Clearly Contacts bought by French Optical Firm Essilor for $445 Million

Eyewear company Coastal Contacts (the parent company of Clearly Contacts) is being sold to French optical firm Essilor International for $445 million.

Essilor will pay $12.45 in cash for every one of Coastal's TSX-listed shares, the two companies said in a release late yesterday.

Coastal Contacts shares (TSX:COA) closed at $10.39 on the TSX on Wednesday, but the offer is 43 per cent over its three-month average price of $8.73 and 84 per cent higher than its six-month average of $6.78.

Not surprisinly Coastal's board has unanimously endorsed the transaction which is still subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.

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Founded in Vancouver in 2000, Clearly Contacts sells contact lenses online to customers in 10 countries including Canada, the United States, Sweden, Norway and Japan.

Essilor is a French optical conglomerate founded more than a century ago. The company's brands include Varilux, Crizal and many others. Last year, Essilor bought Costa, which makes athletic sunglasses, for $270 million. Essilor also develops and sells equipment for prescription laboratories as well as instruments and services designed for optical professionals.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Clearly is the largest online eyewear company in the world with a mission to make vision correction accessible worldwide. Founded in 2000, Clearly's family of websites offers the most extensive selection of contact lenses, eyeglasses and sunglasses shipped directly to your door. Through Clearly’s Change the View Project, every purchase helps fight poor vision by providing access to tailored eye... more

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