Moleskine Said to Seek 350 Million Euros in Italian IPO

Moleskine, the Italian maker of notebooks once favored by Ernest Hemingway, is seeking about 350 million euros ($455 million) in an initial public offering announced today, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

The company is seeking a valuation of about 700 million euros, said the people, who asked not to be named before the sale is completed. Appunti Sarl and Pentavest Sarl are selling a 50 percent stake of the company in the IPO, according to a term sheet obtained by Bloomberg News today.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., UBS AG and Mediobanca SpA are managing the sale in Italy, along with BNP Paribas SA, the terms showed. A price range will be announced by mid-March and the deal will be completed toward the end of the month, according to the terms.

Syntegra Capital, which owns about 68 percent of Moleskine, will retain a significant share in the company after the IPO, the company said last week. Appunti is indirectly controlled by Syntegra and Pentavest is controlled by Index Ventures Growth I (Jersey), according to a filing to the Italian market regulator Consob.

A spokesman for Syntegra didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for Moleskine declined to comment.