Arkhouse Management and Brigade Capital Management are interested in buying Macy’s for $5.8 billion, as per information from The Wall Street Journal on Sunday.
According to sources, the offer values each share of the retailer at $21. On Friday, Macy’s shares closed just above $17, which is about 17% lower than the beginning of the year. However, in premarket trading on Monday, the company’s shares were up by 15%.
Arkhouse and Brigade Capital’s Potential Bid for Macy’s
Arkhouse focuses on real estate investment, and Brigade Capital is an asset management firm. These firms might consider offering an even higher bid after conducting thorough research, say the sources. Keep in mind that the group is already planning to pay a premium for Macy’s, a department store facing challenges in competing with online retailers.
Macy’s has been trying various strategies to attract customers back to its physical stores. In October, the company revealed plans to open 30 new locations in strip malls, moving away from the traditional shopping mall approach.
Despite these efforts to turn things around, Macy’s sales have dropped by 7% compared to the same period last year, specifically in the third quarter.
Even though Macy’s faced challenges, it showed optimism after surpassing Wall Street’s expectations in the most recent quarter. The improvement was mainly due to increased sales at Macy’s-owned brands like Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury, rather than the Macy’s chain itself. Moreover, In the last week of November a Chinese fast-fashion company Shein submitted private paperwork for an initial public offering (IPO) with the US securities regulator.
Future of Macy’s
Macy’s is being considered for acquisition as it deals with declining sales and competition, not only from online startups but also from brands opting to sell directly to consumers rather than through department stores. In 2022, Kohl’s experienced a similar takeover attempt, receiving multiple acquisition offers that were deemed to undervalue its business.
This year, retailers, in general, have encountered challenges due to fluctuating interest rates and high inflation, impacting consumers’ spending. Despite these difficulties, consumer spending has remained notably strong in the online shopping sector.
Online consumer spending showed strength during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, it remains uncertain how well the holiday season will perform, given that many retailers have expressed caution in their fourth-quarter outlooks.
Arkhouse Management and Brigade Capital Management are considering a $5.8 billion acquisition of Macy’s, aiming to offer $21 per share. Macy’s faces challenges despite strategic efforts, with declining sales and increased competition. The retail landscape is uncertain due to economic factors, impacting consumer spending and holiday season prospects.