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Led Group Weighs Sale of Stake in Jeweller APM Monaco, Sources Say

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A group of investors led by US buyout firm TPG is considering a sale of its minority stake in jewellery maker APM Monaco. (APM Monaco)

A group of investors led by US buyout firm TPG is considering a sale of its minority stake in jewellery maker APM Monaco, people familiar with the matter said, after volatile markets derailed plans for an initial public offering.

The investor group has started informally sounding out interest from prospective buyers, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. A sale of the 30 percent stake held by TPG and its partners could give the company an enterprise value of about $1.5 billion, the people said.

Considerations are preliminary, no final decision has been made and the owners could still decide to retain the stake for longer, the people said. A share sale could again be an option once markets stabilise, the people said.

A representative for TPG said the private equity firm doesn’t have a plan to sell APM, declining to elaborate.

In 2019, TPG, China Synergy, an investment firm backed by TPG and China International Capital Corp., and European private equity firm Trail bought the 30 percent stake in APM Monaco for an undisclosed amount.

APM Monaco filed for a Hong Kong listing in June by submitting preliminary documents with the local exchange, but the plan didn’t progress.

Founded in 1982 by Ariane Prette and her son Philippe, APM Monaco makes and sells jewellery emulating the luxury, chicness and elegance of Monaco and the south of France’s Côte d’Azur lifestyle, according to its website. The company counts about 400 stores globally. It also sells accessories such as bags, mugs, t-shirts and hoodies.

By Vinicy Chan and Manuel Baigorri

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