CEO Bogliolo: Tiffany will reach new heights in the LVMH deal

Tiffany´s CEO Alessandro Bogliolo thinks the merge with the French luxury group LVMH will help the company to reach new heights. He commented the merge deal in the company press release yesterday.

-Tiffany has been focused on executing on our key strategic priorities to drive sustainable long-term growth. This transaction, which occurs at a time of internal transformation for our legendary brand, will provide further support, resources and momentum for those priorities as we evolve towards becoming The Next Generation Luxury Jeweler. As part of the LVMH group, Tiffany will reach new heights, capitalizing on its remarkable internal expertise, unparalleled craftsmanship and strong cultural values, Mr Bogliolo said.

The takeover deal was well managed. According to Financial Times, the LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault visited the US in the opening ceremony of the Louis Vuitton leather production plant in Texas in October. The US President Donald Trump was also one of the firsts to know of the acquisition, although no names was mentioned to him, Mr Arnault told the FT reporter yesterday of that Texas-event.

And the business circles are small in the luxury business. For example the CEO of Tiffany, Mr Bogliolo is also a known-person to LVMH from his earlier carrier as a senior position at the Italian fashion house Bulgari, now part of the French luxury group.

The Tiffany takeover or LVMH´s Christmas present is the biggest deal for the company. According to Bloomberg Opinion the deal values the Tiffany about 16 times Ebitda, which is nice compared to the earlier deals in the industry. According to Bloomberg data, the LVMH purchase of Bulgari in 2011, the valuation was 23-24 times, as was the Swiss company´s Swatch purchase of Harry Winston in 2013.

So, what is going to happen next? Will the mergers and acquisitions trend in the luxury business continue? Sure. And all luxury companies are heading to Asia. It is also expected that LVMH will increase the Tiffayny´s presence in the Asian markets and find the best locations for the high-end consumers of Tiffany. All studies show that the biggest growth for luxury brands is coming from Asian consumers in the coming years.

As Mr Arnault told the Financial Times, LVMH is increasing the desirability of the Tiffany brand.

– My goal with Tiffany -as it is for Louis Vuitton or Dior – is that desirability for the brand should be higher in 10 years time than it is right now, he said in the FT interview.

The announced deal will increase the other major luxury brands interest to join the growth race. The French rival Kering, with brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta and the Swiss Richemont, with brands like Cartier, IWC and Piaget, are in the line.

The stock markets have also seen the increase of interest and for example nearly all the major luxury companies were trading up on Tuesday in the Tiffany aftermatch.

LVMH was trading up 0,77 % at 407 euros, Tiffany slightly up 0,01 % to 133 dollars, Kering (KER) up 0,40 % at 546 euros and the UK Burberry (BRBY) up 0,24 % to 2093 pounds. Only the Swiss Richemont (CFR) was trading down, 0,57 % at 76 Swiss francs.

Picture: Luxury watches from LVMH Group: Hublot Big Bang, Tag Heuer, Bulgari

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Germany to cut growth forecast to 1 % in 2020

The German Goverment has cut the economy growth forecast to 1 % growth in 2020 compared to earlier estimate of 1,5 %.

Markets expect that the Goverment might think of new fiscal stimulus actions in orber to boost the econony.

The Dax-index was in green in Frankfurt and the index showed nearly 0,30 % increase in the stock prices.

In London the FTSE 100- index was up 0,77 % due to the Brexit-deal agreement between the UK and EU. The EU leaders are expected to accept the deal in Brussels today. The UK Parliament is to vote about it on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland’s DUP has said that they will not accept the deal.

Stocks in Wall Street, US opened also up due to the news that the Brexit-deal is agreed on Thursday. S&P 500 -index was up 0,58%.

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Trump to meet Chinese top negotiator Liu on Friday

The US president Donald Trump will meet the top trade negotiator from China  in Washington on Friday.  According to his Twitter, he will meet Mr Liu He in the White House.

According to Bloomberg, last week the US Administration approved licenses for some American companies to sell tech goods to Huawei Technologies. And China agreed to buy more US agricultural products.

