The Talbots, Inc. (NYSE:TLB) (“Talbots” or the “Company”) today announced that the exclusivity agreement with Sycamore Partners, which was executed on May 5, 2012 and twice extended through May 24, 2012, has expired. The Company has worked exclusively in good faith with Sycamore Partners to execute a transaction. Sycamore Partners informed the Company that it is not prepared to execute a transaction at this time. The Company remains open to pursuing a transaction with Sycamore Partners at $3.05 per share pursuant to an acceptable merger agreement providing for an appropriate level of closing certainty and supported by firm debt and equity financing commitments. The Company is no longer subject to exclusivity and therefore will actively explore other strategic alternatives and in the meantime will continue to be focused on executing its business plan and creating value for its shareholders. In a separate press release, the Company today announced its first quarter results which reflected improved operating income and positive earnings.
The Talbots, Inc. is a leading specialty retailer and direct marketer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories. At the end of the first quarter 2012, the Company operated 516 Talbots stores in 46 states and Canada. Talbots brand on-line shopping site is located at http://www.talbots.com.
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