LVMH to jointly own and control Heng Long, one of the world’s leading and most renowned tanneries of crocodilian leather, together with its founding family

PARIS & SINGAPORE--()--LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton (“LVMH”), the world’s leading luxury products group, and the Koh family, the founders and controlling shareholders of Heng Long International Ltd. (“Heng Long”), have reached an agreement to jointly own and control Heng Long.

Heng Long is a valued and trusted supplier of fine quality crocodilian leather to luxury and high-end fashion products manufacturers globally, including LVMH. It is a family-run tannery in its fourth generation, based and listed in Singapore, whose origins were founded in the early 1950’s. It is widely recognized for its tanning and finishing expertise and craftsmanship.

The partnership with the Koh family will strategically complement LVMH in the procurement of high quality crocodilian skins. It will furthermore benefit Heng Long’s suppliers and customers, through the continuous development and promotion of industry-leading finishing techniques and its increased financial means. This is an excellent fit between two partners who share demanding standards for sustainable development and conservation of wildlife species.

Under this agreement, HLI Holding Pte. Ltd. (“HLI”), a dedicated holding company, will make a cash offer (the “Offer”) for 100% of the outstanding shares in Heng Long for a total consideration of S$160.8 million (i.e. approximately €92million). HLI has received irrevocable undertakings from the Koh family to accept the Offer in respect of their entire shareholding interest of Heng Long shares, representing approximately 74% of the total issued share capital of Heng Long. Following the close of the Offer, the Koh family will re-invest a substantial portion of their proceeds from accepting the Offer and, as a result, HLI will be owned 51% by LVMH and 49% by the Koh family.

Demonstrating their commitment to Heng Long’s business, the Koh family has entered into a long term shareholders' agreement with LVMH. Mr. Chon Tong Koh and Mr. Choon Heong Koh have committed to remain as Managing Director and Executive Director of Heng Long respectively for at least five years. LVMH and the Koh family intend to pursue Heng Long’s present strategy, to further develop its expertise and to continue to act as a leading partner for Heng Long’s suppliers and customers.

About LVMH

Listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is the world's leading luxury goods group. The Group is represented in Wines and Spirits by a portfolio of brands that includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, Château d'Yquem, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Belvedere Vodka, Chopin, 10 Cane, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Green Point, Cape Mentelle, Newton. Its Fashion and Leather Goods division includes Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury brand, as well as Celine, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Berluti and StefanoBi. LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sector with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Parfums Kenzo, Perfumes Loewe as well as other promising cosmetic companies (BeneFit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma and Fresh). LVMH is also active in selective retailing through DFS, Sephora in Europe and the United States, Le Bon Marché and la Samaritaine. LVMH's Watches and Jewelry division comprises TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Bulgari, Christian Dior Watches, Zenith, Fred, Hublot and De Beers Diamond Jewellers Limited, a joint venture created with the world’s leading diamond group.

Please visit www.lvmh.com.

About Heng Long International Ltd.

Listed on the Singapore Exchange since 9 July 2008, Heng Long International Ltd. is one of the five top-tier tanneries of crocodilian leather in the world. The Company is primarily engaged in the business of sourcing, tanning and processing of a wide range of raw crocodilian skins into crusts and high-end premium finished crocodilian leather and supplying them to the global luxury and high-end fashion industry. The Company’s products are sold to countries in Europe, Asia, America, Africa and Australia for use in luxury and fashion accessories such as handbags, watchstraps, boots and shoes, garments, belts and wallets. In addition, the Company also supplies raw and crust crocodilian and other exotic skins to international markets, such as Japan, China and Thailand.

Please visit www.henglong.com.

Contacts

Analysts and investors :
LVMH
Chris Hollis
+ 33 1 44 13 21 22
or
Media :
France :
DGM Conseil
Michel Calzaroni /Olivier Labesse /
Sonia Fellmann / Hugues Schmitt
+ 33 1 40 70 11 89
or
UK :
M: Communications
Hugh Morrison
+ 44 207 920 2334
+ 44 773 965 5492
or
Italy :
Carlobruno&associati
Michele Calcaterra / Valerio Mancino
+39 02 89 05 51 01
or
US :
Kekst & Company
James Fingeroth / Molly Morse /
Dawn Dover / Micheline Tang
+1 212 521 4800

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Contacts

Analysts and investors :
LVMH
Chris Hollis
+ 33 1 44 13 21 22
or
Media :
France :
DGM Conseil
Michel Calzaroni /Olivier Labesse /
Sonia Fellmann / Hugues Schmitt
+ 33 1 40 70 11 89
or
UK :
M: Communications
Hugh Morrison
+ 44 207 920 2334
+ 44 773 965 5492
or
Italy :
Carlobruno&associati
Michele Calcaterra / Valerio Mancino
+39 02 89 05 51 01
or
US :
Kekst & Company
James Fingeroth / Molly Morse /
Dawn Dover / Micheline Tang
+1 212 521 4800