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Sales growth accelerates in Q3
26 Oct 16
The group has sharply accelerated its pace of growth in Q3, surging 10.5% lfl to reach €3,185m (+10% reported). All regions apart from Japan experienced double-digit organic growth led by Asia Pacific which edged up 17%. In Japan, things turned around and slipped 6%. Amid such slumping demand, the luxury division has outperformed and grew by 11.3% to €2,115m, boosted by the favourable momentum enjoyed by the retail network which is being restructured. The flagship brands, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, have expanded their market shares and grew 17% and 34% respectively. The other luxury brands maintained a low single-digit growth (+2.5%) with a deep 10.9% slip at Bottega which was due to lower tourist inflows in France and Japan. Sport & Lifestyle grew 9.3% on a comparable basis to reach €1,064m led by Puma (+10.8% lfl) and driven by footwear products. The expanding online platform raised luxury e-commerce by 50% boosted by consistent offering and brand positioning. Up to September, sales amounted to €8,878m (+7.3% lfl). Luxury brands gathered sales of €5,993m (+6.5% lfl) and Sports revenue came to €2,861m (+9.2% lfl).
YSL rockets Q2 performance
29 Jul 16
Consolidated sales were up 3.3% (5.5% on a comparable basis) to reach €5,693m in H1 16. The pace of growth has slightly accelerated in Q2, posting a 3.8% increase vs. 2.7% in Q1. Q2 luxury sales were up 3.3%, bringing the H1 performance to 3.1% with sales of €3,878m. The division was boosted by an impressive outperformance by YSL, which surged by 23.7% to reach €548m in the first six months. Gucci’s sales increased by 3.9% to €1,947m. All other luxury brands’ sales turned down, including Bottega Venetta’s which dwindled by 9.2%. Sport & Lifestyle sales grew by 5.1% in Q2 generating H1 revenue of €1,797m (+3.8%). The activity benefited from the recovery in the appeal for Puma, which was up 5.3% (€1,686m), while other sport brands were down 14.9%. Concerning margins, EBITDA was up 4% to reach €4,011m, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 17.8%. The operating margin gained 0.2% to 14.2%, drawing an operating profit of €811.1m (+4.9%). Net income surged by 9.9% to reach €464.9m. Profitability benefited from the marked performance of YSL, generating an operating profit of €109m (+80.2%). Gucci saw operating income of €536.9m, i.e. an increase of 7% and an operating margin of 27.6%. Sports’ operating profit jumped 9.7% to €48.1m, underpinned by the strong performance of Puma. The financial structure remains quite sound with decreasing net debt from €5,337m in H1 15 to €5,066m a year later. Operating FCF rocketed to €323m in the first half of 2016 compared to €58m in H1 15. Comparable revenue growth was solid in both mature and emerging markets with a marked performance in Western Europe and Japan.
Weak Q1 growth
22 Apr 16
Kering posted healthy growth against a tough backdrop. Q1 sales increased by 2.7% (4% on lfl basis) to €2,724m. The luxury activities grew by 2.8% (2.6% lfl) with sales worth €1,804m. Both retail and wholesale posted positive momentum (+3%) while royalties decreased by 16%. The Sport & Lifestyle division benefited from the strong growth of Puma to deliver an organic growth of 7%, although, the negative exchange rate impact pulled down the reported growth to 2.6%. The company experienced good sales momentum in Western Europe (+10%) accounting for 31% of consolidated sales, in Japan (+7%) and in the emerging countries (+7%). Asia Pacific posted poor growth of 1% while North America dropped by 3%. The luxury retail network accounted for 1,259 stores, of which 522 branded Gucci. The flagship brand contributed 50% to luxury sales amounting to €894m boosted by solid growth in Western Europe (+20%). Bottega Veneta experienced a sales drop in all regions, posting a 7.6% decline. The Slimane collections led Saint Laurent goods to outperform the market and enjoy double-digit growth in all regions with a 27.3% reported sales surge. Jewellery brands recorded good sales momentum, while watches were pulled down by the sluggish demand. The Sport division benefited from the strong growth recorded by Puma in all categories and posted 7% comparable growth. Strongly positive momentum was reported in all regions except for North America with a weak 1% increase.
