Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation to Acquire Tommy Hilfiger B.V. for Approximately $3.0 Billion

Wow! We knew Tommy Hilfiger was a force to be reckoned with but we had never anticipated it was to the tune of $3billion. We’re a bit floored here.  When PVH acquires Tommy Hilfiger, officially, it will become one of the World’s largest and most profitable apparel companies with combined revenue of approximately $4.6 billion.

“This is a unique opportunity to bring together two premier companies, each with iconic brands, which will deliver enhanced opportunities for our stockholders, business partners, customers and employees as we leverage a combined global platform in the years ahead,” said Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PVH. “During almost four years as a private company under the leadership of Fred Gehring and his team, Tommy Hilfiger has continued to gain momentum in Europe and Asia, while successfully rebuilding its business in North America, producing impressive overall performance, and generating strong profitability and free cash flow even during the recession.”
“We are very pleased to be joining forces with PVH, one of the premier apparel companies in the world. The scale of the combined company in the U.S. will deliver obvious benefits for both companies, while Tommy Hilfiger’s significant international presence and infrastructure offers an opportunity for PVH to introduce a number of its brands into the international market,” said Fred Gehring, Chief Executive Officer of Tommy Hilfiger. “Customers around the world love Tommy Hilfiger’s classic American cool design and brand image and this transaction provides us with the perfect platform to support continued growth and success. We look forward to building on the momentum of the two companies, delivering significant growth for our customers, employees and partners long into the future.”

Upon the closing of the transaction, Mr. Tommy Hilfiger will remain in his role as Principal Designer and Visionary for the Tommy Hilfiger brand. Fred Gehring will continue as CEO of Tommy Hilfiger, will assume the added responsibility as CEO of PVH’s international operations, and will join the PVH Board of Directors.
Mr. Tommy Hilfiger said: “This is the next phase in the global evolution and expansion of the Tommy Hilfiger brand. I am confident that Manny Chirico and the PVH organization will provide Tommy Hilfiger with the support and investment to allow my great partners in the Tommy Hilfiger organization to do what is necessary to take our brand to new heights. I look forward to remaining actively involved in the business and believe that PVH is the ideal partner to help us achieve our goals.”

About PVH
Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation is one of the world’s largest apparel companies. It owns and markets the Calvin Klein brand worldwide. It is the world’s largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, IZOD, ARROW, Bass and G.H. Bass & Co., and its licensed brands, including Tommy Hilfiger, Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, unlisted, A Kenneth Cole Production, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Sean John, Chaps, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, JOE Joseph Abboud, DKNY and Timberland.

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