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MARQUEE BRANDS PLANS FOR GROWTH WITHIN MATERNITY BRANDS WITH SECURED CREDIT FROM SECOND AVENUE CAPITAL PARTNERS

New York, New York – June 29, 2021 – Second Avenue Capital Partners, LLC (“SACP”) (www.secondavecp.com) closed on a $10,000,000 senior secured credit facility to the leading maternity apparel sister brands Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod within the Marquee Brands portfolio. The credit facility will be used for general working capital purposes and will provide the company with additional liquidity for future expansion to implement post-pandemic digital growth initiatives.

At a time when the retail industry shifted focus from brick-and-mortar stores to online shopping, Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod were already in the process of transition. Following the acquisition by Marquee Brands in 2019, the well-known maternity brands quickly trimmed their brick-and-mortar footprint with a final exit from standalone storefronts in early 2020. Such early moves positioned the two brands to focus attention on each respective website and social platforms to create a more robust customer centric experience and community, as well as offer expecting and new mothers relevant and engaging digital content related to all stages of motherhood.

“We appreciate the efforts from the team at Second Avenue Capital Partners and their comprehensive approach to not only understand our current business, but to bring forth a flexible strategy to support the investment in our future growth initiatives,” said Marla Ryan, Brand Executive Vice President, Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod. “As we look to catapult forward in a post-pandemic world, and build upon our community connection with mothers, SACP was a natural choice for us based on their ecommerce and retail knowledge.”

“These two maternity brands sit in a highly unique, niche market and possess an enviable ecommerce platform,” said Chris O’Connor, President of Second Avenue Capital Partners. “We knew we could provide them with a capital solution that would exceed their expectations. This facility will serve their business goals as they focus on developing a leading global marketplace and collaborate with strategic partners to achieve continued brand growth. It is an exciting time for companies in the ecommerce space, and we’re excited to play a role in supporting these category leaders’ continued success.”

The Company was founded in 1982, originally as a mail-order catalog under the Mothers Work Inc. name, and was most recently known as Destination Maternity till December 2019. Since its founding, the Company fostered the growth of two brands, Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, to become a trusted resource for generations of women and the world’s largest designer and retailer of maternity and nursing apparel and accessories. The Company’s investment in a digital re-platform to improve their customers’ online experience was already well underway when the pandemic hit, giving them the opportunity to quickly align their offerings and messaging to meet the needs of expectant mothers.

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About Marquee Brands – Marquee Brands (marqueebrands.com) is a leading global brand owner, marketer and media company. Owned by investor funds managed by Neuberger Berman, one of the world’s leading employee-owned investment managers, Marquee Brands targets high quality brands with strong consumer awareness and long-term growth potential. Marquee Brands seeks to identify brands in various consumer product segments with the goal of expanding their reach across retail channel, geography and product category while preserving the brand heritage and enhancing the ultimate consumer experience. Through its global team of professionals and partners, Marquee Brands monitors trends and markets in order to grow and manage brands in partnership with retailers, licensees and manufacturers through engaging, impactful strategic planning, marketing, and ecommerce.

About Second Avenue Capital Partners – Second Avenue Capital Partners, LLC (“SACP”) (secondavecp.com), a Schottenstein Affiliate, specializes in asset-based loans for the broader retail and consumer products industry. Serving middle-market companies, SACP leverages the experience of retail operators, product merchants, and lenders to deliver an array of customized, capital solutions. A unique merchant perspective gives SACP the ability to recognize and unlock value in assets other capital providers often overlook or do not understand. The firm’s tailored financial solutions are a vital resource for clients seeking capital to effectuate strategy and achieve financial objectives. SACP is headquartered in Boston with additional offices in New York, Columbus, and Los Angeles.

About Motherhood Maternity – Motherhood Maternity is a dedicated resource for supporting women as they go through their pregnancy journey to motherhood by building a strong sense of community. Since 1982, Motherhood Maternity® and its sister brand, A Pea in the Pod®, has specialized in being the world’s largest designer and retailer of maternity and nursing apparel and accessories. Motherhood Maternity honors our heroes and offers a 10% merchandise discount to teachers and active-duty military personnel, veterans and family members. To learn more, visit Motherhood Maternity or follow Motherhood Maternity on Facebook and Instagram.

About A Pea in the Pod – A Pea in the Pod is a leading fashion maternity online retailer. Since 1982, A Pea in the Pod® and its sister brand, Motherhood Maternity® has specialized in being the preeminent brands in maternity and nursing apparel and accessories, as a trusted resource for generations of women during the pivotal moment in their lives upon entering motherhood. Together, the two brands, honor and offer a 10% merchandise discount to teachers, health care providers and active-duty military personnel, veterans and family members. To learn more, visit apeainthepod.com or follow A Pea in the Pod on Facebook and Instagram.

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