December 15, 2017 / 10:02 PM / 6 months ago

Campbell Soup in advanced talks to buy snacks maker Snyder's-Lance - CNBC

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Campbell Soup Co is in advanced talks to acquire snacks maker Snyder's-Lance Inc, a deal which could be announced as early as next week, CNBC reported on Friday, citing sources familiar with the situation.

The deal could value the Pretzels and Cape Cod chips maker at about $50 per share, CNBC reported. (cnb.cx/2olQBIK)

At $50, a deal would value Snyder's at about $4.87 billion.

The offer represents a 27 percent premium to Snyder's close on Wednesday, a day before CNBC first reported that the company had hired an investment bank to weigh a potential sale following an approach from Campbell.

Snyder's shares, which hit a record-high of $47.56 in regular trading, were up 4.8 percent at $49.02 in aftermarket trade on Friday.

Snyder's was not available for comment outside of its business hours on Friday. Campbell said the company does not comment on rumor or speculation.

Campbell's push into snacks comes as the company struggles with declining soup sales in the United States and competition from private label brands.

Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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