Change Capital books 4.7x Republic exit

The retail-focused private equity firm has sold teen fashion chain Republic to TPG for a reported £300m. TPG becomes the third private equity firm to own the retailer in six years.

Republic is to gain its third set of private equity sponsors in six years after current owners Change Capital Partners agreed to sell the UK fashion retailer to TPG for a reported £300 million (€359 million; $447 million).

No financial details were disclosed, however a source close to the deal said the return for Change Capital would equate to a multiple of about 4.7 times its investment.

The consumer-focused private equity firm backed Republic’s £105 million management buyout in 2005 (before which 3i had been a provider of £20 million in growth capital). Since the 2005 MBO, turnover has doubled to £200 million and EBIDTA has trebled, according to a statement.

Republic, a sizeable occupier of retail real estate, operates 105 stores in the UK, selling trendy brands including Miss Sixty, Bench, Diesel, G-Star and Firetrap.

TPG partner Dag Skattum said in a statement the firm looks forward to supporting Republic’s incumbent management and the company as TPG helps it “into its next phase of growth”.