Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2013 (Revised October 2013)

Investindustrial Exits Ducati

by Francois Brochet and Karol Misztal

Abstract

In early 2012, Investindustrial, a European private equity group, publicly announced their intention to sell their 76.7% stake in Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., an iconic Italian producer of sport performance motorcycles. The decision followed a six-year turnaround during which Ducati returned to profitability and significantly expanded its product line. Investindustrial's team had the following exit alternatives: 1) a trade sale to an automotive buyer; 2) a secondary buyout, partial or complete, by a financial investor; 3) a relisting in Hong Kong. Each option had its pros and cons, but all required a careful valuation of Ducati to maximize the investors' return on their flagship investment.

Keywords: Cost vs Benefits; Private Equity; Valuation; Investment Return; Brands and Branding; Financial Services Industry; Motorcycle Industry; Hong Kong; Italy;

Citation:

Brochet, Francois, and Karol Misztal. "Investindustrial Exits Ducati." Harvard Business School Case 113-058, February 2013. (Revised October 2013.)