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