Speculation is mounting that Chico's FAS could be the target of a leveraged buyout.
BloombergBusinessweek recently quoted JPMorgan Chase saying some investors are speculating there's an increased chance Chico's may become a buyout target. They noted that Chico's CEO David Dyer previously headed Tommy Hilfiger and Lands' End, both of which were sold.
Chico's, the Fort Myers-based women's retailer, has zero debt and more than $300 million in cash and marketable securities on its balance sheet.
Private equity firm Blue Harbour Group of Greenwich, Conn., recently acquired a 5.6% stake in Chico's. The firm targets companies that could benefit from strategic or financial change.
Chico's shares are publicly traded (symbol: CHS; recent price: $16).