Hot Topic Announces $600-million Buyout

Sycamore Partners plans to acquire Hot Topic for $14 per share in cash, which translates to approximately $600 million. The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Hot Topic's board of directors, represents a premium of approximately 30 percent over Hot Topic's closing stock price on March 6, 2013.

Lisa Harper, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Hot Topic, said, "We are pleased that this transaction will allow us to deliver positive results for our shareholders. In addition, we are very excited about the future growth for the company and know that Sycamore Partners will provide great resources and expertise to us as we operate as a private company."

"We are excited to partner with the Hot Topic management team and all of its talented and passionate employees," said Stefan Kaluzny, managing director of Sycamore Partners. "We look forward to supporting the company's continued growth."

The transaction, which is structured as a one-step merger with Hot Topic as the surviving corporation, is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of shareholder and regulatory approvals. The transaction requires the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the company's outstanding shares, which will be sought at a special meeting of shareholders.

In connection with the merger agreement, Lisa Harper and Becker Drapkin Management LP, holders of 8.9 percent of the company's stock, each signed customary support agreements indicating they would support the proposed transaction.

Guggenheim Securities is acting as financial advisor to Hot Topic in connection with the transaction. Cooley LLP is acting as Hot Topic's legal advisor. BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as financial advisor to Sycamore Partners and Winston & Strawn LLP and the Law Offices of Gary M. Holihan, P.C. are acting as its legal counsel.

Hot Topic owns the Hot Topic, Torrid and Blackheart brands.

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