Abercrombie & Fitch Co. terminates merger discussions

Julius Baer

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., said it has terminated discussions regarding a potential transaction.

The company reported on May 10, 2017 that, after receiving expressions of interest, it had commenced preliminary discussions with several parties regarding a potential transaction.

Arthur Martinez, Executive Chairman of the Board of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. said: “After a comprehensive review of all relevant factors, with the assistance of our financial advisor, the A&F Board of Directors determined that the best path to enhance value for stockholders is the rigorous execution of our business plan.

The groups said in the statement that “We believe in the prospects for our business and the opportunities for our brands. We are generating solid comp store sales momentum at Hollister and continue to refine and implement strategies to position the Abercrombie brand for revitalized performance. Our strong management team and dedicated people, the investments we have made in marketing, omnichannel and other strategies to drive sales, together with our relentless focus on operational efficiencies, all contribute to our expectation for improved trends beginning in the second half of the year, compared to the prior year period.”

“We are committed to taking sound, aggressive action to deliver enhanced performance and long-term stockholder value,” concluded Mr. Martinez.

The company said it does not intend to comment any further on the above noted discussions.