Sears’ big­gest holder of­fers $4.6B for chain

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Ed­die Lam­pert and his ESL Hold­ings hedge fund are of­fer­ing to buy the rest of Sears for up to $4.6 bil­lion in cash and stock.

The Sears chair­man and ESL own just un­der half of the com­pany, ac­cord­ing to Fac­tSet. Sears filed for Chap­ter 11 bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion in Oc­to­ber, weighed down by years of de­clin­ing sales and mas­sive debt.

ESL Hold­ings said in a reg­u­la­tory fil­ing Thurs­day that its non­bind­ing of­fer for roughly 500 re­main­ing Sears stores will keep about 50,000 em­ploy­ees work­ing.

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