Ted Baker soars on reports founder is considering buyout

Reported approach follows profit warning from retailer

Ted Baker store on Regents Street in London. Chief executive Ray Kelvin  has indicated  he would support a deal to take the company private under the existing management. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Ted Baker store on Regents Street in London. Chief executive Ray Kelvin has indicated he would support a deal to take the company private under the existing management. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

 

Shares in British fashion retailer Ted Baker surged as much as 17 per cent on Monday on reports that its founder and former chief executive Ray Kelvin would support a private equity buyout months after he quit over allegations of misconduct.

Mr Kelvin, who had been chief executive since the company’s launch in 1988, has indicated that he would support a deal to take the company private under the existing management.

Speculation of a buyout comes after Ted Baker’s shares lost more than a quarter of their value last month when the retailer warned that underlying profit for the year would fall short of analysts’ estimates.

The warning underlined the task facing Lindsay Page, who was promoted to permanent boss in April as the high street retailer sought to move on from misconduct allegations against its leading shareholder Mr Kelvin.

Ted Baker also reported its first drop in annual profit since 2008 in March as brick and mortar clothing chains suffered in the face of online competitors and as consumers reined in spending. – Reuters