Last week brought two big pieces of Neiman Marcus news. The day started with the announcement that the company had successfully extended the maturities on some $4.6 billion in debt. Then, a few hours later, Neiman's reported quarterly results, which were concerning. After six consecutive quarters of growth, comparable sales were down 1.5%, and the luxury retailer posted a … Continue reading Neiman Marcus kicks the can down the road. So now what?
Recently a roughly $8.4 billion offer from the Nordstrom family to take the namesake retailer private was rejected as inadequate. The deal now seems at risk as the special committee in charge of evaluating a potential transaction indicated that the price needed to be "substantially" and "promptly" improved upon or they would terminate further discussions. While … Continue reading Going Private Could Be The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Nordstrom; With One Big Caveat
Late last week the Neiman Marcus Group named former Ralph Lauren executive Geoffroy van Raemdonck as their new CEO, replacing company veteran Karen Katz (full disclosure: once my boss). While not terribly surprising given the company's struggles under a mountain of debt, extremely rocky "NMG One" systems implementation and largely stagnant growth, the move does come at a critical … Continue reading A tough agenda faces Neiman Marcus’ new CEO
Last week's announcement that Michael Kors would buy luxury shoe and accessories brand Jimmy Choo comes on the heels (heh, heh) of Coach's $2.4 billion deal to acquire Kate Spade. While this particular move is not in and of itself a catalyst for more merger & acquisition activity, there is a growing sense that various forces are converging to drive an … Continue reading The Kors/Jimmy Choo Deal May Usher In A New Era Of Retail Consolidation
Last week the Wall St. Journal featured a story on Tiffany & Co's "midlife crisis." The piece highlighted the jewelry brand's struggle to regain its "cool" and improve recently tepid sales and profits. A few days later they announced the hiring of a new CEO. Yet Tiffany is hardly alone in dealing with what I have coined … Continue reading Tiffany seeks to execute the ‘customer trapeze’