MILAN, July 18 (Reuters) – L Catterton, a private equity firm backed by French luxury giant LVMH (LVMH.PA), has agreed to buy a 60% stake in Italian fashion company Etro, two sources familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
The deal values Etro at about 500 million euros ($590 million), the sources said, confirming reports in Italian newspapers La Repubblica and Il Sole 24 Ore.
A spokesperson for Etro declined to comment. LVMH and L Catterton were not immediately available for a comment.
In April, a source close to the matter had told Reuters that the Milan-based luxury brand was considering an expression of interest from L Catterton, an investment firm born out of a partnership among Catterton, LVMH and its billionaire owner Bernard Arnault.
The four children of Gerolamo Etro, who founded the company in 1968, will stay on as shareholders with a 40% stake and will remain owners of Etro’s real estate property and directly operated stores, one of the sources said.
L Catterton recently bought German sandal maker Birkenstock.
LVMH, which owns a string of Italian labels including jeweller Bulgari, also boosted its stake in Italian luxury shoemaker Tod’s (TOD.MI) to 10% in April.
Reporting by Silvia Aloisi;Editing by Elaine Hardcastle
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