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MARKET MOVERS

$234m offer for Great Wolf heats up bidding war

The Pocono Record via Associated Press/File 2005

Great Wolf owns 11 resorts that cater to families and feature indoor water parks, suite-style rooms, restaurants, spas, and arcades. Pictured above is Great Wolf Lodge in Scotrun, Pa.

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Great Wolf Resorts Inc. climbed to the highest price since May 2008. The water-parks operator got a $234 million takeover offer from KSL Capital Partners, topping a bid by Apollo Global Management for a second time and extending a private-equity bidding contest. Madison, Wis.-based Great Wolf said it would consider the proposal. On Friday, Great Wolf said it had agreed to a sweetened bid from Apollo. The latest offer from KSL is 40 percent more than the first offer.

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