Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:MFRM), a leading specialty retailer of mattresses and accessories in the United States, announced that the Company has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of the mattress specialty retail assets and operations of Back to Bed Inc., M World Mattress LLC, MCStores LLC and TBE Orlando LLC, which collectively operate Back to Bed and Bedding Experts retail stores in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and Bedding Experts and Mattress Barn retail stores in Florida. This acquisition will add approximately 135 mattress specialty retail stores to the Mattress Firm Company-operated store base in both new and existing markets, primarily in the Chicago and Orlando metropolitan areas, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $60 million, subject to customary adjustments. The closing of the acquisition, which is conditioned on the prior satisfaction of customary closing conditions, is expected to occur by the end of the third fiscal quarter of 2014 and will be funded by cash reserves and revolver borrowings. “We are excited to secure a presence in Chicago, a key strategic market for Mattress Firm, with a strong store base in full operation and to further enhance our position as a top player in the Florida markets,” stated Steve Stagner, Mattress Firm president & chief executive officer. “This acquisition of the Back to Bed and Bedding Experts stores in the Chicago area will allow us to immediately gain scale in that market. The Mattress Barn and Bedding Experts stores in Florida will augment our existing base of quality stores and further establish our recognizable presence in that region. As with prior acquisitions, this acquisition demonstrates our continued focus on the relative market share strategy, which continues to build long-term value creation for our shareholders.” The sellers have been represented in the transaction by Brookwood Associates LLC as investment banking advisor and Kelleher & Buckley LLC as legal advisor.
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About Mattress FirmHouston-based Mattress Firm (NASDAQ:MFRM) is a high growth specialty retailer, recognized as one of the nation's leading specialty bedding companies, offering a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories and related products from leading manufacturers. With more than 1,500 company-operated and franchised stores across 36 states, Mattress Firm has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress specialty retailers. Mattress Firm offers customers comfortable store environments, guarantees on price, comfort and service, and highly-trained sales professionals. More information is available at http://www.mattressfirm.com. Mattress Firm’s website is not part of this press release.