TPG in $1.7 Billion Recapitalization of Savers

June 27, 2012

Cleary Gottlieb is representing TPG in the acquisition, together with Leonard Green & Partners, of Savers, a thrift retailer, in a recapitalization transaction. TPG and Leonard Green will own equal stakes in the company.

Savers is the largest for-profit secondhand merchandise retailer in the United States, Canada and Australia. The company purchases clothing from nonprofit organizations such as Easter Seals and the American Cancer Society and resells it to the public through its 270 thrift stores. Tom Ellison, the son of the late Savers founder, William Ellison, will continue to have an equity stake in the company equal to the stake held by TPG and Leonard Green & Partners. The deal is valued at approximately $1.7 billion and the transaction is expected to close in the first week of July.