Report: New CKE bidder is Apollo

CARPINTERIA Calif. The rival buyout offer received by CKE Restaurants Inc. this week was from private-equity firm Apollo Management, Reuters reported Thursday.

CKE, the Carpinteria, Calif.-based parent to the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains, has until April 27 to evaluate the new offer.

On Wednesday, CKE said it had received a buyout offer that may be better than the bid made in February by private-equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP to buy the comp

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