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Conn’s extends, expands credit facility

BY Dan Berthiaume

The Woodlands, Texas — Conn’s, Inc. has completed an expansion and extension of its asset-based loan facility with a syndicate of banks.

Under the amended terms, the revolving facility commitment increased $265 million to $850 million and the maturity date was extended to Nov. 2017. Commitment levels within the existing syndicate of banks increased $165 million. Four additional lenders joined the bank syndicate, accounting for the balance of the $265 million expansion in commitments under the asset-based loan facility. Borrowing costs under the facility were also reduced by 25 basis points.

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Men’s Wearhouse offers to buy Jos. A. Bank

BY Marianne Wilson

Fremont, Calif. — Men’s Wearhouse has turned the tables on Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, with a proposal to acquire its one-time suitor for approximately $1.54 billion. Men’s Wearhouse is offering $55 per share for Jos. A. Bank, which represents nearly a 9% premium to the company’s $50.32 Monday closing price.

Jos. A. Bank made an unsolicited $2.3 billion bid in early October for Men’s Wearhouse, which rejected the offer, calling "opportunistic" and "inadequate."

"Following Jos. A. Bank’s unsolicited public proposal to acquire Men’s Wearhouse, our board of directors evaluated a number of alternatives to deliver value to our shareholders," said Bill Sechrest, lead director of the board of Men’s Wearhouse. "After a thorough review, our board concluded that an acquisition of Jos. A. Bank by Men’s Wearhouse has strategic logic and the potential to deliver substantial benefits to our respective shareholders, employees and customers.”

Sechrest said that in reaching its decision, Men’s Wearhouse considered a number of factors including its” advantage in scale, growth and performance, long history as a prudent steward of capital, successful acquisition track record and experienced management team.”

“We believe we are the right acquirer for this combination and that our experienced management team is best positioned to execute the integration of our companies and achieve the synergies that would result. We are ready to engage with the Jos. A. Bank’s board immediately," Sechrest said.

Jos. A. Bank said Tuesday that its board will evaluate the offer and respond "in due course."

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Happy Thanksgiving!

BY CSA STAFF

The offices of Retailing Today are closed today, Thursday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Distribution of the Retailing Today Daily Edition newsletter will resume Friday, Nov. 29. We wish you a happy and safe holiday weekend.

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