Steven Madden, Ltd. has acquired Compo Enhancements, Steven Madden, Ltd.'s outsourced e-commerce solutions provider, and appointed its founder and CEO, Jeffrey Silverman as President of Steven Madden, Ltd. Mr. Silverman will report directly to Jamieson Karson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Compo Enhancements, based in Connecticut, was founded in late 2005 to provide e-commerce solutions for Steven Madden, Ltd. This acquisition enables Steven Madden, Ltd. to fully integrate its e-commerce business into the Company's Retail division and operate its online business internally. All Compo Enhancements employees will be transitioned to Steven Madden, Ltd. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive, contributing approximately $0.01 – $0.02 in earnings per diluted share in 2007.
“We are very pleased with the acquisition of Compo Enhancements, which will enable us to incorporate our important e-commerce business into our internal operations,” said Jamieson Karson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Steven Madden, Ltd. “We expect this to be a smooth transition, given our existing strong relationship with Compo Enhancements and its employees. Through our partnership with Compo, our e-commerce capability has consistently contributed to our top-line growth and profits in the last year and we view this acquisition as a natural progression in expanding our already successful online business. Further, direct ownership of our online business represents an effective use of our cash that will drive immediate value to our shareholders.”
In connection with the acquisition, Jeffrey Silverman, Founder and CEO of Compo Enhancements, has been appointed President of Steven Madden, Ltd. Mr. Silverman, who founded Compo Enhancements in 2005, has 23 years of experience in the footwear industry. Prior to founding Compo Enhancements, he founded a number of successful footwear businesses, including The Preschoolians Company, an online children's footwear company; The Custom Foot, a vertically integrated retailer of customized, made-to-order footwear; and Toddler University, a children's footwear company that was later sold to Genesco. During his career in footwear, Mr. Silverman also served as a consultant to Florsheim and New Balance and held management positions with Timberland Kids, Ecco Kids Footwear and Nike's Infant Footwear Line. He graduated from Wesleyan University.
Rob Schmertz, Brand Director of Steven Madden, Ltd., stated, “Jeff is a seasoned footwear executive with an entrepreneurial background that is a perfect fit for Steve Madden. Jeff's experience in the retail and footwear industries will be a significant asset as we continue the Company's growth. We welcome the added leadership he brings to our management team and look forward to his contributions to the Company.”
Mr. Silverman commented, “I am delighted to join Steven Madden, Ltd. as President and work with the other talented members of the Company's management and creative teams. Steven Madden, Ltd. has established itself as a leader in the footwear industry by developing cutting-edge brands and styles that consistently excite consumers. I believe my experience and skill set will complement the Company's efforts as it continues to grow and I look forward to playing a role in Steve Madden's future achievements.”