Luxury retailer Jimmy Choo puts itself up for sale

LONDON: British luxury retailer Jimmy Choo is seeking offers for the company as part of a review of its strategic options to maximise shareholder value, it said on Monday.
The firm, which specialises in shoes and accessories, said it had discussed the strategic review process with its majority shareholder, JAB Luxury, which has confirmed it is supportive of the process. JAB Luxury holds 67.7 per cent of Jimmy Choo, which trades from over 150 stores globally.
Shares in Jimmy Choo, which floated on the London Stock Exchange at 140 pence in 2014, have increased 35 per cent over the last year. They closed on Friday at 168.5 pence, valuing the business at £657 million ($840 million).
Jimmy Choo said Britain’s Takeover Panel has agreed that any talks with third parties may be conducted within the context of a “formal sale process” to enable conversations with parties interested in making a proposal to take place on a confidential basis.
Jimmy Choo said it is currently not in receipt of any approaches.
It is being advised by BofA Merrill Lynch and Citigroup. — Reuters