Buy This Dip: Billionaire Buys $230M of This Stock

Bernard Arnault Invests $230 Million in LVMH Despite Stock Decline 

Billionaire Bernard Arnault made significant investments totaling €215 million ($230 million) in LVMH shares following the luxury conglomerate’s disappointing financial results in late July, which had led to a decline in the stock’s value.

French billionaire buys LVMH’s dip 

According to records filed with French regulatory authorities, Arnault’s companies, Financiere Agache and Christian Dior SE, initiated the acquisition of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE shares just three days after the release of the earnings report on July 25. Subsequently, the stock has experienced a 14% decrease in value, primarily influenced by economic slowdowns in China and the United States, persistent inflationary pressures, and the rising trend in interest rates.

The French entrepreneur, alongside his family, holds approximately 48% of LVMH’s equities, along with a significant 64% of the voting authority. Arnault, ranked as the planet’s second-richest person, frequently acquires LVMH shares, pausing during the blackout intervals associated with financial reports, as indicated in official disclosures. A spokesperson on behalf of Arnault chose not to comment on the issue.

LVMH’s financial performance for the second quarter indicated challenges for the luxury conglomerate, which owns well-known brands like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. Notably, the company encountered difficulties in the US market, where its organic revenue experienced a 1% decline. This disappointing outcome had a negative impact on investor sentiment, resulting in a 5.2% decline in the company’s stock price during the subsequent trading session. 

In the previous month, LVMH experienced a notable 7.8% decrease in its share value, marking the most substantial monthly decline since the end of the previous year, December. This recent downturn in the stock market led to the displacement of LVMH from its position as the leading European corporation in terms of market capitalization. Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk A/S surpassed the luxury conglomerate in this regard, thanks to the impressive sales performance of its Ozempic obesity treatment.

This shift in market dynamics has had a notable impact on Bernard Arnault’s wealth, which had reached a historic high of $212.4 billion in the middle of July. However, as of the latest available data on Thursday, his fortune has dwindled to $170.4 billion. This places him in the second position on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, trailing behind Elon Musk, whose worth currently stands at $230.7 billion.

It’s worth noting that despite the recent decline, LVMH shares have still managed to maintain an overall positive trajectory for the year, with an increase of approximately 8.8%.

Luxury stocks on decline due to inflationary pressures 

Early in the week the stock declined alongside other luxury stocks with its value dropping below $400 billion following Richemont Chairperson Johann Rupert’s comments that inflation had started to dent dead in the region. Rupert told shareholders that they had seen the squeeze. 

On Wednesday, HSBC Holdings Plc released a report in which they revised their projections and price objectives for the luxury sector. Analyst Erwan Rambourg cited the adjustments as a response to the influence of a strengthening euro and an increased near-term growth cost within the industry.

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