MILAN — Versace has narrowed down a short list of investors that includes global private equity firm CCMP, Investcorp and Blackstone, according to market sources.
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“No final decision will be made before January,” said one source. The short list was cut down from a total of six offers, said another source.
As reported, the Milan-based firm is looking to sell a 20 percent holding by the end of the year to finance future growth. Siblings Santo and Donatella Versace, who hold a 30 and 20 percent stake, respectively, and Donatella’s daughter, Allegra Versace Beck, who owns 50 percent, want to maintain control over the company. Versace had no comment on Monday.
Rumors about a possible sale emerged last year when Versace tapped Goldman Sachs and Banca IMI to evaluate growth opportunities.
New York-based fund Blackstone emerged as an interested party in October. CCMP adviser Bob Singer sits on the Versace board and is a Gucci alum — as is Versace’s chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris. Bahrain-based Investcorp has also been rumored to be looking at the dossier.
According to sources, Permira, Italian fund Clessidra, Paris-based Ardian and the IQ Made in Italy joint venture are no longer in the running.