operator due to concerns over the deal's financing and valuation.

Like other legacy department store operators, Macy's has struggled to compete against younger, online competitors or peers with smaller brick-and-mortar footprints. This has given Arkhouse and Brigade an opening to put pressure on Macy's to explore a sale.

Macy's is also facing a board challenge from Arkhouse Management after the investment firm nominated nine director candidates including executives with retail, real estate and capital markets experience, to the department store's 14-member board last month.

(Reporting by Akanksha Khushi in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Porter and Lincoln Feast.)