Dufry AG, the operator of Hudson News stores in airports, agreed to buy a 51% stake in Folli-Follie Group's travel retail business to expand in the Mediterranean tourism market. Dufry will pay 200.5 million euros for the stake, which it will finance by selling about 250 million euros of shares, the Basel, Switzerland-based company said today in an e-mailed statement reported by Bloomberg. The purchase is expected to provide a "mid-single-digit" boost to earnings-per-share next year. Folli-Follie's travel retail business operates 111 shops in Greece with more than 18,000 square meters of retail space, according to the statement. Dufry said September 24 it was in "advanced talks" to buy a 51% stake in the unit. The purchase is expected to close "early next year." The Folli-Follie unit will enter a local non-recourse bank facility of 335 million euros, according to the statement.
Dufry said it will also have "shareholder structuring" costs of 28 million euros. Dufry has an option to acquire the other 49% of the unit in four years.