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.
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.
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.
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.