Naked Brand Group Inc.
Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Naked and Bendon became wholly-owned subsidiaries of a newly formed company, Bendon Group Holding Limited, which has been renamed Naked Brand Group Limited (“Holdco”), and exchanged their securities for ordinary shares of Holdco. The Naked shares were exchanged for Holdco shares at the rate of 1 Naked share for 0.2 Holdco shares. Holdco’s ordinary shares will commence trading on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol “NAKD”.
Carole Hochman, Holdco’s newly appointed Executive Chairman and Naked’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are thrilled to have completed this business combination thereby creating a powerful portfolio of iconic innerwear, sleepwear, and swimwear brands. This business combination is the culmination of hard work and dedication and we thank our shareholders for their support.”
Justin Davis-Rice, Holdco’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We believe this merger will enable the combined company to strengthen its global industry leadership and continue to drive growth over the long-term. Through the use of the U.S. capital markets, we anticipate having financial flexibility to expand distribution networks and further develop our businesses as well as acquire complementary brands. We are excited to further revolutionize the lingerie industry through our unwavering commitment to best in category innovation in design and technology within product and brand development.”
For additional information on the transaction, see Naked’s Current Report on Form 8-K and Holdco’s Report of Foreign Private Issuer on Form 6-K, each of which will be filed promptly and which can be obtained, without charge, at the SEC’s internet site (http://www.sec.gov).
Duane Morris LLP served as legal counsel to Naked. Graubard Miller, Russell McVeagh and Wynn Williams served as legal counsel to Bendon and Holdco.
Financial Results of Bendon Limited:
Bendon today also announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2018. Bendon reported revenue for the 2018 fiscal year of NZ$131.4 million and net loss of NZ$37.4 million. Bendon’s total assets were NZ$88.1 million and its total liabilities were NZ$93.8 million at January 31, 2018. Bendon also reported revenue for the 2017 fiscal year of NZ$152.1 million and net loss of NZ$39.9 million. Bendon’s total assets were NZ$101.2 million and its total liabilities were NZ$110.3 million at January 31, 2017.
Unless otherwise noted, all translations from U.S. dollars to New Zealand dollars were made at the closing rate as at January 31, 2018 of NZ$1 = US$1.36. We make no representation that any New Zealand dollars or U.S. dollar amounts could have been, or could be, converted into U.S. dollar or New Zealand dollars, as the case may be, at any particular rate, at the rates stated below, or at all.
In connection with the closing of the Business Combination, Bendon completed certain equity financings and debt restructurings.
Pro forma adjustments resulting upon Transactions:
a) Restructure of the BNZ facility on completion of Transactions NZD$18,571 (USD$13,000)
b) Capital raised from Novo on March 6, 2018 and April 5, 2018 totaling NZD$9,286 (USD$6,500)
c) Shareholder loans converted to equity on completion of Transactions NZD$10,951 (USD $8,226)
d) AEE Acquisitions Holdings LLC Note converted on completion of Transactions NZD$1,740 (USD$1,307)
e) PIPE investment on completion of Transactions NZD$24,290 (USD$17,003)
About Naked Brand Group Limited:
Naked Brand Group Limited is a leading intimate apparel and swimwear company with a diverse portfolio of brands. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of 10 company-owned and licensed brands, catering to a broad cross-section of consumers and market segments. Brands include Naked, Bendon, Bendon Man, Davenport, Evollove, Fayreform, Hickory, Lovable, Pleasure State, Heidi Klum Intimates, Heidi Klum Man, Heidi Klum Swim. Naked Brand Group Limited products are available in 34 countries worldwide through 3,000+ retail doors, a growing network of E-commerce sites and 63 company-owned Bendon retail and outlet stores in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Brands are distributed through premier department stores, specialty stores, independent boutiques and third-party e-commerce sites globally, including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, Selfridges, Amazon and asos among others.
About Bendon Limited:
Bendon is a global leader in intimate apparel and swimwear renowned for its best in category innovation in design, and technology and unwavering commitment to premium quality products throughout its 70-year history. Bendon has a portfolio of 10 highly productive brands, including owned brands Bendon, Bendon Man, Davenport, Evollove, Fayreform, Hickory, Lovable (in Australia and New Zealand) and Pleasure State, as well as licensed brands Heidi Klum Intimates and Swimwear and Stella McCartney Lingerie and Swimwear.
In October 2014 Bendon named supermodel and television host Heidi Klum as the Creative Director and face of Bendon’s flagship Intimates collection, succeeding Elle Macpherson after 25 years with the brand. Bendon products are distributed through over 4,000 doors across 43 countries as well as through a growing network of 60 company-owned Bendon retail and outlet stores in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Bendon’s global supply chain is one of its strongest assets, controlling sourcing, manufacturing and production at over 30 partner facilities across Asia. Bendon has more than 700 staff at offices and stores in Auckland, Sydney, New York, London and Hong Kong and is poised for continued meaningful growth as it opens additional retail stores and expands its current portfolio of products.
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