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Sycamore cuts buyout bid for Chico's by 14%, cites 'deteriorating' performance

Tomi Kilgore

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners said Wednesday it was revising down its buyout bid for Chico's FAS Inc. by 14%, saying the women's apparel retailer has declined engage in discussions despite continued poor performance. Sycamore said it would pay $3.00 for each Chico's share outstanding, down from a previous bid made last month for $3.50 a share. The stock rose 3.2% in afternoon trade, after closing Tuesday at $3.11, or the lowest level since December 2008. Since Sycamore made its previous offer on May 10, the stock has tumbled 19.5%; on June 11, Chico's beat fiscal first-quarter profit and net sales expectations, but missed on same-store sales and cut its outlook. "Engaging with us so we can perform our due diligence will create an attractive and certain alternative for your shareholders, which we believe is in their best interest given the company's deteriorating performance and share price," Sycamore Managing Director Stefan Kaluzny wrote in a letter to Chico's Chairman David Walker. Chico's stock has tumbled 62.0% over the past 12 months, while the SPDR S&P Retail ETF has lost 15.4% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 7.3%.