Federated Consolidates Distribution
Cincinnati, The repercussions of the massive Federated and May merger are playing out in the supply chain, with a major plan to close five distribution centers in 2006. The move is part of a nationwide consolidation of Federated Department Stores’ distribution center network to maintain efficiency and reduce duplication as it realigns its Macy’s operating divisions, as previously announced. The five facilities closing in 2006 are among 31 distribution centers operated by the company.
Closing in June 2006 will be distribution centers in Manchester, Conn.; Baltimore; Aurora, Colo.; Portland, Ore.; and Salt Lake City. Responsibility for merchandise handled by these facilities will be shifted to other distribution centers operated by Federated in each region of the country.
“Advances in logistics and distribution center technology allow us to handle a larger volume of goods more effectively with fewer facilities that are more regional in nature. This helps us to deliver fresh fashion merchandise to the selling floors of our stores more quickly and consistently across the country,” said Tom Cole, Federated vice chair. “Streamlining our distribution center network to reduce redundancy and expense also is important to our ability to deliver value to our customers and shareholders.”
Distribution center consolidations are consistent with Federated’s previously announced estimates to realize approximately $175 million in cost synergies in 2006 and $450 million in annual cost synergies in 2007 and beyond as a result of the May Company merger.
Bain Capital to Acquire Burlington Coat Factory
Burlington, N.J., Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. agreed to be acquired by a private investment firm. The 367-store chain said it signed a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Bain Capital Partners, LLC in a $2.06 billion deal.
Under terms of the agreement, Bain Capital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation for $45.50 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $2.06 billion. “We are thrilled that a transaction with Bain Capital delivers significant value to our stockholders,” said Monroe Milstein, Burlington Coat Factory’s Chairman, President and CEO. “We are very proud of what the Company has accomplished over the past 30 years.”
“Burlington Coat Factory is a well-managed retail business with a strong consumer following, high-quality product offerings, and good growth prospects,” said Jordan Hitch, a managing cirector at Bain Capital. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the experienced management team to build on the company’s track record of success in merchandising and store operations and to continue to grow the store portfolio.”