Berkshire-backed retailer Aritzia files for initial public offering

Aritzia Inc, a retailer of women’s apparel and accessories, has filed with securities regulatory authorities across Canada for an initial public offering of subordinate voting shares. No financial terms were disclosed. The transaction contemplates a secondary offering of shares held by Brian Hill, Aritzia’s founder and CEO, and by U.S. private equity firm Berkshire Partners, which acquired a controlling stake in the company in December 2005. CIBC World Markets Inc, Merrill Lynch Canada Inc and TD Securities Inc are leading the sale. Based in Vancouver, Aritzia was established in 1984 and today has more than 75 locations in cities across Canada and the United States.

PRESS RELEASE

Aritzia Inc. Files Preliminary Prospectus for Initial Public Offering of Subordinate Voting Shares

VANCOUVER, Aug. 17, 2016 /CNW/ – Aritzia Inc. (“Aritzia”) today announced that it has filed a preliminary prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada for a proposed initial public offering of subordinate voting shares (the “Offering”). The Offering contemplates a secondary offering of subordinate voting shares of Aritzia by entities controlled by Brian Hill, Aritzia’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and by an investment vehicle managed by Boston-based private equity firm Berkshire Partners LLC.

CIBC World Markets Inc., Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and TD Securities Inc. are acting as joint bookrunners for the Offering.

The preliminary prospectus contains important information relating to the subordinate voting shares and is still subject to completion or amendment. Copies of the preliminary prospectus are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. There will not be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy the subordinate voting shares until a receipt for the final prospectus has been issued.

No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved of the contents of this news release. The subordinate voting shares have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws. Accordingly, the subordinate voting shares may not be offered or sold within the United States unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or pursuant to exemptions from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Aritzia in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Aritzia

Aritzia is a rapidly growing innovative design house and fashion retailer of exclusive brands. Aritzia designs apparel and accessories for its collection of exclusive brands and sells them under the Aritzia banner. Aritzia’s expansive and diverse range of women’s fashion apparel and accessories addresses a broad range of style preferences and lifestyle requirements for women aged 15 to 45. Aritzia is well known and deeply loved in Canada with growing customer awareness and affinity in the United States and outside of North America. Aritzia aims to delight its customers through an aspirational shopping experience and exceptional customer service that extends across its 75 retail stores and eCommerce business, aritzia.com.

For further information: Media Contact: Brittany Fraser, ICR, Inc., 646-277-1231, Brittany.fraser@icrinc.com

Photo courtesy of Aritzia Inc