Apollo Emerges as Rival CKE Restaurants Bidder

(Reuters) – Private equity firm Apollo Management is the alternative bidder for CKE Restaurants Inc (CKR.N), rivaling an existing bid by THL Partners, two sources briefed on the situation said on Wednesday.

CKE, owner of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. hamburger chains, said earlier on Wednesday that an unnamed bidder had made an alternative offer to its deal to be taken private by THL, but it did not identify the bidder.

When the fast food chain agreed in February to be bought by the private equity firm for $619 million cash, it had 40 days to seek superior offers.

This “go shop” period expired on Wednesday at 12:01 p.m. EDT.

Apollo declined comment. CKE declined to comment on the bidder’s identity.