Iconix Brand Group (ICON) announced a divestiture, and a rather significant one. The company is selling its Sharper Image Brand in a $100 million deal, reducing its net debt position by roughly a tenth.
This is a surprising move after the company has gone on an acquisition spree over the past decade, resulting in elevated debt ratios and negligence of the 篓own篓 brands. This divestiture marks a 篓break篓 of the past strategy, as deleveraging reduces leverage risks for investors, while it does not have to be dilutive to earnings per share, given the high cost of financing.
While I am not eager to jump on the momentum bandwagon seen in 2016, Iconix remains interesting on dips based on the earnings potential and stable revenue base. These factors are offset by high leverage and poor decision making of management in the past, yet I applaud the deleveraging moves.
A Brand Management Company
Iconix owns and licenses apparel, footwear, home, accessory and entertainment brands. These products are mostly found in department stores such as Kohl麓s (NYSE:KSS), Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD), Kmart, Macy麓s (NYSE:M) and Target (NYSE:TGT), among others. Given the challenges of these department stores, it is evident that Iconix is not operating in a very favorable environment at this point in time. Fortunately the company has exposure to retailers which are doing better including CVS (NYSE:CVS), Lowe麓s (NYSE:LOW), Costco (NASDAQ:COST) and even Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)
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