Shares of L Brands (LB) were halted a few months ago after Sycamore Partners notified the company it was purporting to terminate the acquisition of a majority stake in Victoria’s Secret:

L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) today announced that Sycamore Partners delivered a notice on April 22, 2020 purporting to terminate the Feb. 20, 2020 transaction agreement (“Transaction Agreement”) relating to the sale of a 55% interest in Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, Victoria’s Secret Beauty and PINK (collectively, Victoria’s Secret) announced on Feb. 20, 2020. Sycamore Partners also filed a lawsuit in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware on April 22, 2020 seeking a declaratory judgment that its termination of the Transaction Agreement is valid.

L Brands believes that Sycamore Partners’ purported termination of the Transaction Agreement is invalid. L Brands will vigorously defend the lawsuit and pursue all legal remedies to enforce its contractual rights, including the right of specific performance. L Brands intends to continue working towards closing the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Agreement.

The deal was ultimately canceled and for good reason. Victoria’s Secret was experiencing declining revenue prior to the sale. The pandemic worsened the situation. Victoria’s Secret continues to crack and could remain albatross for the foreseeable future. Read more:


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