Dollar Tree announces plan to deal 330 Family Dollar stores

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree and Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm specializing in consumer and retail investments, on Friday announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Dollar Tree will sell Sycamore Partners a divestiture package of 330 Family Dollar stores contingent on completion of Dollar Tree's pending acquisition of Family Dollar Stores. 


The 330 stores represent approximately $45.5 million of operating income for Family Dollar. Sycamore Partners intends to operate the 330 stores under the Dollar Express banner.


“The divestiture presents Sycamore Partners with a unique opportunity to continue their track record of meaningful growth and successful retail investments,” stated Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree CEO.


“We look forward to drawing on our extensive experience with similar corporate carve-outs in acquiring and operating this attractive portfolio of 330 stores, which have an annual run-rate of approximately $500 million in sales,” said Peter Morrow, a managing director at Sycamore Partners. "We have a proven track record of retail success and an experienced leadership team. We are eager to better serve the needs of customers in these markets by providing an improved shopping experience."


The divestiture announced today enables Dollar Tree to address Federal Trade Commission concerns, the company noted. Both the divestiture and the pending acquisition of Family Dollar remain subject to review by the FTC and satisfaction of other customary conditions. Dollar Tree continues to make progress with the FTC and intends to close the merger with Family Dollar in early July 2015 after securing FTC clearance.


Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Williams Mullen are acting as legal counsel to Dollar Tree in connection with the transaction. The Law Offices of Gary M. Holihan, Kirkland & Ellis and Winston & Strawn are acting as legal advisors to Sycamore Partners.