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Puerto de Liverpool to Buy @Walmart Mexican Suburbia Chain for $1B

Puerto de Liverpool to Buy @Walmart Mexican Suburbia Chain for $1B

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) agreed to acquire Jet.com Inc. for $3.3 billion, to position Walmart for faster e-commerce growth and to better compete against Amazon. Citigroup Global Markets acted as financial adviser to Liverpool, and Galicia Abogados acted as legal adviser. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close during the first quarter of 2017. The move comes a month after Liverpool agreed to acquire at least 25.5% and up to 100% of Ripley Corp. SA (BCS: RIPLEY), a Chilean department store, financial services, and shopping malls management company. As part of the deal, Ripley’s current controlling shareholder is the Calderon Volochinsky family, which owns 53% of the company. Fitch Ratings has affirmed Liverpool’s Long-Term Local and Foreign Currency Issuer Default Ratings at ‘BBB+’ and has revised the Rating Outlook to Stable from Positive following the company’s announcement to acquire 100% of Suburbia. Fitch has also affirmed Liverpool’s long-term National scale rating at ‘AAA(mex)’. In Fitch’s opinion, “the addition of Suburbia to Liverpool’s portfolio should strengthen its business position in the medium- to low-income segment, create opportunities to capture synergies, and open the possibility to expand its financial business to Suburbia.” Fitch believes the Ripley and Suburbia deals “will not have an impact on Liverpool’s ‘BBB+’ rating given its solid balance sheet and current low leverage.” Fitch Ratings says it believes that Liverpool “is well positioned to continue its business strategy given the demographic and socioeconomic fundamentals in Mexico, with a growing middle class, low inflation rates, higher real wages and higher remittances due to the peso depreciation.” “Liverpool’s growth will be underpinned by its store expansion plan in conjunction with an increased loan portfolio,” added Fitch. The company expects to continue funding its growth strategy through cash on hand and operating cash flow. In Fitch’s view, Liverpool’s recent acquisitions – if materialized – “will strengthen the company’s business position by expanding its target market and geographic footprint, positioning it as a relevant player within the Latin American region in terms of scale and purchasing power.” Liverpool is the leader in the middle, middle-high and high-income segment of department stores in Mexico, operating 17 shopping malls including Perisur and Galerías Monterrey. The company operates 113 stores across 57 cities throughout Mexico, 80 under the name of Liverpool, 29 stores called Fabricas de Francia, and four Liverpool Duty Free stores. About 80 percent of total units are owned by Liverpool. The company also has 25 shopping malls operating in 16 cities and owns a non-controlling 50% stake in Regal Forest Holding Co., which has 14 different store brands selling consumer durable products in 20 countries around Central and South America and the Caribbean. Liverpool, first called The Cloth Case, was founded in 1847 by Jean Baptiste Ebrard, a Frenchman who first started selling clothes in cases in Mexico City’s downtown. In 1872, he started importing merchandise from Europe with much of the merchandise coming from the Port of Liverpool, England, prompting Ebrard to adopt the name Liverpool for his store. In 1862 he opened its second store and since then it has not stopped growing.]]>

