Monomoy to buy retailer West Marine for $12.97 per share

Monomoy Capital Partners has agreed to acquire West Marine, a retailer of boating gear, apparel, footwear and other waterlife-related products, for $12.97 per share in cash. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of this year. Guggenheim Securities served as financial adviser to West Marine on the transaction while Jefferies did likewise for Monomoy.

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WATSONVILLE, Calif., June 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — West Marine, Inc. (“West Marine”), a leading omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering boating gear, apparel, footwear and other waterlife-related products, and Monomoy Capital Partners (“Monomoy”), a New York-based private equity fund, announced today that they have executed a definitive merger agreement under which a wholly owned affiliate of Monomoy will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of West Marine at $12.97 per share in cash, which represents a total equity value of $338 million. This price represents a premium of 32% over the 30-day average performance of West Marine’s stock price reported on NASDAQ.

“We are excited to be joining forces with Monomoy Capital Partners as we believe it is in the best interests of our stockholders, customers and associates,” said Matt Hyde, West Marine’s President and CEO. “In addition to providing our stockholders with a significant premium to the current share price, this transaction ensures that West Marine can continue to offer outstanding value to our customers who recreate on the water and provide a rewarding workplace for our associates.”

Daniel Collin, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Monomoy Capital Partners, L.P. said: “We are excited to welcome West Marine to the Monomoy portfolio. We have long admired West Marine and the unique value the company provides for its loyal customers and world class associates. We strongly support West Marine’s vision for the future, strategic initiatives, and culture. We are excited to invest in and work together with the company’s management team to continue to lead the industry.”

Company founder and board member, Randy Repass, has entered into a voting agreement whereby he and his affiliated entities over which he has sole or shared voting have agreed to vote shares representing approximately 20% of the Company’s voting power in favor of the transaction. Following the close of the transaction, West Marine will be privately held and continue to be operated independently by the Company’s management team.

The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by West Marine’s Board of Directors, is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, subject to West Marine’s stockholder approval and other customary closing conditions. Guggenheim Securities, LLC acted as financial advisor, and Sidley Austin LLP acted as legal advisor, to West Marine. Jefferies LLC acted as financial advisor, and Kirkland & Ellis, LLP acted as legal advisor, to Monomoy.

About West Marine
Each person has a unique connection to the water. At West Marine (westmarine.com) (NASDAQ:WMAR), our knowledge, enthusiasm and products prepare boaters and other waterlife adventurers to foster that connection and explore their passions. With more than 250 stores located in 38 states and Puerto Rico and an eCommerce website reaching domestic, international and professional customers, West Marine is recognized as a leading Waterlife Outfitter for power boaters, sailors, anglers, watersport and paddlesport enthusiasts. Since first opening our doors in 1968, West Marine associates continue to share the same love for the water as our customers and provide helpful advice on the gear and gadgets they need to be safe and have fun.

About Monomoy Capital Partners
Monomoy Capital Partners is a private equity firm with $1.5 billion in committed capital. Through its three fund vehicles, Monomoy makes controlling investments in lower middle market businesses in the manufacturing, distribution, consumer products and foodservice sectors. Over the past eleven years, Monomoy has closed over 45 middle market acquisitions, and its companies have produced over $2.5 billion in combined sales and employed more than 5,000 associates across four continents. To learn more about Monomoy and its portfolio, please visit the firm’s website at www.mcpfunds.com.