Saks Fifth Avenue is a US luxury department store chain, which first opened up in Washington D.C. way back in 1867...yah, it's that old.
Background: Saks Fifth Avenue is a US luxury department store chain, which first opened up in Washington D.C. all the way back in 1867. Yah, it's that old. But it didn't launch its online store until 2000.
What happened: And Saks' online store took off. We're talkin' US$1 billion in annual sales. Fast-forward to March 2021, and Saks decided to split its e-comm biz into a whole separate entity (aka a carve out) to let it flourish on its own (naw, isn't that sweet).
What else: Now, Saks' online store is going public, seeking a valuation of...*checks notes*...US$6 billion. Talk about cashing in.
💡A carve-out is when a company cuts out a business unit (ie saks.com) and sells a stake of it to outside investors. Businesses need to split off profitable business units in order to maximise their value.
💡Businesses will carve out a business unit because:
💡 We know online shopping is booming, and investors are drooling over e-commerce sites. But when saks.com is attached to not-as-profitable department stores (i.e. Saks Fifth Avenue), they're not as enticing. And if this works out, we could see something similar happen with Myer and DJs.
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