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Destination Maternity: Mothercare nixes proposals

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 8:03 am •  Published: July 2, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Destination Maternity says the U.K.'s Mothercare has rejected two proposals to combine the businesses.

Destination Maternity is known for its maternity clothing under brands such as A Pea in the Pod, Motherhood Maternity and its namesake. Mothercare offers baby and young children's clothing and other products such as strollers, car seats and toys.

Destination Maternity's most recent cash-and-stock proposal for about 266 million pounds (about $456.6 million) was submitted on June 1. Destination Maternity said that Mothercare has refused to discuss the proposals and that it continues to evaluate its options on a potential combination.

Mothercare said in a statement that it reviewed Destination Maternity's revised proposal and believes that it undervalues the company. Mothercare said the revised bid also didn't address its material concerns about "significant execution risk" and delivering value to its shareholders.

Mothercare said that its other concerns include the "lack of strategic rationale for a combination" and uncertainty on the proposed financing arrangements. The company said its board is still confident "in the ongoing execution of Mothercare's strategy as an independent company and that its successful delivery will create significant value for shareholders."

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