Apax Partners will sell its 55 percent stake in Tommy Hilfiger’s China operations, to its joint-venture partner PVH Corp, the owner of the Tommy Hilfiger brand. The purchase price for the transaction is approximately $172 million.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PVH Corp. [NYSE:PVH] and funds advised by Apax Partners announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for PVH to acquire the 55% interest in TH Asia Ltd., their joint venture for Tommy Hilfiger in China, that PVH did not already own. The purchase price for the transaction is approximately $172 million, net of cash of approximately $100 million, subject to adjustment. The closing, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to occur early in the second quarter of 2016 and is expected to be slightly accretive to PVH’s 2016 earnings on a non-GAAP basis.
This transaction has been envisioned since PVH and the funds advised by Apax Partners established the Tommy Hilfiger China joint venture in connection with the Tommy Hilfiger acquisition in 2010. The other shareholders in the joint venture include an affiliate of Silas Chou and, indirectly through an investment vehicle controlled by funds advised by Apax Partners, members of Tommy Hilfiger management at the time of the acquisition in 2010, such as Fred Gehring (former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman, Tommy Hilfiger and current Vice Chairman, PVH), Daniel Grieder (Chief Executive Officer, Tommy Hilfiger), and Mr. Tommy Hilfiger. Since 2012, the first full year of operations after the joint venture acquired the Tommy Hilfiger China business from the former licensee, the Tommy Hilfiger business in China has doubled from approximately $70 million in revenue to a projected $140 million in revenue for 2015 with over 350 stores, of which 65 are directly operated.
Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PVH Corp., commented: “Today’s announcement represents a significant development for our Company as we continue to execute against our key strategic priorities and demonstrates our commitment to making strategic investments to support the long term growth of PVH and our Tommy Hilfiger business. This transaction enables the Tommy Hilfiger business to directly operate its fastest growing market, while leveraging our well-established infrastructure in Asia, our regional leadership expertise and strong brand momentum across both our Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein businesses in the region.”
Daniel Grieder, Chief Executive Officer, Tommy Hilfiger, commented: “We are looking forward to executing a more fully integrated strategy for China that takes advantage of our current momentum in the region. This will allow us to further realize the growth opportunities that exist for the brand by offering consumers a greater breadth of Tommy Hilfiger product lines and a more elevated brand presentation. Building on our strong existing regional foundation, we plan to accelerate the growth of the Tommy Hilfiger business by increasing our brand marketing in China and capitalizing on our strong market positioning and price, value proposition. We plan to invest further in driving the expansion of the brand through new store openings (both company-operated and franchised stores) and improved productivity in existing stores, while rapidly expanding our traditional and digital marketing initiatives to further reinforce the brand in this exciting market.”
Richard Zhang, Equity Partner & Head of Greater China, Apax Partners, commented: “As a leading global investor in the fashion and consumer space, Apax has been privileged to partner with PVH to build the Tommy Hilfiger China joint venture and management team, leading to a significant expansion of the business. As a result of these efforts and the work of the management team, Tommy Hilfiger has become one of the fastest growing and most profitable fashion brands in China. We thank PVH for its partnership and believe that PVH will take this iconic brand to its next height in China.”
Christian Stahl added: “We are pleased to complete another successful transaction with PVH, following PVH’s acquisitions of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger in 2003 and 2010, respectively. This sale to PVH of the Apax funds’ stake successfully completes the exit from the 2006 investment in Tommy Hilfiger. We wish our partners at PVH and at Tommy Hilfiger continued success.”
PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, owns and markets the iconic Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide. It is the world’s largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW, Warner’s and Olga, and its licensed brands, including Speedo, Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Sean John and Chaps.
Apax Partners is a leading global private equity advisory firm. Over its more than 30 year history, Apax Partners has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of $38 billion*. Funds advised by Apax Partners invest in companies across four global sectors of Tech and Telco, Services, Healthcare and Consumer. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. As a leading global investor in the fashion and consumer space, the Apax funds’ recent fashion investments include Cole Hann, Karl Lagerfeld, and FULLBEAUTY brands. For further information about Apax Partners, please visit www.apax.com.