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Steinway Sold for $438 million

Man building a Steinway Louis XV piano

Steinway Musical Instruments Inc was founded in 1853 in a loft on Manhattan’s lower west side. It is most famous for Steinway & Sons pianos, but today its products include Bach Stradivarius trumpets, Selmer Paris saxophones, C.G. Conn French horns, Leblanc clarinets, King trombones, and Ludwig snare drums.

Steinway announced on Monday July 1st that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Kohlberg & Company, a global private equity investment firm, in a transaction valued at approximately $438 million. Upon the completion of the transaction, the Company will become a privately held company.

Under the terms of the agreement, an affiliate of Kohlberg will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock for $35.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of 33%. The board of directors of the Company unanimously recommends that the Company’s stockholders tender their shares in the tender offer.

“Kohlberg’s long history of collaboration to grow and expand some of the world’s leading consumer brands makes us an ideal partner for Steinway to accelerate its global expansion, while ensuring the artisanal manufacturing processes that make the company’s products unique are preserved, celebrated and treasured,” Kohlberg partner Christopher Anderson said.

Shares of Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. jumped $4.62, or 15 percent, to $35.05 in morning trading. Shares this year have risen close to 70 percent.

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