Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail 209 If You Like This Article Kindly Give Us A Share!Lovisa boss Shane Fallscheer says the purchase of 21 stores in South Africa will make the company the biggest fashion jewellery chain in the country. Anu Kumar Brett Blundy’s recently listed fashion jewellery retailer Lovisa Holdings has made its first offshore acquisition, buying a chain of 21 fashion accessory stores in South Africa for $2.2 million. The acquisition, due to be completed on April 1, subject to approval by the Reserve Bank of South Africa, steps up Lovisa’s growth strategy of opening new stores in overseas markets. More Articles You Would Love FashionGHANA.com Influences Artists D-Black, E.L., and More @ Chris Browns Concert. PICS: Stylish Ghanaians Come Out Blazing At The 2022 Edition Of ‘#TEMBrunch’ By Debonair Afrik The deal will boost the number of Lovisa stores open by June 2015 to 244, compared with prospectus forecasts of 225 and 220 at the time of the company’s $210 million initial public offer in December. The South African stores sell a range of fashion accessories and are similar in size to Lovisa’s existing 50-square metre stores in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East. “We are very excited by this transaction as it quickly takes us beyond 30 stores in South Africa, positioning us as the largest fashion jewellery retailer in South Africa and giving us a national footprint of stores in what is one of our most successful markets,” said Lovisa chief executive Shane Fallscheer. “This places Lovisa well ahead of our growth forecasts and enables us to continue to look for opportunities in South Africa whilst moving our focus to other growth markets, both company-owned and franchised,” he said. South Africa has been a happy hunting ground for several Australian clothing and accessories retailers, including Country Road and the Cotton On Group. The new stores are expected to contribute earnings before interest and tax of $1.75 million in 2016 and there will be no tax payable on these earnings due to accumulated tax losses of $850,000. Most of the new stores will be rebranded and refitted soon after the acquisition, but about five stores that cross over Lovisa’s existing stores will be closed. Lovisa will pay $2 million upfront and another $250,000 in 12 months, funded from loan facilities. The company, which raised $110 million in the IPO, reaffirmed its full-year prospectus forecasts last month after stronger-than-expected trading in the December half. Net profit for the six months ending December jumped 66.2 per cent to $12.3 million, representing 75 per cent of the full-year forecast compared with guidance of 73.2 per cent for the half year. Sales rose 33.3 per cent to $73.3 million, representing 54.4 per cent of full-year forecasts, compared with guidance of 54.1 per cent. Lovisa designs, develops, sources and sells all of its Lovisa branded products. The shares were trading at $2.40 on Thursday morning, ahead of their $2 issue price. Mr Blundy’s BB Retail Capital has retained a 41 per cent stake in Lovisa after the IPO. Story by Sue Mitchel For afr.com Read More On South Africa biggest jewelry brandlovisaSouth Africastores Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail More For You Ludacriss Visits Ghana To Work His Upcoming Afrobeats Album & Experiences Ghana Jollof... Rihanna Look-Alike Beatrice Goes Crazy With Excitement After Rihanna Finally Trolls Her Video Outstanding African Queens & Royalty Is Served In New A.I. Digital Artwork By... VIDEO: Beyonce’s Protege Chlöe Bailey Gets Backlash For Her Viral Adult Scene In... Burna Boy Faces Backlash From Black Americans Who Don’t Identify With Africa After... PICS: Ivoriens Show Up In Massive Numbers For The 16th Edition Of Afrik... Nigeria’s Minaladi Shakes Up The 2M Design Show In Senegal With Her Astonishing... See Highlights & Runway Shots From The Just Ended Africa Fashion Week Middle... VIDEO: “They Said I Could Never Do This, So I’ma Do It With... Golf Course to Everyday Wear: How Men’s Golf Polos Have Transcended the Links You must log in to post a comment.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.