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Fashion Retailer Michael Kors to Acquire Jimmy Choo for $1.35 Billion

by Katie Sloan

New York City — Global fashion retailer Michael Kors has agreed to acquire Jimmy Choo, a London-based luxury footwear and accessories brand, for approximately $1.35 billion.

Jimmy Choo PLC (LON: CHOO) has approximately 150 company-operated retail stores, 560 multi-brand locations and more than 60 franchise stores in locations worldwide. The company has a strong presence in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

With this acquisition, Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE: KORS) hopes to grow Jimmy Choo sales to $1 billion; balance its portfolio with greater product diversification; enhance the company’s position in the men’s and women’s luxury footwear segment; and enhance exposure to global markets, with a particular focus on Asia.

“Jimmy Choo [is] an iconic brand with a rich history as a leading global luxury house,” says John Idol, chairman and CEO of Michael Kors. “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.”

Michael Kors has committed bridge financing from JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. and Goldman Sachs Bank USA to satisfy fund requirements of the U.K. Takeover Code. The transaction is expected to close later this year.

Michael Kors stock closed at $34.91 per share on Monday, July 24, down from $51.68 one year ago. Jimmy Choo stock closed at £195, up from £107.25 last year.

— Katie Sloan

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