Freeman Spogli & Co. and Investcorp have signed a definitive agreement to acquire totes>>Isotoner Corporation, the leading designer, marketer and distributor of branded and high-quality functional accessories GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED ICONIC BRANDS, STABLE DEMAND AND HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS PROVIDE SCALED PLATFORM FOR GROWTH
NEW YORK, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Investcorp, a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products and Freeman Spogli & Co., a leading private equity firm investing exclusively in the consumer and distribution sectors, announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire totes>>Isotoner Corporation, the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of functional accessories in the rain, cold weather and footwear categories. The Company was purchased from MidOcean Partners and Bruckmann Rosser Sherrill & Co. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 1923 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the totes and Isotoner brands are among the most recognizable and trusted rain and cold weather accessory brands in the U.S. and Europe. Within the multi-billion dollar functional accessories category, totes>>Isotoner enjoys a market leadership position in all of its served markets. The Company has a broad and diverse distribution footprint, enabling it to partner with marquee retail customers to sell its products across a variety of channels. The Company has a significant international presence, selling its products throughout Europe with an emerging business in Asia.
"totes>>Isotoner is a unique consumer products Company with multiple points of differentiation and diversification across its brands, geographies, products and channels. We are excited to partner with Investcorp to combine our resources and experience in growing consumer businesses. We look forward to a long-term partnership with the Company as we engage in value enhancing initiatives to continue its long track record of growth," said Benjamin Geiger, a General Partner of Freeman Spogli & Co.
"totes>>Isotoner is a global market-leader with exceptional products, highly recognized brands and a stable platform for growth," said Kevin Nickelberry, a Managing Director at Investcorp. "We look forward to partnering with Freeman Spogli, Doug Gernert and the entire totes>>Isotoner management team as they seek to continue to grow through the introduction of innovative, high-quality products and further international expansion."
Doug Gernert, President and CEO of totes>>Isotoner, said: "Investcorp and Freeman Spogli will serve as highly complementary partners for our Company. We are very excited about our partnership and future growth opportunities and look forward to benefitting from their resources and expertise as we continue to provide retailers with a single point of contact for all their accessories needs."
Bingham McCutchen and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher acted as the legal advisors to Freeman Spogli & Co. and Investcorp and Kirkland & Ellis acted as the legal advisor to MidOcean Partners and Bruckmann Rosser Sherrill & Co.
Investcorp is a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products and is publicly traded on the Bahrain Bourse (INVCORP). The Investcorp Group has offices in New York, London, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Investcorp has three business areas: corporate investment in the US, Europe and the Gulf, real estate investment in the US and global hedge funds. As at December 31, 2013, Investcorp had $11.3 billion in total assets under management. Further information, including our most recent periodic financial statements, which details our assets under management, is available at www.investcorp.com.
About Freeman Spogli & Co.
Freeman Spogli & Co. is a private equity firm dedicated exclusively to investing in and partnering with management in consumer-related and distribution companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1983, Freeman Spogli & Co. has invested $3.1 billion in 49 portfolio companies with aggregate transaction value of over $19 billion, and currently manages three investment funds totaling approximately $2.7 billion in committed capital. Freeman Spogli & Co. has offices in Los Angeles and New York. For additional information, visit www.freemanspogli.com.
About Totes ISOTONER
totes>>Isotoner Corporation, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the world's largest marketer of umbrellas, gloves, slippers and other weather-related accessories. Totes ISOTONER has over 1,200 employees and, in addition to Cincinnati, has offices in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Manila. In 1997, Totes and ISOTONER merged to form the Totes ISOTONER Corporation. The Company offers quality products from two of the most recognized apparel brand names in the country. Visit http://www.totes-ISOTONER.com for more information.
About MidOcean Partners
MidOcean Partners is a premier private equity firm with offices in New York focused on the middle market. MidOcean is committed to investing in high-quality companies with stable market positions and multiple opportunities for growth. Targeted sectors include consumer, business services and industrial services. MidOcean utilizes a broad foundation of expertise in its focus industries to create value for its investors and partners. For more information, visit www.midoceanpartners.com.