UPDATE 1-India Gitanjali to spend $33 mln for Italian brands

Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:26am GMT

* Bids for five brands to boost sales in Europe, Middle East

* Expects revenues of over $100 mln from the acquisition

* Plans to bid for more Italian brands in the coming months (Adds details, background, quotes, share price)

By Nandita Bose

MUMBAI, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Indian jeweller Gitanjali Gems Ltd (GTGM.BO: Quote) plans to spend up to 25 million euros ($32.7 million) to buy five Italian brands to boost sales in Europe and the Middle East, the company's chairman said on Tuesday.

Mehul Choksi also said Gitanjali, which is India's biggest jewellery retailer, would bid for more Italian brands in the coming months.

The company has bid for all four brands of DIT Group and one from Mariella Burani Fashion Group SPA MBFG.MI.

DIT is a unit of Dubai jewellery maker Damas International DAMAS.DI and owns brands such as Stefan Hafner, IO Si, Porrati, Nouvelle Bague, while Valente is owned by Mariella Burani.

"The brands have a presence across Europe and the Arabian markets," Choksi told Reuters. "This will help us penetrate global markets and introduce new jewellery designs in Europe and the Middle East and will give a huge boost to our sales."   Continued...

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