Lanvin Group and Primavera Capital Acquisition Corporation Announce Updates in Relation to Business Combination
- South Korea’s Handsome Corporation will join Lanvin Group’s roster of strategic investors
- Business combination agreement amended to remove closing condition in relation to minimum amount of cash
- Primavera Capital Acquisition LLC (the “Sponsor”) agrees to share forfeiture
- PCAC will hold its extraordinary general meeting to approve the Business Combination on December 9, 2022
- Completion of the Business Combination and first day of trading on NYSE are expected shortly after shareholder approval
December 5, 2022 – Lanvin Group (the “Group”), a global luxury fashion group, and Primavera Capital Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: PV) (“PCAC”), today announced that South Korea-headquartered fashion retailer, Handsome Corporation (020000.KS) (“Handsome”), will join the Group’s alliance of strategic investors. Founded in 1987, Handsome manages 1,389 stores across the world and a portfolio of over 30 brands generating close to US$1.1 billion in annual revenue in 2021. It is an affiliate of South Korean retail conglomerate Hyundai Department Store Group.
Handsome has been the exclusive distributor of Lanvin, one of the Group’s portfolio brands, in South Korea since 2007. It has partnered with the Group in successfully cultivating the brand, with more than 60 points of sales in the South Korean market.
Ms. Joann Cheng, Chairman and CEO of Lanvin Group, said: “Having worked with Handsome for so long, we are excited to deepen our collaboration and welcome them to our alliance of strategic investors, helping drive the long-term sustainable growth of our brand portfolio. This partnership gives us even greater access to the South Korean market, enabling us to capitalize further on opportunities in one of the fastest-growing luxury markets in the world.”
Mr. Kim, CEO of Handsome Corporation, said: “We are pleased to further strengthen our partnership with Lanvin Group ahead of its listing and look forward to deepening our collaboration with the Group’s brands across our retail and e-commerce channels in South Korea and beyond.”
Separately, on December 2, 2022, the Group, PCAC and relevant parties entered into an amendment to the business combination agreement to remove the closing condition in relation to the minimum amount of cash of at least US$350.0 million.
Additionally, on December 2, 2022, the Sponsor entered into a letter agreement with PCAC and Lanvin Group, among other parties, pursuant to which the Sponsor irrevocably surrendered, subject to the closing of the Business Combination and effective immediately prior to the consummation of the initial merger, 6,014,375 Class B ordinary shares of PCAC to PCAC for nil consideration, which shares shall be cancelled by PCAC immediately upon the surrender thereof, such that after giving effect to the share surrender, the number of Class B ordinary shares of PCAC held by the Sponsor shall be 5,000,000.
PCAC’s extraordinary general meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on December 9, 2022 to approve the business combination with the Group (the “Business Combination”). PCAC’s shareholders as of November 8, 2022, the record date for the extraordinary general meeting, are entitled to vote their shares either in person, remotely or by proxy card in advance to ensure that their shares will be represented at the extraordinary general meeting.
The closing of the Business Combination and the first day of trading on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “LANV” is expected before the end of this year, subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of PCAC’s shareholders and the approval for the listing of securities of Lanvin Group Holdings Limited on the NYSE.
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According to a report in May 2022 by Samjong KPMG, “New Luxury Business Trends Leading the Luxury Market”, South Korea’s luxury goods market size grew year-over-year by 29.6% to US$5.8 billion in 2021. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2021 to 2025 and exceed $7 billion by 2024, cementing its role as one of the key luxury spending markets in the world. In 2021, foreign luxury brands in major department stores in South Korea saw a 37.9% sales growth across various product categories. Online channels play a significant role for luxury goods in the Korean market with e-commerce accounting for 40.8% of sales, one of the highest in the world.
About Lanvin Group
Lanvin Group is a leading global luxury fashion group headquartered in Shanghai, China, managing iconic brands worldwide including Lanvin, Wolford, Sergio Rossi, St. John Knits, and Caruso. Harnessing the power of its unique strategic alliance of industry-leading partners in the luxury fashion sector, Lanvin Group strives to expand the global footprint of its portfolio brands and achieve sustainable growth through strategic investment and extensive operational know-how, combined with an intimate understanding and unparalleled access to the fastest-growing luxury fashion markets in the world. For more information about Lanvin Group, please visit www.lanvin-group.com, and to view our investor presentation, please visit www.lanvin-group.com/investor-relation/.
About Primavera Capital Acquisition Corporation
Primavera Capital Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: PV), is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. PCAC is an affiliate of Primavera, a leading alternative investment management firm. With offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Palo Alto, Primavera manages both USD and RMB funds for prominent financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, pension plans, endowments, corporations and family offices around the world. As of September 30, 2021, it had assets under management of approximately US$17 billion. Primavera employs a flexible investment strategy comprised of buy-out/control-oriented, growth capital and restructuring investments. Having accumulated extensive experience in structuring and executing cross-border investment transactions, Primavera seeks to create long-term value for its portfolio companies by combining deep local connectivity in the Asia Pacific region with global experience and best practices. For more information, please visit www.primavera-capital.com.
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