NEW YORK — Coach (COH) is preparing to purchase Kate Spade (KATE), sources from both companies said on Monday.
Kate Spade ended 2016 with $1.4 billion USD in sales, with adjusted EBITDA reaching $259 million USD. Coach generated $4.5 billion USD in revenue, $3 billion USD in gross profit, and $1.9 billion USD cash, cash equivalents, and investments in 2016.
The price of acquisition is not yet known, although analysts suggest it could be north of $2 billion USD. In a March 2017 report, Cowen & Company said that there was an 80 percent chance Kate Spade would be acquired, raising its target price to $27 USD per share. (On Friday, Kate Spade & Company ended trading at $23.29 USD per share.)
In December 2016, Coach chief executive officer Victor Luis noted that the American-based accessible luxury goods company is ready to acquire more brands.
“We believe that Coach Inc. can be bigger than the Coach brand,” he said. “The priority, we’ve said clearly, is terrific brands where we can leverage the Coach know-how, which is especially strong in our ability to develop brands both internationally and domestically.”
An announcement could be weeks or even days away.