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Samson Holding to bid for Furniture Brands International

ST LOUIS — Samson Holding Ltd., a minority owner of Furniture Brands International stock, plans to bid on the company by Dec. 5, according to a Nov. 1 filing with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commssion.

China-based Samson said it plans to submit a bid to purchase the company and its subsidiaries with terms that are "the same or better than those" of stalking horse bidder KPS Capital Partners.

In late September, KPS emerged as the stalking horse bidder, exceeding an earlier bid by Oaktree Capital Management that was originally backed by FBI. The KPS bid of $280 million was $20 million higher than Oaktree's bid.

Further details of Samson Holding's plans were not immediately available. However, based on the wording in the SEC filing, the planned offer would appear to include all FBI subsidiaries, including Lane Home Furnishings.
Samson Holding owns High Point-based Samson Marketing and its subsidiaries, which include case goods resources Universal Furniture, Legacy Classic and upholstery manufacturer Craftmaster Furniture.

The company currently owns 764,269 shares, or 9.5%, of Furniture Brands stock.


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Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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