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Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Winning Bidder in Bankruptcy Auction to Acquire Eleven Former 99 Cents Only Stores

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: OLLI) (the “Company”) today announced that at the conclusion of a final sale hearing, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the Company’s stalking horse bid to acquire eleven former 99 Cents Only Stores locations. The Company and debtor entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire eleven former 99 Cents Only Stores locations for $14.6 million in cash. The locations were acquired through the auction process held in connection with 99 Cents Only Stores’ bankruptcy proceedings. The bankruptcy court approved the sale of the eleven stores to the Company on May 23, 2024, with appropriate court orders to follow. Of the eleven store locations, three of these are owned properties and eight are leased properties with attractive rents and leasing structures, located in key markets across Texas. The acquisition is expected to close in early June.

“We are very excited to be announced as the winning bidder of these store locations. These stores are the right size, located in good trade areas, have attractive rents and leasing structures, and have been serving value-oriented customers for many years. Texas is a great market for us that has tremendous growth potential and continues to benefit from strong population growth,” said John Swygert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ollie’s.

Mr. Swygert continued, “We are focused on getting these stores up and running as quickly as possible, given the occupancy expenses we will begin incurring at closing. We are maintaining our target of 50 new stores, less two planned closures, for fiscal 2024 and are in the early stages of evaluating the impact on our new store opening cadence this year.”

About Ollie’s
We are America’s largest retailer of closeout merchandise and excess inventory, offering Real Brands and Real Bargain prices®! We offer extreme value on brand name products in a variety of departments, including housewares, food, books and stationery, bed and bath, floor coverings, toys, health and beauty aids, and more. We currently operate 516 stores in 30 states and growing! For more information, visit http://www.ollies.us

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “could,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “likely,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “continues,” “projects” and similar references to future periods, or by the inclusion of forecasts or projections, the outlook for the Company’s future business, prospects, financial performance, including our fiscal 2024 business outlook or financial guidance, and industry outlook. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions regarding our business, capital market conditions, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, by their nature, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. As a result, our actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include regional, national or global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions, including, but not limited to, supply chain challenges, legislation, national trade policy, and the following: our failure to adequately procure and manage our inventory, anticipate consumer demand or achieve favorable product margins; changes in consumer confidence and spending; risks associated with our status as a “brick and mortar” only retailer; risks associated with intense competition; our failure to open new profitable stores, or successfully enter new markets, on a timely basis or at all; fluctuations in comparable store sales and results of operations, including on a quarterly basis; factors such as inflation, cost increases and energy prices; the risks associated with doing business with international manufacturers and suppliers including, but not limited to, potential increases in tariffs on imported goods; our inability to operate our stores due to civil unrest and related protests or disturbances; our failure to properly hire and to retain key personnel and other qualified personnel; changes in market levels of wages; risks associated with cybersecurity events and the timely and effective deployment, protection and defense of computer networks and other electronic systems, including email; our inability to obtain favorable lease terms for our properties; the failure to timely acquire, develop, open, and operate, or the loss of, or disruption or interruption in the operations of, any of our centralized distribution centers; risks associated with our lack of operations in the growing online retail marketplace; risks associated with litigation, the expense of defense, and potential for adverse outcomes; our inability to successfully develop or implement our marketing, advertising and promotional efforts; the seasonal nature of our business; risks associated with natural disasters, whether or not caused by climate change; outbreak of viruses, global health epidemics, pandemics, or widespread illness; changes in government regulations, procedures and requirements; and our ability to service indebtedness and to comply with our financial covenants together with each of the other factors set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. Ollie’s undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law. You are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our public announcements and SEC filings.

Investor Contact:
John Rouleau
ICR
[email protected]

Media Contact:
Tom Kuypers
Senior Vice President – Marketing & Advertising
717-657-2300
[email protected]


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Originally published at https://www.einpresswire.com/article/714325509/ollie-s-bargain-outlet-winning-bidder-in-bankruptcy-auction-to-acquire-eleven-former-99-cents-only-stores

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