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LVMH discusses a potential takeover of Tiffany for $14.5 billion

Author : Paroma Bhattacharya | Published Date : 2019-10-29 

LVMH, one of the biggest luxury goods conglomerates in the world recently revealed that it is planning a takeover of the American luxury jewelry company, Tiffany & Co. Both the companies confirmed in separate statements that a takeover bid is being reviewed and a price of nearly $14.5 billion is being considered.

For the record, LVMH already owns some of the leading luxury brands in the world including Givenchy, Bulgari and Christian Dior. The company also owns Louis Vuitton handbags, Dom Pérignon, Kenzo, Moet& Chandon and Tag Heuer. Now it is aiming at owning Tiffany as jewelry has been ascertained to be one of the fastest growing luxury sectors.

LVMH has released a statement saying the preliminary discussions to acquire Tiffany is being held but there is no certainty of a deal being struck. According to Tiffany, it has received a non-binding, unsolicited proposal from LVMH for $120 per share in cash.

Incidentally, in 2011 LMVH bought Bulgari for $5.2 billion. If LVMH buys Tiffany for $14.5 billion then it would the biggest deal for the company after the Bulgari acquisition. It will also take LVMH a step closer to its most potent rival Richemont which owns Cartier, thus strengthening LVMH’s position in the US markets.

Reportedly, LVMH is working rapidly to boost its shares in the US markets and to fulfil that end, it has opened a factory in south Texas. The inauguration of the factory was attended by Mr. Arnault, the owner of LVMH and the richest man in France as well as by the President of the United States, Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump.

Notably, Tiffany's store in New York is located in 5th Avenue, next to the Trump Tower. It was founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and the name of Tiffany became a household name around the world when the brand was made famous by the 1961 box office success of Breakfast at Tiffany's, that was loosely based on a novella by Truman Capote and starred Audrey Hepburn.

Source Credit: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50205953

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Paroma Bhattacharya

Paroma Bhattacharya

Paroma Bhattacharya, having completed her post-graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, started her career in writing with resourceful and informative content development across diverse fields. Having dealt in myriad topics ranging from business to real estate, she now pens down articles for fractovia.org and other portals. She can be contacted at- [email protected] | https://twitter.com/paromab1

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