Bob the Builder has lost a potential suitor after a company that was examining the books of his owner Hit Entertainment decided to walk away.
Is Bob becoming less attractive?
Hit has put itself up for sale and in March recommended that shareholders accept a £489.4m ($935m) takeover bid from investment firm Apax Partners.
Two other firms are interested but one, widely thought to be Classic Media, has decided not to pursue a deal.
Hit's shares lost 2.4% to 309.5 pence in London following the announcement.
Hit has never identified the company that dropped out on Friday, though it is widely thought to be Classic Media, which owns the rights to Lassie and Casper the Friendly Ghost.
One rival bidder, confirmed as Canada's Lion Gate Entertainment, still remains and is conducting a due diligence review, Hit said.
Hit became a takeover target after its share price and profits dropped amid difficult trading conditions.
In addition to Bob the Builder, Hit Entertainment also owns the rights to Thomas the Tank Engine, Barney the Dinosaur, Angelina Ballerina and Pingu.
Earnings have been hit by a drop in the value of the US dollar and sluggish consumer demand.