HSN, Inc. Acquires Chasing Fireflies
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Interactive multichannel retailer HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSNI) announced today that it has acquired Chasing Fireflies LLC, a leading direct to consumer premium children's and family lifestyle brand, through HSNI's operating segment, Cornerstone Brands. The acquisition allows HSNI to participate in a fast-growing business with unique and proprietary products, strong customer loyalty and high digital penetration.
"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the innovative team at Chasing Fireflies as we build and diversify our interactive, direct to consumer portfolio of content driven lifestyle businesses. This acquisition will leverage Cornerstone's strong infrastructure, customer file and digital platform to drive additional growth for the brand," said Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSNI.
Co-Founders of Chasing Fireflies, Dina Alhadeff, Amy Grealish and Lori Liddle stated collectively, "We are delighted to join HSNI where we can further accelerate the growth in our business. Our entrepreneurial spirit complements HSNI's culture of driving innovation, creating differentiated brands and content and leveraging multichannel customer experiences to reach new levels of performance."
The co-founders of Chasing Fireflies will continue to run the business and oversee day-to-day operations from their office in Seattle, WA, while working closely with the Cornerstone team, led by CEO Mark Ethier, to drive growth.
Chasing Fireflies generated net sales of approximately $39 million in fiscal 2011. HSNI expects this acquisition to be accretive to earnings in the current fiscal year.
About HSN, Inc.
HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSNI) is a $3 billion interactive multichannel retailer with strong direct-to-consumer expertise among its two operating segments, HSN and Cornerstone. HSNi offers innovative, differentiated retail experiences on TV, online, via mobile devices, in catalogs, and in brick and mortar stores. HSN, a leading interactive multichannel retailer which offers a curated assortment of exclusive products combined with top brand names, now reaches approximately 96 million homes (24 hours a day, seven days a week, live 364 days a year). HSN.com is a top 10 trafficked digital sales site that offers a differentiated digital experience by leveraging content, community and commerce. In addition to its existing media platforms, HSN is the industry leader in transactional innovation, including services such as HSN Shop by Remote®, the only service of its kind in the U.S., the HSN Shopping App for mobile handheld devices and HSN on Demand®. Cornerstone comprises leading home and apparel lifestyle brands including Ballard Designs®, Frontgate®, Garnet Hill®, Grandin Road®, Improvements®, Smith + Noble®, The Territory Ahead® and TravelSmith®. Cornerstone distributes more than 300 million catalogs annually, operates eight separate digital sales sites and operates 19 retail and outlet stores.
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About Chasing Fireflies, LLC
Founded in 2006, by three co-founders, Chasing Fireflies is a leading children's and family lifestyle brand offering keepsake-quality apparel, gifts, accessories, and unique treasures through both digital commerce and traditional catalog sales channels. Chasing Fireflies has rapidly developed a market reputation as the go-to provider for premium, differentiated, unique and novel children's clothing, costumes, and celebration categories. Chasing Fireflies' mission is to "charm, surprise, and delight" by taking the customer on a treasure hunt within its vast merchandise offering.
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Released April 2, 2012