Analysts can’t confirm if Donna Karan will be an gain motorist for G-III Apparel

Is Donna Karan prohibited or not? Analysts can’t decide.

G-III Apparel Inc.

GIII, +2.25%

  Chief Executive Morris Goldfarb pronounced on a company’s Tuesday gain call that a association was “satisfied” with a opening of DKNY’s line of open dresses.

Moreover, a association launched DKNY luggage in about 200 Macy’s Inc.

M, +0.12%

  stores, that takes a code into a lifestyle category. Though a business is tiny now, Goldfarb said, a further expands a patron base.

“The growth of scale in a business will also be critical and we’ve begun to see this advantage as a net sales of DKNY and Donna Karan product doubled in a quarter,” Goldfarb pronounced on a call, according to a FactSet transcript.

KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts led by Edward Yruma contend a iconic conform code will be a “long-term gain driver” following first-quarter gain that kick expectations.

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“We perspective a approaching ramp in top-line and profitability during Donna Karan agreeably and sojourn constructive on a merger prolonged term, utterly given a some-more appealing domain structure that a owned inlet provides,” KeyBanc wrote.

KeyBanc rates G-III shares overweight and lifted a cost aim to $58 from $45.

Investors were equally eager about a gain outcome with shares shutting adult scarcely 11% on Tuesday.

Still, Stifel isn’t utterly so sure.

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“Structural headwinds to dialect store and opening centers in multiple with capricious acceptance of a Donna Karan and DKNY brands keep us gratefulness sensitive,” analysts led by Jim Duffy wrote in a note.

Analysts went on to prominence a “high formation risk” from a Donna Karan acquisition, with is approaching to be dilutive by calendar year 2018.

There have been skeptics of a Donna Karan code ever given a $650 million understanding was announced in Jul 2016.

Since that time, there have been developments both certain and negative, including a chartering agreement with PVH Corp.

PVH, +2.14%

  for DKNY menswear and a section 11 filing from Bon-Ton Stores Inc.

Bon-Ton announced in Apr that it will repay and shiver some-more than 250 stores, putting 24,000 out of work.

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For Cowen, this is noteworthy. Analysts rate G-III Apparel outperform formed on “the estimable gain energy of a core business on a standalone basis, incompatible Bon-Ton murder impact ($100 million in sales/30 cents in EPS dilution) and Donna Karan.”

The Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger businesses were adult double digits, according to G-III’s Goldfarb, who pronounced those dual brands along with DKNY, Donna Karan and Karl Lagerfeld “are a cornerstone brands of a portfolio.”

Other brands in a portfolio embody Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan and Ivanka Trump.

Stifel lifted a cost aim to $54 from $49.

G-III Apparel shares are adult some-more than 111% over a final 12 months, distant outpacing a SP 500 index

SPX, +0.86%

that is adult 14% for a period.

Tonya Garcia is a MarketWatch contributor covering sell and consumer-oriented companies. You can follow her on Twitter @tgarcianyc. She is formed in New York.

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