L Brands, Inc.
) announced that it has closed the offering of $500 million worth
of senior unsecured notes (maturing in 2023).
The net proceeds will be utilized for repaying of 5.25% senior
unsecured notes maturing in Nov 2014 and for general corporate
purposes (which include share buybacks, dividends and repayment
of outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility).
L Brands is a leading specialty retailer of women's intimate and
other apparel as well as beauty and personal care products. We
believe that the company's innovation in merchandise and
exclusive assortments are popular among consumers and these give
the company a competitive edge.
Moreover, L Brands' sustained focus on cost containment,
inventory management and speed-to-market initiatives have kept it
afloat amid a sluggish consumer environment. The company's
venture into overseas markets will likely drive long-term growth
as these stores perform better than the U.S. stores.
L Brands continues to revamp its business by enhancing consumers'
shopping experience, localizing assortments and enhancing its
direct business. We believe these measures will facilitate it to
generate incremental sales and increase store transactions
through a higher conversion rate.
The company is repositioning its La Senza brand by focusing on
the younger generation and providing fashionable assortments at a
reasonable price. Moreover, to drive growth, it remains focused
on adding the entire PINK and lingerie assortments at its
Victoria's Secret stores and seeks to expand in the adjacent
Presently, L Brands carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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