Michael Kors Acquires Greater China Licensee
Michael Kors is pleased to announce that the Company has completed the acquisition of Michael Kors (HK) Limited, the exclusive licensee of the Company in China and certain other jurisdictions in Asia, on May 31, 2016, for $500 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments.
The acquisition was approved by the independent members of the Company’s board of directors, upon recommendation of a Special Committee, comprised of solely independent directors, which was responsible for evaluating the terms of the acquisition. The Special Committee retained independent legal and financial advisors to assist in evaluating and negotiating the terms of the acquisition and the Purchase Agreement. The Greater China business generated total revenue of $197 million for the year ended March 31, 2016, and had a network of 91 company operated retail stores and six travel retail locations, across China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. For fiscal year 2017, the Greater China business is expected to contribute approximately $200 million to retail net sales, reflecting sales for the ten month period following the closing of the acquisition. The acquisition is expected to be neutral to earnings per share on a GAAP basis, and accretive to earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis, excluding $15 million of one-time acquisition costs. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings per share in fiscal 2018 and thereafter.
"We are very excited about the acquisition of our Greater China licensee,” says John D. Idol, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As you know, we have worked diligently over the past several years, with our licensed partner in this region, to build the infrastructure, establish the brand, and grow acceptance of Michael Kors in the Chinese market. We believe that our brand is gaining strong momentum in Greater China, making it the ideal time for us to integrate this territory into our business and capitalize on the enormous growth potential in this region."
USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
This release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures relating to certain one-time costs associated with the acquisition of the Greater China licensee. The Company uses non-GAAP financial measures, among other things, to evaluate its operating performance and in order to represent the manner in which the Company conducts and views its business. The Company believes that excluding non-recurring items helps its management and investors compare operating performance based on its ongoing operations. While the Company considers the non-GAAP measures to be useful supplemental measures in analyzing its results, they are not intended to replace, nor act as a substitute for, any amounts presented in its consolidated financial statements prepared in conformity with U.S. GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures reported by other companies.
ABOUT MICHAEL KORS
Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under Michael Kors Collection, MICHAEL Michael Kors and Michael Kors Mens, including accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, ready-to-wear and a full line of fragrance products. Michael Kors stores are operated, either directly or through licensing partners, in some of the most prestigious cities in the world, including New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, London, Milan, Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on such statements because they are subject to numerous uncertainties and factors relating to the Company’s operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning the Company’s possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of its business strategy. These statements often include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate” or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that the Company has made in light of management’s experience in the industry as well as its perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors that it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. You should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although the Company believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect its actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in these forward-looking statements. These factors are more fully discussed in the “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 28, 2015 (File No. 001-35368), filed on May 27, 2015 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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