BRISBANE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--bebe stores, inc. (Nasdaq:BEBE) (the Company) announced today that it has reached agreement with substantially all of its retail store landlords to terminate the existing leases. The cost to terminate the leases is estimated to be approximately $65 million.
As of today, the Company has signed an agreement to sell its distribution center in Benicia, California for approximately $22 million. The Company is also actively seeking to sell its Design Center in Los Angeles, California. The Company anticipates closing the sale of the Benicia facility in the next 60 days. The company has entered into a $35 million loan agreement with GACP Finance CO, LLC to make payments to the retail store landlords pending the closing of the building sales.
In addition, in accordance with the joint venture agreements, the Company has transferred both the bebe.com URL and International Wholesale agreements into its Joint Venture (JV) with Blue Star Alliance. The JV has executed a royalty agreement with a third party for both the URL and Wholesale Licenses.
The Company has also entered into a Transition Service Agreement (TSA) and Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) with the third party that provides for the sales of certain inventory and bebe.com site management in order to facilitate the operation of the bebe online and wholesale businesses to the third party.
Going forward, the Company anticipates having no retail operations, and its sole operations will be the collection of royalty income from the JV.
The company was advised by B. Riley & co.
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