Investors double their money in biggest African takeover of a U.S. firm

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Steinhoff International is buying Mattress Firm (MFRM) for $2.4 billion in the biggest ever African buyout of an American company.

The cash offer will see investors double their money overnight. South Africa-based Steinhoff is paying $64 per share for Mattress Firm. Stock in the big-box retailer, which owns Sleepy's and Sleep Train, closed at $29.75 on Friday.

Steinhoff operates a retail network across Africa, Europe and Australasia, and wants to break into the U.S. market.

The takeover is more than four times bigger than the next largest African-U.S. buyout, according to data from financial intelligence firm, Dealogic. That deal saw AngloGold (AU) buy parts of Minorco for $550 million in 1998.

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Mattress Firm has thousands of stores operating in 48 U.S. states.

Most M&A activity in Africa is centered on South Africa, where $16 billion in deals have been announced this year.

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