Mar 19, 2014
Fast Retailing pulls out of talks to buy J.Crew
Mar 19, 2014
NEW YORK, United States - Japan's Fast Retailing, parent of apparel chain Uniqlo, is no longer in talks to buy U.S. clothing retailer J.Crew Group Inc from its private equity owners, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
The talks ended in recent weeks, the people said, adding that an initial public offering for J.Crew is still on the table.
It is possible that the talks with Fast Retailing may be revived, one of the people said.
J.Crew and Fast Retailing could not be reached for comment. TPG and Leonard Green declined to comment.
Run by well-known executive Mickey Drexler, J.Crew is a multi-channel retailer of women's, men's and children's apparel, shoes and accessories. As of February, the company operated 330 retail stores, including 257 J.Crew retail stores, eight crewcuts stores and 65 Madewell stores, according to its website.
In the fiscal year ended February 1, J.Crew's revenues increased 9 percent to more than $2.4 billion while adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose to as much as $371 million from $360 million in the prior year.
Chief Executive Tadashi Yanai has set a lofty goal of making
While Uniqlo's global expansion has been driven primarily by Asia so far, it plans to accelerate a push into the United States, adding 20-30 shops a year to reach 100 outlets in several years.
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