Debt-laden Vivarte sells Spanish shoes brand Merkal to OpCapita

Private-equity backed French clothing retailer Vivarte, which is aiming to restructure some 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) of debt, said it had sold Spanish shoes brand Merkal to private investment firm OpCapita.


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The transaction forms part of Vivarte’s ongoing disposal programme, and follows similar sales earlier this year of its Kookai and Pataugas brands.

Vivarte has been owned since 2014 by a group led by investment funds Alcentra, Babson, Oaktree and GLG Partners.

Vivarte’s profits and sales have fallen amid competition from larger clothing retail chains such as H&M, Kiabi and Primark, leading to the company’s decision to restructure its business in order to improve its financial fortunes.

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