January 20, 2012 / 1:52 PM / 6 years ago

Steve Madden to buy Canadian licensee for $29 million

(Reuters) - Shoemaker Steve Madden (SHOO.O) said it will buy its privately held Canadian licensee, SM Canada, for $29 million in cash to expand its presence in the region.

The transaction is expected to add 5-7 cents per share to earnings in 2012, Steve Madden said in a statement.

SM Canada markets Steve Madden products in Canada and runs seven Steve Madden-branded stores.

Long Island City, New York-based Steve Madden said it will enhance its presence in major department and specialty stores and expand the number of branded outlets in Canada.

SM Canada had sales of about $32 million for the year ended July 2011, Steve Madden said.

In May last year, Steve Madden bought privately held Topline Corp for $55 million.

Shares of the company had closed at $39.26 on Thursday on the Nasdaq.

Reporting by Ranjita Ganesan; Editing by Sreejiraj Eluvangal

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