Mattress Firm to Acquire Sleepy’s for $780 Million

Mattress Firm to Acquire Sleepy’s for $780 Million

  • Solidifies Company’s Position as Largest Border-to-border, Coast-to-coast Mattress Specialty Retailer
  • Combined Company will Operate Nearly 3,500 Retail Stores and 80 Distribution Centers Across 48 States
  • Anticipates Low Single-digit EPS Accretion in Year One Growing to Double-digit EPS Accretion in the Third Year Post-closing
  • Expects Annual Synergies of Approximately $40 million by the Third Year Post-closing
  • Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: MFRM), the nation’s largest specialty mattress retailer, agreed to acquire HMK Mattress Holdings LLC, the holding company of Sleepy’s and related entities. The aggregate purchase price is $780 million, subject to working capital and other customary adjustments. Sleepy’s is the nation’s second largest specialty mattress retailer, with over 1,050 stores in 17 states in the Northeast, New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Illinois. The closing of the acquisition, which is subject to expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other regulatory approvals, is expected to occur during the first half of Mattress Firm’s fiscal year 2016. As part of the consideration, Mattress Firm has agreed to assume certain quantified liabilities totaling approximately $30 million. In addition, Adam Blank, the current chief operating officer and general counsel of Sleepy’s, will join the Mattress Firm executive management team and will contribute up to $10 million of the equity value he holds in Sleepy’s in exchange for shares of Mattress Firm common stock. The remainder of the consideration payable to the equityholders of Sleepy’s will consist of cash. Mattress Firm expects to fund the cash requirements of the closing of the acquisition with cash on hand and the proceeds from the issuance of senior secured debt. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Mattress Firm expects to generate annual synergies of approximately $40 million by the third year post-closing. In addition, Mattress Firm expects to receive future cash income tax benefits totaling over $11 million annually for more than 10 years from the deductible tax basis goodwill generated from the transaction and from the carryover tax basis of other assets, both subject to Mattress Firm’s ability to generate future taxable income. Mattress Firm plans to continue to operate under both the Mattress Firm and Sleepy’s brands in the near term and will maintain an East Coast office on Long Island, New York. “This transformational acquisition unites the nation’s two largest mattress specialty retailers, providing customers with convenience, value and choice through our truly border-to-border and coast-to-coast, multi-brand retail stores and distribution network,” stated Steve Stagner, Mattress Firm’s CEO. “Over the years we have admired Sleepy’s for the strong business they have built. The Acker family has a long history in the mattress specialty retail industry through four generations and over 58 years. I look forward to partnering with David Acker during this transition period, as we bring together these two great companies that share a strong focus on culture, the customer and overall service experience.” Mr. Stagner continued, “Both Mattress Firm and Sleepy’s are excited about the opportunities this combination will create for our over 10,000 collective employees, as well as our customers, vendors, business partners and shareholders. We look forward to adding the talented mattress professionals at Sleepy’s to our family. Upon closing, Adam Blank will become president of Sleepy’s and support the continued growth of Sleepy’s, as well as the evaluation and integration of best practices across the combined company.” Mr. Stagner concluded, “The acquisition of Sleepy’s is an important next step in building our national store network, and expands our footprint into major markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. With pro forma sales of over $3.6 billion through approximately 3,500 retail locations in 48 states, our combined company will be able to further benefit from national scale in key areas including distribution, customer delivery, advertising, sourcing and procurement, and operating expenses.” Adam Blank commented, “For over 58 years, Sleepy’s has improved the lives of our customers through better sleep with a selection of America’s best brands. The combination of Sleepy’s and Mattress Firm creates the nation’s first true national mattress specialty retailer, and will benefit both our customers and our employees. I look forward to working with Steve and the Mattress Firm team as we combine the best of Sleepy’s and Mattress Firm.” Barclays acted as exclusive financial advisor to Mattress Firm and provided a fairness opinion to the Company. Norton Rose Fulbright LLP acted as legal counsel to Mattress Firm in connection with the transaction. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Sleepy’s. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as legal counsel to Sleepy’s in connection with the transaction. With more than 2,400 company-operated and franchised stores across 41 states, Mattress Firm  has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress retailers. Founded in 1986, Houston-based Mattress Firm is the nation’s leading specialty bedding retailer with over $2.5 billion in sales over the past 12 months. Mattress Firm, through its family of brands, including Mattress Firm and Sleep Train, offers a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories and other related products from leading manufacturers, including Sealy, Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, and Hampton & Rhodes. Sleepy’s is a privately-owned fourth-generation company with over 1,050 retail locations in 17 states and the District of Columbia, spanning from Maine to South Carolina and available nationally through www.sleepys.com. Throughout Sleepy’s over 58-year history, the company has remained committed to providing sleep comfort and expertise with its highly trained Mattress Professionals and an extensive selection of top brands, including Tempur-Pedic, Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, King Coil, Stearns & Foster and more.]]>