A group of bondholders including asset manager BlackRock and an affiliate of private equity firm Carlyle has become the top shareholder in French fashion company SMCP, taking on a 29% equity stake it now wants to sell.
SMCP has had to deal with plenty of background ‘noise’ of late as issues around its parent company persist. But it’s remained laser-focused on driving sales back to more normal levels and saw some success in Q3.
Gieves & Hawkes, the bespoke tailoring business, could be a step nearer to closing down as the problems facing its parent company continue to weigh on its operations and a crunch creditor vote looms next week.
The owner of SMCP said on Wednesday it had started legal proceedings against companies serving bondholders it alleged were seeking to take control of the Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot owner at a low price.
Shares of French fashion firm SMCP rose on Tuesday as the company inched towards an ownership change, prompting an analyst upgrade on expectations its financially strapped majority shareholder Shandong Ruyi.
With Topsoho likely unable to repay the €250 million bond debt that matured on Tuesday, its creditors could acquire a 53% stake in Topsoho-owned SMCP, only to perhaps decide to sell it, as FashionNetwork.com has learned.
European Topsoho, owner of the SMCP group and a subsidiary of China's troubled Shandong Ruyi group, seems unable to repay its bond debt maturing on Tuesday, and its creditors might acquire a stake in the company.
Shandong Ruyi, the Chinese group that owns a raft of European brands, continued to struggle in H1. Turnover fell 20.43% with the clothing category down 44.67% and the share of revenue it accounted for dropping sharply.