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February 14, 2016 1:22 AM ET

Specialty Retail

Company Overview of BPS Direct, L.L.C.

Company Overview

BPS Direct, L.L.C., doing business as Bass Pro Shops, operates a chain of retail stores for outdoor enthusiasts in the United States and Canada. Its stores offer fishing, boating, hunting, shooting, and camping products; shoes and boots; home products and gifts; outdoor-inspired décor and gifts; and clothing and hunting clothing for men, women, and kids. The company’s retail stores also feature restaurants. In addition, it provides rod and reel repair and embroidery services; and operates boat and ATV showrooms and service centers. Further, the company offers products online, as well as through catalogs. BPS Direct, L.L.C. was founded in 1971 and is based in Springfield, Missouri.

2500 East Kearney

Springfield, MO 65898

United States

Founded in 1971

Phone:

417-873-5000

Fax:

417-873-5060

Key Executives for BPS Direct, L.L.C.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Operating Officer
Director of Conservation
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

BPS Direct, L.L.C. Key Developments

Cabela's Reportedly Fielding Takeover Interest

Cabela's Incorporated (NYSE:CAB) is fielding potential takeover interest and evaluating whether to begin a sales process, people with knowledge of the matter said. Guggenheim Partners is advising Cabela's and has started contacting a small group of potential private equity buyers and strategic acquirers, said the people. Competitor Bass Pro Shops (BPS Direct, L.L.C) is working with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to help it explore a bid for Cabela’s, other people said. Cabela’s board has not authorized a formal strategic review or given advisers an official mandate to seek buyers, one of the people said. KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR), Hellman & Friedman LLC and TPG Capital, L.P. may also be interested in bidding for Cabela's, the people said. Several buyout firms have expressed interest in Cabela’s valuing it at a per-share price in the mid- to high-$50s, two of the people said. The shares of Cabela's rose 10% to $46.10.

Bass Pro Eyes Stake In Cabela's

BPS Direct, L.L.C. is exploring an offer for Cabela's Incorporated (NYSE:CAB) and is working with an investment bank on the potential offer, people familiar with the matter said. Cabela's has recently begun to explore its options and has also reached out to private equity firms to solicit interest, the people added. The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential. Bass Pro declined comment, while Cabela's did not respond to a request for comment.

Bass Pro Shops to Open San Jose Store in Late October

Bass Pro Shops will open its doors on Oct. 28 in a San Jose complex that will have up to 500 employees. While the Bay Area may be known more for its scenery, technology boom, diverse culture and entertainment and dining venues, Bass Pro Shops hopes to tap into the enthusiasm for outdoor activities of its residents. Bass Pro has 96 stores, visited by more than 120 million people per year. The store will total about 110,000 square feet and will contain a feature well-known to Bass Pro Shops regulars, an Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill that will feature dining and a 12-lane bowling alley that attempts to provide patrons with the experience of bowling underwater. The typical customer spends about two hours in a Bass Pro Shops store. The vast store will feature about 160,000 to 200,000 individual retail items plus a 10,000-square-foot showroom for boats. Bass Pro Shops in San Jose, which will be the only one in the Bay Area when it opens, will also contain a waterfall and a 12,000-gallon freshwater aquarium with about 75 to 100 fish native to the area. The fish species will include largemouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, white sturgeon and various sunfish. The store will feature popular outdoor brands such as Abu Garcia, Daiwa, Penn, Shimano, Offshore Angler, Pflueger, RedHead, Ascend, Oculus, Columbia, Browning, Northface, Under Armour, Coleman. Bass Pro Shops is planning a special conservation-themed grand opening event on Oct. 28. The store says that 50 cents for every $1 spent in the store will be donated to a designated conservation group in the area.

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