Sycamore Partners

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Sycamore Partners
Private
IndustryPrivate Equity
Founded2011; 7 years ago (2011)
FoundersStefan Kaluzny
Peter Morrow
HeadquartersSolow Building, ,
Key people
Stefan Kaluzny
Peter Morrow
ProductsLeveraged buyouts, special situations, distressed buyouts
AUM$15 billion
Number of employees
20
Websitesycamorepartners.com

Sycamore Partners is a private equity firm based in New York specializing in investments through a variety of private equity strategies, most notably leveraged buyouts, distressed buyouts, complex corporate carveouts and debt investments. The firm has more than $15 billion in capital under management. The firm employs 20 investment professionals.

Some of the investments made by Sycamore Partners include Belk, Inc, Talbots, and Nine West Holdings. The purchase[1] of Staples Inc. for $6.9 billion was announced on June 28, 2017, it was the largest leveraged buyout globally in 2017. Sycamore had an annualized gross return of 60% through end of 2017.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

Sycamore Partners was founded in 2011 by Stefan Kaluzny and Peter Morrow. Before Sycamore, Kaluzny was a Managing Partner at Golden Gate Capital and was employed since the firm's inception. Prior to joining Golden Gate, he co-founded Delray Farms, Inc. and also served as its Chief Executive Officer. Kaluzny received a BA from Yale University and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Morrow served as a Principal at Golden Gate before co-founding Sycamore. Morrow received a BA from Stanford University and a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Notable holdings[edit]

Recent Investments[edit]

In 2011, Sycamore acquired a 51% stake in MGF Sourcing, finally completing the total takeover in 2015.[3]

In 2012 the firm acquired Talbots for $391 million.[4]

In 2013, Sycamore acquired Hot Topic and Torrid for $600 million.[5]

In 2014, the firm acquired Coldwater Creek,[6] Jones New York for $2.2 billion[7] which was then sold to Authentic Brands Group in 2015.[8] Kurt Geiger [9] which was then sold to Cinven in 2015.[10] Sycamore also sold the Stuart Weitzman business to Coach, Inc. in 2015 for $574 million.[11]

In 2015, the firm acquired Belk, Inc for $3 billion,[12] and EMP Merchandising,[13] whilst divesting Pathlight Capital[14]

In 2017, Sycamore's Nine West Holdings acquired Kasper[15] and Sycamore Partners purchased NBG Home.[16] The firm then went onto win the bid for The Limited, bidding $26.8 million.[17] In June 2017, Reuters reported that Staples Inc. had agreed to sell itself for $6.9 billion.[18] Sycamore also sold over 300 Dollar Express stores to rival, Dollar General.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Staples in $6.9 billion sale to private equity firm Sycamore". Reuters. June 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  2. ^ "Investments". Sycamore Partners. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "OUR COMPANY – MGF Sourcing". www.mgfsourcing.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  4. ^ Partners, Sycamore. "Sycamore Partners Completes Acquisition Of Talbots". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  5. ^ Merced, Michael J. de la (March 7, 2013). "Sycamore Partners to Buy Hot Topic for $600 Million". DealBook. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  6. ^ Partners, Sycamore. "Sycamore Partners Acquires Coldwater Creek Intellectual Property". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  7. ^ Partners, Sycamore. "Sycamore Partners Completes Acquisition Of The Jones Group". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  8. ^ Collings, Richard (2015-04-24). "Authentic Brands Acquires Jones New York Apparel Brand From Sycamore Partners". TheStreet. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  9. ^ Torrid, Sycamore Partners, Private equity, Sycamore private equity, Retail investment, Retail private equity, Consumer investment, Consumer private equity, Sycamore investment, Retail capital, Consumer capital, Stefan Kaluzny, Peter Morrow, Belk, Coldwater Creek, Dollar Express, EMP Merchandising, Hot Topic, Kasper, MGF Sourcing, Nine West, Talbots,. "Private Equity | Retail | Sycamore Partners". www.sycamorepartners.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  10. ^ Bray, Chad (2015-12-14). "Kurt Geiger, British Footwear Maker, in Another Private Equity Deal". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  11. ^ Kell, John. "Coach to pay $574 million for shoemaker Stuart Weitzman". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  12. ^ "Sycamore Partners completes purchase of Belk". charlotteobserver. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  13. ^ Partners, Sycamore. "Sycamore Partners Acquires E.M.P. Merchandising, Germany-Based Multi-Channel Retailer". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  14. ^ Torrid, Sycamore Partners, Private equity, Sycamore private equity, Retail investment, Retail private equity, Consumer investment, Consumer private equity, Sycamore investment, Retail capital, Consumer capital, Stefan Kaluzny, Peter Morrow, Belk, Coldwater Creek, Dollar Express, EMP Merchandising, Hot Topic, Kasper, MGF Sourcing, Nine West, Talbots,. "Private Equity | Retail | Sycamore Partners". sycamorepartners.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  15. ^ Inc., Nine West Holdings,. "Nine West Holdings to Acquire the Kasper Group". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  16. ^ Partners, Sycamore. "Sycamore Partners Acquires NBG Home". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  17. ^ "Exclusive: Sycamore Partners wins bankruptcy auction for The Limited - sources". Reuters. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  18. ^ Hirsch, Lauren. "Staples in $6.9 billion sale to private equity firm Sycamore". Uk.reuters.com. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Dollar General scooping up 323 former Family Dollar stores". Retail Dive. Retrieved 2017-06-29.