Italian fashion house Prada, which is preparing for an initial public offering of about $2 billion in Hong Kong, said its net profit more than doubled in 2010 and it expects further gains in the current half year.
The Milan-based company expects to post a profit of at least 150.7 million euros ($215.3 million) for the six months to July, according to a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange on Friday.
It saw its net income more than doubling to 253.6 million euros by January 2011 from the year earlier, the filing showed.
Prada plans to use most of the proceeds from its Hong Kong initial public offering on expansion and renovation of its stores over the next 18 months as the company bets on increasing demand for luxury products in China and the rest of Asia.
The company plans to add a net total of about 80 directly operated stores by the end of January 2012, most of them in the Asia Pacific region, where it sees substantial potential for growth, Prada said in the filing. Prada, known for its handbags and Miu Miu dresses, plans to sell 423.3 million shares, equivalent to 16.5 percent of its enlarged capital, according to a term sheet of the deal seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The IPO has been valued at around $2 billion.
About 14 percent of the shares will be sold in a primary offering with proceeds going to Prada, while 86 percent will come in a secondary offering from shareholders Prada Holding BV and Intesa Sanpaolo
The fashion house, run by Patrizio Bertelli and designer Miuccia Prada, has about a third of its 326 directly operated stores in Asia-Pacific, its fastest-growing market. Consumption of luxury items in China, the world's second-largest economy, has surged at double-digit rates in recent years as a new class of consumers snapped up jewelry from Tiffany & Co
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(Reporting by Elzio Barreto and Stephen Aldred; Editing by Ken Wills and Lincoln Feast)