J. Crew Group Inc. said Monday that its acquisition by affiliates of TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners for $2.86 billion has been completed.
The affiliates, Chinos Holdings Inc. and Chinos Acquisition Corp., paid $43.50 a share in cash. The transaction was approved by J. Crew’s stockholders at a special meeting of shareholders on March 1. The stock, which had traded under the symbol “JCG,” will be delisted.
The deal spawned a lawsuit by investors against J. Crew in Delaware Chancery Court hoping for a higher price per share as shareholders complained that chairman and chief executive officer Millard “Mickey” Drexler held discussions with the private equity firms about a deal before telling the retailer’s board. The two sides reached a $10 million settlement in January, but then the shareholders tried to renege on the agreement. Meanwhile, the lawsuit is still on the court’s docket. A Delaware judge is expected to rule on the validity of the settlement.
J. Crew said it solicited 59 potentially interested buyers and signed four confidentiality agreements. The go-shop period, which was set to expire on Jan. 15, was extended by a month, but even then there was no one else stepping up to the plate to put in a better offer.
In its most recent earnings report, for the third quarter ended Oct. 30, J. Crew posted a 13.8 percent decline in income to $37.8 million, or 58 cents a diluted share, from $43.9 million, or 67 cents, a year ago. Total revenues rose 3.7 percent to $429.3 million from $414.1 million.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)