The Talbots, Inc. (NYSE:TLB) (“Talbots” or the “Company”) and Sycamore Partners today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which an affiliate of Sycamore Partners will acquire all the outstanding common stock of the Company for $2.75 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $369 million, including net debt. The transaction is currently expected to close in the third quarter of this year.
The announcement follows a comprehensive review undertaken by the Talbots Board to maximize stockholder value. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by the Company’s Board of Directors, Talbots stockholders will receive $2.75 in cash for each outstanding share of Talbots common stock they own. The purchase price represents a 113% premium to the closing price on May 30, 2012 and a 76% premium to the closing price on December 6, 2011, the closing price prior to the public disclosure of Sycamore’s initial proposal to acquire the Company.
Trudy Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Talbots, said, “We are pleased with the value this transaction delivers to our stockholders and believe that this is a positive development for all of our stakeholders. Sycamore Partners is a strong investor with substantial resources and expertise, and we look forward to operating as a private company under their ownership.”
“We believe in the Talbots brand and its more than 8,000 Associates,” said Stefan Kaluzny, a Managing Director of Sycamore Partners. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Talbots serving its many loyal customers.”Under the terms of the agreement, an affiliate of Sycamore Partners will commence a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Talbots common stock. Closing of the transaction is conditioned upon satisfaction of minimum tender conditions, clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, non-disapproval of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency under the Change in Bank Control Act, receipt of a letter from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation stating that it has concluded its investigation of the transaction, a minimum level of availability being maintained under the Company’s current credit facilities and other closing conditions. Under certain circumstances, the parties may, at their option, pursue a one-step merger.