Significant movement in operating profit and profit for the period for the six months ended 30 September 2017
17 Oct 2017
SIX Swiss Exchange requires that issuers make an announcement without delay where the foreseeable profit or loss for a given period is expected to deviate significantly from the profit or loss achieved in the prior year period. Both significant increases and decreases in the anticipated, unaudited profit or loss require the publication of an ad hoc notice to the market. In accordance with these requirements, Richemont makes the following announcement:
Trading for the six months ended 30 September 2017 showed sales rising 10% on a reported basis and 12% on a constant currency basis compared to the prior year period. On this basis, Richemont’s operating profit for the six months ended 30 September 2017 is likely to show an increase of approximately 45% against the comparative period. The corresponding profit for the period is expected to increase by approximately 80%. These increases predominantly reflect the non-recurrence of the exceptional inventory buy-backs in the prior year period, improved trading performance and the positive net impact of movements in period-end exchange rates.
The foregoing financial information is unaudited.
Richemont owns a portfolio of leading international ‘Maisons’ which are recognised for their distinctive heritage, craftsmanship and creativity. The Group operates in three segments: Jewellery Maisons, being Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Giampiero Bodino; Specialist watchmakers, being A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & Mercier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis and Vacheron Constantin as well as the Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewellery joint venture; and Other, including Alfred Dunhill, Azzedine Alaïa, Chloé, Lancel, Montblanc and Peter Millar as well as watch component manufacturing activities.
In addition, Richemont holds a 49% equity-accounted interest in the YOOX Net-A-Porter Group, a publicly traded company.
For the financial year ended 31 March 2017, Richemont reported sales of € 10 647 million, operating profit of € 1 764 million and profit for the year of € 1 210 million.
Richemont ‘A’ shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, Richemont’s primary listing, and are included in the Swiss Market Index ('SMI') of leading stocks. Richemont South African Depository Receipts are listed in Johannesburg, Richemont’s secondary listing.
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