Safilo reports full year 2019 preliminary sales of its continuing operations
SAFILO GROUP S.P.A. REPORTS FULL YEAR 2019 PRELIMINARY1 SALES OF ITS CONTINUING OPERATIONS2
Padua, 29 January, 2020 – The Board of Directors of Safilo Group S.p.A. has today examined the preliminary1 net sales of the Group’s Continuing Operations2 for the financial year ended December 31st, 2019. The full year annual results will be approved by the Board of Directors on 11 March, 2020.
Preliminary1 2019 net sales of the Continuing Operations2 equaled Euro 939.0 million, up 3.1% at current exchange rates and 0.9% at constant exchange rates compared to Euro 910.7 million in 2018.
The wholesale3 business increased by 5.2% at current exchange rates and by 2.8% at constant exchange rates, confirming the expectation outlined by the Group on December 10, 2019. In 2019, the performance at constant currency of the wholesale3 revenues was positive by 3.2% in Europe, while it remained slightly down, by 0.6% in North America despite the business recovery achieved in the 4th quarter.
The year marked significant business progress in Asia, up 19.2% at constant exchange rates, while sales in the Rest of the World recorded an improvement of 1.1%.
2019 wholesale3 performance was driven by the good results achieved by the Group’s own core brands Carrera, Polaroid and Smith, overall growing by 5.7% at constant exchange rates, and by the positive performance of the main licensed brands.
In the 4th quarter of 2019, the quarterly wholesale3 performance was up 1.8% at current exchange rates and +0.1% at constant exchange rates, reflecting on one side the abovementioned recovery of the North American business, up 4.2%, and the ongoing strength of Asia-Pacific, up 8.9%, on the other a slowdown of 4.0% in Europe. Preliminary1 total net sales of the Continuing Operations2 in the quarter equaled Euro 230.4 million, down 2.8% at current exchange rates and 4.3% at constant exchange rates mainly due to the expected decline in Europe of the business related to the supply agreement with Kering, which as was communicated in October 2019, has been renewed until the end of 2023.
Preliminary1 net sales of Continuing Operations2 by geographical area:
In addition, on a preliminary1 basis and pre-IFRS 16, Safilo confirms for 2019 an adjusted4 EBITDA margin of the Continuing Operations2 at 5.5% and a Group net debt around Euro 30 million.
Notes to the press release:
1 Preliminary net sales of the Continuing Operations, adjusted EBITDA and Group net debt for 2019 are unaudited.
2 Continuing Operations exclude the Group’s discontinued Retail operations.
3 The wholesale business excludes the business of the production agreement with Kering, reported within the geographical area of Europe.
4 The adjusted EBITDA excludes non-recurring.