The Estée Lauder Companies Nears a Deal to Purchase Tom Ford

The potential deal would be Estée Lauder’s biggest acquisition ever.

UPDATE as of 11/16: After many weeks of speculation and talks, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. has officially reached an agreement to acquire the Tom Ford brand.

According to a report from the Financial Times, The Estée Lauder Companies is nearing a deal to purchase Tom Ford for about $2.8 billion, including debt, beating out competition from other suitors.

A deal could be announced as early as Monday, the FT reported.

In August, we reported that according to sources familiar with the matter, The Estée Lauder Companies was in talks to purchase luxury brand Tom Ford in what could be a $3 billion deal.

The potential deal would be Estée Lauder’s biggest acquisition ever, but Estée Lauder is not the only suitor for Tom Ford.

According to Reuters, Kering, the owner of Gucci, was the front runner for the deal and in talks to acquire Tom Ford at one point, however, it appears that The Estée Lauder Companies has beat them out.

Estée Lauder would be a newcomer to haute couture, but the company has had a licensing deal with Ford for years.

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