Thursday, January 3, 2013

Inditex and H&M Financials

Arguably the most important retail trend of the last 10 years has been the emergence of fast fashion retailers.  Inditex (Zara), H&M and Forever 21 have seen explosive growth to the extent that Inditex's founder is now wealthier than Warren Buffett.

What's more amazing is that because Inditex and H&M aren't US listed companies and Forever 21 is private, most US investors haven't had a chance to participate in the trend.  Because of this there's been less focus on the behemoths that these companies have become here in the states.  Inditex has a larger market cap than Target, Macy's, Nordstrom and Gap combined.  Below are some comps to show how it gets there.  Needless to say the multiple is rather generous.

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