Nordstrom Ends Going Private Transaction Discussion

Nordstrom’s special committee of the board said it has ended discussions with members of the Nordstrom family and their efforts to acquire and take the department store retailer private.

Company co-presidents Blake Nordstrom, Peter Nordstrom, and Erik Nordstrom, president of stores James Nordstrom, chairman emeritus Bruce Nordstrom and Anne Gittinger have previously explored the acquisition of the outstanding shares of common stock of the company.

The special committee said it took this action because it could not reach agreement with the group on an acceptable price for the company.

The special committee stated that it believes, “Nordstrom is well positioned to capitalize on future opportunities to gain market share through its customer strategy, centered on three strategic pillars: providing a differentiated product offering; delivering exceptional services and experiences; and leveraging the strength of its brand. Nordstrom continues to integrate its digital and physical assets to deliver best-in-class capabilities across supply chain, technology, marketing, product and services to better serve customers on their terms. The company is uniquely positioned in the industry and has generated market share gains and industry leading e-commerce penetration fueled by investments in digital capabilities to expand customer reach and engagement. The special committee is confident that the company’s ability to leverage its digital capabilities and its local market assets of people, product, and place will support growth across both its full-price and off-price businesses.”