Michael Kors is reportedly zeroing in on a $2 billion bid for Versace

  • Michael Kors is close to acquiring Versace, an iconic Italian luxury designer, for $US2 billion, Bloomberg reports.
  • The Versace family helped the brand return to profit last year and will continue to have a role in the company after the deal, the report said.
  • Michael Kors purchased the British brand Jimmy Choo last year for $US1.2 billion.
  • Watch Michael Kors shares in real time here.

Handbag maker Michael Kors is close to acquiring the iconic Italian luxury designer Versace, according to a Bloomberg report.

The deal, which values Versace at about $US2 billion, may come as early as this week, and will allow the Versace family to maintain a role in the company, the report said. Meanwhile, the private-equity firm Blackstone, which owns 20% of Versace, is planning to sell its stake in the deal, Bloomberg said, citing a source familiar with the situation.

The acquisition, if it happens, will enhance Michael Kors’ step to expand beyond its namesake brand. Last year, the US retailer acquired luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo for $US1.2 billion.

Versace, run by Donatella Versace and her brother Santo Versace, posted revenue of 686 million euros and returned to profit in 2017, said Bloomberg, citing figures provided by the company.

Michael Kors shares are down less than 1% on the news ahead of Monday’s opening bell. They are up 13% this year.

Check out the Bloomberg story here.

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