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David’s Bridal and CION Investment Corporation Complete Successful Transaction

July 25, 2023, 07:59 AM
Filed Under: Retail
Related: Davids Bridal, Retail

David's Bridal, the nation's leading bridal and special occasion authority, has successfully closed its transaction with CION Investment Corporation, a leading publicly listed business development company, for the sale of substantially all of the Company’s assets (the “CION Transaction”).

Through the CION Transaction, David’s Bridal will continue operations at up to 195 stores, preserving 7,000 jobs across the U.S. CION has invested $20 million into the new business to fund future growth and has assumed certain bankruptcy-related liabilities. Additionally, Bank of America will continue to provide financing to enhance the business’ financial flexibility through a $50 million revolving credit facility and a $20 million term loan facility.

"Today's announcement marks the beginning of David's next era, and with CION's partnership fully solidified, we are excited to continue to serve brides and customers well into the future,” said Jim Marcum, Chief Executive Officer of David’s Bridal. “We believe that the results of our competitive sale process represent the best outcome for our stakeholders, as it provides us with the time and resources to drive forward in implementing our strategic vision. I would like to thank our valued employees, who we call Dream Makers, for their extraordinary devotion to creating magical moments for our customers. In our 70-year history, we have dressed more than 70 million customers for the best and most memorable moments of their lives, and we expect to be dressing millions more for decades to come.”

“We believe this transaction to substantially reduce the company’s debt burden and store portfolio will enhance the company’s ability to benefit from the expected post-COVID rebound in wedding activity and position the company for future success,” said Gregg Bresner, CION’s President and Chief Investment Officer. Mark Gatto, CION’s Co-Chief Executive Officer added, “Our long experience with the operations and management of David’s Bridal and our position as a secured lender enabled us to facilitate a consensual bankruptcy exit transaction that we believe provides strong value to the company’s employees, vendors, landlords, business partners and customers as well as to our shareholders.”

Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Cole Schotz P.C. are serving as legal counsel, Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. is serving as investment banker, BRG is serving as financial and restructuring advisor, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is serving as Canadian legal counsel, C Street Advisory Group is serving as strategy and communications advisor, and Omni Agent Solutions is serving as claims and noticing agent to David’s Bridal.

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