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Next in talks with US investors for joint takeover of Topshop owner Arcadia

By Becky Bargh | Published: 21-Dec-2020

The beauty and fashion retailer is ‘likely’ to make an offer on Sir Philip Green’s retail empire before Christmas

Beauty and fashion retailer Next is said to be in talks with US investors for a joint takeover of Sir Philip Green’s high street empire Arcadia.

According to reports by Sky News, Next and Davidson Kempner Capital Management are holding detailed discussions on a combined offer for the Topshop owner.

Sources said it was “likely” the duo would make a bid for Arcadia before Christmas.

Davidson Kempner is expected to front the majority of the capital to complete the takeover, leaving it with the biggest share of the group.

Arcadia’s sale has drawn interest from retail tycoon and Frasers Group owner Mike Ashley, as well as the owner of US department store chain Barneys, Authentic Brands.

Earlier today, Arcadia announced a £23m deal with Australian brand City Chic Collective to sell Evans.

The group is still responsible for Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Burton and Wallis.

Next has spent 2020 snapping up flailing retailers in an effort to extend its own retail presence.

Following the closure of some Debenhams stores this year, after it fell into administration in April, Next bought a selection of its stores to launch its own dedicated home and beauty shops.

The 150-year-old retailer also bought the UK arm of L Brands’ Victoria Secret in September.

Arcadia announced it was in financial difficulties last month and collapsed three weeks ago, putting around 12,000 jobs at risk.

Meanwhile, the group’s demise was the final nail in the coffin for department store chain Debenhams, which failed to secure a last-minute rescue deal from JD Sports, resulting in its collapse on the same day as Arcadia.

Cosmetics Business has contacted Next for comment on the potential bid.

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