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Best Buy’s fiscal fourth-quarter loss narrowed sharply as the big-box consumer-electronics retailer recorded fewer onetime
charges, although core earnings dropped as same-store sales declined.

The quarterly report came a day after Best Buy ended talks with its largest shareholder and founder, Richard Schulze, over a deal in which he and a group of buyout firms were proposing to take a minority stake in the firm in exchange for three seats on the board.

For the quarter, Best Buy reported a loss of $409 million, or $1.21 a share, versus a loss of $1.82 billion, or $5.17 a share, a year earlier. Among other items, the latest quarter included $202 million in restructuring charges, $822 million in goodwill impairments, and an $18 million gain on the sale of investments. The year-ago period included $32 million in restructuring charges, $1.21 billion in goodwill impairments and a $55 million gain. Stripping out one-time items, per-share earnings were $1.64 versus $2.18 a year ago.

Revenue was roughly flat at $16.71 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.54 a share on $16.34 billion in revenue. “It was a quarter that was driven, not given,” said Joly, adding that Best Buy is “intently focused on the two problems we have to solve: stabilizing and improving our comparable store sales and increasing profitability across our global businesses.”

As Forecast By AMP : Best Buy Founder Offers $8.8 Billion

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Best Buy Founder Offers $8.8 Billion to Buy Out Company

August 6

Richard Schulze, the founder of Best Buy, offered to buy the electronics retailer on Monday for as much as $8.8 billion.

Mr. Schulze, who resigned from the company’s board in June, said he would offer Best Buy shareholders between $24 and $26 for each of their shares in the electronics company, according to a letter sent to the board that he made public.

The offer represents a premium of 36 percent on the low end of his offer and a premium of 47 percent on the high end from the company’s closing share price on Friday. In pre-market trading on Monday, Best Buy shares were up 24 percent, to $22

“There is no question that now is the moment of truth for Best Buy and that immediate and substantial changes are needed for the company to return to its market-leading ways,” Mr. Schulze said in a statement. “I am deeply concerned that further delay and indecision will cause additional loss of both value and talented leaders who are now uncertain of the company’s future.”

With a 20.1 percent stake in the company, the Best Buy founder is the company’s largest shareholder.

In his letter, Mr. Schulze said he had held discussions with several private equity firms interested in participating in the deal, as well as with former Best Buy senior executives, including Brad Anderson and Allen Lenzmeier.

“Bold and extensive changes are needed for Best Buy to return to market leadership,” Mr. Schulz wrote. “The company’s best chance for renewed success will be to implement these changes under a different ownership structure.”

The Best Buy founder said he planned to fund the acquisition by contributing $1 billion of his own money, securing investments from private equity firms as well as debt financing.

In his letter, Mr. Schulz that “Credit Suisse, who I have retained as my financial advisor, is highly confident that it can arrange the necessary debt financing.”

Best Buy has $2.2 billion in debt and $1.1 billion in cash on hand, according to Capital IQ data.

In addition to Credit Suisse, the law firm Shearman & Sterling is advising Mr. Schulze.

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