Steinhoff International Holdings is to buy the largest US bedding retailer, Mattress Firm, for approximately $3.8b including net debt.

The investment will create the world’s largest multi-brand mattress retail distribution network, and facilitate Steinhoff’s entry into the US.

Markus Jooste, CEO of Steinhoff, says: “The boards of Steinhoff and its management team are enthusiastic about the opportunities this transaction creates. This transaction will allow Steinhoff to not only enter the US market with an industry-leading partner and a national supply chain, but it will also expand Steinhoff’s global market reach in the core product category of mattresses. The Mattress Firm brand and speciality retail concept are a strong complement to the Steinhoff group retail brand portfolio in the many geographies where the group operates.

"Steinhoff recognises the strength of Mattress Firm’s experienced and entrepreneurial management team and its proven track record of delivering growth, profitability and leadership in the US retail mattress market. We look forward to welcoming Mattress Firm employees to be part of the one of the world’s leading multi-format retailers.”

Steve Stagner, Mattress Firm executive chairman, adds: “The Mattress Firm board believes that the transaction provides significant value to our stockholders through the premium to our share price and the immediate liquidity at closing, while giving Mattress Firm an ideal partner with a proven track record in the complete mattress supply chain including the retail and manufacture of mattresses. This expertise will complement our diverse selection of products provided by our valuable partners. Steinhoff’s management team shares our vision for the growth and expansion of Mattress Firm and, as such, we believe they are the right long-term partner for our customers, employees, suppliers and other stakeholders.”

The transaction is expected to close by or around the end of Q3.