Saks Owner Is Said to Acquire Neiman Marcus in High-End Retail Deal

In a move that will further consolidate the luxury retail market, the parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue has agreed to acquire Neiman Marcus in a $2.65 billion deal, creating the ultimate high-end department store behemoth, two people close to the negotiations said on Wednesday.

The deal, which had been rumored since Neiman Marcus filed for bankruptcy protection during the pandemic, comes just over four years after Saks bought the license for the Barney’s name following the bankruptcy of that group. It also follows a wave of luxury e-tail failures, including that of FarFetch and Matches.com. Saks is owned by HBC, a retail conglomerate that bought the American chain in 2013 — the year after HBC also acquired Lord & Taylor.

The acquisition of Neiman Marcus makes Saks Global, as the new group will be called, the dominant player in its market, with a combined 75 stores (including two Bergdorf Goodman stores), as well as 100 off-price stores. The new group’s only real rivals in the United States will be Macy’s, which also includes Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom. It will be run by Marc Metrick, the current chief executive of Saks and Saks.com, one of the people said.

As part of the deal, Amazon will take a minority stake in Saks Global, the two people said. HBC, which also owns the Canadian department store chain Hudson’s Bay, is financing the acquisition with $2 billion it has raised from existing investors. Affiliates of the investment firm Apollo Global Management are providing $1.5 billion in debt.

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported the deal.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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