LVMH raising its Tiffany offer to 15,8 billion dollars

The French luxury group LVMH (LVMH) is raising its Tiffany (TIF) offer to 15,8 billion dollars, write the Reuters and Financial Times. According to the news, the new takeover offer is close to 130 dollars a share. This would give the market value of Tiffany to 15,8 billion dollars including the 350 million net debt.

This new offer would mean that the LVMH would be able to have more information about the financials of Tiffany. On the other hand, they have not entered an exclusivity agreement.

The French luxury group LVMH is trying to expand to the US markets with the offer of the 1837 founded US company. Tiffany´s shares has been increasing during the talks and yesterday the closing was down 0,14 % to 123,33 dollars in New York.

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LVMH Wines to grow “double-digit” in China

The French luxury group LVMH Wine is growing double-digit in China. According to Bloomberg, the CEO of Moet Hennessy Philippe Schauss says that the Chinese consumers are interested in luxury products and the growth rates are good. He was speaking with Bloomberg at the China International Import Export Fairs in Shanghai.

He also commented the market situation with the unrest in Hong Kong saying it has had a modest impact in the sales of LVMH Wines in Hong Kong. According to Mr. Schauss the US trade talks with 25 % import tariffs for French wines and whisky is something they are watching closely.

The Chinese markets are the second biggest wine markets globally.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tiffany: Centerview Partners and Goldman Sachs are financial advisors

Tiffany & Co (TIF) has today made a press release of the takeover bid of the French luxury group LVMH. According to the release, the company says it is carefully reviewing the proposal, which is unsolicited and non-binding.  LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton takeover bid is $120 per share in cash.

– While the parties are not in discussions, Tiffany’s Board of Directors, consistent with its fiduciary responsibilities, is carefully reviewing the proposal, with the assistance of independent financial and legal advisors, to determine the course of action it believes is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. Tiffany shareholders need take no action at this time, the company says.

Centerview Partners and Goldman Sachs are serving as financial advisors to Tiffany and Sullivan & Cromwell is serving as Tiffany’s legal advisor, the release states.

LVMH has also published a short stock exchange release saying that according to the market rumours, the French group has made an offer to Tiffany, but the outcome will be seen later.

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Microsoft and Tiffany lifted US stocks in the opening

The tech company Microsoft (MSFT) and luxury company Tiffany (TIF) lifted the US stocks in the opening on Monday. Microsoft´s deal with the Pentagon cloud computing service, the value of over 10 billion dollars, raised the company shares. Microsoft was up 2,23 % and was trading at 143,87 dollars in New York.

The shares of the luxury house Tiffany rose over 30 % in the opening, after the French luxury group LVMH (LVMH) has made 120 dollar a share takeover bid of the US company during the weekend.

Tiffany´s shares opened at 127,65 dollars and was trading at 129,95 dollars after some analysts have raised the target price and upgraded their recommendations. Some market analysts think that Tiffany may get also interest from luxury rivals such as the Swiss Richemont (CFR) and the French Kering ( KER).

Richmond was also trading up, 2,93 % at 77,22 francs in Zurich, while the French Kering was trading down 0,66 % at 510 euros in Paris.

S&P 500 -index traded record high, while Nasdaq and Dow Jones are still some behind from their peaks. S&P 500 -index was up 0,5 % to 3039 points, Dow Jones was up 0,51 % to 2709 points and Nasdaq 0,84 % to 8312 points.

In London, where the Brexit-delay is now granted to the end of January 2020 if needed, the FT-SE 100 -index was trading also up 0,15 % to 7335 points. The UK Parliament will debate today about the elections and the possible days for it.

 

 

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Tiffany gets LVMH bid of 120 dollars a share

The US luxury house Tiffany & Co (TIF) has received a takeover bid from the French luxury group LVMH (LVMH). The bid is about 120 dollars a share, valuing the Tiffany to close to 14,5 billion dollars. The closing price of Friday was 98,55 dollars, which means the bid is about 22 % more than the market price.

According to Wall Street Journal, the French luxury group could have to rise the bid if they want to buy the enlargement to the US markets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LVMH is considering Tiffany takeover – Bloomberg

The world largest luxury company, the French LVMH (LVMH) is considering a takeover of the US luxury company Tiffany & Co (TIF). The takeover, according to Bloomberg, would increase the French company´s presence in the US markets, but according to the news, there is no guarantee of the possible deal.

