Asos confirms takeover of Topshop and Miss Selfridge for £265million

Asos confirms takeover of Topshop and brands Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT for £265million from Sir Philip Green’s collapsed Arcadia empire

Asos has confirmed it has sealed the takeover of Topshop and three other brands from the collapse of the Arcadia retail empire for £265 million.

The online fashion retailer has bought the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT brands from administrators.

Administrators for Sir Philip Green’s retail group said the buyer has also paid another £65 million for current and pre-ordered stock.

The deal for Arcadia’s prized brands, which will be fully funded from cash reserves, does not include its stores, putting thousands of jobs at risk. 

A man walks past a Topshop/Topman store on Princes Street in Edinburgh in December 2020

The Asos distribution centre near Barnsley in South Yorkshir

Sir Philip’s Arcadia empire fell into administration in November owing creditors hundreds of millions of pounds and threatening more than 13,000 jobs.

Its collapse was the biggest corporate failure of the Covid-19 pandemic so far.

Asos chief executive Nick Beighton said: ‘We are extremely proud to be the new owners of the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT brands.

‘The acquisition of these iconic British brands is a hugely exciting moment for Asos and our customers and will help accelerate our multi-brand platform strategy. 

Workers at the Asos distribution centre near Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

Asos chief executive Nick Beighton

‘We have been central to driving their recent growth online and, under our ownership, we will develop them further, using our design, marketing, technology and logistics expertise, and working closely with key strategic retail partners in the UK and around the world.’

Asos said incremental core earnings from the deal in its 2020-21 year would be offset by initial ramp-up costs.

There would also be additional one-off restructuring and transaction costs of about £20million. 

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