Tilly's shares rise after IPO

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Posted: May 04, 2012 10:57 AM
Tilly's shares rise after IPO

Shares of Tilly's Inc. rose Friday above their offered price in the clothing retailer's debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Irvine, Calif.-based company's stock jumped $2.30, or 14.8 percent, to $17.80 in morning trading after opening at $18.80 and briefly rising as high as $19.29 per share.

The company had priced its initial public offering of 8 million shares at $15.50 per share. It is offering 7.6 million shares and selling stockholders are offering 400,000 shares.

Tilly's sells surf-inspired and casual West Coast-styled clothing and accessories at its chain of 140 stores in 19 states. It was founded by Hezy Shaked and Tilly Levine, who opened their first store in Orange County, Calif., in 1982 and are still principal shareholders.

Tilly's expects to receive net proceeds of about $107.6 million after expenses. It won't receive any proceeds from the sales by the selling stockholders.

Tilly's is a holding company and does its business through Tilly's World of Jeans & Tops. It plans to use proceeds from the IPO to pay shareholders with a stake in Tilly's World Jeans & Tops, which will be made into a wholly owned subsidiary of Tilly's.

In the fiscal year ending Jan. 28, the company earned $34.3 million. That was up 41 percent from the prior year. Its revenue rose 20 percent to $400.6 million for the year.

The underwriters of the IPO included Goldman, Sachs, BofA Merrill Lynch, and Piper Jaffray. Underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase up to an extra 1.2 million shares to cover overallotments.