IRVINE, CA - June 1, 2015 - Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sheplers, Inc. ("Sheplers"), a 116-year old western lifestyle company with 25 retail locations across the United States and an industry-leading e-commerce business, for a purchase price of $147 million in cash. For the twelve months ended March 28, 2015, Sheplers had net sales of approximately $157 million, which included $66 million of e-commerce sales, and Adjusted EBITDA of $14.9 million (see reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA).
The Sheplers acquisition represents a significant step forward for Boot Barn's omni-channel strategy, growing Boot Barn's e-commerce penetration from 4% to 15%, based on the twelve months ending March 28, 2015. The addition of Sheplers' industry leading e-commerce platform provides opportunities to create a dual brand online offering, leverage Sheplers' domestic and international customer traffic, and create operating efficiencies across the combined online businesses. By rebranding the Sheplers stores to the Boot Barn banner, consistent with the strategies of its prior two acquisitions, Boot Barn will enhance its store footprint by adding eight new retail markets and build its position in Texas and Colorado. The businesses are highly complementary, with a similar western lifestyle focus, customer base, and store experience, which will allow Boot Barn to extend key merchandise categories and brands across the chain and access a combined database of more than five million customers.
The acquisition is expected to generate $6 million to $8 million of annual synergies and be immediately accretive to earnings, excluding estimated one-time transaction and integration expenses of $14 million, and approximately 10% accretive post integration, which is expected to be completed in calendar year 2016. Sales synergies are expected from expanded assortments, enhanced marketing activities, including rollout of Boot Barn'sB Rewardedloyalty program, and transfer of digital best practices across the e-commerce businesses. Margin synergies are expected to be achieved through scale purchasing, increased private brands penetration, and vendor direct and container-load sourcing. Cost savings are expected from consolidation of select corporate functions and efficiencies in e-commerce distribution.
Jim Conroy, Chief Executive Officer of Boot Barn, stated, "The acquisition of Sheplers enhances Boot Barn's position as the largest, fastest-growing western and work chain in the United States and creates the leading omni-channel business in the industry. We have great respect for Bob Myers and his management team and the focus they have had on building the retail and e-commerce businesses. Sheplers' commitment to the industry and to superb customer service aligns well with Boot Barn's philosophy of providing excellent customer service and offering a wide selection of merchandise. I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of the entire Boot Barn team as we continue to grow our business organically while looking forward to integrating the Sheplers business."
Bob Myers, Chief Executive Officer of Sheplers, commented, "Our ability to grow the largest online business in the industry started with building upon our loyal customer base from our long-standing catalog format. Joining the Boot Barn family will allow Sheplers to provide value to a larger customer base through both in-store and online channels and provide more opportunities for many of our associates both in the field and in our corporate office."
The transaction has been approved by Boards of Directors of both companies, as well as the required majority of Shepler's stockholders, and is expected to close by the week of June 29, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions. The Company expects to finance the acquisition with third party debt.
Boot Barn has also issued a full detailed presentation relating to the acquisition of Sheplers, which can be viewed at http://investor.bootbarn.com.
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will conduct a conference call in conjunction with today's announcement. The teleconference begins at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT) today, June 1, 2015. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 407-4018. The conference call will also be available to interested parties through a live webcast at www.bootbarn.com. Please visit the website and select the "Investor Relations" link at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary software. A telephone replay of the call will be available until June 15, 2015, by dialing (877) 870-5176 (domestic) or (858) 384-5517 (international) and entering the conference identification number: 13611345. Please note participants must enter the conference identification number in order to access the replay.
About Boot Barn
Boot Barn is the nation's leading lifestyle retailer of western and work-related footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company offers its loyal customer base a wide selection of more than 200 work and lifestyle brands. With the addition of Sheplers, Boot Barn will operate 200 stores in 29 states, in addition to an e-commerce channel, including both www.bootbarn.com and www.sheplers.com. For more information, call 888-Boot-Barn or visit www.bootbarn.com.
Sheplers was founded in 1899 in Wichita, Kansas under the name J.W. Gibson Harness Shop, which was later purchased by Harry L. Shepler and subsequently renamed Sheplers. The business developed into a major direct-to-consumer catalog business that grew for decades before adding stores in 1961 and launching e-commerce in 1999. With a 116-year history, Sheplers has a proven commitment to customer service and to providing a wide selection of footwear, apparel and accessories for the western lifestyle.
Forward Looking Statements
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