SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): February 15, 2013 (February 13, 2013)
THE WET SEAL, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
(Address of principal executive offices; zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 8.01 Other Events
On February 13, 2013, the Clinton Group, Inc. (“CGI”), an investment manager of several funds and accounts which beneficially own a significant number of shares of common stock of The Wet Seal, Inc. (the “Company”), delivered a letter to the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) expressing appreciation for recent measures implemented by the Board and suggesting the return of additional capital to the Company's stockholders via a Dutch Auction share repurchase program. CGI filed the letter with the Securities and Exchange Commission in a Schedule 13D/A on February 13, 2013. On February 15, 2013, the Company delivered a response letter to CGI, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(a) Financial Statements of Business Acquired.
(b) Pro Forma Financial Information.
(c) Shell Company Transactions.
99.1 Response letter from the Company to Clinton Group, Inc., dated February 15, 2013.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
THE WET SEAL, INC.
Date: February 15, 2013
/s/ Steven H. Benrubi
Steven H. Benrubi
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Response letter from the Company to Clinton Group, Inc., dated February 15, 2013.