MILAN, Sept 22 Belgian family-owned D'Ieteren
said on Thursday it had agreed to buy a 41 percent
stake in Moleskine and will launch a mandatory offer on
the remaining shares of the Italian notebook maker in a bid to
delist it from the Milan bourse.
D'Ieteren agreed to buy Moleskine's shares at 2.40 euros
each, offering a 12 percent premium to the notebook maker's
closing price on Thursday of 2.14 euros. The mandatory takeover
offer will be launched in the last quarter of this year.
Founded in 1997, Moleskine is most widely known for its
pocket-size notebooks that emulate those used by writers Ernest
Hemingway and Jack Kerouac. The company listed in 2013.
(Reporting by Agnieszka Flak)