New York -- Apax Partners will acquire the 900-store, teen apparel retailer Rue 21 in a deal valued at about $1.1 billion. The private equity firm, which has a 30% stake in Rue21, also owns Cole Haan and Takko Fashion as part of its retail portfolio.
Rue21's board approved the transaction based on a unanimous recommendation by a special committee made up of three independent directors. The company has set up a special committee of independent directors to solicit and evaluate higher bids during a 40-day go-shop period.
Rue21 has been expanding, and is on track to o