LVMH boss Bernard Arnault says has no hand in activist Elliott targeting rival Pernod Ricard

Reuters
Paris, France Updated: Jan 30, 2019, 08:51 AM(IST)

File photo of Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and CEO of French drinks maker Pernod Ricard. Photograph:( Reuters )

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There has been media speculation that Pernod' rivals like LVMH or Diageo could have their eyes on some of the brands of Pernod Ricard which is facing pressure from Elliott to bolster its profit margins.

LVMH, owner of Moet & Chandon champagne and Hennessy cognac, does not want to destabilise Pernod Ricard and has nothing to do with activist investor Elliott buying a stake in the French spirits group, its Chairman and CEO said on Tuesday.

LVMH billionaire boss Bernard Arnault, who described relations with Pernod Ricard CEO Alexandre Ricard as "friendly, made the comments at a news conference on the luxury group's annual results.

There has been media speculation that Pernod' rivals like LVMH or Diageo could have their eyes on some of the brands of Pernod Ricard which is facing pressure from Elliott to bolster its profit margins.

US activist fund Elliott said in December it had spent around 930 million euros ($1.1 billion) to build a stake of just over 2.5 per cent in the world's second-biggest spirits maker.

Elliott has called on Pernod Ricard to raise profit margins to bring them more in line with larger rival Diageo and improve governance.

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