by Stephen Garner
Jonathan Akeroyd, Donatella Versace, John D. Idol

Global fashion luxury group Capri Holdings Limited has officially changed its name from Michael Kors Holdings Limited, and beginning on January 2, 2019, its New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol will be CPRI. The company has also completed its acquisition of Versace.

“With the acquisition of Versace, we have now created one of the leading global fashion luxury groups in the world,” said John D. Idol, chairman and chief executive officer of Capri Holdings. “The new name for our group, Capri Holdings, is inspired by the fabled island which has long been recognized as an iconic, glamorous and luxury destination. The island’s spectacular three rock formation, formed over 200 million years ago, is symbolic of the timeless heritage and strong foundation that is at the core of each of the three founder-led brands.”

VersaceMr. Idol continued, “Versace has long been recognized as one of the world’s leading fashion luxury houses, and is synonymous with Italian glamour and style. We are thrilled that the house of Versace is now part of the Capri Holdings family of luxury brands. We look forward to working with Chief Creative Officer Donatella Versace, Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Akeroyd, and their incredibly talented team to continue to drive Versace’s growth and success globally.”

The acquisition of Versace is expected to deliver a number of benefits for Capri Holdings, including expanding the global group to include three iconic founder-led brands defined by fashion luxury products with a reputation for world-class design and innovation.

The company also expects the acquisition to offer it the opportunity to help grow the group’s revenues to $8.0 billion in the long-term, grow Versace to $2.0 billion in revenues, grow Jimmy Choo to $1.0 billion in revenues, and grow Michael Kors to $5.0 billion in revenues.

As previously announced, Capri Holdings acquired Versace for a total enterprise value of Euro 1.83 billion (or approximately $2.12 billion on the date of announcement). The cash portion of the purchase price was funded by a combination of cash on hand, drawings under its revolving credit facility, and bank term loans. Concurrently with the closing, the Versace family reinvested an aggregate of Euro 150 million of the cash received for their interests in Versace in exchange for 2,395,170 ordinary shares of Capri Holdings.