B. Riley Financial Acquires Significant Interest in Justice Brand Assets in Conjunction with Bluestar Alliance's Acquisition from ascena retail group

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Addition of Justice clothing brand enhances B. Riley's existing brand investment holdings

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY) ("B. Riley" or the "Company"), a leading business advisory and financial services company, today announced it has acquired significant interest in clothing brand, Justice, through an investment in Bluestar Alliance, LLC's ("Bluestar") acquisition of the brand's assets from ascena retail group, inc. ("ascena"). Bluestar owns the rights, title and licenses of Justice – including its e-commerce business – free and clear of Justice's prior liabilities as a result of a winning bid in the auction of ascena's assets under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

"This is an exciting investment which enhances our established foothold in brand licensing investments and our continued partnership with Bluestar. As a well-known brand that generated over $1 billion in annual revenue in 2019, Justice represents an extremely compelling investment at an attractive valuation," said Bryant Riley, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of B. Riley Financial. "We believe there's a significant opportunity to turn the Justice brand into a robust licensing model in categories such as girl's sportswear, swimwear, accessories and more, as well as opportunities for global expansion, growing the e-commerce business and adding additional license product categories."

This investment in Justice aligns with B. Riley's broader investment strategy to generate recurring revenue for its platform. The Company seeks to grow licensing revenue from its brand holdings, in partnership with Bluestar Alliance, by leveraging its extensive relationships and strategic partnerships in the retail sector. B. Riley also intends to continue to pursue acquisitions of consumer brands, intellectual property, trademarks and licenses, and participate in select transactions as an equity owner.

B. Riley's other brand investments include bebe, Hurley, Catherine Malandrino, English Laundry, Joan Vass, Kensie, Limited Too and Nanette Lepore.

About B. Riley Financial, Inc.
B. Riley Financial (NASDAQ: RILY) provides collaborative financial services solutions tailored to fit the capital raising, business, operational, and financial advisory needs of its clients and partners. B. Riley operates through several subsidiaries that offer a diverse range of complementary end-to-end capabilities spanning investment banking and institutional brokerage, private wealth and investment management, corporate advisory, restructuring, due diligence, forensic accounting and litigation support, appraisal and valuation, and auction and liquidation services. Certain registered affiliates of B. Riley originate and underwrite senior secured loans for asset-rich companies. B. Riley also makes proprietary investments in companies and assets with attractive return profiles. For the latest Company news and developments, follow B. Riley on Twitter @BRileyFinancial and LinkedIn. For more information about B. Riley, visit our website at www.brileyfin.com.

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