German airline Lufthansa on Thursday signed a deal with the Italian government for a 41-percent minority share in the long-struggling ITA Airways, formerly Alitalia, the Associated Press reported. The deal calls for investments of 575 million euros in capital increases, 325 million euros from Lufthansa and the rest from the Italian Finance Ministry, providing capital for growth. Lufthansa will also have the option of buying the remaining shares at a later date.
Investment firm Permira has acquired the majority of Gruppo Florence, in a deal which a source close to the matter said valued the hub of Italian luxury clothing and leather goods manufacturers at more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion), Reuters reported. The deal announced on Thursday highlights a trend among private-equity funds, which after running out of big brands to buy, have locked on to the challenges of the luxury industry's supply chain and turned to a "buy and build" strategy.
Mediobanca on Monday said it has agreed to sell its bad loan acquisition unit for 100 million euros ($110 million), as Italy's leading investment bank focuses on capital-light businesses ahead of unveiling a new three-year strategy, Reuters reported. Banca IFIS agreed to buy Revalea, a unit Mediobanca set up last year by separating purchasing from management of bad debts. Mediobanca will continue to operate the latter through its MBCredit Solutions unit. It was the second deal announced by Mediobanca in days as it prepares to present a new business plan through 2026 on Wednesday.