Burger King buyout by 3G Capital seen at $24/shr -CNBC

Burger King shares have jumped 23 percent on the news of the buyout from investment firm 3G Capital.

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A Burger King logo is displayed at Burger King in Mountain View, Calif.. Burger King Holdings Inc. said on Aug. 24 its fourth-quarter net income fell nearly 17 percent as sales slipped and ingredient costs climbed.

A buyout deal for Burger King Holdings Inc (BKC.N) by investment firm 3G Capital is being valued at $24 per share, or about $4 billion, cable business channel CNBC reported on Thursday.

Shares of Burger King, the No. 2 U.S. hamburger chain, surged 23 percent to $23.20 after the report. They had gained nearly 15 percent on Wednesday after news of a potential deal first emerged.

Burger King has lagged larger rival McDonald's Corp (MCD.N) and other fast food chains as its key customer base takes a deeper hit from persistently high unemployment rates.

Last week, the company forecast weak demand during its new fiscal year due to the U.S. economy's slow pace of recovery and government austerity programs in several European countries.

Analysts said it was an opportune time for the company to go private, just over four years after a group of private equity firms took it public in May 2006 at an initial share price of $17.

Burger King and 3G officials were not immediately available for comment.

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