Tiffany is expected to reject the offer
According to several sources including Bloomberg, Financial Times and Reuters, Louis Vuitton owner LVMH has approached Tiffany & Co (TIF) with a $14.5 billion acquisition offer, people familiar with the matter said, at a time when the U.S. luxury jeweler grapples with the impact of tariffs on its exports to China.
LVMH, which has for years been looking for ways to expand in the U.S. market, submitted a preliminary, non-binding offer to Tiffany earlier this month, one of the sources said.
LVMH’s offer valued Tiffany at about $120 per share, another of the sources added. Tiffany shares ended trading on Friday at $98.55.
Financial Times reports that Tiffany is expected to rebuff the takeover approach from French luxury group LVMH, with the US jeweller believing the offer undervalues the company, according to people familiar with the matter. Tiffany’s advisers were on Sunday still assessing the surprise indicative offer from LVMH, the world’s largest luxury group by sales, with the board set to consider the next move.
LVMH, which is behind brands such as Fendi, Christian Dior and Givenchy, as well as Veuve Cliquot champagne, has stood out for several years as one of the top performers in the upscale retail sector in China.
Tiffany, on the other hand, has not been as resilient. Beyond the tariffs that have been triggered by the trade war between the United States and China, a lower Chinese domestic sales tax has also contributed to double-digit decreases in its sales to Chinese tourists in the United States and in other destinations.
High-end brands have also long relied on Hong Kong as a major shopping hub drawing visitors from mainland China in particular, and four months of pro-democracy demonstrations are starting to take their toll.
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