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Talbots rejects buyout offer from Sycamore Partners

NEW YORK — Talbots Inc. has rejected a buyout offer from private-equity firm Sycamore Partners its biggest shareholder, saying the bid “substantially” undervalues the company. The bid was valued at approximately at $205.2 million.

Sycamore is Talbots biggest shareholder, with a 9.9% in the company. In a statement, Talbots called the proposal inadequate and said it will explore its strategic options to help maximize value for its shareholders. The retailer did not set a deadline for when its review will end.

Talbots said it plans to continue pursuing its long-range plan and that its search for a new president and CEO is ongoing. Current chief executive Trudy Sullivan plans to retire as soon as a successor is named.

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