19 Feb 16
Kering Group posted a solid FY2015 sales growth of 15.4% (4.6% on comparable scope), amounting to €11.58bn. The fourth quarter has impressed with 8% organic growth to €3.18bn. The luxury unit’s sales climbed by 7.2% at a constant basis, while the Sport & Lifestyle segment grew by 9.8%, sustained by the solid sales momentum of PUMA which grew by 11.7% in Q4. Year-on-year, the luxury activities reported consolidated sales of €7.86bn, i.e. an increase of 16.4% vs. 4.1% lfl growth. Brand-wise, the iconic Gucci displayed the first signs of recovery after two years in decline, growing by 0.4% on a comparable basis, driven by directly operated stores in mature and emerging markets. Furthermore, YSL did well, being the best performer with 25.8% organic growth. The Sport & Lifestyle sales were up by 13.5% (5.9% at constant currency) to €3.68bn, pulled up by the upturn of Puma growing by 6.8% at constant rates. EBITDA climbed by only 3.3% to €2.06bn, dropping the EBITDA margin to 17.8%. The operating income from recurrent operations was 1% down to €1.65bn, dropping the operating margin to 14.2% compared to 16.6% in 2014. The deterioration was due to the sport & lifestyle activity showing an operating profit declining by 31.1%. The adjusted recurring net income amounted to €1.02bn vs. €1.18bn a year earlier, i.e. down 13.6%. The proposed dividend remains unchanged at €4.
Strong flows of Chinese customers into European and Japanese stores
29 Jul 15
Revenues reached €5,512m, up 17% as reported and 3.5% in organic terms. Revenue generated by the Luxury division rose 18% as reported and 2.8% on a comparable basis. This overall performance was fuelled by a much stronger showing by the luxury brands in Q2 as a result of a significant increase in purchases by Chinese tourists, particularly in Western Europe but also in Japan. Revenue for the Sport & Lifestyle division was up 15.5% as reported. At comparable exchange rates, revenue growth came to 5.3%, driven by the achievement of strong sales momentum due to Puma's relaunch plan implemented from the second half of 2014. Consolidated EBITDA came to €972m, on a par with the first half 2014 figure as reported, and the EBITDA margin narrowed by 300bp on a reported basis to 17.6%. The Luxury division's recurring operating income amounted to €806m for H1. The recurring operating margin came in at 21.4%, down 380bp. More than half of this decrease was due to the combined effects of exchange rate fluctuations and currency hedges, which had a massive dilutive impact in the period. The remainder of the decline was attributable to the contraction in recurring operating income posted by Gucci and a weaker performance in Watches.
Exit from lifestyle and Gucci's revival will support the shares
03 Jul 15
Sales at the Gucci brand have failed to match the performance of the group’s smaller labels in recent years. New CEO Marco Bizzari's action plan is to rejuvenate the brand with a more contemporary vision by investing more in Fashion. Q2 results due to be released on 27 July will not yet benefit from better momentum at Gucci.
30 Nov 16
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N+1 Singer - Morning Song 30-11-2016
30 Nov 16
Sanderson has delivered full year results in line with expectations and the 19 October trading update after a strong finish to the year compensated for a slower start. A healthy level of pre-contracted recurring revenue (50%), incremental sales to existing customers and new customer wins at higher average order values helped deliver solid revenue growth in both the Digital Retail (+9%) and Enterprise (+12%) divisions. A decent order book and good sales momentum suggest that the company is on track to deliver on unchanged profit expectations for the current year. We continue to view the valuation (FY17 EV/EBITDA 8.6x) as undemanding given an attractive combination of accelerating growth potential, strong cash generation and growing dividends.
Upgrade to BUY post-site visit
12 Aug 16
A positive site visit this week has given us comfort on FY16 (September) numbers. Our focus therefore now turns to FY17 forecasts, which bear upside risk, in our view. The share price remains 10% below pre-referendum levels and has been largely ignored in the post-Brexit recovery. We reaffirm our 350p price target and upgrade from Hold to Buy.