The latest US China trade news have lifted the stock markets and Dow Jones index is now trading up 0,62 %, S&P 500 -index up 0,60% and Nasdaq index up 0,64%. In London, the stocks were also up 0,38 %.

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Brexit: PM does not have to ask for extension – Court

The Scottish judge has today announced that the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not have to ask for the extension to the Brexit-deal if there is no deal ready by 19 October.

The EU leaders summit is taking place 17-18 October and some MPs have asked that the UK Government should ask extension to Brexit if the leaders are not able to reach an agreement in order to avoid the no-deal scenario.

This positive sign for possible Brexit deal was welcomed in the markets and FTSE 100 -index closed up 0,59% to 7197 points in London. In Germany the markets closed also up and Dax-index rose 0,70 % to 12097 points. In France the CAC 40 -index closed up 0,61 % to 5521 points.

 

 

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Brexit: The question of general elections

This weeks topic in the Brexit discussion is the question of possible general elections.  The PM Boris Johnson has said he would take the UK out of the EU block by October 31st the deadline and the EU has said that the negotiations are ongoing with the parties, but no news is from their side.

According to Bloomberg, the Prime Minister Johnson is planning general elections on October 14th, if the Parliament is forcing the Cabinet to delay the Brexit until January 31st.

Last week the Prime Minister Johnson announced that the Parliament would be suspended until mid-October, when the Queen is reopening the Parliament.

The UK sterling is trading at  1,099 euros and 1,2066 dollars.  The FTSE index closed today up 1,04 % to 7281 points in London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brexit: Pound falling to new lows

The UK Sterling fell to new lows on Tuesday trading as the market speculation about no-deal Brexit widened. Britain’s currency dropped 0.51 % to 1.2154 dollars. It has fell 4.3 % since the end of June.

The no-deal Brexit speculations widened because of the comments of the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson related to the exit. According to him, the UK would like to negotiate a new deal with the EU, but if this is not going to happen, he is ready and according to his remarks, the Government is also ready to take the UK out of the block without a deal if needed.

The stock markets were trading also down in Europe. In London, the FTSE 100 index was down 0,29 % to 7664 points, in Germany the DAX index was down 2,22 % to 12 142 points and in France the CAC40 -index was trading down 1,53 % to 5515 points.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 index closed up 0,43 % to 21 709 points and the Hang Song in Hong Kong closed up 0,14 % to 28146 points.

 

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Stocks down in NY due to new trade tariffs

The US stock markets closed down today due to the US China trade dispute. Mr President Donald Trump said in the CNBC interview that he is preparing to have new tariffs for 300 billion dollars for goods if the Chinese President Xi Jinping is not meeting in the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan in late June. This would mean that Chinese goods would get new tariffs to the current 250 billion dollars of goods.

Dow Jones index closed down 0,05 % to 26048,51 points, the S&P 500 index closed down 0,03 % to 2885,72 points and Nasdaq ended down 0,01% to 7822,56 points.

In the forex markets, the euro was trading up 0,02 % to 1,13 dollars, while the sterling was down 0,05 % 1,2719 dollars. President Donald Trump´s comments about the interest rates and the Fed´s too tight monetary policy was noticed in the markets during the day. According to Trump, the euro is undervalued about 20 %.

In the tech-side some of the largest US states are trying to stop the megadeal between T-Mobile and Sprint. They warn that the mobile carrier merger would lead to higher consumer prices.

In London the FTSE 100 -index closed up 0,31 % to 7398 points and in Germany the Dax-index was also up, +0,92 % to 12155,81 points. In France, the CAC 40 index closed up 0,48 % to 5408,45 points.

In the Brexit situation, the EU is saying that there will be no new agreement between the parties. According to Sunday Times, the PM candidate Boris Johnson has said that UK should not pay 39 billion pounds settlement if they there is no new deal.

The new UK Prime Minister and the new Conservative Party leaders is announced on July 22. There are 10 candidates for this position. Between 19th-20th July MPs take part in ballots until only 2 candidates remain.

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