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Monday, March 30, 2015

Oxford Industries Selling Ben Sherman

 Apparel company Oxford Industries Inc. says it will pursue the sale of its Ben Sherman business, which has had a weaker performance than the company's Tommy Bahama and Lilly Pulitzer brands in recent quarters.

Reported on March 26, 2015: Ben Sherman In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, net sales were $25.4 million compared to $20.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 with increases in all channels of distribution. Operating results improved, with a $0.9 million operating loss in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to an operating loss of $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. This improvement was primarily due to higher net sales partially offset by the impact of higher markdowns on off-season inventory.

In fiscal 2014, net sales for Ben Sherman increased to $77.5 million compared to $67.2 million in fiscal 2013 with increases in all channels of distribution and a $2.2 million favorable impact of foreign currency translation. The loss from operations decreased to $10.8 million in fiscal 2014 from a loss of $13.1 million in fiscal 2013 primarily due to higher net sales despite a $0.6 million negative impact of foreign currency translation.

The Company on March 26, 2015 announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company's management to pursue a sale of the Ben Sherman business. The Company has engaged Financo, Ltd. as its financial advisor to assist the Company in the process.

The Company expects to complete the sale of Ben Sherman during fiscal 2015.

Historical Reference:

In mid-2004, Oxford Industries Inc. of Atlanta purchased the Ben Sherman brand for 80 million British pounds (then $146 million) from 3i and Irish venture capital company Enterprise Equity.

The Ben Sherman womenswear and childrenswear collections that existed in the 2000s were discontinued by Oxford Industries in 2010.

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