loader image

With real estate portfolio on the line, Canadian pension plan throws a wrench in Hudson’s Bay privatization plan

Hudson’s Bay Chairman Richard Baker (Credit: Getty Images)

Hudson’s Bay Chairman Richard Baker (Credit: Getty Images)

As Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor parent company Hudson’s Bay mulls what to do with its retail real estate portfolio, a Canadian pension plan threw a wrench in the company chair’s plan to take the retailer private.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan sold all of its 18 million shares in Hudson’s Bay Company to multiple unnamed investors, Bloomberg reported. The sale comes just days after the pension spurned attempts by Hudson’s Bay Chairman Richard Baker to buy its stake. The parent company of luxury retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor has seen particularly steep decreases at its flagship store, Lord & Taylor, where sales fell 17 percent.

Baker’s effort to take the company private is facing some resistance from activist investor Jonathan LItt’s Land & Buildings and others, who have decried the $9.45 per share offer, calling it “woefully inadequate,” Bloomberg reported. The move puts a further wrinkle in Baker’s plans to take the 349 year old retail company private amid declining share prices: Hudson’s Bay shares lost almost 42 percent during the past year.

In preparation for the $1.3 billion deal to go private, the Canadian company announced earlier this month it is looking to close 15 of its Saks Off 5th stores and four Lord & Taylor stores. Hudson’s Bay is also reportedly considering the selling the entire Lord & Taylor brand, while Baker is making inquiries with landlords about buying back leases. [BNN Bloomberg] — Georgia Kromrei

Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in Real Estate

Share this story with your network.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Share on print


Recent Stories

Del Marie: locked down, but not out

The rapper-dancer-performance poet rolls with the pandemic punches. 2020 started off so well. January and February were great months for 27-year-old rapper, dancer, and performance

Read More »

Speak with a local expert now.

Learn more about this recent happening by speaking with an agent.