Mergers & Acquisitions

Kohl's Confirms Takeover Interest
January 24, 2022 at 6:23 pm

Kohl’s Corp. confirmed yesterday that it has received letters expressing interest in acquiring the company, following reports over the weekend that two firms are preparing bids to purchase it. Kohl’s, however, hasn't decided what course of action it will take yet. According to a press release, Kohl’s board of directors "will determine the course of…

Office Depot Sells CompuCon Subsidiary in $305M Deal
January 4, 2022 at 1:19 pm

Office Depot executed on a long-expected plan to sell its CompuCom Systems subsidiary in a deal worth up to $305 million, and in the process made itself a more attractive acquisition target for rival Staples. On Friday, Office Depot unveiled the sale of CompuCom Systems integration business to an affiliate of Variant Equity Advisors, a…

American Eagle Outfitters Completes Acquisition of Quiet Logistics
January 3, 2022 at 7:26 pm

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) late last month announced it has completed the acquisition of Quiet Logistics for approximately $360 million in cash. Quiet Logistics operates a network of in-market fulfillment centers in six cities where workers aided by robots fulfill shipping orders for digital apparel and lifestyle brands such as Mack Weldon, Outdoor Voices and Peloton.…

Blackstone Adds to Female-Founded Investment Portfolio, Acquiring Majority Stake in Supergoop!
December 22, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Blackstone, the investment firm most recently known for backing the womenswear brand Spanx and the dating app Bumble, has invested in another female-founded company, according to a company press release. Blackstone announced Monday it had purchased a majority stake in Supergoop!, a sunscreen beauty brand founded by Holly Thaggard. Supergoop's CEO Amanda Baldwin and the…

Nike Acquires Virtual Sneaker Company RTFKT in Metaverse Push
December 14, 2021 at 5:52 pm

Nike announced that it bought virtual sneaker company RTFKT for an undisclosed sum, as the sportswear giant looks to quickly expand its footprint in the fast-growing “metaverse,” reports CNBC. Formed in 2020, RTFKT also makes NFT collectibles and memes. The virtual products and experiences company uses technologies like augmented reality, blockchain authentication, NFTs and game…

American Eagle Outfitters Acquires Quiet Logistics for $350M
November 2, 2021 at 8:32 pm

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) is adding Quiet Logistics to its portfolio, reports Yahoo Finance. The retailer has agreed to purchase the logistics firm for $350 million in cash, building upon its acquisition of logistics firm AirTerra earlier in the year as it continues to enhance its supply chain capabilities. Quiet Logistics has locations in Los…

Best Buy Pushes Further Into Healthcare With Current Health Acquisition
October 14, 2021 at 4:44 pm

Best Buy announced earlier this week that it agreed to acquire Current Health, a U.K. tech company that helps with remote patient monitoring and telehealth. The consumer electronics retailer expects the deal to close by the end of the fiscal year, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. With the move, Best Buy…

Gap Inc. Acquires AI Startup CB4
October 7, 2021 at 6:05 pm

Gap Inc. announced earlier this week that it's acquiring the New York- and Tel Aviv-based startup Context-Based 4 Casting (CB4), which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to identify patterns in retail data and identify ways to improve in-store sales. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CB4's software examines point-of-sale (POS) data to uncover consumer demand…

Adidas to Sell Reebok to Authentic Brands Group for $2.5B
August 16, 2021 at 8:11 pm

Adidas said last week that it entered into an agreement to sell Reebok to Authentic Brands Group (ABG) in a mostly cash deal worth €2.1 billion, or about $2.5 billion at current exchange. The deal is set to close in Q1 of 2022. ABG, a brand management company, owns more than 30 consumer brands, as…

Foot Locker to Acquire a Pair of Shoe Store Chains for $1.1B
August 2, 2021 at 10:09 pm

Foot Locker will buy two smaller shoe store chains for a total of about $1.1 billion in cash, the footwear retailer said on Monday as it looks to expand its business beyond malls and extend its reach in Asia. The company is buying California-based WSS for $750 million and Japanese streetwear retailer Atmos for $360…