Arkhouse and Brigade Capital offer $5.8 billion bid to acquire Macy’s

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In a potential game-changing move for the retail landscape, Arkhouse Management and Brigade Capital Management have jointly proposed a $5.8 billion acquisition of Macy’s, as reported by insiders to CNBC on Sunday. The offer, which equates to $21 per share, marks a substantial premium over Macy’s closing price of just over $17 on Friday. This initiative comes as Macy’s contends with a challenging retail environment and increased competition from online rivals.

Arkhouse Management, specializing in real estate investment, and Brigade Capital Management, an asset management firm, are open to revising their bid based on a thorough due diligence process, according to sources. The bid already represents a premium for Macy’s, which has struggled to keep pace with e-commerce competitors. The department store giant’s shares saw a 15% surge in premarket trading on Monday in response to the acquisition news.

Despite Macy’s recent efforts to revitalize its brick-and-mortar presence, including the announcement of 30 new store locations at strip malls in October, the company has faced a 17% decline in its stock value since the beginning of the year. The third-quarter results revealed a 7% year-over-year decline in sales, prompting concerns about the retailer’s long-term viability.

Macy’s optimism after exceeding Wall Street’s expectations in the most recent quarter was tempered by the realization that the performance boost primarily came from its owned brands like Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury, not the core Macy’s chain. The struggles have made Macy’s an attractive acquisition target, aligning with a broader trend in the retail sector where traditional department stores face challenges from both online competitors and brands opting for direct-to-consumer sales.

The broader retail landscape has encountered headwinds throughout the year due to volatile interest rates and high inflation, impacting consumer spending. Although online shopping has demonstrated resilience, with robust figures during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the outlook for the holiday season remains uncertain. Several retailers have issued cautious fourth-quarter outlooks, reflecting the complex economic factors influencing consumer behavior. The potential acquisition of Macy’s by Arkhouse Management and Brigade Capital Management adds another layer of intrigue to the evolving dynamics of the retail sector.

(Source: CNBC | WSJ)

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