Michael Kors Strengthens Global Luxury Status with Long-Rumored Jimmy Choo Acquistion
After months of rumors and rumblings, Michael Kors Holdings Limited, a global fashion luxury brand, has reached an agreement to acquire Jimmy Choo PLC, a premier global luxury footwear and accessories brand. Under the terms of the transaction, Jimmy Choo shareholders will receive 230 pence ($3) per share, with an enterprise value of approximately $1.350 billion. The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo.
John D. Idol, chairman and CEO of Michael Kors, said, "We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Jimmy Choo, an iconic brand with a rich history as a leading global luxury house. Jimmy Choo is known worldwide for its glamorous and fashion-forward footwear. The company is a leader in setting fashion trends. Its innovative designs and exceptional craftsmanship resonate with trendsetters globally. We believe that Jimmy Choo is poised for meaningful growth in the future and our company is committed to supporting the strong brand equity that Jimmy Choo has built over the last 20 years.
"Pierre Denis will continue in his role as CEO of Jimmy Choo," Idol continued. "He has led the company since 2012, during which time Jimmy Choo experienced compounded sales growth of 11 percent annually. Pierre brings more than 25 years of experience and a strong track record with global fashion luxury brands. Additionally, creative director Sandra Choi will continue to lead the creative and design teams at the company. Sandra has been with Jimmy Choo since its inception and has been the sole creative director since 2013. Her groundbreaking vision and fashion artistry have created a truly iconic and internationally recognized luxury brand. Mr. Denis, Ms. Choi and the rest of the highly-talented management team have done a tremendous job, and this continuity of leadership will ensure that the DNA of Jimmy Choo is maintained as we work together to continue to grow the brand globally."
"Jimmy Choo is a premier fashion luxury house that offers distinctive footwear, handbags and other accessories," said Michael Kors, honorary chairman and chief creative officer of Michael Kors. "We admire the glamorous style and trendsetting nature of Jimmy Choo designs. We look forward to welcoming Jimmy Choo to our luxury group."
Pierre Denis, CEO of Jimmy Choo, said, "It is a privilege for our management team to lead Jimmy Choo and to preside over such an exciting period for our company. We are convinced that there is so much more that can be delivered in the years ahead. We look forward to working closely with the leadership and team at Michael Kors Holdings Limited to further develop our iconic brand. Our two companies share the same vision of style and trend leadership. Our luxury heritage is the foundation of Jimmy Choo and we will continue to bring our brand vision to consumers globally."
Iconic and powerful luxury brand
Jimmy Choo is a luxury accessories brand that offers an empowered sense of glamour and a playfully daring spirit. Since its inception in 1996, the company has offered distinctive, glamorous and fashion-forward products, with luxury footwear at the heart of its unique brand DNA. The brand began as a bespoke atelier that catered to the global luxury consumer, and continues to be popular with style icons around the globe, including celebrities, royalty, musicians and heads of state. Jimmy Choo offers exceptionally crafted products of the highest quality, with a design team that is at the forefront of interpreting fashion trends in footwear and accessories. The collections reflect a mix of iconic, timeless products that appeals to a broader audience, as well as innovative offerings that are targeted to fashion trendsetters globally.
With approximately 150 company-operated retail stores, 560 multi-brand doors and more than 60 franchise stores in premier locations worldwide, Jimmy Choo has a successful, balanced distribution network. The company has a strong presence in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia. In addition, Jimmy Choo continues to invest significantly in its online platform, which has experienced strong revenue growth in recent years.
The company also continues to build its presence in accessories and men's footwear. The brand has a natural authority in men's evening shoes, adding a twist to classic shapes, and has also seen strong growth in luxury active footwear. By integrating a dual gender product portfolio into its retail stores, Jimmy Choo expects to unlock additional value from this fast growing segment of the business.
The acquisition of Jimmy Choo is expected to deliver a number of benefits, including:
- The opportunity to grow Jimmy Choo sales to $1 billion
- A more balanced portfolio with greater product diversification
- An enhanced positioning in the attractive and growing luxury footwear segment
- The opportunity to grow in the men's luxury footwear category
- Further expansion in the luxury accessories market
- Greater exposure to global markets, particularly the fast-growing market in Asia
- The potential to create long-term operational synergies
The transaction is not subject to a financing condition. Michael Kors has committed bridge financing from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Goldman Sachs Bank USA to satisfy the certain funds requirement of the U.K. Takeover Code to complete the transaction. The transaction is intended to be effected by a U.K. court-approved Scheme of Arrangement and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar 2017, subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of required regulatory approvals as well as the approval of the Scheme by Jimmy Choo shareholders, who together hold at least 75 percent of the issued share capital of Jimmy Choo and represent a majority of the shareholders voting at the meeting. Michael Kors has received irrevocable undertakings from JAB Luxury GmbH, Jimmy Choo directors and Sandra Choi, who collectively represent 69.21 percent of the issued and outstanding Jimmy Choo shares in support of the transaction.