IMPROVED EARNINGS OF THE CORE-BUSINESS

Nov 12, 2015, 8:57

Consolidated revenue for Q1 2015/16 amounted to DKK 843 million (DKK 828 million) corresponding to an increase of 1.8%, or 3.0% measured in local currency compared to the same period last financial year. The gross margin improved by 1.4 percentage points to 56.6% compared to Q1 2014/15. The consolidated operating profit for Q1 2015/16 rose by 15.6% to DKK 163 million (DKK 141 million) driven by the Group’s Premium brands. Outlook for the financial year 2015/16 remains unchanged.

  • Peak Performance generated revenue of DKK 343 million for Q1 2015/16 (DKK 353 million) corresponding to a reduction of 2.8% (a reduction of 2.5% measured in local currency). This reduction was driven by the wholesale channel whereas the retail channel reported good revenue growth. Revenue from the markets Denmark and Sweden rose whereas other geographical markets reported revenue reductions. The operating profit improved by DKK 4 million to DKK 78 million.
  • Tiger of Sweden increased its revenue by 3.0% (5.2% measured in local currency) to DKK 277 million (DKK 269 million) driven by the retail channel whereas sales to the wholesale customers remained unchanged. The German market continued to report strong growth whereas revenue from the Nordic region remained flat. The operating profit amounted to DKK 53 million (DKK 47 million).
  • Revenue from By Malene Birger rose by 7.2% (8.6% measured in local currency) to DKK 104 million (DKK 97 million) which was primarily attributable to a positive development in the retail channel, however, the wholesale channel also reported higher revenue. Geographically, the Nordic region accounted for the majority of the reported growth. The operating profit amounted to DKK 13 million (DKK 11 million).
  • Revenue from the Group’s Non-core business rose by 3.7% (5.1% measured in local currency) driven by the positive development seen in Saint Tropez which more than compensated the reduced revenue from Designers Remix. The revenue increase in Saint Tropez was to a great extent driven by commercial discounts, and the gross margin was thus reduced. Consequently, the Non-core business generated an operating profit of DKK 10 million compared to DKK 11 million last financial year.
  • The bankruptcy proceedings of a former distributor in Switzerland had a general negative impact on the consolidated revenue meaning that no revenue was generated in this market during a large part of Q1 2015/16. This incident has in particular affected Tiger of Sweden, Saint Tropez and Designers Remix. In all three brands measures have been initiated in order to set up alternative distribution channels in Switzerland.
  • Rulings have been delivered in the case concerning indirect taxes for which the Group had allocated a total provision of DKK 25 million in Q2 2014/15. The outcome of this case resulted in a reversal of DKK 10 million of the original provision of which DKK 5 million relates to the continuing operations whereas DKK 5 million relates to the discontinued operations. The gross profit of continuing operations was affected positively by DKK 3 million, the operating profit was affected by DKK 4 million whereas DKK 1 million relates to financial items.
  • The gross profit rose to DKK 477 million (DKK 457 million) compared to Q1 2014/15, and the gross margin was thus improved to 56.6% (55.2%). The previously announced price increases on the Group’s products will not have an impact until Q3 2015/16, and the reported higher gross profit for Q1 2015/16 is primarily attributable to improved margins on sold products as well as lower inventory write-downs compared to Q1 2014/15.
  • Capacity costs amounted to DKK 314 million and were thus lower compared to last financial year (DKK 316 million). The cost ratio decreased by 1.0 percentage point to 37.2%. The costs were negatively affected by a provision of approx. DKK 5 million in respect of changes to the Group management.
  • Operating profit rose by 15.6% to DKK 163 million (DKK 141 million), and the EBIT margin thus amounted to 19.3% which is an improvement of 2.2 percentage points compared to Q1 2014/15.

 

Outlook for the financial year 2015/16 – unchanged

We expect the positive performance of the Group’s core business to continue and to drive overall revenue growth and earnings development for the Group.

 

Specifically, we expect revenue growth to attain a level of 4%.

 

We expect the consolidated operating profit to be realized with an EBIT margin of approx. 10%.

 

Investments for the financial year 2015/16 are expected to be in the region of 3-4% of revenue.

 

Provided that the consolidated results are in line with expectations, the Board of Directors expects to distribute an extraordinary dividend of approx. DKK 75 million during the financial year 2015/16.

 

 

Copenhagen, 12 November 2015

 

 

IC Group A/S

 

Mads Ryder

Group CEO

 

Alexander Martensen-Larsen

Group CFO

 

 

Information meeting

IC Group will host an information meeting for investors, analysts and other stakeholders on Thursday 12 November 2015 at 10.00 a.m.

 

The information meeting will be held in English via audio cast and telephone, and it will be possible to raise questions online using the relevant chat function or telephone. To participate in the information meeting online, please use the link below which is also available on our corporate website icgroup.net under Investors:

http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/o8c8ypen

 

To participate in the telephone conference, please dial in using the below-listed telephone numbers:

+45 3271 1660 (Denmark)

+1 646 254 3388 (USA)

+44 (0)20 3427 1902 (UK and rest of world)

 

 

 

 

Please direct any questions regarding this announcement to:

Jens Bak-Holder

Investor Relations Manager

Phone: +45 21 28 58 32

 

 

 

 

 

This announcement is a translation from the Danish language. In the event of any discrepancy

between the Danish and English versions, the Danish version shall prevail.