Gymboree agrees to sell Play & Music business to ZEAVION

Date: 30 Jun 2016

Source: PR Newswire

The Gymboree Corporation ("Gymboree" or the "Company") today announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to sell its early childhood development business, Gymboree Play & Music ("Play & Music"), to ZEAVION Holding ("ZEAVION"), a privately-held company with a focus on the education and entertainment sectors. Pursuant to the terms of the transaction, Gymboree will receive $127.5 million in cash proceeds from ZEAVION, approximately $80 million net of estimated taxes. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur by mid-July, and is subject to certain closing conditions and post-closing purchase price adjustments. If closing does not occur by mid-July, Gymboree has the right to terminate the definitive agreements and retain a $20 million nonrefundable deposit.

Upon closing of the transaction, ZEAVION will own the entire global Play & Music business, including its central operations and centers in North America. ZEAVION has also agreed to acquire the intellectual property of Play & Music's curriculum and certain related trademarks. The Gymboree Corporation's global apparel business and related retail brands are not part of the transaction.

"Today marks a positive next step in the growth of Play & Music, which was founded just over 40 years ago," said Mark Breitbard, CEO of Gymboree. "Play & Music pioneered a unique model for giving children around the world the opportunity to learn and grow through art, music and early education. Gymboree is proud to have built a strong foundation for the Play & Music business and we are excited about ZEAVION's commitment to education and plan to grow this great brand. Play & Music is well positioned for this next chapter, while Gymboree will continue to focus on its core retail businesses."

"I am humbled by the opportunity to grow the Play & Music brand with a focus on strengthening its profitability through strategic investments in R&D and product innovation," added Jack Shi, founder of ZEAVION. "I am a longtime, firm believer in the power of education and learning at an early age and its impact on human growth and development. Play & Music has created something truly special and I look forward to working with the global team, with whom I've established a positive relationship."

The Gymboree Corporation's specialty retail brands offer unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service. 

Founded in 1976, Gymboree Play & Music offers children ages newborn to 5 years the opportunity to explore, learn and play in an innovative parent-child program. Gymboree Play & Music offers an array of classes developed by early childhood experts, as well as birthday parties and developmental toys, books and music. Gymboree Play & Music classes are available through more than 733 franchised and company-operated centers in the United States, Canada and 40 other countries.

ZEAVION Holding, founded by Jack Shi, is a Singapore-based company with a focus on business development and investment in the education and entertainment sectors. Mr. Shi is an entrepreneur, who has spent over 30 years building Feixiang Group from a 10-person workshop to a global enterprise that has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his entrepreneurial role, Mr. Shi is also a respected investor who focuses on true brand and equity value which can be achieved through long term investments in talent, R&D and continuous innovation.

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