Jimmy Choo

Michael kors to acquire jimmy choo in $1.35 billion deal

by Stephen Garner
Jimmy Choo
A current look from Jimmy Choo

Fashion luxury brand Michael Kors Holdings Limited has reached an agreement to acquire luxury footwear and accessories brand Jimmy Choo PLC. Under the terms of the transaction, Jimmy Choo shareholders will receive 230 pence per share, with an enterprise value of approximately USD $1.350 billion. The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo.

Pierre Denis will continue in his role as chief executive officer of Jimmy Choo. He has led the company since 2012, during which time Jimmy Choo experienced compounded sales growth of 11 percent annually. Denis 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.

“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Jimmy Choo, an iconic brand with a rich history as a leading global luxury house,” said John D. Idol, chairman and chief executive officer of Michael Kors. “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.”

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.

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.

“Jimmy Choo is a premier fashion luxury house that offers distinctive footwear, handbags and other accessories,” commented 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.”

“It is a privilege for our management team to lead Jimmy Choo and to preside over such an exciting period for our company,” added Denis. “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.”