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September 7, 2021

Lectra to boost fashion offer with Gemini CAD Systems

French technology specialist Lectra has inked a deal to acquire the entire capital and voting rights of the Romanian company Gemini CAD Systems in a move that will enhance the depth of its fashion software portfolio.

By Beth Wright

Lectra says the Gemini acquisition is in line with its strategy of developing its presence in the fashion market and enriching its value proposition.

Founded in 2004, Gemini has developed several innovative software solutions, essentially Computer-Aided Design (CAD), for small and medium-sized fashion companies. Thanks to its network of partners, Gemini is present in over 60 countries.

The transaction sees the immediate acquisition of 60% of Gemini immediately for EUR7.6m (US$9.02m). The acquisition of the remaining capital and voting rights will take place in two steps, in September 2024 and September 2026.

The total consideration for the acquisition of 100% of Gemini’s capital will depend on Gemini’s revenue growth, and should be comprised of between EUR13-20m.

“We are thrilled to welcome the talented teams of Gemini who have created impressive software solutions that are relevant to the way fashion companies wish to work today,” said Daniel Harari, chairman and CEO, Lectra.

“Gemini’s product portfolio complements Lectra’s software offers, which has already been strengthened by the recent acquisition of Gerber Technology. Together, we will create synergies between Gemini, Lectra and Gerber Technology’s current offers and bring new, disruptive innovations to the fashion industry.”

Traian Luca, CEO and founder of Gemini, adds: “We are convinced that with Lectra’s strong leadership, its unparalleled expertise in the fashion industry and the strength of its teams, we will be able to boost our customer’s competitiveness and help them accelerate their digital transformation.”

The deal follows news in June that Lectra is to acquire French company Neteven, an SaaS platform that enables brands to simplify and monitor the distribution of their products on the world’s largest online marketplaces.

The transaction sees the immediate acquisition of 80% of Neteven for EUR12.6m (US$15.05m), with the the remainder of capital and voting rights to follow in June 2025. The amount will be between 0.6 to 0.9 times 2024 recurring revenues.

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