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Bare Escentuals, through its two primary brands Bare Escentuals and MD Formulations, is the market leader in the fast growing mineral based cosmetics and skin care category.

The Company's products are distributed through a variety of channels including direct response television (infomercials and QVC), wholesale accounts (Ulta and Sephora), company owned retail boutiques, and spas.

In June 2004, York Street and Gleacher Mezzanine, LLC co-arranged a $27MM senior subordinated note facility to support the buyout of Bare Escentuals by Berkshire Partners LLC, JH Partners, LP and management.

York Street also invested $3MM in common equity to support the buyout.

York Street successfully realized on its subordinated notes investment in a February 2005 recapitalization. As part of the recapitalization, York Street received a $3MM dividend on its common equity and retains its original ownership stake in the business.

Berkshire Partners: http://www.berkshirepartners.com

 

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