|Founded||Dallas, Texas, U.S. (1976)|
|Headquarters||Irving, Texas, U.S.|
|Products||Retail-Arts, Crafts, Scrapbooking, Home Decor|
|Revenue||US$4.2 Billion (2011)|
|Net income||US$176 million (2011)|
|Owner(s)||Bain Capital, Blackstone Group, Highfields Capital Management|
Michaels Stores, Inc. is an arts and crafts retail chain. It currently operates more than 1040 Michaels Arts and Crafts Stores located in 49 U.S. states and in Canada. The company owns and operates the Aaron Brothers retail chain which consists of more than 140 stores. Michaels also produces 10 exclusive private brands including Recollections, Studio Decor, Bead Landing, Creatology, Ashland, Celebrate It, Art Minds, Artist's Loft, Craft Smart and Loops & Threads. The corporate headquarters are located in Irving, Texas.
The average Michaels store now contains 40,000 different products in 18,200 square feet (1,700 m²) of selling space. The stores sell a selection of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, bakeware, beads, scrapbooking and seasonal merchandise for hobbyists and do-it-yourself home decorators.
Michaels is the largest such chain in the United States. Competitors include Hobby Lobby, Ben Franklin Stores, Jo-Ann Stores, AC Moore and several smaller chains. Canadian competitors include DeSerres.
In April 2012, Michaels filed for a $500 million initial public offering (IPO) but put it on hold due to the chief executive's illness.
After the sale, Dupey founded MJ Designs which was later bought out by Michaels.
In 1984, the Michaels chain was first publicly traded. At the time it had 16 stores.
In 1994, Michaels acquired the Treasure House Crafts chain in the Northwest United States. It also acquired Oregon Craft & Floral Supply, as well as H&H Craft & Floral. The biggest chain was acquired in July 1994, which was Leewards Creative Crafts, Inc. This was a 101 unit store chain giving Michaels a solid footing in the Midwestern and Northeastern regions of the United States.
In 1995, Michaels acquired Aaron's Brothers Holdings, Inc., a specialty framing and art supply store.
In 1996, sales were $1.24 billion and the company opened its 450th store. By 2003, the company's annual sales were in excess of 3 billion dollars.
In 2006, two private equity groups, Bain Capital and the Blackstone Group, purchased the company for $6 billion. The two own equal shares and 93 percent between them; Highfields Capital Management owns another 6.2 percent of the private company.
Michaels opened its 1000th store in Texas in the fall of 2008.
In 2010, Michaels Arts and Crafts started bringing back a revised class program. These classes include beading, knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, painting, and cake decorating. In addition, Michaels introduced two bi-monthly do-it-yourself craft nights allowing customers to bring their projects into the store where Michaels provides tools, supplies, and a workspace for crafting. Bead Night for jewelry makers and Crop Night for the scrapbooker both launched in 2010.
In March, 2012, Reuters reported that JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs were "the leads on what could be one of the year's largest IPOs in the retail sector, ... sources said", with one source saying the IPO would be registered in April. None of the owners or bankers would comment by name on the record. Reuters further reported that Michaels "posted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization of $661 million in 2011 and had total debt of $3.5 billion as of January 28, 2012". The filing, for a $500 million issue, came on March 30. The ticker would be MIK on the NYSE. A report on the filing put the debt at $3.8 billion and said 2011 revenue was $4.2 billion (+4% year-to-year) and net income was $176M. Other "details from the filing: the U.S. arts & crafts industry grew 11% last year, and Michaels is very reliant on newspaper advertising".
In July 2012, the IPO was "put on hold indefinitely" after CEO Menzer had a stroke.
In Menzer's absence, Lew Klessel, Bain managing director, and Charles Sonsteby, Michaels’ chief administrative officer and chief financial officer, served in a temporary Office of CEO. In February 2013, Chuck Rubin was appointed CEO. Rubin was president and CEO of personal-care specialty retailer Ulta Beauty at the time of his appointment and had previously been with Office Depot and Accenture. The Michaels Office of CEO was to be discontinued when Rubin assumed his position later in February and Sonsteby was to continue as CAO/CFO.
Michaels sells a variety of arts and crafts products, including scrapbooking, beading, knitting, rubber stamping, home decor items, floral items, kids' crafts, paints, framing, greenery, baking and many seasonal items. Michaels produces 10 exclusive private brands sold throughout its stores including Recollections, Studio Decor, Bead Landing, Creatology, Ashland, Celebrate It, Art Minds, Artist's Loft, Craft Smart and Loops & Threads. In April 2007, Martha Stewart teamed up with Michaels to launch a line initially available exclusively at Michaels called "Martha Stewart Crafts." The line features over 650 different products for the craft enthusiast. In May 2010, Michaels was the first retailer to feature Chef Duff's Duff Goldman Collection in its store. The baking line features more than 70 products including fondant, sprinkle sets, color spray, cake tattoos and color paste.
On May 5, 2011, Michaels sent an email alert to its customers revealing that its debit card terminals in 20 states had been compromised. Customers who made PIN-based purchases between February 8 and May 6, 2011 may have had their data exposed. A class action lawsuit was filed against Michaels in the County Court of Passaic, New Jersey over the incident.
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