LVMH to buy Belmond luxury hotel group

The world largest luxury Group LVMH (LVMH) announced on Friday that it has reached an agreement to buy the Belmond Luxury Hotel Group (BEL), listed in the New York Stock Exchange. The offer is 25 dollars per class A share. The equity value is 2,6 billion dollars and enteprise value 3,2 billion dollars.

According to the French luxury group LVMH the acquisition complements the other grups´s activities, like the Bvlgari and Cheval Blanc operations. Belmond Group is a luxury hotel and travel operator with 33 hotels wordwide and has several cruises and trains, mainly in Europe.

The company started its business about 40 years ago in Venice, when the Hotel Cipriani was opened. The group´s  12 months revenue was 572 million dollars and ebitda 140 million dollars at the end of September. One of the famous restaurants, Club 21 in New York, is also part of the chain.

The transaction is being finalised after the approval of the Belmond shareholders during the first quarter of 2019 and after the anti-trust clearance in mid-2019.

LVMH´s shares closed down by 1,43 % to 252,20 euros in Paris Euronext and the Belmond´s shares jumped by 39,83 % to 24,68 dollars in New York on Friday.

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LVMH: Carbon Fund achieved its targets 2018

The LVMH (LVMH, Paris) Carbon Fund has achieved its objective for 2018, raising 11.3 million euros in financing for 112 projects designed to control and reduce the Group’s greenhouse gas emissions, the company said in the statement.

This result is that LVMH doubled the price per metric ton of CO2 generated from 15 to 30 euros in 2018.  By mechanically increasing the carbon contributions of each Maison, LVMH signals its intent to accelerate initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions.

-The success of our Carbon Fund once again underlines the major and decisive commitment of LVMH management and all our teams to help protect the environment and fight climate change.  The LIFE environmental program is a top priority for all our employees. We thank them for their engagement and we continue to count on them to help us achieve all our environmental targets for 2020,” said Antonio Belloni, LVMH Group Managing Director.

The 112 projects deployed in 2018 have eliminated nearly 2,500 CO2 equivalent metric tons of emissions annually. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of 1,600 European households.

Created in 2016, the LVMH Carbon Fund is a pillar in the Group’s environmental policy, which has announced a 25% reduction in CO2emissions by 2020 as one of its main objectives.  This aligns the Group with the 2°C climate target  agreed in the COP21 climate conference in Paris.

The annual contribution of each LVMH Maison is calculated by multiplying the greenhouse gas emissions from its activities by the carbon price set by the Group. The amount must then be invested the following year in eligible projects designed to reduce these emissions.

The investments were in all the Group´s locations: 29% in France, 34% in Europe (excluding France), 15% in Asia, 6% in Japan and 16% in the United States.

The projects included for example:

  • 80% of the projects concern energy efficiency: LED relamping, building insulation, upgrading to install more efficient air-conditioning and heating systems, energy consumption monitoring systems;
  • 13% of the projects enable production of renewable energy;
  • 6% of the projects concern other areas (purchasing of electric tractors, for example);

28 Maisons are actively engaged in this program: Acqua di Parma, Belvedere, Benefit, Berluti, Bulgari, Celine, Chandon India, Christian Dior Couture, DFS, Fendi, Fred, Fresh, Givenchy, Glenmorangie, Guerlain, Hennessy, Hublot, Le Bon Marché, Loewe, Loro Piana, Louis Vuitton, LVMH Fragrance Brand, MHCS, Parfums Christian Dior, Royal Van Lent, Sephora, TAG Heuer and Zenith.

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Hublot´s new ambassador Kylian Mbappe

 

The luxury watch manufacturer Hublot has a new ambassador – Kylian Mbappe. According to the company info, Kylian Mbappé is considered one of the best football players in the world.

– Hublot is delighted to welcome him as its new ambassador alongside football legends led by Brazil’s Pelé, the company said.

– This conveys a powerful message: the fusion of time, the power of dreams and passion, the magic of a sport, all values that athletes inspire, Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe stated.

 

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Stephane Bianchi to lead LVMH Watches

The French Luxury Group LVMH has appointed Stephane Bianchi as head of the Group’s Watch division as from November 1st.

He will become also the CEO of Tag Heuer and oversee the two other Watch brands in the Group, Hublot and Zenith.

Bianchi, 53, was the former CEO of the cosmetics Group Yves Rocher.

Mr Jean-Claude Biver, the current head of The Watch Group, is stepping down for health reasons, but will remain as non-executive chairman of the division, the company says.

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Basel2018 – LVMH pleased with the selling

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This year Baselworld 2018, the leading  global luxury watch and jewellery trade show,  was special for many reasons. First this was a show case for many companies after the lagging sales after a couple of years. Secondly, this was also a year with many new product launches and industry integrations.

The world´s leading luxury company, LVMH and its Watch Division are very pleased with the trade show. – This Baselworld has been the best ever – we were sold out after three days, says the President of the Watch Division and CEO of Tag Heuer Jean-Claude Biver.

This division of the LVMH Group consists of 6 different houses and its sales were 3,8 billion euros last year. They have also 405 own stores globally. Brands like Tag Heuer, Hublot, Bulgari and Dior are part of this division. The organic growth was 12 % last year and the profit in this division was 458 million euros, + 12 %.

This is also in line with other luxury company announcements lately.  For example Tiffany & Co, released its last year figures. The group´s sales was up 4 % to 4,2 billion dollars. The growth accelerated during the last quarter and global sales rose by 9 % to 1,3 billion dollars.

Some of the new highligths was also the Swarovski Atelier. In the below picture  the company is revealing its new elements with fine jewellery.

The two models are wearing moon stones and rose gold from the company collection called Pasqualebruni. It is an Italian family owned company.

And the last picture is about Porsche Design and its history of car integration. Acording to the company, Porsche Design follows a clear design philosophy: to optimize function. The company has launched a new Monobloc Actuator 24H – this titanium watch has got a new form and for example has the two-time-zone mechanism.

 

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Swiss Watch Industry´s export value 1,6 billion francs in January

 

 

The Swiss Watch Industry showed increase in its export value in January compared to year ago figures. According to the Swiss Watch Industry  the monthly value stood at 1,6  billion francs, up with 12,6 %.  This increase was highlighted by some analysts saying that this means that the two year decline in this luxury & watch industry now is making turn into a positive trend.

The biggest export countries were HongKong, China, USA, UK, Japan and Germany, totalling 847 million francs and with 14,1 % increase. The three biggest countries were HongKong (242 million francs, + 21,3%), China (176 million francs, +44,3%) and USA (163,1, -1,9%).

In the Stock Exchanges, for example the S&P Global Luxury Index is showing + 35,78 % annual increase, while for example the LVMH (MC:FP) share price has increased over 32 % and Kering (KER:FP) over 74 % annually. The Swiss Watch Group Swatch (UHR:SW) has increased over 21 % during the year.

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Luxury brands gained due to EU court ruling

The European luxury brands gained in the European Stock Exchanges today. The reason behind the upward trend was the EU court ruling saying that the luxury brand owners can have a say in which digital platforms the retailers can sell their luxury products.

Many luxury companies have been worried over the brand imago related to different digital platforms. The EU court ruling lifted stocks like Kering Group (KER) by 0,56 %, LVMH (LVMH) by 1,14 %, Burberry Group (BRBY) in London by 0,64 % and  Christian Dior (CDI) in Paris by 1,28%.

Global luxury brands have been building their digital presence and imago via social media during the couple of years, but also starting their own e-commerce platforms in order to make the customer dialoque direct and to keep the service level and personalization as expected.

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