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American Greetings Goes Private

Updated: Monday, April 1 2013, 01:36 PM EDT
CLEVELAND (AP) -- American Greetings has agreed to be taken private for about $602 million by a group led by some of its top executives.
  
The greeting card and gift seller said Monday that a group formed by the Weiss family, including Chairman Morry Weiss and CEO Zev Weiss and others, will buy the shares of the company they don't already own for $18.20 a piece in cash.
  
This is a 13 percent premium to American Greetings Corp.'s closing price of $16.10 last Thursday.
  
The Weiss family initially offered to buy the Cleveland company in September for $17.18 per share.
  
The company values the entire deal at $878 million including assumed debt and a dividend.
  
In addition to its namesake brand, American Greetings also owns Carlton Cards, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus.

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Web Producer: Kellie HannaAmerican Greetings Goes Private


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