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Hop Lun to Sell Controlling Stake to Platinum Equity

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Hop Lun manufactures lingerie and underwear for brands such as Victoria's Secret. (Getty Images)
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  • Khanh Linh

The financial terms of the deal between one of the world’s largest producers of intimate apparel and the private equity firm were not disclosed.

Hop Lun manufactures lingerie, underwear and swimwear for brands including H&M, Fenty, Victoria’s Secret and Marks & Spencer and sells its own in-house brands Dorina and Janet Reger. The Hong Kong-based company has 12 wholly-owned factories employing 30,000 people, located in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Ethiopia, producing 94 million items per year.

Erik Ryd, who founded the company in 1992, will retain a minority share and work with Platinum Equity to continue to grow the business. Ryd sought buyers for the company earlier this year after his children declined to take it over. At the time, the company was valued at around $500 million.

Ryd also founded a lingerie retail chain in Hong Kong in 2002 called 6ixty8ight, which has since grown into a network of 300 stores across Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and Mainland China, targeting a young demographic. This business is understood to not be included in the Platinum Equity deal, but confirmation has been sought.  The Hop Lun acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed during the third quarter of this year.

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