Axios Pro Exclusive Content

Neiman Marcus' business is booming

Richard Collings
Jun 15, 2022
One of the glass door entrances to luxury retailer Neiman Marcus' flagship Dallas store.
Photo: Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Group has not only recovered from its bankruptcy days, but its total post-pandemic sales are growing by double-digits, CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck tells Axios.

Why it matters: The CEO's bullish update reflects the larger trend of luxury outperforming, despite the market turmoil.

Details: In a business update the company provided Tuesday, Neiman Marcus said gross merchandise volume in its Q3 jumped 20% compared to 2019.

  • Comparable sales rose 30% last quarter versus last year.
  • It also has no borrowings under its asset-based loan (ABL Facility or revolver) and has over $1 billion in available liquidity, the CEO says.
  • The company's debt ratio is between 1x and 2x EBITDA.

Flashback: Farfetch invested $200 million in Neiman Marcus, which is spending the proceeds on technology and digital capabilities, according to an announcement in May.

The latest: Beyond that deal, van Raemdonck says that the retailer "constantly (has) inbounds from companies who have interest" in investing in the company.

  • JPMorgan advised on the Farfetch deal and is one of its preferred financial advisers, he says.
  • "We are always evaluating potential opportunities to strengthen our business and best serve our customers," van Raemdonck elaborates.

What's next: The company, which exited bankruptcy in 2020 and includes Bergdorf Goodman, is investing $300 million to renovate its stores in Bal Harbour, Florida.; Atlanta; Westchester, New York; St. Louis; Oakbrook, Illinois; Houston; Paramus, New Jersey; San Diego; and Tysons Corner, Virginia.

  • It's also sinking more than $90 million into supply chain capabilities such as fulfillment centers.

The bottom line: After recovering in 2021, luxury and department stores have returned to growth this year, with wealthy customers undeterred by inflation.

Go deeper