This means that if the deal does indeed go through, J.Crew will be removed from the stock market and all public shareholders will be bought out.
Generally, with buyouts like this, the idea is to fix the business out of public scrutiny. And eventually either sell it to someone else or take it public again.
Why might J.Crew want to do this if it’s thought as the leading specialty retailer in the US, if not the world? We shop there, you shop there–who doesn’t think it’s a brilliant store?
Well, despite a transformation in recent years, thanks to Drexler and protege Jenna Lyons, sales have been slower in 2010, dropping for the last two fiscal quarters. Separately, we’ve heard from sources within the company that while men’s sales have continued to rise at a rapid pace, women’s have been stunted as of late.
What does this mean for your shopping experience? Probably not much. Most of the changes will go on behind the scenes.
Yet it’s still a risky move. J.Crew will be saddled with debt that could take years to pay back. However, TPG, one of the investment firms involved in the buyout, is a former owner of J.Crew. They also have a major stake in Neiman Marcus, one of the few successful department stores operating today.
We’ll find out more tomorrow when the company reports its latest quarterly results, which are expected to be up a bit.