LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE (French pronunciation: [moɛt‿ɛnɛsi lwi vɥitɔ̃]), also known as LVMH, is a French multinational corporation and conglomerate specializing in luxury goods, headquartered in Paris, France. The company was formed in 1987 under the merger of fashion house Louis Vuitton (founded in 1854) with Moët Henessy, a company formed after the 1971 merger between the champagne producer Moët & Chandon and cognac producer Hennessy. It controls around 60 subsidiaries that each manage a small number of prestigious brands, 75 in total. The subsidiaries are often managed independently, under the umbrellas of 6 branches : Fashion Group, Wines and Spirits, Perfumes and Cosmetics, Watches and Jewelry, Selective Distribution, and Other à activities. The oldest of the LVMH brands is wine producer Château d'Yquem, which dates its origins back to 1593.
LVMH headquarters in Paris, France
|Traded as||Euronext Paris: MC
CAC 40 Component
|Founder||Alain Chevalier |
|Bernard Arnault (CEO)|
Antonio Belloni, MD
|Products||Clothing, cosmetics, fashion accessories, jewelry, perfumes, spirits, watches, wines|
|Revenue||€53.7 billion (2019)|
|€11.5 billion (2019)|
|€7.17 billion (2019)|
|Total assets||€128.550 billion (2018)|
|Total equity||€33.957 billion (2018)|
Number of employees
|Parent||Christian Dior SE|
|Subsidiaries||List of subsidiaries|
In the 1990s Bernard Arnault had the idea to create a group of luxury brands.
In January 2018, LVMH announced record sales of 42.6 billion Euros in 2017, up 13% over the previous year, as all divisions turned in strong performances. In the same year, the net profit increased 29%.
Co-founder Alain Chevalier died 1 November 2018, aged 87.
Arnault's successful integration of various famous aspirational brands into a single group has inspired other luxury companies to do the same. Thus, the French conglomerate Kering and the Swiss-based Richemont have also created extended portfolios of luxury brands. The company is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.
In November 2019, LVMH acquired Tiffany & Co. for approximately US $16.2 billion. The deal was expected to close by June 2020. As of 2019, Tiffany operated 321 stores worldwide, with net sales of US $4.44 billion. and net earnings of $586 million. Tiffany regions include the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Europe and the United Arab Emirates.. The acquisition of Tiffany & Co stores (to close by mid 2020) should add 5% to net income in 2020, according to the same source.
LVMH is the largest market capitalization in France, and now in the Euro zone, with a record of 203 billion euros ($220 billion) on January 17, 2020 as per Bloomberg News. It also stated that "Arnault’s personal fortune has swelled to nearly half that amount".
LVMH is headquartered in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. The company is listed on the Euronext Paris exchange, and is a constituent of the CAC 40 index. As of 2010, the group had revenues of €20.3 billion with a net income of just over €3 billion. By 29 February 2016, the company had a share value of 78,126 million euros, distributed in 506,980,299 shares. In 2013, with revenue of $21,7 billion, LVMH was ranked first luxury goods company in Deloitte's "Global Powers of Luxury Goods" report. The group currently employs more than 83,000 people. Thirty percent of LVMH's staff work in France. LVMH operates over 2,400 stores worldwide. Its current business plan aims to tightly control the brands it manages in order to maintain and heighten the perception of luxury relating to their products. For example, Louis Vuitton products are sold only through Louis Vuitton boutiques found in upmarket locations in wealthy cities or in concessions in other luxury goods shops (such as Harrods in London).
At the end of 2017, the only declared major shareholder in LVMH was Arnault Family Group, the holding company of Bernard Arnault. The group's control amounted to 46.84% of LVMH's stock and 63.13% of its voting rights.
Christian Dior SE is the main holding company of LVMH, owning 40.9% of its shares, and 59.01% of its voting rights. Bernard Arnault is Chairman and CEO of both companies. In 2017, Arnault purchased all the remaining Christian Dior shares in a reported $13.1 billion buy out.
- Conglomerates owned - Christian Dior
On 7 March 2011, LVMH announced the acquisition of the 50.4% family-owned shares of the Italian jeweller Bulgari and the intention to make a tender offer for the rest, which was publicly owned. The transaction was about $5.2 billion. In 2011, LVMH invested $640 million in establishing LCapitalAsia.
On 7 March 2013, National Business Daily reported that mid-priced clothing brand QDA would open stores with the assistance of LVMH's private equity LCapitalAsia and the Chinese apparel company Xin Hee Co., Ltd. in Beijing. In 2011, LVMH invested $640 million in establishing LCapitalAsia. LVMH sales "decreased by about 10 percent from in 2011" in China, and LVMH stopped "opening stores in second and third-tier cities in mainland China". Xue Shengwen, a senior researcher at ChinaVenture, said the developing trend of the market is to take advantage of more acceptable prices.
