MILAN — Exor is additional increasing its attain, investing in client items excellence by supporting the worldwide growth of medium-sized Italian firms specialised on this sector.
The Agnelli household’s holding Exor, which owns Ferrari, has lately invested in Hermès International’s China undertaking Shang Xia, and in a minority stake in Christian Louboutin, has partnered with The World-Wide Investment Company Ltd., of the Hong Kong Pao household, establishing a brand new firm known as Nuo SpA.
As per the settlement, Exor and a WWICL firm will make investments 300 million euros, and every personal 50 % of Nuo. Exor’s funding shall be totally offered by capital whereas the companion’s quota features a 30 % stake in Ludovico Martelli SpA.
Founded in 1908, the Fiesole, Italy-based Ludovico Martelli is a private care merchandise firm identified for its storied manufacturers together with Marvis, Sapone del Mugello, Valobra and Proraso, and is an instance of the excellence Nuo is planning to spend money on.
Tommaso Paoli has been appointed chief government officer of Nuo.
“We believe that Italy’s wealth of high quality, dynamic medium-sized enterprises, with their wonderful products and tradition, have true potential to become great companies of tomorrow,” stated John Elkann, chairman and chief government officer of Exor. “And we very much share with Stephen [Cheng, managing director of WWICL] and Tommaso, the ambition of helping to make the very best high-end Italian products available more globally.”
On its site, Exor detailed the reasoning behind the funding, highlighting how “Nuo will unite the knowledge, experience and networks of its founders, to help its companies make their Italian expertise, creativity and authenticity available to global consumers, and especially in fast-growing Asian markets.”
Cheng touted the “perfect alignment of vision and values” between the companions, and stated “Nuo promises to leverage on the very best of ourselves to create prosperity for all future stakeholders. There is such a unique history of entrepreneurship in Italy, rooted in human stories and emotion, and we are honored to invest in this everlasting tradition of passion and creativity.”
Nuo has “a clear purpose,” continued Exor, in addition to “values and long-term investment horizon as well as a deep understanding of family and owner-operated companies. It will provide not only capital but also support on how to achieve greater scale while continuing to nurture the culture and uniqueness that differentiate its companies.”
While rumors proceed to swirl round Exor or Ferrari and a potential curiosity within the Giorgio Armani group, waved away and even denied by each events, and round the concept the previous may very well be eyeing to create a luxurious pole, in March a spokesman informed WWD that the holding “invests in single companies, not in sectors, and in exceptional businesses and founders with shared values and where it can add value and build great companies. It is the quality of the company, its team and culture and its attractive prospects that are the key drivers of the decision to invest.”
Exor is a long-term investor, working with founders and entrepreneurs in partnership.
Exor has grown into a large holding firm, reporting revenues of 143.8 billion euros in 2019. In January, after greater than a yr of negotiations, its managed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group and French automotive group PSA accomplished their merger, combining into an organization known as Stellantis comprising manufacturers starting from Fiat and Alfa Romeo to Chrysler, Jeep, Peugeot, Citroen and Maserati. It was a mix masterminded by Elkann, who has been main the household holding firm for 16 years. In addition, the holding spans from PartnerRe, a number one world pure-play reinsurer to The Economist and one other vary of newspapers, to CNH Industrial, which designs and produces agricultural and building gear.