August 31, 2017 / 7:55 AM / 10 months ago

Ahead of takeover, luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo's profit almost triples

(Reuters) - Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo Plc CHOO.L, which is being bought by U.S. retailer Michael Kors (KORS.N), said its pretax profit for the half year almost tripled, helped by its retail and licensing businesses.

Products are displayed in the window of the Jimmy Choo store in New York City, U.S., April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Pretax profit for the six month to June 30 was 18.1 million pounds, compared to 6.6 million pounds last year. Revenue for the period rose 4.5 percent to 201.6 million pounds.

Michael Kors (KORS.N) agreed two months ago to buy Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion, snapping up the British company whose towering stilettos have been made famous by celebrity customers from Princess Diana to Kendall Jenner.

Jimmy Choo Chairman Peter Harf said the deal opened up exciting opportunities.

“The shared vision and distinctive appeal of these two iconic brands will provide an exciting platform to achieve global leadership in luxury retail,” Harf said in a statement.

Revenue at the company’s Japan unit rose 11 percent at constant currency helped by continued growth in its Men’s section.

Excluding Japan, the company’s Asia business grew 8.2 percent at constant currency, driven by strong demand for seasonal fashion offerings.

Shares in the company were up about 0.2 percent at 0740 GMT on the London stock market, trading close to the 230p offer price.

Reporting by Sanjeeban Sarkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Keith Weir

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