Exclusive: Nordstrom family group finalizing
take-private offer - sources
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[February 24, 2018]
By Greg Roumeliotis and Harry Brumpton
(Reuters) - Nordstrom Inc's <JWN.N>
founding family group is finalizing plans to submit an offer to take the
U.S. department store operator private, people familiar with the matter
said on Friday.
Nordstrom is about to receive the offer as it prepares to report
fourth-quarter earnings on March 1 and update investors on its financial
performance during the key holiday season. Nordstromís stock has risen
close to 30 percent since Thanksgiving, on investors expectations of
The group met with investment banks last week and is hoping to submit an
offer as early as next month once the banks get approval from their
credit committees to provide the financing, the sources said. Details of
the offer could not be learned.
The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are
confidential. Nordstrom declined to comment. A representative for the
Nordstrom family also declined to comment.
Nordstrom shares rose 7 percent on the news to $53.74 on Friday, giving
the company a market capitalization of close to $9 billion.
The Nordstrom family group, which has partnered with buyout firm Leonard
Green & Partners LP, had suspended its attempt to take the company
private in October because of difficulties in arranging debt financing
for its bid ahead of the key holiday shopping season.
Investment banks at the time balked at providing the debt financing
required for the bid of between $7 billion and $8 billion on terms that
the family group wanted, sources said at the time.
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The Nordstrom store is pictured in Broomfield, Colorado, February
23, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Nordstrom announced in June that the family group, which owns 31.2 percent of
the storied retailer, was considering taking the company private. Sources said
at the time the family believed it could better manage the company's operational
restructuring and transition to e-commerce away from the public markets.
Nordstrom has formed a special committee of its board of directors to consider
any offer received from the family group.
Nordstrom said last month that comparable sales rose 1.2 percent in the nine
weeks ended Dec. 30 compared with the same period last year, helped by growth at
its off-price discount chain Nordstrom Rack and online businesses. The
department store chain slightly raised its full-year earnings forecast at the
time to $2.90- $2.95 per share from $2.85-$2.95 per share.
Nordstrom's rival Hudson's Bay Co <HBC.TO>, owner of the Saks Fifth Avenue and
Lord & Taylor retail chains, also explored going private last year, though these
considerations did not progress.
(Reporting by Greg Roumeliotis and Harry Brumpton in New York; Additional
reporting by Joshua Franklin and Andrew Berlin in New York and Richa Naidu in
Chicago; Editing by Tom Brown and Diane Craft)
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