Steinway agrees to be bought by Kohlberg & Co in a $438m cash deal

Steinway Musical Instruments sells pianos for as much as $218,000

  The Steinway & Sons piano zone at the Luxury China 2013 exhibition  in June in Beijing.  Photograoh:  Feng Li/Getty Images

The Steinway & Sons piano zone at the Luxury China 2013 exhibition in June in Beijing. Photograoh: Feng Li/Getty Images

 



Grand piano maker Steinway Musical Instruments has agreed to be bought by private equity group Kohlberg & Co in a $438 million cash deal for the 160-year-old company. Kohlberg offered $35 a share, Steinway said on Monday, a premium of 15 per cent to Friday’s closing price of $30.43.

The deal is the latest indication of the bets private equity groups are making in the luxury goods sector as they seek to profit from the recovering finances of the wealthy. Steinway sells pianos for as much as $218,000.

Massachusetts- based Steinway had said previously that it was considering a sale of the company. The agreement provides for a 45-day period during which Steinway can solicit rival offers.