– VERSACE SALES UP: Revenue at Gianni Versace SpA grew 7.7 percent in 2007 to 310.6 million euros, or $425.8 million at average rates of exchange, the company said Sunday. Cash on Versace’s balance sheet totaled 4.4 million euros, or $6 million. The firm’s plan to focus on business in Asia this year could make the region Versace’s second largest market after Europe, replacing the U.S. Men’s wear will also be given more attention.
-LEJABY SOLD: The Warnaco Group said it inked a deal to sell its Lejaby business to Palmers Textil AG for $65 million. The transaction is for about $47 million in cash and $18 million in an “interest-free note” due in 2013. Warnaco stated that “terms of the transaction include a customary working capital adjustment and the provision of temporary transition services to Palmers Textil AG.” Warnaco is looking to close the deal during the current first quarter.
– HAMPSHIRE GETS CREDIT: Apparel maker Hampshire Group Ltd. said that it received a five-year, $125 million senior secured revolving credit facility from a lending group led by HSBC, despite the difficult credit market. The facility replaces a $100 million credit line that would have expired last Friday. The increase has been issued so the company can execute its long-term growth strategy.
– CAVALLI INVESTS: Roberto Cavalli has bought a stake in fancy yarn spinner Lineapiù. Cavalli’s slice of the company is 4 percent, the remaining ownership divided between private investors, a pool of banks and the Coppini family — president Giuliano Coppini founded the company 33 years ago. “The amount Cavalli has invested isn’t important, it’s the fact this famous designer believes in the company and in knitwear — and this will give us a push forward,” said Coppini. The Tuscany, Italy-based designer also said he and Lineapiù’s other owners have given the spinner a cash injection of 5.5 million euros, or approximately $8 million. Lineapiù forecast consolidated 2007 sales of approximately 90 million euros, or $123.37 million.