PARIS Dec 2 Managers at Kering's
loss-making La Redoute mail order unit have made a joint offer
to take over the business from Kering, Challenges magazine
reported on Monday.
La Redoute is part of Kering's mail order business Redcats.
The bid from La Redoute Chief Executive Nathalie Balla and
Redcats finance chief Eric Courteille follows similar
expressions of interest from HIG Capital, OpCapita and real
estate group Altarea Cogedim, Challenges said.
A spokesman for Kering confirmed an announcement on a sale
was expected before Christmas, but he declined to comment on the
process or possible bidders.
Kering is seeking to complete its transformation into a
luxury and sports brand group. The process began in 2006 with
the sale of retail chain Printemps when the group was still
called PPR, an abbreviation of Pinault Printemps La Redoute.
Kering is controlled by the Pinault family.
Kering issued a profit warning last month, blaming one-off
charges related to sports brand Puma's restructuring
and the disposal of La Redoute.
Kering has injected more than 400 million euros ($542
million) into La Redoute since 2008 and would be ready to inject
at least another 300 million in order to cover its losses for a
few years more and finance its restructuring, sources close to
the matter have said.
($1 = 0.7377 euros)
(Reporting by James Regan; editing by Tom Pfeiffer)