Shares of Hollywood Entertainment (HLYW) rose 6.2% after the company agreed to be acquired by Movie Gallery (MOVI) for $1.2 billion in cash and debt. Movie Gallery will pay $13.25 a share in cash, or $850 million. The deal represents a small premium to Friday's closing price of $13.05. Previously, Blockbuster (BBI) had offered to buy Hollywood for $11.50 a share, which topped a competing offer of $10.25 a share from buyout firm Leonard Green & Partners. A combined Hollywood Entertainment and Movie Gallery would have sales of $2.5 billion and about 4,500 stores. Blockbuster, by comparison, operates some 9,000 stores. Shares of Hollywood traded up 81 cents to $13.86, while Movie Gallery traded up 95 cents to $20.02.
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