This excerpt taken from the BBBY DEF 14A filed Jun 1, 2009.
Certain Relationships and Related Transactions
On March 22, 2007, the Company acquired buybuy BABY, a retailer of infant and toddler merchandise, for approximately $67 million (net of cash acquired) and repayment of debt of approximately $19 million. buybuy BABY was founded in 1996 by Richard and Jeffrey Feinstein, both of whom were previously employed by the Company, and are the sons of Leonard Feinstein, one of the Companys Co-Chairmen. The aforementioned repayment of approximately $19 million of debt resulted in the retirement of all indebtedness of buybuy BABY, which debt was held by Richard and Jeffrey Feinstein (approximately $16 million) and Leonard Feinstein (approximately $3 million). The Company believes that such transaction and the related agreements were comparable to terms the Company could have obtained from an unrelated third party.
The Companys Audit Committee, among other things, reviews and approves, on an annual basis and as otherwise appropriate, any proposed related party transactions. The members of the Audit Committee also consult with the Companys independent auditors to ensure that the Committee considers all transactions which the auditors advise may involve transactions with related persons. The Audit Committees determinations with respect to all related party transactions are recorded in the minutes of the Audit Committee, and the Audit Committees responsibility to review and approve related party transactions is set forth in the Audit Committees charter.
In connection with the acquisition of buybuy BABY, the Board of Directors of the Company determined to appoint a Special Committee, consisting solely of independent directors (one member of the Audit Committee and two members of both the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee), with full power and authority of the Special Committee to make conclusive determinations with respect to all matters relating to the acquisition, including, without limitation, the determination whether to enter into such transaction, the consideration, any employment or other arrangements with the principals of buybuy BABY, and other terms and conditions. The Special Committee engaged independent legal counsel and independent financial advisors and received an opinion from such financial advisors that the consideration paid by the Company (including the debt repayment referred to above) was fair. The Companys Co-Chairmen, Leonard Feinstein and Warren Eisenberg, recused themselves from deliberations relating to the transaction.
This excerpt taken from the BBBY 10-K filed May 12, 2006.
This excerpt taken from the BBBY 10-K filed May 12, 2005.