(Reuters) - Australia's Brambles Ltd said on Tuesday European private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners has ended preliminary talks with the company over a potential A$20 billion ($14 billion) takeover offer, citing external market volatility.
The development comes a day after the Australian logistics firm confirmed it was evaluating the offer, which would have been one of the biggest private-equity-backed takeovers in the country. It had not put a number on the deal.
Shares of Brambles dropped 6% to A$10.9 by 0009 GMT on Tuesday. They had soared 11.2% on the previous day, giving it a market valuation of A$16.65 billion at the close of trading.
The company said CVC will not be putting forward a proposal or seeking to conduct a detailed due diligence at the moment due to the "current external market volatility", without divulging further details.
Global markets have experienced wild volatility in recent months as COVID-19 restrictions in some countries and Russia's invasion of Ukraine since February blocked supply chains and sent energy prices soaring.
Brambles, which rents crates and pallets globally to fast-moving consumer goods companies including retailing giant Walmart, hiked its annual underlying profit expectations last month to 6%-7% on prior year.
A pandemic-fuelled boom in e-commerce activity and a current crunch in container availability has placed the group's business in a favourable position, making it an attractive target for buyout firms.
CVC, which had been missing from Australia after a A$1.8 billion loss on its investment in Nine Entertainment in October 2012, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Savyata Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva and Uttaresh.V)