Turin, 20 January 2022 – Pattern Group announces to have signed a binding investment agreement for the acquisition, through its subsidiary (80%) S.M.T. S.r.l, of 100% of Zanni S.r.l., a company based in Emilia Romagna specialising in the prototyping and production of luxury knitwear.

Luca Sburlati, CEO of the Pattern Group, commented: “The entry of Zanni knitwear into the Pattern Group confirms the growth path we have embarked on: the Italian Hub of Luxury Fashion Engineering aims to bring together the best Italian skills in a long-term, absolutely industrial path. We have therefore chosen to invest further in a segment, knitwear, which has performed well thanks to its product characteristics and continues to do so despite the complex period that the sector is experiencing.”

Francesco Martorella and Fulvio Botto, founders and majority shareholders of Pattern, added: “ Zanni knitwear represents excellence in the use of seam-free technology applied to knitwear at an international level, with high-profile engineering and industrialisation skills, just like every company in the Pattern Group in its own industry. We believe this is a strategic choice because investing in the technical skills associated with product innovation in luxury and sustainability will be the real key to the success of Made in Italy products in the long term.”

Therefore, Pattern continues along the strategic path started in 2017 with the acquisition of Roscini Atelier in Umbria, then confirmed in 2019 with the Group’s entry into the luxury knitwear sector thanks to the purchase of 80% of the Emilian company S.M.T. S.r.l., and in 2021 with its access to the third segment of fashion luxury – luxury leather goods – through the acquisition of Idee Partners S.r.l.

With the entry of Zanni S.r.l, Pattern Group consolidates its position in the knitwear sector by adding a set of excellent technical skills.  Indeed, Zanni knitwear features an artisanal production process whose techniques are continuously updated. As a matter of fact, for over 20 years it has specialised in the production of seam-free knitwear – 3D with Shima Seiki’s WholeGarment technology – and represents a European benchmark on this process.

The Investment Agreement envisages the purchase by Pattern, through S.M.T. S.r.l. (80% subsidiary of Pattern), of 100% of the share capital of Zanni S.r.l. directly from the two founding partners Marco Zanni and Mauro Zanni.

The price agreed is € 4.3 million and will be paid by Società Manifattura Tessile S.r.l. to the sellers for 70% on the date of execution of the purchase and for the remaining 30% in three annual instalments starting on 31 January 2023 (subject to the continuation of the management relationship with Mauro Zanni). The price of the transaction takes into account the value of the property owned by Zanni S.r.l. that houses the company headquarters and where it develops both its prototyping and production activities.

The Investment Agreement envisages that the date of execution of the transaction (the closing of the Transaction) shall be no later than 28 February 2022.

In addition, the Investment Agreement establishes that, at the closing, a Directorship Agreement between Zanni S.r.l. and Mauro Zanni will be signed, providing, inter alia, for the appointment of Mauro Zanni as Chief Executive Officer of Zanni S.r.l. until the date of the shareholders’ meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2024.

Zanni S.r.l., an Emilian company with over 60 years of operation, specialises in the prototyping and production of knitwear.

Zanni represents excellence in the engineering of seam-free knitwear; always at the forefront of innovation, for 20 years it has specialized in the use of the WHOLEGARMENT® technology of the Japanese Shima Seiki.

In addition to its focus on cutting-edge technology in knitwear engineering, it shares with Pattern Group a serious path towards social and environmental sustainability.

Zanni S.r.l. is expected to close the year 2021 as follows:

  • Value of production: about € 2.4 mln
  • Ebitda about € 0.5 million
  • NFP positive for about € 1.3 mln
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