In a press launch printed about an hour in the past, Richemont simply introduced its consolidated outcomes for the six month interval ended 30 September 2018. Gross sales elevated by 21% at precise alternate charges to EUR 6,808 million and by 24% at fixed alternate charges. This comes as no shock as Richemont had introduced final month passable gross sales for the primary 5 months (up 25% at fixed alternate charge). Nonetheless, the expansion charge appears to be slowing down.
These outcomes, as spectacular as they’re, have nevertheless to be nuanced. This robust enhance in gross sales is usually pushed by the acquisition of Yoox Internet-A-Porter Group (YNAP) and second-hand watch seller Watchfinder. If the contribution of the acquisitions is stripped out, gross sales for the primary six months of the fiscal yr 2018 would have elevated by a extra modest 6% at precise alternate charges. YNAP has been consolidated since Could 1st and Watchfinder since June 1st.
The tip-September outcomes present for the primary time the affect of those integrations on gross sales. The working revenue is now EUR 1,130 million, down EUR 36 million – following the acquisition – and disposal-related costs of EUR 159 million. Excluding the affect of first-time consolidation of YNAP and Watchfinder, the working margin improved to characterize 21.1% of the gross sales. Revenue for the interval rose to EUR 2,253 million, primarily as a consequence of a post-tax non-cash achieve of EUR 1,378 million on the revaluation of YNAP shares held previous to buy-out
Drilling down into the geographic unfold of gross sales, the expansion was significantly robust for the Americas (+42% at fixed charge, with once more a powerful affect of the YNAP acquisition). Gross sales rose by 28% for Europe and 20% for Asia Pacific.
For the Jewellery Maisons, gross sales have been up 9% at EUR three,454 million and revenue was up 19% at EUR 1,167 million. The gross sales progress was extra modest for Specialist Watchmakers at +2% (EUR 1,550 million) whereas the working consequence was three% decrease compared to final yr. Richemont feedback that it was impacted by provisions and buy-backs (EUR 286 million). A scenario that has turn out to be the norm for some years already.
The gross sales of on-line distribution have been of EUR 893 million.
As a comparability, LVMH introduced watch and jewelry gross sales up eight% over the primary semester 2018. Swatch Group web gross sales have been up 14.7% over the identical interval. Swiss watch trade exports elevated by 7.5% over the primary 9 months of 2018, however September was their first month-to-month fall since April 2017 (-6.9%).
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