On 12 May 2019 the fashion house Fenty, styled as FEИTY, created by singer Rihanna was launched by LVMH in Paris. It is the first new fashion house by LVMH in 32 years and she is the first woman of colour to head a brand under LVMH.
On 25 November 2019, LVMH announced its acquisition of Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion USD.  The deal was expected to close by mid-2020. According to Bloomberg News, LVMH would probably expand Tiffany's "presence across the world, especially in promising Asian markets, while boosting exclusivity and prices". Bernard Arnault told analysts that "the weakness area is Europe -- and that, we know what to do and how to address. And there is a great potential in China". The timing of this acquisition proved poor due to an issue outside of the control of LVMH — the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a substantial drop in Tiffany's sales and value due to closed stores.
On 29 November 2019, LVMH announced its 55% stake in Château d’Esclans, the producer best-known for the brand Whispering Angel.  The acquisition was part of LVMH's move to offer a beloved high-end rosé portfolio, in addition to reaching customers worldwide.  In a press release distributed by LVMH , Philippe Schaus, CEO of Moët Hennessy, said, "Sacha Lichine revolutionised the world of Provence rosé wines and its international development... Moët Hennessy will bring the full support of our worldwide teams to assist Sacha Lichine to continue this marvelous adventure." 
Launched in 2011, Journées Particulières allow visitors to enter scores of ateliers, studios, caves and mansions within the LVMH, with no admission charge. “For the first edition we were not at all certain that the public would come. I speak about that with some emotion. I remember coming along avenue Montaigne at 8AM that first morning and seeing hundreds of people, families, elderly ladies and little kids waiting for the doors of avenue Montaigne 30 to open and I thought we are going to write a beautiful page in history,” said Arnault, referring to Christian Dior's headquarters. It is staged every two years, and has opened doors in France, Italy, Switzerland, UK, Holland, Spain and Germany, with 56 brands welcoming guests into over 70 sites on four continents. The 2017 issue attracted 145000 visitors.
LVMH is a major patron of art in France. The group supported about ten exhibitions as "Le grand monde d’Andy Warhol" and "Picasso et les maîtres" at le Grand Palais in Paris. LVMH also endorsed the patronage of "l’atelier d’Alberto Giacometti" and "Yves Klein" at Centre Georges Pompidou.
Since 2005, when the LVMH flagship store opened in Paris at 3, avenue George V, 75008, the company presented close collaboration with contemporary artists. Features included a light sculpture by American James Turrell, a 20-metre (65 feet) long "travelling staircase" showcasing the work of American video artist Tim White-Sobieski and an elevator linking the store to the top floor by Iceland's Olafur Eliasson.
In 2006, gallery space was inaugurated on the second floor of the same building and named "Espace Culturel". "Icônes" was one of the first exhibitions. Shigeru Ban, Sylvie Fleury, Zaha Hadid, Bruno Peinado, Andrée Putman, Ugo Rondinone, James Turrell, Tim White-Sobieski and Robert Wilson were the nine artists invited by Louis Vuitton to participate in it.
In addition, LVMH foundation created the "young creators LVMH award", an international competition opened to French and international beaux-arts students. Each year, six grants are allocated to the winners.
In November 2013, LVMH created the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize, which comes with a €300,000 grant with a year of mentoring and is the brainchild of Delphine Arnault. The first winner has been chosen in 2014.-In February 2014 20 finalist for the prize were shown in London, such as Simone Rocha, Thomas Tait, Meadham Kirchhoff, Marques'Almeida, J JS Lee, and others. In May 2015 Marques'Almeida was announced as the second winner.
LVMH underwrites other fashion competitions, including the Andam prize in France, the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, France, an investment fund for young designers created by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and a scholarship program and sponsored lecture theater at Central Saint Martins in London.
In 2014, LVMH opened the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Creation in a new building designed by Frank Gerry in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. The Fondation is designed the Group's own museum to present its collections and organize majors world-class arts exhibitions.
During the covid19 crisis the group shifted its production of perfume and spirits towards hand sanitizer. This production of 12 tons has been offered to hospitals in Paris, France.
On 24 May 2018, LVMH made the e-commerce push by investing in an online fashion search business Lyst as the world's biggest luxury brands to expand their presence online and capture younger shoppers. It is injecting over $60 million into Lyst where LVMH is leading, a $60 million funding round to which it has contributed about 45 percent. Lyst plans to use the new funding by tapping LVMH's deep international expertise and also, to drive global expansion.
|Financial data (in million euros)||2006||2007||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014 ||2015 ||2016 ||2017 |
|Net profit (before minority interests)||2,160||2,331||2,318||1,973||3,032||3,065||3,909||3,947||6,105||4,001||4,363||5,616|
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