Clorox rejects Icahn's new buyout offer

08:47 | 27/07/2011
Clorox on Tuesday rejected the latest buyout offer from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, after he raised his bid for the cleaning-products company last week.

"Our board has carefully considered Mr. Icahn's revised proposal and concluded that it is inadequate and unlikely to be completed," Clorox's lead director Gary Michael said a statement.

Last Wednesday, Icahn raised his bid for the Oakland, California-based company from $76.50 to $80 per share, increasing his implied valuation of Clorox from $10.2 to $10.7 billion.

Icahn, who is famed for his aggressive buyout tactics, already owns 9.4 percent of Clorox.

He made his initial offer for Clorox in mid-July in hopes of starting a bidding war for the company and attracting even more lucrative offers from elsewhere.

Clorox makes a variety of consumer products sold under different brand names around the world but is best known for its household bleach and cleaning products. It had over $5.5 billion in sales last year.


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