Sycamore Partners buying Talbots for $193.3M

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Associated Press

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 8:01 AM

HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — The struggling women's clothing chain Talbots is being acquired by Sycamore Partners for about $193.3 million in cash, an abrupt turnaround after buyout talks appeared to stall last week.

Talbots said Thursday that its stockholders will receive $2.75 per share, which is less than the $3.05 per share previously offered by the private equity firm, but more than double Wednesday's closing price of $1.29. It's also a 76 percent premium to the closing price on December 6, when Sycamore made its first offer of $3 per share.

The Hingham, Mass. retailer has approximately 70.3 million outstanding shares.

Including debt, the deal is valued at close to $369 million.

Shares of The Talbots Inc. doubled to $2.58 in premarket trading.

Talbots said Friday that exclusive talks with Sycamore had ended.

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