Macy’s stock jumped more than 17% Monday (Oct. 18) to $28.24 per share as reports swirled about Saks Fifth Avenue possibly taking its eCommerce arm public at some point, possibly in the first half of next year.
Dillard’s, meanwhile, saw an 8% surge in its share price to more than $222 each and Nordstrom (up 5.5% to almost $30 per share) and Kohl’s (up 3.47% to $48 per share) each jumped in the wake of the Saks eCommerce scuttlebutt, which says the company is seeking a $6 billion valuation for the eCommerce segment of its business, which would be triple its value in March.
Hudson’s Bay Company, which owns Saks Fifth Avenue, has split the company into two segments—brick-and-mortar and eCommerce — meaning an IPO could be in the offering for the online portion soon.
Earlier this month, Jana Partners—which owns a stake in Macy’s Inc.—called for a spinoff of Macy’s eCommerce business, saying breaking it up would raise shareholder value. Macy’s eCommerce business could be worth significantly more than its $7 billion market value, according to Jana projections.
In February, Macy’s said its eCommerce business would hit $10 billion by 2023 and told investors that it sees itself as a “digitally-led, omnichannel retailer” that’s facing a year of “recovery and rebuilding,” a sentiment echoed by its management team.
Saks’ projected $6 billion eCommerce valuation comes as sales for that part of the business have topped $1 billion.
Saks has 40 Saks Fifth Avenue brick-and-mortar locations left across North America.
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