Clinton Group, Inc. and its affiliates ("Clinton Group"), the owners of more than 7% of the outstanding common stock of The Wet Seal, Inc. ("Wet Seal") sent a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of Wet Seal last night commending the Company for its recent actions, including its financing, in which Clinton Group was not involved.
"We believe Wet Seal is well positioned to emerge from the market-wide slowdown in teen apparel retailing significantly stronger than its competitors and better aligned with the teenage girl's shopping habits," said George E. Hall, Chief Executive Officer of Clinton Group.
"With the financing announced, along with the recent Board changes, strategic moves on real estate and in the plus-sized market, and eCommerce and social media focus, Wet Seal is ahead of its competitors in executing on a fast-fashion, social-media centric retailing strategy that we believe is the wave off the future. We commend the management team for addressing the marketplace issues head on and for being proactive with this financing to ensure leadership for a long time to come."
About Clinton Group,Inc.
Clinton Group, Inc. is a diversified asset management firm that is a Registered Investment Advisor. The firm has been investing in global markets since its inception in 1991 with expertise that spans a wide range of investment styles and asset classes.