Richemont : better results than expected for the second quarter

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As financial analysts expected, the Swiss luxury giant saw a sharp drop in its numbers in the first half of its lagged fiscal year. Still, experts weren’t expecting the increase of Richemont’s results in the second quarter.

 

 

In view of the consequences of Covid-19 on the luxury industry, Richemont forecasted a decline in its revenues of about 30% for the first six months of the staggered 2020-2021 fiscal year, completed in September. According to the press release of Friday, November 6, these predictions are not quite correct: between April and September 2020, the sales of the firm fell by 26% to 5.5 billion euros (or 5.8 billion Swiss francs), which represents a decrease of 25% excluding the effects of changes. In the second quarter alone, the decline was of 5% (or 2% excluding the effects of change) after a decrease of 47% in the first period.

 

Half-year net profit fell 82% to 159 million euros, while operating profit fell 61% to 452 million euros. Finally, when it was 15.7% a year ago, Richemont’s margin is only 8.3%. That said, these numbers are significantly higher than the expectations of financial experts. According to its forecasts, the Swiss company should have achieved a profit of 5 million, an EBIT of 69 million and revenues of 5.1 billion.

 

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