Moleskine, the Italian maker of notebooks once favored by Ernest Hemingway, priced shares in its initial public offering at 2.30 euros ($2.94), according to a term sheet obtained by Bloomberg News.
The shares sold just below the midpoint of the original range, which was 2.00 euros to 2.65 euros, according to an earlier term sheet obtained by Bloomberg News on March 4. Owners Appunti Sarl and Pentavest Sarl are selling a 50 percent stake in the company, the terms showed.
Syntegra Capital, which owned about 68 percent of Moleskine, is expected to retain a significant stake in the company after the IPO. Appunti is indirectly controlled by Syntegra and Pentavest is controlled by Index Ventures Growth I (Jersey), according to an Italian regulatory filing.
The shareholders are selling 106 million ordinary shares, according to Moleskine’s IPO prospectus. At 2.30 euros per share, the company is raising 245 million euros, which would value the notebook maker at 490 million euros.
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