LVMH sells Donna Karan
French luxury goods group LVMH said yesterday it had sold ready-to-wear group Donna Karan International to US clothing manufacturer G-III Apparel in a transaction that valued the company at US$650 million. The move would see ownership of the Donna Karan and DKNY brands return to New York where they were launched by the US designer in the 1980s. G-III also owns the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger labels. LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods group, owns fabled brands such as Dior, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Moet champagne and Hennessy cognac.
HSBC in Blom Bank talks
HSBC Holdings PLC has been in talks with Lebanon’s Blom Bank SAL over the possible sale of its banking business in the nation as the London-based lender cuts costs. There was no certainty that a binding agreement would be reached and HSBC would make a further announcement if a deal has been agreed, HSBC said in an e-mailed statement yesterday, without giving further details. HSBC Lebanon was established in 1946 and it operates three branches in the nation, employing about 200 people. It offers a full range of banking services to international, retail and corporate clients, the bank said in the statement.
Philips profit beats estimates
Royal Philips NV, the Dutch healthcare equipment maker, reported second-quarter profit that rose more than expected on cost savings and said earnings would improve in the second half of the year. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and amortization rose 8.6 percent to 544 million euros (US$596 million), the Amsterdam-based company said in a statement yesterday. That beat the 519 million euros average estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. The company maintained its full-year outlook. Faced with stiffer competition from Chinese manufacturers, Philips has sought to lower costs, add contracts for services and incorporate more technology into its healthcare products, which include heart monitors and scanners.
Hiscox unveils Brexit plan
Lloyd’s of London underwriter Hiscox Ltd said it would set up a new EU-based insurance company if it is needed to weather the possible impact of Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Insurers are ahead of banks when it comes to making public their Brexit contingency plans, with many keen to reassure clients they have plans in place should they lose their access to the EU. Hiscox chief executive Bronislaw Edmund Masojada said that it was “business as usual” for insurers and that the company did not have to take any decisions until 2018.
Oil prices extend losses
Crude oil prices dipped yesterday, extending last week’s losses on fresh worries about a global supply glut as more US rigs come back online and the US dollar strengthens. “Crude oil markets have been under pressure as oil supplies have started growing with the resumption of output from the capacity lost due to wildfires in the Canadian oil sands,” EY oil and gas head Sanjeev Gupta said in a note, referring to blazes that hit the nation’s key oil fields. Gupta said media reports of increased production from Iraq have also added to market pressure. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate was down US$0.17 at US$44.02 a barrel, a new two-month low, and Brent crude was US$0.20 lower at US$45.49.
NOTABLE SHIFT: By 2030, 50% of all laptops would be assembled in Southeast Asia, while Taiwan would still mostly focus on research and development, a report said Global laptop and desktop computer supply chains are expected to shift significantly away from China in the next 10 years, a Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC, 產業情報研究所) report said. By 2030, only 40 percent of global laptop production would remain in China, said the report, which was released on Thursday. “The reshuffling of the global supply chain will be one of the most important trends in the next 10 years,” the institute said in the report. “In the long run, key component makers will follow laptop assemblers in moving out of China.” The Taipei-based institute predicted most key component makers
Merck Group Taiwan yesterday said that it plans to invest substantially on expanding its fab in Kaohsiung’s Lujhu District (路竹) to better serve its local customers, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電). The company said it plans to expand its production space by 50 percent in the next five years and its workforce by about 40 percent, Merck Group Taiwan managing director Dick Hsieh (謝志宏) told a media briefing in Taipei. Hsieh declined to disclose investment details, but said that the latest investment would exceed the total amount Merck has invested in Taiwan over the past few years. Those investments would be
Yageo Corp (國巨), the world’s third-largest supplier of multilayer ceramic capacitors, has formed a strategic alliance with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) to develop key electronic components for electric vehicles and digital healthcare, it said yesterday. The alliance is to help Yageo boost its revenue from high-end components for vehicles and industrial, medical and aerospace devices, as well as those used in 5G and Internet-of-Things devices, the company said. The companies signed the strategic alliance agreement at Yageo’s headquarters in New Taipei City’s Sindian District (新店). Their cooperation is to start this quarter, the companies said in a joint statement. “Through the cooperation
INVEST IN TAIWAN: A metal components casting firm and the world’s largest maker of aluminum bicycle rims also obtained approvals to join the program Solar Applied Materials Technology Co (SOLAR, 光洋應用材料), a part of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s (TSMC, 台積電) “green supply chain,” has pledged to invest NT$1 billion (US$34.1 million) to build a new plant at the Tainan Technology Industrial Park (台南科技工業區), the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday. SOLAR has been collaborating with TSMC to extract precious metals from waste and reuse them as “sputtering target” material in high-end semiconductor manufacturing, a TSMC press release issued in May said. Established in 1978, SOLAR also offers key materials and integrated services to customers in the optoelectronics, information and communications technology, petrochemicals and consumer electronics industries,