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Oxford Industries acquires Johnny Was

Published
Sep 20, 2022

Oxford Industries Inc. announced on Monday it acquired Johnny Was, a California-based affordable luxury lifestyle apparel brand, for $270 million.

The transaction was financed primarily by cash on hand, with the remaining approximately $100 million funded with borrowings under Oxford’s revolving credit facility. Oxford Industries said it expects to repay all borrowings within one year of the transaction. Under the purchase agreement, the purchase price is subject to adjustment based on net working capital at closing.


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As part of the deal, Rob Trauber, CEO of Johnny Was, will remain in his current role at the brand.

“We are delighted to be joining Oxford and their amazing portfolio of lifestyle brands. We believe Oxford is the perfect home for Johnny Was as our missions are aligned and they have a proven track record of successfully partnering with brand leadership to optimize investment, performance, and long term brand management to fuel growth," ​said Tauber.

"I am incredibly grateful to the dedicated team of people at Johnny Was for helping the brand achieve incredible milestones and look forward to our continued success together as we work with Oxford going forward. I would also like to express my appreciation to the founders of Johnny Was and to Endeavour Capital for their strong partnership over the last seven years.”

The owner Tommy Bahamas and ​Lilly Pulitzer brands said it added Johnny Was to its portfolio of brands, given its "attractive business model and customer demographics."

“Since 1987, Johnny Was has been inspired by a free-spirited signature aesthetic that embraces a quintessential California lifestyle. With its beautifully crafted clothing and one-of-a-kind accessories, Johnny Was continues to transcend fashion trends," ​said Tom Chubb, chairman and CEO of Oxford Industries.

"Rob Trauber and the team at Johnny Was have done a spectacular job of leveraging its brand point of view and exceptional, differentiated product to build Johnny Was into a powerful, omnichannel brand with an incredibly loyal customer following. The addition of the Johnny Was brand to the Oxford portfolio further diversifies our business across fashion points of view, price points, seasons and geographies. We are excited to partner with the brand’s strong management team to drive the business forward and welcome them to the Oxford family.”

Coinciding with the Johnny Was purchase news, Oxford said it is also increasing its guidance for the third quarter and full year of fiscal 2022. Third quarter sales are now expected to be $295 million to $310 million, with adjusted EPS of $1.10 to $1.30. 

Most of the EPS guidance increase is driven by the anticipated results of Johnny Was, with a slightly higher proportion of the sales increase driven by the Johnny Was acquisition, the company added. For the full year, ​the company expects sales of $1.375 billion to $1.405 billion, with adjusted EPS of $10.25 and $10.60.

Founded in 1987, Johnny Was is known for its bohemian-style womenswear collections. 

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