The Lualdi family actually applied to the Milan Court to resolve the deadlock in which the negotiations on the sale are bogged down (see a previous post by BeBeez). The sale revolves around the Candiani family’s plans to get out of the company.
In August 2012, PetrolValves head Mario Candiani died and his daughters sought Italian financier Matteo Arpe to advise them what to do with their stakes. The family trimmed then its 60% equity holding by selling a 20% stake of its holding (or a 12% stake in Petrolvalves) to buyout fund Sator, led by Mr. Arpe. The Candianis are being advised on the sale by Banca Profilo, controlled by Arpe. Meanwhile the Lualdi family mandated Mediobanca to examine options and study the idea to make an offer for the 60% stake in PetrolValves in the hands of Sator and the Candiani sisters, possibly in an alliance with other investors.
Actually the Lualdi family earlier this year entered into an agreement with London-based buyout fund Permira to study a joint bid. However the agreement is now expired and Permira chose not to go on the deal as it seemed too much complicated to come to an end in a reasonable time. And Permira was right as a deal was far to be reached even if the company Statute provides for the right of first refusal in favor of each of the two partners, in the event that the other wants to sell. And this seems to be the point around which the Lualdis are asking the Milan Court to intervene,
Petrolvalves reached consolidated revenues of 223,7 million euros in 2013 (up from 207.4 millions) with ebitda of 78 millions (from about 50 millions) and a positive net financial position thanks to 220 millions of cash. Valuation are said to be over 10x 2014 ebitda which is seen growing over ebitda in 2013.