REFILE-Dick's prepares bid for bankrupt retailer Golfsmith's U.S. stores -sources

Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:00am EDT
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(Refiling to correct spelling of word 'golf' in 3rd paragraph)

By Jessica DiNapoli

Oct 17 (Reuters) - Dick's Sporting Goods Inc is preparing a bid for the U.S. business of bankrupt Golfsmith International Holdings Inc, challenging an offer by rival retailer Worldwide Golf Shops, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

While bids for Golfsmith, owned by OMERS Private Equity Inc, the buyout arm of one of Canada's largest pension funds, were due earlier on Monday, Dick's was given an extension until Tuesday morning to submit its offer, the people said.

The bankruptcy auction will the test the value of Golfsmith, which suffered because of competition from discount retailers Wal Mart Stores Inc and Inc, as well as golf's waning popularity among younger customers. Interest in golf has dropped in line with the fading career of star golfer Tiger Woods, who once attracted many young fans to the sport.

Privately-held Worldwide Golf Shops was preparing to submit a bid for Golfsmith on Monday, in partnership with liquidators from Great American Group LLC, one of the people said.

The sources asked not to be identified because the bids were not public. Golfsmith filed for bankruptcy in the United States and Canada last month.

Spokespeople for Dick's, Golfsmith, Worldwide Golf and Great American's parent company, investment bank B. Riley Financial Inc, did not immediately return requests for comment.

A winner will be selected after an auction scheduled for Wednesday. The goal is to close a sale, which a U.S. bankruptcy court judge must approve, before the start of the holiday shopping season.   Continued...