Amazon.com to acquire Whole Foods at US$42 per share
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Yesterday, e-commerce giant Amazon.com announced they are to acquire Texas based retail grocery store chain at US$42 per share. According to the deal worth US$13.7 billion ( 10.7 billion) the retail grocery store chain is to keep the Whole Foods Market brand name and is reportedly to remain its CEO.
After the announcement, Amazon's shares went up more than two percent and Whole Foods Market shares went up by about 28%. Shares of other grocery-selling chains like, , and experienced a dip after the announcement.
Amazon runs their own online grocery — Seattle, Washington. Amazon's CEO said, "Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy."— which started a decade ago in
Whole Foods Market CEO Mackey said, "This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market's shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers."
The acquisition, which has not yet received approval from the shareholders of Whole Foods Market, adds a 27% premium to Thursday's closing value of its stock. This would be Amazon's largest acquisition if the deal is done.
- "Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7bn" — , June 16, 2017
- Sarah Whitten. "Whole Foods stock rockets 28% on $13.7 billion Amazon takeover deal" — , June 16, 2017