Clothing brand licensing company Iconix Brand Group Inc. (ICON - Analyst Report) recently announced that its subsidiaries have proposed to offer senior notes aggregating $250 million in a private offering under its existing securitization program. The notes will be offered only to qualified institutional buyers.
Iconix’s subsidiaries will transfer the net proceeds from the notes offering to Iconix and the company will in turn use it for general corporate purposes, share repurchases, redemption of securities, acquisitions, working capital needs and capital expenditures.
Notably, in the last six months, Iconix has been aggressively acquiring brands and entering into joint ventures to strengthen its portfolio. Most recently in May 2013, Iconix acquired the remaining 49% interest in IP Holdings Unltd LLC ("IPHU") that manufactures and markets fashion and lifestyle products in the U.S. and internationally. Iconix now owns brands such as Ecko Unltd. and Marc Ecko Cut & Sew. Iconix had previously acquired a 51% stake in IP Holdings Unltd LLC in 2009.
In late-Feb 2013, Iconix acquired the renowned lifestyle brand Lee Cooper for $72 million in cash through the company's Luxembourg subsidiary, Iconix Luxembourg Holdings Sarl and strengthened its portfolio. Earlier in the same month, Iconix formed a joint venture with Buffalo International ULC to acquire a 51% interest in the latter’s Buffalo David Bitton brand for $76.5 million in cash. In early-Dec 2012, Iconix acquired the renowned football brand Umbro from Nike, Inc. (NKE) in order to include an iconic brand in its portfolio.
We remain impressed with Iconix’s strategic acquisitions and consistent expansion of licensing agreements. Iconix expects to explore additional opportunities and enhance its portfolio with more iconic brands in the upcoming quarters. Iconix expects to deliver over 20% revenue and earnings per share growth for 2013.
Iconix holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Other stocks in the consumer discretionary sector that are performing well and are therefore worth considering include Hanesbrands Inc (HBI - Analyst Report), which holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and Joe’s Jeans Inc (JOEZ - Snapshot Report), which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).