Jos. A. Bank Clothiers has dropped its $2.3 billion bid for The Men’s Wearhouse. Jos. A. Bank had told the board of directors of Men’s Wearhouse that it would terminate its unsolicited proposal if the board did not engage in good faith negotiations by November 14. Jos. A. Bank may consider a new proposal to buy Men’s Wearhouse in the future if warranted.
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. (Nasdaq:JOSB) today sent a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW) terminating its all-cash proposal to purchase Men’s Wearhouse for $48 per share. As previously reported, Jos. A. Bank had advised the board of directors of Men’s Wearhouse that Jos. A. Bank would terminate its proposal if the board did not engage in good faith negotiations by November 14, 2013. The November 14 deadline has passed with Men’s Wearhouse having failed to engage in such discussions.
Jos. A. Bank continues to believe that a transaction could be in the best interest of the respective shareholders of the two companies. If, in the future, we are invited by the Men’s Wearhouse board to discuss our acquisition of Men’s Wearhouse, or if circumstances were otherwise to change, Jos. A. Bank may consider whether a new proposal to acquireMen’s Wearhouse is warranted.
The full text of the letter to Men’s Wearhouse can be found below.
November 15, 2013
Mr. Douglas S. Ewert,
Chief Executive Officer
The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc.
6100 Stevenson Boulevard
Freemont, California 94538
On September 18, 2013, Jos. A. Bank made a confidential, non-binding proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Men’s Wearhouse for $48 per share in cash. Despite the more than 40% premium-to-market (based on the closing price of Men’s Wearhouse’s shares the day before we made our proposal), the Board of Directors of Men’s Wearhouse (the “MW Board”) rejected our proposal, claiming that it undervalued Men’s Wearhouse. On October 31, 2013, we informed you that Jos. A. Bank would be willing to consider raising our proposed acquisition price if we were given the opportunity to conduct limited due diligence. We further informed you that if the MW Board had not engaged in good faith discussions with us by November 14, 2013, we would terminate our proposal. The MW Board has denied our request for limited due diligence and has failed to engage in any discussions whatsoever regarding our proposal. We are therefore terminating our proposal in order to consider other strategic alternatives which we have been investigating.
In its first letter to the MW Board, Eminence Capital stated that it, along with its affiliates, is your largest shareholder, owning approximately 4.7 million shares of Men’s Wearhouse.Eminence Capital further stated that it believes that MW Board’s fiduciary duties require that the board, among other things, enter into a dialogue with us regarding a possible combination. According to Eminence Capital, you subsequently gave Eminence Capital assurances that you had instructed your financial advisors to review for the MW Board all strategic options, including a merger with Jos. A. Bank. Despite such assurances, you have still not engaged with us in any discussions regarding our proposal.
We continue to believe that a transaction between our two companies could be in the best interest of our respective shareholders. If, in the future, we are invited by the MW Board to discuss our acquisition of Men’s Wearhouse, or if circumstances were otherwise to change, Jos. A. Bank may consider whether a new proposal to acquire Men’s Wearhouse is warranted.
Robert N. Wildrick,
Chairman of the Board
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc.
About Jos. A. Bank
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc., established in 1905, is one of the nation’s leading designers, manufacturers and retailers of men’s classically-styled tailored and casual clothing, sportswear, footwear and accessories. The Company sells its full product line through 629 stores in 44 states and the District of Columbia, a nationwide catalog and an e-commerce website that can be accessed at www.josbank.com. The Company is headquartered in Hampstead, MD, and its common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “JOSB.”
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