Versace not seen by many as ideal M&A target for Michael Kors, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Ike Boruchow said many investors seem puzzled by the negative reaction today in shares of Michael Kors to reports that the company may be near a deal to acquire Italian fashion company Versace for $2.35B. He believes the weakness is due to the speed with which such a deal would be made following the purchase of Jimmy Choo just 11 months ago and the fact that on the surface the reported deal would appear to be fairly dilutive. Versace "doesn't make for an ideal M&A target in the eyes of many shareholders," the analyst added. Boruchow thinks an acquisition at the terms reported could be 30c-40c dilutive to EPS in year one, not inclusive of dilution should the company halt their current buyback program, representing a 7-9% impact to EPS in year one, which he notes is a similar percentage impact as what the stock is seeing today. Boruchow keeps a Market Perform rating on Michael Kors shares, which are down 7.7% to $67.12 in afternoon trading.