L’Occitane International share prices have jumped amid news that its controlling shareholder, Reinold Geiger, is considering a deal to buy the shares he does not currently own.
The Luxembourg and Geneva-headquartered, but Hong Kong-listed company confirmed in a statement that Geiger’s investment holding firm, L’Occitane Groupe, was contemplating a possible transaction.
In response, L’Occitane International shares closed more than 8% up at HK$27.75 on Monday.
Shares in the firm were initially halted following a 9 August Bloomberg article, reporting that Geiger was nearing a deal to buy out L’Occitane and could later seek higher valuation with a European listing.
While the skin care player’s statement confirmed Geiger’s intentions, it added that initial media reports of each L’Occitane share being priced at HK$35 were incorrect and "without basis".
It added that any potential offer price would be no less than HK$26 per share.
Geiger’s L’Occitane Groupe owns just shy of 73% of shares in the skin care company.