DSW closes $75 mln purchase of AIMCo’s stake in Town Shoes

DSW Inc (NYSE: DSW) has completed its previously announced purchase of a 49.2% interest in Canadian footwear and accessories retailer Town Shoes Ltd. The final acquisition price was $75.5 million. DSW bought the stake from Alberta Investment Management Corp (AIMCo) and other minority investors. AIMCo and Canadian private equity firm Callisto Capital together acquired a majority position in the Toronto-based Town Shoes in 2012. DSW said that its initial stake provides 50% voting control and board representation equal to the primary remaining shareholder, Callisto. With headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, DSW is a branded footwear and accessories retail company.


DSW Inc. Completes Acquisition of Initial Interest in Town Shoes

Company Announces First Quarter Earnings Reporting Date

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DSW Inc. DSW +2.61% , a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, announced the closing of its initial acquisition of Town Shoes Limited, the largest footwear and accessories retailer in Canada, for CAD$75.5 million (USD$68.7 million) in cash. DSW Inc. acquired a 49.2% interest in Town Shoes from certain clients of Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) and other minority shareholders. DSW Inc.’s initial stake provides 50% voting control and board representation equal to the primary remaining shareholder, Callisto Capital.

Peter J. Solomon Company served as financial advisor to DSW Inc.

The Company plans to release its first quarter earnings results on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, before the market opens, with management hosting a conference call at 8:30 am Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 1-888-317-6003 (passcode:6100425) in the U.S. or 1-412-317-6061 outside the U.S. approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at http://dswinc.investorroom.com . A telephone replay of this call will be available until 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on June 4, 2014 and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 in the U.S. or 1-412-317-0088 outside the U.S. and entering conference number 10045789.

About DSW Inc.

DSW Inc. is a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer that offers a wide selection of brand name and designer dress, casual and athletic footwear and accessories for women, men and kids. As of May 15, 2014, DSW Inc. will operate 410 DSW stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and operates an e-commerce site, http://www.dsw.com , and a mobile website, http://m.dsw.com . DSW Inc. also supplies footwear to 360 leased locations in the United States under the Affiliated Business Group. For store locations and additional information about DSW, visit http://www.dswinc.com .

About Town Shoes Limited

Town Shoes Limited is the largest specialty retailer focused on branded footwear products in Canada with 182 stores nationwide. Town Shoe stores are located in leading shopping centers and cater to fashionable customers who seek the latest styles from the world’s leading footwear brands. Town Shoes was founded over sixty years ago on May 15, 1952 by Leonard Simpson, who opened the first Town Shoes stores in Sunnybrook Plaza, Canada’s first shopping center. Town is based in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit http://www.townshoes.com .

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