Joe's Jeans acquires Hudson Clothing
Joe's Jeans Inc. announced that they have signed a definitive stock purchase agreement with Hudson Clothing Holdings, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Joe's Jeans will acquire privately-held Hudson Clothing Holdings, Inc. The total purchase price set is estimated at US$97.6 million. The proceeds are set to be paid in cash and in convertible notes issued by Joe's Jeans.
Marc Crossman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Joe's Jeans, stated, "We are extremely excited about joining forces with Hudson Jeans. Once the acquisition is complete, we expect to nearly double the size of our business, meaningfully increase our international and e-commerce penetration, and enhance our overall prospects for growth. Paramount to the combination is preserving the DNA of each existing company by retaining its employees and separate facilities. This deal represents a landmark event in the history of our company and we are committed to capitalizing on the many opportunities this transformative transaction will create in marketplace." Crossman continued, "We believe by leveraging our sourcing capabilities to realize cost savings across all three components of making a jean, from fabric, trim to labor, will significantly reduce our input costs while we drive top line sales by building on the strengths of each company's distribution."
Peter Kim stated, "We are thrilled at the prospect of joining a highly respected team of people that has created an incredible business. To be able to collaborate with Joe's Jeans to create one of the largest premium denim companies in the world is a phenomenal opportunity for us all. We look forward to benefiting from each other's strengths and to entering a new chapter of growth."
Dan Fireman, Managing Partner of Fireman Capital Partners, which acquired a controlling stake in Hudson in 2009, said, "We are proud of our partnership with Hudson and all that we have achieved together, and are pleased that Hudson has found a perfect home with Joe's Jeans to take the company to the next stage in its development."
Mr. Crossman concluded, "Hudson Jeans represents a great fit for our business model. There are many complementary features between our two organizations that should allow us to realize future operating benefits and cost savings. At the same time, each brand has multiple channel expansion opportunities both domestically and overseas that will drive top-line growth and operating expense leverage over the long-term."
Hudson Clothing, founded by Peter Kim in 2002, has headquarters in Los Angeles, California. Hudson is the leading global designer and marketer of men's and women's premium branded denim apparel.