Foot Locker, Inc. Accelerates Asia-Pacific Expansion with Acquisition of atmos
August 02, 2021
Digitally Led Business Adds Premium and Top-Tier Products with Exclusive Designs and Collaborations
Expected to Be Accretive to EPS in Fiscal Year 2021
Foot Locker, Inc., the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Text Trading Company, K.K. (“atmos”), which owns and licenses the atmos brand, a digitally led, premium, global retailer headquartered in Japan, for $360 million. The transaction will be funded with the Company’s available cash.
atmos is a culturally connected brand featuring premium sneakers and apparel, an exclusive in-house label, collaborative relationships with leading vendors in the sneaker ecosystem, experiential stores, and a robust omni-channel platform. atmos’s base of 49 stores globally, including 39 in Japan, operate under the atmos banner and atmos pink, its women’s brand. The acquisition of atmos will accelerate Foot Locker’s global reach with a highly strategic foothold in Japan, the third largest economy globally, while extending the Company’s premium and top-tier offering. atmos generated approximately $175 million of revenue in its fiscal year 2020, more than 60% of which was generated through digital channels. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Foot Locker’s earnings per share in fiscal year 2021.
Richard A. Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, Inc. said, “atmos is uniquely positioned through its innovative retail stores, high digital penetration, and distinctive products that have made it a key influencer of youth and sneaker culture. With atmos, we are executing against our expansion initiative in the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific market, establishing a critical entry point in Japan and benefitting from immediate scale. We are thrilled to bring atmos into our portfolio of brands and build on the strong foundation of this differentiated business. We look forward to welcoming atmos’s highly respected founder, Hidefumi Hommyo, who is considered one of the most influential people in streetwear and sneaker culture, along with the rest of the valued atmos team and their customers, to the Foot Locker family.”
Hidefumi Hommyo, Founder of atmos, said, “atmos was founded in 2000 as a small retail store in the back streets of Ura-Harajuku. Our passion for sneaker culture and ability to connect with our customers have been the driving forces of our growth ever since. Importantly, Foot Locker shares this passion, and we are excited to join forces with them to propel atmos into our next phase of growth.”
Mr. Johnson continued, “In addition to this highly strategic transaction with atmos, we also separately announced today an acquisition that enhances our positioning in North America. Both transactions reflect our commitment to our growth strategy and engaging with new and incremental consumers. With our ongoing investments in the business, we are confident in our ability to continue creating significant long-term value for our shareholders, consumers, vendor partners, and other stakeholders.”
Additional Transaction Information
atmos will maintain its name, operating as a new banner in Foot Locker’s portfolio.
The transaction is expected to close late in the third quarter of 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
Additional details about the acquisition are contained in a presentation available on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website.
Evercore is serving as financial advisor to Foot Locker, and DLA Piper LLP is serving as its legal advisor.
Headquartered in Tokyo and founded by Hommyo Hidefumi in 2000, atmos began as a small footprint storefront selling vintage sneakers. Since then, it has grown into a global sneaker boutique known for producing highly coveted collections considered to be among the most sought-after sneakers of all time. In addition to offering a deep collection of sneakers and apparel from the world’s leading sneaker brands, atmos also features its own exclusive in-house label.
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