April 28, 2017
Consumer, Retail, E-commerce and Leisure
GCA Altium advises Breitling on its sale of a majority stake to CVC
GCA Altium acted as exclusive financial advisor to Breitling SA, a leading independent, family-owned manufacturer of Swiss luxury watches and an internationally renowned premium brand, on its sale of an 80% stake to CVC Capital Partners’ CVC Fund VI. As part of the transaction, Breitling’s majority owner, Théodore Schneider, will re-invest for a 20% shareholding in Breitling.
Founded in 1884, Breitling specializes in the development and manufacture of high-performance watches. The company looks back on a heritage of seminal innovations that have played a decisive role in the development of wrist chronographs. Breitling employs approximately 900 people and is headquartered in Grenchen, Switzerland. The company operates two manufacturing facilities, one in Grenchen and one in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Breitling watches are sold worldwide in exclusive boutiques and via selected retailers.
“I am convinced CVC is the right partner to elevate Breitling to the next level,” said Théodore Schneider. “CVC’s expertise, track-record and international network will help unlock Breitling’s full potential.”
Alexander Dibelius, Managing Partner and Head of Germany at CVC, commented: “Breitling has a proud heritage, high brand awareness, and enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the finest watchmakers in the world. We very much look forward to working with Théodore Schneider as we embark on Breitling’s next chapter of growth.”
“Using our network and expertise, CVC will work to make this global, iconic brand even more renowned and help shape the future of one of Switzerland’s last independent watch manufacturers,” added Daniel Pindur, Senior Managing Director at CVC. “Specifically, we see significant growth potential for Breitling in both existing and new geographies by driving the digitization of the marketing and distribution channels in the company, helping to enrich the product and customer experience.”
This marks the latest in a series of high-profile luxury goods transactions for GCA Altium, underlining the company’s strength in this sector. Closing of the transaction is subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities and is expected for June 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed.