Apr 6, 2020 - Economy & Business

Italian wine deal gets done in the midst of coronavirus outbreak

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata

Wine from The Farnese Group on display in 2016. Photo: John Parra/Getty Images for SOBEWFF

Platinum Equity completed its acquisition of Italian wine distributor Farnese Group from NB Renaissance Partners.

Why it matters: Because the deal actually closed, despite everything that's happened in the U.S. and Italy since it was agreed to in December. And the pricing terms never changed.

  • Financial terms weren't disclosed, but earlier reports were that the deal is worth around €170 million.

The bottom line: U.S. wine sales were up 66% for the week ending March 21, compared to the same period last year, per Nielsen data. Overall U.S. alcoholic beverage sales have climbed 55%.

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