Richemont in talks to sell Lancel
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Richemont in talks to sell Lancel

Luxury conglomerate Richemont is looking to sell troubled leather goods brand Lancel to Italian luxury briefcase maker Piquadro, in a move that would reorganize its fashion and accessories business while raising a bit of spare cash. The buyer said that it expects the acquisition to be concluded in the first half of this year. This isn’t Richemont’s first attempt at divesting Lancel. However, after a planned sale fell apart in 2013, the company decided to restructure it instead.

Richemont’s share price has risen by 17% over the past 12 months

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Analysts expect the sale to come with a price tag of about €130 million to €150 million. Exane BNP Paribas’ Luca Solca said that the brand could post an annual loss of “at least €40 million”, and regards the divestment as a “small positive” for Richemont. Kepler Cheuvreux’s Jon Cox agrees, saying: “It is a positive in terms of a renewed sense of urgency at Richemont.”

This sale follows on from a couple of big changes at Richmont over the past year or so. It sold Shanghai Tang last July, and has conducted a major reshuffle of management in an effort to inject some new energy into the business. Looking forward, the company’s focus will be on its traditional businesses – although it has also expressed an interest in Ecommerce with its recent bid for control of Yoox Net-A-Porter.

Disclosure

Dominion holds Richemont in its Global Trends Luxury Fund. 


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