After reporting a year of record-breaking profit revenue, rumours have begun to circulate that French luxury conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) is considering a takeover of rival Richemont.
LVMH recently reached a market capitalisation of €400 billion ($AU623.93 billion) for the first time and is the 13th most valuable company in the world, overseeing 75 brands including Tiffany & Co, TAG Heuer, Bulgari, Chaumet, Zenith, and Hublot.
Conversely, Richemont recently released a third-quarter report headlined by struggling sales in China. Based in Switzerland, Richemont owns luxury brands such as Baume & Mercier, Buccellati, Cartier, Montblanc, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels.
This week, Swiss newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft reported that LVMH founder Bernard Arnault is contemplating a takeover of Richemont.
“It’s still a little more than a whisper. But in the luxury industry, there is whispered talk that Bernard Arnault, founder and CEO of French luxury goods giant LVMH, wants to takeover Swiss competitor Richemont. More specifically, he is said to be targeting Richemont’s industry-leading jewellery brand, Cartier,” writes Simone Stern.
Cartier is reportedly seen as a strong complement to LVMH’s recently acquired Tiffany & Co.
Per Richemont’s most recent financials, the group’s jewellery brands increased sales by 8 per cent in the third quarter, with the strong performance of Cartier, Buccellati, and Van Cleef & Arpels noted.
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