Mike Ashley’s Frasers buys DW Sports assets for £37m
Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group will use the newly purchased Dave Whelan Sports gyms to expand its Everlast fitness brand, it said on Monday.
Frasers, which was formerly named Sports Direct after the most successful part of the business, will pay £37m in cash for some parts of DW Sports, but it will not own the brand of the sports retail and gyms business, which collapsed at the start of the month.
It is part of Ashley’s strategy to move the company more upmarket – a so-called “elevation” strategy – having initially built the business around cheap sports gear at Sports Direct.
The transaction compliments [sic] the existing gym and fitness club portfolio within the company’s group and is consistent with the group’s elevation strategy. Frasers Group looks forward to elevating the gym and fitness assets acquired pursuant to the transaction under the group’s existing iconic Everlast brand, and is also pleased to have saved a number of jobs.
The final price could rise by £6.9m depending on how many leaseholds the company ends up buying.
The FTSE 100 has jumped by 1.2% at the opening bell, up 69 points at about 6,071 points.
The Euro Stoxx index, which measures shares including the FTSE and other major European companies, gained 1.2%. It was helped by a gain of 1.3% on France’s Cac 40 and 1.4% for Germany’s Dax index.
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Stock markets in Asia have risen across the board, with investor optimism at least in part ascribed to new hopes around coronavirus treatment options.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped 1.4%, while Korea’s Kospi 200 gained 1% and China’s CSI 300 gained 0.8%. Gains were more restrained in Japan, amid concerns over the health of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following a hospital visit. The broad-based Topix index rose by 0.2% and the Nikkei 225 gained 0.3%.
S&P 500 futures suggest stocks on Wall Street’s benchmark index will gain 0.4% when they open later today. Futures for the Nasdaq and Dow Jones industrial average show similar increases.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the regulator of treatments in the US, on Sunday granted “emergency use authorisation” to a method that uses the blood plasma of recovered patients to fight the virus.
The FDA cited early evidence suggesting blood plasma can decrease mortality and improve the health of patients.
US President Donald Trump hailed the decision, which represents a boost ahead of the Republican party’s convention. Trump welcomed the treatment on Sunday night with characteristic bombast:
This is what I’ve been looking to do for a long time. Today I’m pleased to make a truly historic announcement in our battle against the China virus that will save countless lives.
In UK corporate news, Mike Ashley’s Frasers has bought parts of retailer DW Sports out of administration for £37m – suggesting the retail magnate’s appetite for acquisition has not dimmed even during the pandemic.
And the pub chain JD Wetherspoon reported that like-for-like bar and food sales are down by 16.9% for the 44 days to 16 August, and suggested a tough wintermay lie ahead once the government’s “eat out to help out” stimulus ends next week. The company expects “a period of more subdued sales”.
It is a very quiet late August day on the data front, with only the Chicago Fed’s national activity index at 1:30pm BST with any potential for nudging the market.
Source: The Guardian