PetSmart Inc. agreed to be bought by a group led by BC Partners for about $8.3 billion in the largest leveraged deal for a U.S. company this year.

The group will pay $83 a share, or about 39 percent more than the company’s price on July 2, before activist investor Jana Partners began pushing for the sale, according to a statement today. Including debt, the total value of the deal is about $8.7 billion, the statement shows.

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