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Why Did PVH Offer Senior Notes?

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Price movement of PVH

PVH Corporation (PVH) has a market cap of $7.8 billion. It fell by 0.58% to close at $96.65 per share on June 10, 2016. The stock’s weekly, monthly, and year-to-date (or YTD) price movements were -0.21%, 16.3%, and 31.4%, respectively, on the same day.

This means that PVH is trading 5.8% above its 20-day moving average, 3.4% above its 50-day moving average, and 7.7% above its 200-day moving average.

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Related ETF and peers

The Vanguard Large-Cap ETF (VV) invests 0.05% of its holdings in PVH. This ETF tracks a market-cap-weighted index that covers 85% of the market capitalization of the US equity market. The YTD price movement of VV was 3.3% on June 10, 2016.

The market caps of PVH’s competitors are as follows:

  • VF Corporation (VFC): $26.1 billion
  • Michael Kors Holdings (KORS): $8.8 billion
  • Ralph Lauren (RL): $7.9 billion

PVH offered senior notes

PVH has launched an offer to sell 350 million euros as the principal amount of senior notes due in 2024, intended to benefit from current favorable interest rate environment. The net proceeds of the offering will be used for general corporate purposes and to pay related transaction fees and expenses.

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Performance of PVH in fiscal 1Q16

PVH reported fiscal 1Q16 total revenue of $1.92 billion, a rise of 2.0% compared to total revenue of $1.88 billion in fiscal 1Q15. Revenue from the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger segments rose by 10.5% and 3.2%, respectively. Revenue from Heritage Brands fell by 12.0% in fiscal 1Q16 compared to fiscal 1Q15. PVH reported the gain to write up equity investment in the joint venture to fair market value of $153.1 million in fiscal 1Q16.

Its net income and EPS (earnings per share) rose to $231.6 million and $2.83, respectively, in fiscal 1Q16 compared to $114.1 million and $1.37, respectively, in fiscal 1Q15.

PVH’s cash and cash equivalents fell by 12.9%, and its inventories rose by 9.2% in fiscal 1Q16 compared to fiscal 1Q15. Its debt-to-equity ratio fell to 1.2x in fiscal 1Q16 compared to 1.4x in fiscal 1Q15.

Projections

PVH has made the following projections for fiscal 2016:

  • revenue growth of ~2% based on a constant currency and GAAP basis
  • net interest expense in the range of $117.0–$120.0 million
  • free cash flow of ~$500 million
  • non-GAAP EPS in the range of $6.45–$6.55, which includes the negative impact related to foreign currency exchange rates of ~$1.55 per share
  • an effective tax rate of ~20%

The company has made the following projections for fiscal 2Q16:

  • revenue growth of ~5% on a constant currency basis
  • net interest expense in the range of $26.0 million–$28.0 million
  • non-GAAP EPS in the range of $1.25–$1.30, which includes the negative impact related to foreign currency exchange rates of ~$0.45 per share
  • an effective tax rate in the range of 24%–25%

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