Updated from 7:29 a.m. EDT with comments from Family Dollar, Dollar General and analysts.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Dollar General (DG) raised the stakes in its competing bid for Family Dollar (FDO) , offering $80 a share in cash and major antitrust concessions that may force the two discount retailers to the negotiating table after a one-month standoff.
Dollar General said Tuesday it would increase its takeover bid for Family Dollar, while also offering two major concessions: a $500 million reverse termination fee in the event antitrust regulators nix the deal, and a promise to divest up to 1,500 stores if the Federal Trade Commission orders the company to do so.
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That higher bid, combined with significant antitrust concessions, may force Family Dollar to the negotiating table. Family Dollar has so far rejected Dollar General's attempts at a merger, instead recommending investors support a $74.50 a share cash-and-stock offer from Dollar Tree (DLTR) , which comes with lower antitrust hurdles and has the support of CEO Howard Levine and hedge fund Trian Management, who own a combined 16% of the company's outstanding shares.
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