Genesco Inc. has completed the acquisition of Hat World Corporation. The total purchase price for Hat World was $177.4 million in cash, including adjustments for $11.1 million of net cash acquired and for working capital and certain tax benefits, subject to further post-closing adjustments.
Genesco funded the acquisition and associated expenses with debt of $100 million and the balance from cash on hand. In connection with the transaction, Genesco entered into new credit facilities totaling $175 million with 10 banks, led by Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent, to fund a portion of the purchase price and to replace its existing revolving credit facility. The new credit facilities were arranged by Banc of America Securities, L.L.C.
Hal N. Pennington, Genesco's president and chief executive officer, said, “We are excited about this acquisition and the opportunities it presents. Hat World brings an impressive track record of growth, a strong management team and a culture that is very similar to ours. We believe there is a tremendous strategic fit between Hat World and our other concepts and that, using the skills we have developed in growing our Journeys and Underground Station concepts, we can grow Hat World by 400 to 500 stores over time.”
Robert J. Dennis, Hat World's chief executive officer, stated, “Joining Genesco is a tremendous opportunity for Hat World. Together, we will focus our energy and resources as we seek to expand our business, increase our market share and enhance shareholder value.”