Following the authorization of its Board of Directors which met on 23rd January 2008, L’Oréal has, this same day, made a firm offer to PPR to:
- - Acquire the shares of YSL Beauté Holding including the Roger&Gallet brand, for 1,150 million euros in terms of enterprise value,
- - Obtain an exclusive and very long-term worldwide licence for the use of the Yves Saint Laurent and Boucheron brands in the category of perfumes and cosmetics, under conditions conforming to usual market practice,
- - Take over the licences for the Stella McCartney, Oscar de la Renta and Ermenegildo Zegna brands, in the category of perfumes and cosmetics.
YSL Beauté reached sales of around 630 million euros in 2006 with its Yves Saint Laurent brand as well as with its Roger&Gallet, Boucheron, Stella McCartney, Oscar de la Renta and Ermenegildo Zegna brands.
- - Mr Jean-Paul Agon, CEO of L’Oréal, said: “This proposed agreement represents a great opportunity for L’Oréal and its Luxury Products Division. Yves Saint Laurent is a mythical French luxury brand. It is admired the world over and is particularly complementary with our current brands. We are convinced that its integration into our Luxury Products Division would speed up its development. This strategic agreement will reinforce our position in the luxury cosmetics market”.
- - François-Henri Pinault, PPR Chairman & CEO, said: “With this strategic agreement with the world leader in cosmetics, Gucci Group gives YSL Beauté the opportunity to take full advantage of its upside potential. It also enables the Yves Saint Laurent brand, in the field of beauty, to fully align its ambition with its worldwide reputation. Yves Saint Laurent would thus boost its position as a great luxury brand. With its expertise and knowledge of international markets, L’Oréal would be able to continue and step up the work already achieved to date. L’Oréal would also offer a unique development platform for the Roger & Gallet, Boucheron, Stella McCartney, Oscar de la Renta and Zegna brands. With this projected agreement, PPR reasserts its ambition to bolster the development of the Gucci Group’s brands.”
This operation will be submitted for approval by the appropriate authorities.
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