Toys “R” Us Sold for $5.7 Billion
Wayne, N.J., Add another billion-dollar retail transaction to the history books. Toys “R” Us, the original category killer, agreed to be bought by a consortium of two different private equity firms and Vornado Realty Trust. The trio, which will be equal partners in the deal, agreed to pay $5.7 billion for the toy chain. The investors, Vornado, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and Bain Capital Partners, agreed to pay $5.7 billion for the toy stores as well as the Babies “R” Us stores. The chain had originally hoped to split the two business, and focus on the faster-growing Babies.
The deal once again brings attention to the valuable real estate holdings at some struggling retailers. While Toys “R” Us has been steadily losing the market-share battle to Wal-Mart over the years, its leases are increasingly valuable. According to reports, the trio of new owners will continue to operate Toys “R” Us as a toy chain for the foreseeable future. Reports also indicate that Toys “R” Us president John Barbour will stay on board.
FTC Reportedly to Block Blockbuster Bid for Hollywood
Washington, D.C., The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) competition bureau plans to recommend that the agency block a hostile bid by Blockbuster to buy Hollywood Entertainment, according to published reports.
The FTC bureau is expected to make a formal recommendation to the agency’s five commissioners within the next several days on the Blockbuster bid for Hollywood. The FTC has agreed to make a decision by March 21 on whether it will oppose the combination of the two companies.
Neiman Marcus Considers Sale of Company
Dallas, The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. today said it is considering selling the company as a strategic alternative to enhance shareholder value. The company added that it would not disclose details about its exploration of this or other strategic alternatives until the board has approved a transaction. The Group, which includes specialty retailers Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, is retaining Goldman Sachs & Co. as the financial advisor in this endeavor.