NEW YORK & MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PVH Corp. [NYSE:PVH] and Grupo Axo announced today the closing of its previously announced agreement to form a joint venture that now licenses from wholly owned subsidiaries of PVH the rights to operate and manage the distribution of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Warner’s, Olga and Speedo brand products in Mexico. The joint venture was formed by merging PVH México, S.A. de C.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH and the operator of its Calvin Klein and Heritage Brands businesses in Mexico, with Baseco, S.A. de C.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Grupo Axo and a distributor in Mexico of PVH’s Tommy Hilfiger brand products. Additionally, the newly formed joint venture also has the license to operate Tommy Hilfiger footwear, as the license agreement with a third party was recently assigned to Baseco. Terms of the joint venture were not disclosed. As previously disclosed, PVH expects this transaction to be neutral to PVH’s 2016 earnings.
“We believe that leveraging Grupo Axo’s in region expertise across our brand portfolio should ensure the long-term potential of our brands in Mexico while maintaining a direct ownership interest in our Calvin Klein and Heritage Brands businesses in Mexico and giving us more control over our Tommy Hilfiger business in the region,” said Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and CEO of PVH.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our relationship beyond Tommy Hilfiger to include the global megabrand, Calvin Klein, as well as the Warner’s, Olga and Speedo heritage brands. We believe all these brands present a significant opportunity for growth in Mexico and we look forward to partnering with PVH to make that potential a reality,” said Andres Gomez, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Axo.
About PVH Corp.
With a history going back over 130 years, PVH Corp. has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries with over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.
*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International, Ltd.
About Grupo Axo
Grupo Axo is a leading multi-brand company in Mexico for apparel, accessories and home brands. Today, Group Axo is an indispensable reference and the most reliable resource for the firms and partners that want to build a successful platform in the Latin-American Market. With a solid retail and wholesale experience for over 22 years, its expertise comes from representing, elevating equity, distributing and operating brands through a multi-channel approach. As of 2016, Grupo Axo operates more than 2,200 points of sale within major department stores and over 400 free-standing stores in both Mexico and Chile. Within its portfolio, Grupo Axo proudly represents Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Brooks Brothers, Brunello Cucinelli, Coach, Crate & Barrel, Emporio Armani, Guess, Kate Spade, Theory, Express, Hollister, Chaps, Loft, Rapsodia, Thomas Pink, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria´s Secret and Promoda, the leading off-price retailer in Mexico. www.grupoaxo.com
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