Emperador is hoping to up its international presence with Louis Royer

Emperador is hoping to up its international presence with Louis Royer

Emperador Inc has confirmed it will make a bid for Suntory's Louis Royer Cognac brand.

The Philippine company, which acquired the Whyte & Mackay Scotch whisky company last year, said earlier today that it will "submit a preliminary offer" for Louis Royer on Wednesday. While Suntory has yet to confirm its intention to offload the Cognac unit, the Japanese firm inherited the much-larger Courvoisier brand when it bought Beam Inc early last year.

"Emperador Inc … has expressed interest to participate in a bidding process for the acquisition of Louis Royer," Emperador said in a filing to the Philippine Stock Exchange. "However, its offer is still subject to the evaluation and final decision of the seller.

"Emperador is currently debt-free and is, therefore, in a very strong financial position to further expand its business both globally and domestically."

As well as Whyte & Mackay, Emperador has upped its international presence by buying half of Spanish brandy company Bodega Las Copas from González Byass as well as vineyards for brandy in the country last year.

To read the company's filing, click here.