“We are thrilled to be adding the K•Swiss and Palladium brands to E.Land Group’s portfolio,” said SungKyung Park, President of E.Land World. “K•Swiss is a well-established international sports brand and we are very excited about the tremendous potential both the K•Swiss and Palladium brands bring to our proven global platform. We look forward to investing in the company and building upon its heritage.”
Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as the sole financial advisor to K•Swiss and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is acting as legal counsel to K•Swiss. Morgan Stanley is acting as the sole financial advisor to E.Land World and Linklaters LLP is acting as legal counsel to E.Land World.
Additional Information about the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger, K•Swiss plans to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and furnish to its stockholders a proxy statement. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, STOCKHOLDERS OF K•SWISS INC. ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER PROXY MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER AND RELATED MATTERS. Stockholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement and other documents filed with the SEC by K•Swiss. through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, at the K•Swiss’ website at http://www.kswiss.com/customer/page/investors and from K•Swiss by directing a written request to K•Swiss, 31248 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91361, Attention: Investor Relations.K•Swiss and its executive officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of K•Swiss in connection with the proposed merger. Information about the interests of these executive officers and directors in the transaction described herein will be included in the proxy statement described above. Additional information regarding these directors and executive officers is also included in the Company’s proxy statement for its 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 20, 2012. This document is available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and from K•Swiss by contacting Investor Relations at the address set forth above. About K•Swiss Founded more than forty years ago in Van Nuys, California, K•Swiss introduced the first all-leather tennis shoe, the K•Swiss “Classic” in 1966. Since its inception, K•Swiss has rooted itself in California Sport with an aim to be the most inspiring and innovative sports brand in the market. Today the Company offers performance and lifestyle footwear and apparel for several categories under its California Sports umbrella including Tennis Heritage, California Fit (Running, Triathlon and Fitness) and California Youth. K•Swiss also designs, develops and markets footwear under the Palladium brand. For more information about K•Swiss, visit www.kswiss.com. About E.Land Group Established in 1980 in Korea, E.Land has grown to become one of the largest South Korean conglomerates, primarily specializing in fashion and retail/distribution. E.Land is Korea's first and largest integrated fashion and retail company, with operations spanning nine different countries across three continents, including Korea, China, India, the United States and Italy. Comprised of over 60 affiliated entities, the Company offers close to 200 brands and operates more than 10,000 stores worldwide, recording approximately US$7.1 billion of revenues in 2011. E.Land’s newer businesses also include restaurants, construction and leisure. In 2011, E.Land acquired the Italian brands Mandarina Duck and Coccinelle, the Palms Resort Saipan and the PIC resort in Saipan, and established a joint venture with Kate Spade in China.