Sears Holdings completes divestment of Hometown, Outlet businesses
Sears Holdings has successfully separated out its Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores businesses.
Sears Hometown will be its own company, trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "SHOS." Sears Holdings will continue to be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "SHLD." Sears Holdings received aggregate gross proceeds from the separation transactions of $446.5 million, consisting of a cash dividend of $100 million paid by Sears Hometown prior to the separation and aggregate gross proceeds from the rights offering of $346.5 million.
As previously announced, the rights offering was fully subscribed, with more than 95% of the outstanding shares of common stock of Sears Hometown being subscribed for pursuant to the exercise of basic subscription rights and the balance being subscribed for pursuant to the over-subscription privilege. Accordingly, Sears Holdings distributed a total of 23,100,000 shares of Sears Hometown common stock to the holders of subscription rights who validly exercised their subscription rights and paid the subscription price in full.
In addition, as part of the separation transactions consummated Thursday, Sears Hometown entered into an asset-based senior secured revolving credit facility with a group of financial institutions to provide (subject to availability under a borrowing base) for aggregate maximum borrowings of $250 million, borrowings under which were used to fund the dividend paid to Sears Holdings.