Is Vans Publicly Traded?

Last Updated on 03/11/2021 by GS Staff

Q: Can you purchase Vans stock?

Vans is owned by V.F. Corporation and is not publicly traded. However, its parent company, V.F. Corporation, is publicly traded. V.F. trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol VFC.

If you invest in V.F Corporation, you will not only be investing in Vans but also numerous other companies that are subsidiaries/brands of V.F. These companies are:

V.F. Corporation Brands

AltraA brand of running shoes for men, women, and kids
Bulwark ProtectionPersonal protective equipment (PPE) & flame-resistant (FR) clothing
DickiesApparel manufacturer of workwear
Eagle CreekBackpacks, luggage, and travel accessories
EastpakThe maker of backpacks, bags, luggage, and travel accessories
Horace SmallManufacturers uniforms for law enforcement, EMS, security, and similar professions
IcebreakerProducer of apparel that is “100% made from nature”
JanSportThey are known for their assortment of backpacks and bags
KiplingThe maker of backpacks, handbags, luggage, and more
KodiakFootwear company that produces boots and shoes
NapapijriManufacturer of premium outdoor apparel, shoes, boots, and accessories
Red KapWorkwear company that makes uniforms
SmartwoolThe business uses Merino wool to make sock and apparel
SupremeClothing and footwear brand
TerraThe company specializes in manufacturing boots and shoes for professional workers
The North FaceThe famous maker of outdoor clothing, footwear, and equipment
TimberlandOutdoor footwear and apparel company
VF SolutionsThe uniform maker for government, transportation, food service, and beyond
WallsWorkwear and appeal manufacturer
The 2020 V.F. Corporation Annual Report states the company is seeking to divest its occupational workwear businesses such as Red Kap, VF Solutions, Bulwark, Workrite, Walls, Terra, Horace Small, Kodiak, and Work Authority. Check V.F. Corps investor’s relations for the latest details on the brands owned by the company.

We listed out the brands of V.F. Corporation above to illustrate that the company is much more complex than just the Vans brands. While you can invest in V.F. because you believe Vans has a promising future, you also have to take into account all other subsidiaries to value the company.

However, Vans is one of the top-performing brands in the portfolio of businesses. The fiscal year 2020 net revenues were $10,488,556,000. The company 2020 annual report does not report the specific revenue of Vans, however, it does state it was “poised to surpass $4 billion”. In other words, Vans brings in a significant portion of the revenue for V.F.

Will Vans ever be a public company?

The most likely scenario for this to happen would be for V.F. to spinoff Vans into its own company. We would speculate that this scenario is not likely given Vans is one of the company’s Big Four brands.

V.F. does have a recent history of completing a spinoff. In May 2019, its jeans business was spun-off into a new company called Kontoor Brands. This company trades on the NYSE under the symbol KTB and is behind the brands of Wrangler, Lee, and Rock & Republic. This spinoff does not suggest that V.F. will separate itself from Vans, however, it does illustrate the willingness of management to take on a spin-off strategy to create shareholder value.

Closing Thoughts

Vans is one of the core brands of V.F. along with The North Face, Timberland, and Dickies. We would suspect that these brands will remain in the V.F. portfolio of businesses for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, people looking to only invest in Vans stock as a publicly-traded company are unable to do so at this time.