Reebok owner Authentic Brands strikes $254 million deal for Ted Baker fashion brand
Authentic Brands Group, the retail conglomerate that owns brands including Reebok, Forever 21 and Juicy Couture, has struck a deal to buy the U.K. fashion chain Ted Baker for about 211 million pounds, or $254 million.
The deal price represents a premium of roughly 18% to Ted Baker’s closing price on Monday. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Ted Baker said that its board will unanimously recommend that shareholders vote for the deal.
After completion, ABG said it intends to separate the Ted Baker business into an intellectual property holding company that would remain controlled by ABG, plus one or more operating companies that would manage the brand’s stores, e-commerce operations and wholesale business.
ABG also said it will explore options to transfer full or partial ownership and control of some or all of those separate operating companies to other partners.
Tuesday’s announcement resolves months of speculation around the future of the British fashion moniker, which was forced to put itself up for sale earlier this year amid pandemic-related hardships.
Ted Baker rejected several bids from private-equity chain Sycamore Partners before launching its own sale process. ABG had also at one point held talks with Ted Baker about a deal before it walked away.
ABG Chief Executive Officer and founder Jamie Salter said in a statement issued Tuesday that the Ted Baker brand is “highly regarded” by consumers globally.
“We are excited to build on the brand’s global foundation through a business model focused on licensing, wholesale, retail, digital and strategic marketing partnerships,” he said.
Ted Baker is also in the midst of its own turnaround plans and hopes to profit from the continued strength of luxury spending, even as inflation persists and consumers have pulled back their spending on other non discretionary items.
The strength in luxury retail has prompted more M&A activity in this sector, while British companies have become more affordable for overseas buyers due to the pound’s weakness.