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Michael Kors eyes secondary public offer

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales. to buy additional rights. Michael Kors, the upmarket handbag and fashion brand, has unveiled plans for a secondary public offering on behalf of investors including the company’s founder just 14 months after its initial public offering. The announcement on Wednesday of an SEC filing came just one week after Michael Kors reported a record share price of $62.77. The Hong Kong-based company floated in December 2011 when shares were priced at $20. As of February 13 the company had about 200m ordinary shares, both issued and outstanding. The offering will involve the sale of 25m ordinary shares, with Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs acting as bookrunning managers. Sportswear Holdings Limited, the Hong Kong private equity firm which purchased a controlling stake in Michael Kors in 2003, is set to decrease its interest in the company to 5.8 per cent. Founder Michael Kors is selling 3m shares, leaving the 54-year-old designer with a 2.4 per cent stake. A trust for the children of chief executive John Idol will sell 2m shares. The company said Michael Kors Holdings would not receive any proceeds from the sale by investors. The share price fell by more than 5 per cent as the market reacted to news of the offering by some of the company’s biggest investors. “This move undoubtedly sends a very negative signal,” said Brian Sozzi, chief equities analyst at NBG Productions. “Last week’s earnings call implied that stock would continue to soar – if this is the case then why the decision to have cash in hand over shares? It doesn’t quite add up.” Some rivals within the accessible luxury sector have seen a slowdown in sales in recent months. However, Michael Kors has produced exceptional growth while announcing consolidation of its international presence, new store rollouts and increased wholesale distribution throughout its core US market. Mr Sozzi said that given the company’s clear growth potential, many analysts would continue to see the brand as a buying opportunity, while maintaining a close eye on market fluctuations following completion of the offering. The share price record came after a 70 per cent jump in third-quarter revenue to $637m.



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