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LVMH Snags Tiffany at Lower Price

MajorsOct 29, 2020

LVMH Snags Tiffany at Lower Price

The revised acquisition terms value the deal at $15.8 billion, down from the initial price of $16.2 billion.

The redesigned Tiffany & Co. flagship store at Shanghai Hong Kong Plaza. Tiffany has agreed to be acquired by LVMH at a $425 million discount. (Photo courtesy of Tiffany & Co.)

New York—LVMH’s acquisition of Tiffany & Co. may just go through after all.

The companies have agreed to modify the terms of their initial agreement, with LVMH purchasing Tiffany at a discount of $425 million and easing the closing restrictions.

LVMH will now pay $131.50 per share for the jeweler, or $15.8 billion, down from the initially agreed upon $135 per share, which valued the deal at $16.2 billion.

Analysts had predicted a price reduction may salvage the deal.

The companies have also agreed to settle their ongoing legal disputes in the Delaware Chancery Court.

“We continue to believe in the power and value of the Tiffany brand and the compelling long-term strategic and financial benefits of this combination,” Tiffany CEO Alessandro Bogliolo said in a press release. 

The new agreement will allow LVMH to proceed with the acquisition “with confidence,” LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault said. 

“We are as convinced as ever of the formidable potential of the Tiffany brand and believe that LVMH is the right home for Tiffany and its employees during this exciting next chapter,” Arnault added.

The board of directors of LVMH and Tiffany have both approved the new terms.

The deal is expected to close in early 2021, subject to Tiffany shareholder approval and closing conditions.

Lenore Fedowis the associate editor, news at National Jeweler, covering the retail beat and the business side of jewelry.

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