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Canada's Fairfax proposes C$1.2 billion takeover bid for Recipe

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A man walks past a Fairfax Holdings sign directing shareholders to the meeting, at the annual general meeting for shareholders in Toronto

(Reuters) - Recipe Unlimited Corp said on Tuesday shareholder and investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd has proposed to take the Canadian restaurant operator private for C$1.23 billion ($954 million), sending its shares up nearly 50%.

The offer price marks a premium of more than 53% to Recipe's last close. The shares have fallen 24% this year on broader market weakness following monetary tightening by central banks across the world.

Buyout firms have doubled down on take-private dealmaking opportunities as lower valuations make it easier to lure businesses away from the stock market at bargain prices.

These firms spent a record $226.5 billion on such transactions around the world in the first half of 2022, up 39% from the same period last year, Dealogic data shows.

Recipe said it had entered into a letter of intent with Fairfax, adding its board would recommend shareholders vote in favor of a takeover once the deal was finalized.

Founded in 1883, Vaughan, Canada-based Recipe operates brands such as Kelseys, East Side Mario's and New York Fries. As of June-end, the company had over 1,200 restaurants in Canada, the United States, Saudi Arabia, India and the United Arab Emirates.

Investment bank Greenhill & Co Canada Ltd was advising Recipe on the deal.

($1 = 1.29 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)