|American Capital Invests $15 Million in Leading Direct Marketer of Women's Apparel|
Bethesda, MD - April 6, 2006 - American Capital Strategies Ltd. (Nasdaq:ACAS) announced today it has invested $15 million in the debt refinancing of Appleseed's Inc., a leading specialty brand of private label apparel and coordinated accessories exclusively focused on serving the baby boomer female demographic. American Capital's investment takes the form of secured senior subordinated debt and will be used to refinance a bridge loan held by TD Banknorth Inc., as well as for general working capital purposes. Appleseed's management retains a significant equity interest and continues to manage the Company. Golden Gate Capital is the majority owner of Appleseed's.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to work again with Golden Gate, a successful private equity firm that has considerable experience investing in specialty women's apparel catalog companies such as Appleseed's," said American Capital Regional Managing Director Darin Winn. "Golden Gate's complementary catalog businesses are anticipated to give Appleseed's access to increased purchasing power, significant offshore sourcing expertise, cross-prospecting and the sharing of best practices. Golden Gate's experience, combined with the strength and breadth of Appleseed's management team, places Appleseed's in a favorable position for growth."
American Capital has invested approximately $3.6 billion in the last twelve months and over $700 million year to date. These amounts do not include American Capital's unfunded equity commitment and debt funded to its portfolio company European Capital. For more information about American Capital's portfolio, click here.
"We are investing in one of the leading brands in the attractive segment of the women's apparel market serving the female baby boomer demographic, the largest and increasingly significant demographic group in the U.S.," said American Capital Vice President Natasha Volyanskaya. "As a well-known brand and one of the few focused solely on this demographic, Appleseed's has developed proprietary customer knowledge and valuable market intelligence that provide the Company with a unique insight into its consumers' style preferences, shopping behavior, attitudes and lifestyle interests. This deep understanding of the market has enabled Appleseed's to establish a large, loyal and growing core customer base."
Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Beverly, MA, Appleseed's is one of the leading specialty brands of private label apparel and coordinated accessories exclusively focused on serving a distinct customer profile within the baby boomer female market: a well-educated, suburban woman who is interested in wearing brands that offer reliable comfort and fit with a classic, tailored style. In addition to its Appleseed's and The Tog Shop catalogs, the Company offers apparel and accessories products through its website www.appleseeds.com and retail stores located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Pictured here is the Appleseed's Spring 2006 catalog.
"Golden Gate Capital recently worked with American Capital in the recapitalization of our portfolio company Inovis and we were greatly impressed with their execution," said Golden Gate Capital Managing Director Stefan Kaluzny. "We turned to American Capital as our mezzanine partner for the refinancing of Appleseed's and again, they delivered on their commitments with efficiency, flexibility and professionalism."
For more information about Appleseed's, click here.
ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL
As of March 31, 2006, American Capital shareholders have enjoyed a total return of 409% since the Company's IPO - an annualized return of 21%, assuming reinvestment of dividends. American Capital has paid a total of $1 billion in dividends and paid $19.91 dividends per share since its August 1997 IPO at $15 per share.
Companies interested in learning more about American Capital's flexible financing should contact Mark Opel, Senior Vice President, Business Development, at (800) 248-9340, or visit our website.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements. The statements regarding expected results of American Capital are subject to various factors and uncertainties, including the uncertainties associated with the timing of transaction closings, changes in interest rates, availability of transactions, changes in regional, national or international economic conditions, or changes in the conditions of the industries in which American Capital has made investments.
SOURCE: American Capital Ltd.www.americancapital.com
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