13 December 2023
Italian luxury boatbuilder Sanlorenzo has signed a binding share purchase agreement to acquire 95 percent of the share capital of Simpson Marine Limited from founder Mike Simpson.
The deal, signed on 7 December 2023, involves a payment of US$10 million, plus an earn-out of up to US$7 million, calculated on the net profit for the 2023 fiscal year, both paid with Sanlorenzo’s cash on hand.
Before the Sanlorenzo takeover, Simpson Marine Limited will make a distribution from retained earnings in favour of Mike Simpson.
Simpson Marine Group, which has represented Sanlorenzo in Asia since 2015, has been operating for 40 years as a major yacht sales and service company throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The takeover will allow Sanlorenzo to establish a direct presence in this strategic region, further developing the experience cumulated over decades by Simpson Marine.
“We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with Mike Simpson of Simpson Marine,” says Massimo Perotti, Executive Chairman of Sanlorenzo. “This is an important step for Sanlorenzo as we continue to expand our business globally.
“Simpson Marine is a well-established and widely respected company in the APAC region with tremendous potential for further expansion, and we believe that this acquisition will enable us to further develop our business in this strategically important market.
“Under Mike Simpson’s leadership, Simpson Marine has gained a strong reputation among customers and industry peers, having developed a highly loyal team of around 140 professionals who are among the best in their respective fields, making it a sound and promising investment in line with our long-term strategic vision.”
Mike Simpson adds: “I am delighted to have signed this agreement with Sanlorenzo. I have known Massimo Perotti, the principal shareholder and Chairman of Sanlorenzo, for nearly 40 years and have the greatest respect for his success in building Sanlorenzo into the powerhouse it has become in the world of luxury yachts.
“This sale to Sanlorenzo provides an opportunity for Simpson Marine to build on their past success in the region and share in Sanlorenzo’s ambitious plans for further expansion throughout APAC and beyond after they take over control next year. We have been selling, servicing, chartering and managing yachts in Asia for nearly 40 years and have built up a wealth of experience and expertise in the region.
“My teams located in 12 offices around Asia now have the opportunity of working with Sanlorenzo to take Simpson Marine and our range of services to the next level in the Asia-Pacific and globally.”
The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2024. The law firm Musumeci, Altara, Desana e Associati assisted Sanlorenzo with the negotiation of contractual aspects, and the firm Howse Williams assisted Mike Simpson.