September 19, 2016 / 5:41 AM / 3 years ago

OVS-backed Sempione offers to buy Swiss retailer Charles Voegele

The logo of Swiss fashion company Charles Voegele is seen outside a store in Bern, Switzerland May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

ZURICH (Reuters) - The consortium Sempione Retail on Monday offered to buy struggling Swiss retailer Charles Voegele Holding.

Sempione, made up of Italy’s OVS, financial investor Aspen Trust Services and Retails Investment S.R.L, is offering 6.38 francs per bearer share in cash for Voegele, a 2.1 percent premium to its closing price on Friday, Voegele said in a statement.

The premium price would value the company at about 56.1 million Swiss francs (43.96 million pounds), based on Thomson Reuters market capitalisation data.

Voegele has been closing stores and cutting jobs amid a prolonged slump that has led to hundreds of millions in losses over the last five years.

Reporting by John Miller

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