Fifth & Pacific Cos. Inc. said the Kate Spade business saw adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of about $130 million last year on sales of $742 million, according to preliminary figures. For 2014, sales are projected to grow 10 to 13 percent, pushing EBITDA to a range of $165 million to $175 million.
Comparable sales for Kate Spade’s stores rose 12 percent in the fourth quarter, while comps including both stores and e-commerce shot up 30 percent.
McComb said last year was “all about bringing Kate Spade to its full potential.”
The company gave a glimpse of its plans for the brand this year in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing late Thursday.
The newly dubbed Kate Spade & Co. intends to strengthen its “channel agnostic approach,” “enhance use of partnerships for margin expansion,” “increase investment in marketing” and further develop the Kate Spade Saturday brand.
Overall, that incudes opening 35 doors in North America this year, while opening another 55 in the rest of the world (up to 30 with partners) as well as a move into new categories and the introduction of e-commerce in Europe and Asia.
While growing rapidly, Kate Spade will also have to carry corporate costs, which the firm accounted for as adjusted losses before interest and so on of $65 million last year. That will fall modestly to losses of $50 million to $55 million this year.
With the exception of relatively small and profitable Adelington Design Group jewelry business, Kate Spade will be free of the last vestiges of the former Liz Claiborne Inc. portfolio, which included more than 30 brands at its height.
Lucky Brand, which Fifth & Pacific agreed to sell to Leonard Green & Partners for $225 million, drew adjusted EBITDA of $46 million from sales of about $520 million last year. That deal is expected to close in the first quarter. The company is also in the process of winding down its Juicy Couture business, the intellectual property of which was sold to Authentic Brands Group last year.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)