DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — FTD Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: FTD) (the “Company”), a premier floral and gifting company, today provided an update on its court-supervised restructuring process. The Company has:
- Entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with PlanetArt to acquire Personal Creations for $18.1 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments;
- Entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with Farids & Co., LLC, which is owned by Tariq Farid, founder of Edible Arrangements, LLC, to acquire Shari’s Berries for $5.0 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments; and
- Entered into an amended and restated definitive asset purchase agreement with an affiliate of Nexus Capital Management LP to acquire FTD’s North America and Latin America Consumer and Florist businesses, including ProFlowers, for $95.0 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The amended and restated agreement eliminates certain closing conditions and termination rights included in the previously announced agreement.
The Company is operating in the ordinary course and remains focused on supporting its extensive network of member florists and business partners connected by its iconic FTD brand in North America and Latin America. The Company’s other businesses, including ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries and Personal Creations, are also continuing to provide floral, specialty food, gift and related products to consumers.
Scott Levin, FTD’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are making progress implementing our strategic initiatives. Nexus Capital, PlanetArt and Farids would each bring stability and expertise to continue growing our businesses and providing customers the outstanding service they expect. As we move through this process, we continue to serve customers and support our member florists and business partners in the ordinary course.”
The asset purchase agreements are subject to certain customary closing conditions. The asset purchase agreements also remain subject to higher or better offers, as well as to approval of the Bankruptcy Court. The Company will seek to close the transactions as soon as possible and in accordance with milestones agreed to with its DIP lenders.
Additional information about the court-supervised restructuring process is available on the Company’s restructuring website, www.FTDrestructuring.com. In addition, Bankruptcy Court filings and other information related to the court proceedings are available on a separate website administered by the Company’s claims agent, Omni Management Group, at www.omnimgt.com/FTD, or by calling Omni representatives toll-free at 1-866-205-3144 or 1-818-906-8300 for calls originating outside of the U.S.
Jones Day is serving as legal advisor to the Company, Moelis & Company LLC and Piper Jaffray & Co. are serving as its investment bankers and financial advisors, and AP Services, LLC, an affiliate of AlixPartners, is providing Chief Restructuring Officer services.
About FTD Companies, Inc.
FTD Companies, Inc. is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of brands, we provide floral, specialty foods, gifts, and related products to consumers primarily in North America. We also provide floral products and services to retail florists and other retail locations throughout these same geographies. FTD has been delivering flowers since 1910, and the highly-recognized FTD® brand is supported by the iconic Mercury Man® logo, which is displayed in over 30,000 floral shops in more than 125 countries. In addition to FTD, our diversified portfolio of brands includes the following trademarks: ProFlowers®, Shari’s Berries®, Personal Creations®, Gifts.com™, and ProPlants®. FTD Companies, Inc. is headquartered in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information, please visit www.ftdcompanies.com.
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