Michael Kors shares sink amid Versace rumors

Michael Kors shares sink amid Versace rumors

This outfit appears just a little flashy for Michael Kors.

Shares dropped Monday on experiences that the US-based designer of reasonably priced purses is eyeing a $2.35 billion acquisition of Italian vogue home Gianni Versace.

Shares of Kors sank 8.2 p.c, to $66.71, with some analysts fretting that Kors could be taking over greater than it could possibly deal with.

It has been lower than a yr since Kors shelled out $1.2 billion to purchase Jimmy Choo. In the meantime, Kors nonetheless hasn’t recovered from a two-year gross sales hunch when its purses had been slapped with deep reductions at malls.

“Kors has not absolutely built-in the [Jimmy Choo] enterprise,” Wells Fargo analyst Ike Boruchow wrote, including {that a} Versace deal is “probably doing an excessive amount of too rapidly.”

Others fear that the reported price ticket for Versace appears wealthy. Versace, whose namesake designer was gunned down in 1997 by aserial killer, is a model that “some understand as previous its peak,” mentioned Craig Johnson, president of Buyer Development Companions.

Since its founder’s loss of life, the label has been run by his sister, Donatella Versace, who together with members of the family owns 80 p.c of the corporate. Donatella checked into drug rehab in 2004, tarnishing the corporate’s picture.

Whereas she has since recovered and nonetheless runs Versace, the corporate is just modestly worthwhile, producing about $18 million in earnings on $822 million in gross sales final yr.

Stephen Schwarzman’s Blackstone Group owns the remaining 20 p.c and is reportedly seeking to get out.

Michael Kors didn’t reply to a request for remark.


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