Burlington Coat Factory Hopes to Raise $175 Million in IPO

Burlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ—Private equity firm Bain Capital, which owns Burlington Coat Factory, last week told the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it plans to offer shares of the off-price retailer in an initial public offering to raise $175 million.

Details are few so far: Burlington Holdings didn’t reveal how many shares the company plans to sell, their expected price or the stock exchange where it wants to be listed.

Proceeds from the IPO would be used to pay off its debt.The company, which operates 503 stores, went private in 2006 when Bain Capital LLC bought it for $2.1 billion.

Burlington Coat Factory, which was founded 40 years ago, posted a loss of $121.6 million on sales of $4.16 bill for the year ended February 2013.

In June, the company posted first quarter adjusted earnings of $11.1 million with a net increase in sales of 8.4% to $1.07 billion.

Burlington Holdings wants to raise proceeds to reduce its debt and pay fees to its financial backer, as is the case in many private equity IPOs, experts said.

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Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology. jeffp@busjour.com