Target: Ann Inc
Price: Shares traded up to $39.50 after offer disclosed
Sponsor: Golden Gate Capital
Ann’s shares were up about 7.4 percent at $39.50 in after market trading on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Ann said that Tuesday that it had engaged in “a collaborative, constructive dialogue” with Golden Gate.
Golden Gate, which had a 9.56 percent stake in the retailer as of Oct. 14, said “it would be beneficial to continue discussions on a more detailed basis.”
The investment firm had said in March that it believed Ann’s stock was significantly undervalued.
Ann said in August that it expected third-quarter same-store sales growth to be flat to slightly negative.
The company’s second-quarter same store sales fell 2.3 percent from a year earlier, hurt by weaker traffic at its Loft chain.
Last month, hedge funds Red Alder LLC and Engine Capital urged Ann to consider selling itself to a private equity firm or another apparel company, stepping up pressure on the company to improve its performance.
Reporting by Shubhankar Chakravorty of Reuters news service in Bangalore