Gordmans Stores: A Solid Retailer Goes Public Attractively Priced

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Bill Simpson

This analysis of Gordmans Stores ( GMAN ) was provided to TradingIPOs subscribers in advance of its Wednesday, August 4, IPO. The company sold 5.4 million shares for $11 each, raising about $58.9 million. It had planned to sell shares for $13 to $15 each.


Gordmans Stores plans on offering 6.2 million shares (assuming over-allotments are exercised) at a range of $13-$15. Insiders will be selling 3 million shares in the deal. Piper Jaffray and Wells Fargo are leading the deal, Baird and Stifel co-managing. Post-IPO GMAN will have 18.7 million shares outstanding for a market cap of $262 million on a pricing of $14. IPO proceeds will be used for debt repayment and general corporate purposes.

Sun Capital Partners will own 67% of GMAN post-IPO. Sun Capital acquired a 100% stake in GMAN in 9/08 for total considerations of just $55.7 million. Of this, $32.5 million was debt on the back of GMAN. That debt will be paid off on IPO.

From the prospectus :

'Gordmans is an everyday low price retailer featuring a large selection of the latest brands, fashions and styles at up to 60% off department and specialty store prices every day in a fun, easy-to-shop environment.'

Growth Financials FY '09 (ending 1/30/10) FY '10 (ending 1/31/11) Conclusion TGT ROST

  1. GMAN is expected to grow 14% by my conservative 2010 estimates, while the other discounters are growing 4%-8%;
  2. GMAN only has 68 stores in existence, leaving a lot more room for store growth than those other discounters.

This is a solid retailer coming public attractively priced.

Disclosure : At date of this post [8/20], tradingipos.com is long GMAN.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Stocks

Referenced Stocks: GMAN , ROST , TGT , TJX

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