Monday, 15 February 2010

Swatch To Take Over Tiffany & Co.? – 15/2/10

Since our story about Swatch last week, Swatch shares have jumped significantly (4.8 percent) as analysts began to hint at a possible Tiffany & Co. takeover.

According to the Financial Times, “the rumours were fuelled by the company's unexpected decision to cut its dividend for 2009, which Nick Hayek, the group's Chief Executive, said would give it flexibility to react if a takeover opportunity arose this year.”

An analyst at Sanford C Bernstein suggested “Tiffany was within Swatch's reach as it already owned the US group's watch business.”

We have nothing concrete on this at this time, but we’ll keep watching this story for developments.

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