L’Occitane’s Billionaire Owner Reinold Geiger Eyes Taking Company Private in a Potential US$7 Billion Deal
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L’Occitane’s Billionaire Owner Reinold Geiger Eyes Taking Company Private in a Potential US$7 Billion Deal

THE WHAT?    Reinold Geiger, billionaire owner of L’Occitane International SA, is reportedly nearing a bid to privatize the skin-care giant in a deal that could value the company at approximately US$7 billion, including debt. Sources close to the matter suggest that Geiger might propose to purchase the shares he does not already own at a price range of HK$33 to HK$34 each, potentially as early as next Monday.

THE DETAILS   L’Occitane, known for its luxury skin-care products and natural ingredients, could see its enterprise value rise to about €6.5 billion (US$7 billion) with this move. The privatization effort is said to be supported by substantial financial backing from major financial players, including Blackstone Inc.’s tactical opportunities fund and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s asset management arm, contributing around €1.6 billion in total funding. Currently, a vehicle under Geiger’s control holds more than 70% of the company, with L’Occitane shares having been suspended on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since April 9 in anticipation of a takeover-related announcement.

THE WHY? This potential privatization comes after L’Occitane’s 14-year tenure on the Hong Kong stock exchange, marking a significant strategic shift that could end its public trading. Geiger, who first became a minority shareholder in 1994 and later moved into an operational role to revitalize the brand, has been instrumental in L’Occitane’s global expansion, particularly into Asia, despite initial setbacks.

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