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Ballard Designs parent company gets a buyout. Now what?

market report | July 26, 2017
Ballard Designs has made the news recently for its new collection with design industry favorite Miles Redd. What readers might not know is that the company has also been in the news because its parent company, Cornerstone Brands, which is owned by HSN Inc., is being acquired. Greg Maffei, p... By Dennis Scully

Restoration Hardware borrows $1B to repurchase shares

market report | July 19, 2017
RH, the parent company of Restoration Hardware and Waterworks, appears to have executed a partial leveraged buyout of itself, borrowing more $1 billion (nearly half the value of the entire company) to repurchase its own shares. Gary Friedman, CEO and chairman of RH Indicating that it h... By Dennis Scully

Is Blackstone’s acquisition of IMC a vote of confidence in the furniture industry?

market report | July 11, 2017
Last week, Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities acquired the International Market Centers, Inc., the world’s biggest owner-operator of showroom space including 10 buildings at High Point Market and the entire Las Vegas World MarkET CENTER. At a time when busin... By Dennis Scully

Wayfair shares soar, as profits prove elusive

market report | July 6, 2017
The home furnishings industry is hardly one known for producing billionaires, but on May 9 of this year it managed to produce two of them. Niraj Shah and Steve Conine are the cofounders of the online home furnishings juggernaut known as Wayfair. Together they control almost all the Class B votin... By Dennis Scully

Note to RH shareholders: The ride is going to be a little bumpy

market report | June 29, 2017
In RESTORATION HARDWARE’s most recent earning report, company chairman and CEO Gary Friedman described his team as one “willing to march into hell, as we did last year, for a heavenly cause.” If you’ve been a shareholder of RH stock over the past two years, you might well think you’ve been to he... By Dennis Scully
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