Tiffany, which was founded in 1837 in Manhattan, is one of the leading luxury houses in the US with the annual turnover of 4,4 billion dollars and net earnings 586 million dollars in 2018. The company has over 300 brand stores globally for its jewellery, timepieces, accessories and fragrances.  Nearly half of its sales comes from the US markets, while Asia counts about 30 %, Japan 15 % and Europe 11%.

The market cap of Tiffany is about 11,9 billion dollars, while the French rival LVMH is about 190 billion euros.

The French company LVMH has been investing in the US markets and last week the company opened its Louis Vuitton factory in Texas. LVMH´s other brands in the luxury jewellery category are for example Bulgari, Dior, Hublot and Tag Heuer.

Both companies enhance the luxury and sustainability integration and for example Tiffany has launched a Diamond Source Initiative, where customers can know the geographical region of their individually registered diamonds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hublot CEO: China markets the main focus (updated)

Hublot, one of the leading luxury watch makers in Switzerland, is targeting China markets even more. The company, part of the LVMH (LVMH) Group, market cap 186 billion euros, and its Watch division, said the same thing already a year ago, but the target is still the same. According to the CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot is aiming to become one of the leading watch brands in China and Greater China.

– We are focusing on China and Greater China markets. Our aim is to be one of the leading watch brands in China and Greater China, Mr Guadalupe said in the ComteamPUB+ interview on Thursday.

The company has not revealed the export figures, but according to Swiss Watch Industry information the China, Hong Kong and Singapore markets totalled nearly 30 % of the overall Swiss watch exports. In May the export totalled over 2 billion Swiss francs, growth 11,4 %. The biggest growth was in the premium & luxury watches, which are priced over 3000 francs.

The company is expecting a very strong growth for this year. The double-digit growth is said to continue “over the end of the year” according to Mr Guadalupe.

China is seen one of the fastest growing luxury markets in the future. In 2018 the Chinese consumers spent about 115 billion dollars on luxury items, which is one third of the global spending. And this is expected to growth in the future also so that by 2025 40 % of the world’s spending on luxury goods would be by Chinese consumers (McKinsey). So, it is not a surprise that Mr Guadalupe is talking about China.

Is luxury becoming more common?

This question is about the luxury spending and how the luxury markets are expected to develop in the future. But Mr Guadalupe has a point.

-Absolutely not for the real luxury, he says.

And he is referring for the real thing. Real luxury has always its prestige and value among its users. And this is also part of the demand for the vintage or retro luxury items in the markets at the moment.

For example financial markets are expecting the US company RealReal to be listed in New York. The company is an online marketplace for luxury products and according to the company info the trading of the shares are expected to start today, not yesterday as earlier estimated. The company raised 300 million dollars, at 20 dollars each, above the 17-19 dollars range earlier estimated. Sustainable, circular luxury is also entering the main markets.

Hublot and “Art of Fusion”

The clear sustainable standing point for Hublot is the materials. The company has been innovative and finding new ways to integrate different materials in the watch production over years. It is part of the company ideology of the Art of Fusion – the way the tradition of high-quality Swiss craftsmanship and innovation can be combined.

The material lists include magic gold, carbon, rubber, aluminium, ceramic, king gold, palladium, platinum, stainless steel, tantalum, titanium, tungsten, zirconium, osmium and aluminium. Hublot can say that it has clearly been the innovator in this area in the Swiss watch industry.

The company says that it is now also working with sustainable bags while the banning of plastic bags is already a trend in Europe.

Collaboration with Ferrari and FIFA

– The collaboration with Ferrari and our involvement in FIFA World Cup are our two main partnerships, Guadalupe says.

– This year we have two collaborations with Ferrari. The Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, which is an elegant and contemporary piece that draws inspiration from the “Gran Turismo” universe. And the Big Band Scuderia Ferrari 90 ans. This is a model that reflects the rich history and heritage of Scuderia Ferrari, he continues.

Japanese food and sea

But what does Mr Guadalupe do for the summer time? Japanese food and sea.

– Food can be compared to the watch industry in a certain way for their attention to quality, time and details. I like to spend my holidays in the Mediterranean, at Mykonos or Ibiza. Holidays is for me synonymous with relaxing, sport and good food, he concludes.

Hublot, which was founded in Switzerland in 1980, has made the journey with innovation and unique products. Watches like Big Bang have paved the way to new flagship collections like Classic Fusion and Spirit of Big Bang.

Picture: Hublot classic watches from BaselWorld 2017-2019

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