Jones Apparel Group and Michaels Stores are the latest retailers on the block. Here's how recent retail deals have priced out. It also details the massive role private equity has played in the industry in recent years.

CHRONOLOGY OF RECENT RETAIL TRANSACTIONS 2004 TO PRESENT
Date Acquired Company Buyer Transaction Value Enterprise Revenues EBITDA
Jan-06 Burlington Coat Factory Bain Capital $2.06 billion 0.6X 7.6X
Jan-06 Albertsons Supervalu, CVS, Cerberus, et. Al. $17.4 billion 0.7X 7.3X
Dec-05 Tommy Hilfiger Apax Partners $1.6 billion 0.9X 8.3X
Nov-05 Linens 'n Things Inc. Apollo Managemetn LP $1.3 billion 0.5X 7.9X
Oct-05 Saks' Northern Department Store Group Bon-Ton Stores $1.2 billion 0.5X 8.3X
Oct-05 Goody's Family Clothing Inc. Prentice Capital $318 million 0.3X 13.2X
Oct-05 ShopKo Stores Inc. Sun Capital Partners $1.0 billion 0.3X 5.5X
Sep-05 Party City Corp. Bershire, Weston Presidio $360 million 0.7X NA
May-05 Neiman Marcus Group Inc. Texas Pacific Group, Warburg Pincus $5.1 billion 1.4X 10.2X
Apr-05 Brookstone OSIM International, JW Childs $448 million 0.9X 8.8X
Apr-05 Profitt's and McRae's Department Stores Belk's $622 million 0.9X 13.7X
Mar-05 Toys ‘R’ Us Bain Capital, Vornado Realty Corp. $7.1 billion 0.6X 10.7X
Feb-05 May Department Stores Federated Department Stores $16.9 billion 1.2X 8.8X
Nov-04 Kmart Sears $11 billion 0.3X 9.3X
Nov-04 Mk One UK Investor Group $102 million NA NA
Nov-04 Barneys New York Inc. Jones Apparel Group Inc. $400 million 0.8X 8.0X
Oct-04 Disney Store North America Children's Place Retail Stores NA NA NA
Sep-04 Eastern Mountain Sports Inc. Private investor group NA NA NA
Jul-04 Spyder Active Sports Apax Partners $100 million 1.6X 9.8X
Jun-04 Marshall Field's May Department Stores $3.2 billion 1.3X NA
Jun-04 Ben Sherman Ltd. Oxford Industries $146 million 0.9X 6.3X
Jun-04 Maxwell Shoe Co. Jones Apparel Group Inc. $346 million 1.4X 11.6X
Jun-04 Galyans Trading Company Inc. Dicks Sporting Goods Inc. $362 million 0.5X 10.5X
Apr-04 Vans Inc. VF Corp. $396 million 1.1X 18.1X
Mar-04 Maidenform Ares Management LLC $215 million 0.7X 6.9X
Mar-04 DC Shoes Quiksilver $122.1 million 1.1X 11.3X
Feb-04 Joseph Abboud J.W. Childs $73 million 0.9X 5.6X
Jan-04 Anchor Blue Sun Capital Partners NA NA NA
Jan-04 Phat Farm Kellwood Co. $160 million 0.6X 5.7X
Sources: Securities Data Corp., Citigroup, Company Reports