MINNEAPOLIS -- Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS), the global leader in the $170 billion hair care industry, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the PureBeauty and BeautyFirst salon operations. The Company currently holds a 19.9 percent equity interest in PureBeauty and BeautyFirst. The transaction is scheduled to close in February, 2008.
The PureBeauty and BeautyFirst operations consist of 63 company-owned locations and 51 franchise locations operating in 20 states with consolidated annual revenues of approximately $65 million. Including the sales of franchisees, system-wide sales are approximately $110 million.
“This transaction will allow us to significantly accelerate our transformation of Trade Secret from a retailer of professional product to a boutique offering a broad assortment of beauty products,” commented Paul D. Finkelstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Regis Corporation. “We will re-brand most of our Trade Secret locations to PureBeauty and most of our Beauty Express locations to BeautyFirst. We will be combining the best of all our brands, bringing together PureBeauty’s and BeautyFirst’s strength in skin, cosmetics and bath with Trade Secret’s existing professional hair care platform and exceptional real estate. In addition, Steve Hudson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of PureBeauty and BeautyFirst, will become Chairman of this division and will be responsible for the strategic oversight and execution of our transformation plan. Steve and his management team took control of PureBeauty and BeautyFirst 18 months ago. In calendar 2007, they were able to generate consolidated same-store sales of five percent and significantly improve profitability. Despite a difficult retail environment, their performance has been outstanding.”
Mr. Finkelstein concluded, “This is a very exciting and challenging time for Regis Corporation. Our customers have told us they want more than professional hair care products and, with today’s increased competition and diversion issues, it is critical that we execute on the transformation of Trade Secret to a beauty boutique. I am confident the transformation of Trade Secret will create significant shareholder value.”
Further detail of this transaction will be provided on the second quarter earnings conference call scheduled on January 22, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.
About Regis Corporation Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS) is the beauty industry’s global leader in beauty salons, hair restoration centers and cosmetology education. As of September 30, 2007, the Company owned, franchised or held ownership interests in over 12,500 worldwide locations. Regis’ corporate and franchised locations operate under concepts such as Supercuts, Jean Louis David, Vidal Sassoon, Regis Salons, MasterCuts, Trade Secret, SmartStyle, Cost Cutters and Hair Club for Men and Women. In addition, Regis maintains ownership interests in Empire Education Group and various other salon concepts such as Cool Cuts 4 Kids, and the Beauty Takashi and Beauty Plaza concepts in Japan. System-wide, these and other concepts are located in the U.S. and in eleven other countries in North America, Europe and Asia. Regis also maintains a 50 percent ownership interest in Intelligent Nutrients, a joint venture that provides a wide variety of certified organic products for health and beauty. For additional information about the company, including management's current financial outlook and a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial information, please visit the Investor Information section of the corporate website at www.regiscorp.com. To join Regis Corporation’s email alert list, click on this link: http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=913&to=ea&Nav=1&S=0&L=1
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