IC Group has divested Saint Tropez to DK Company A/S

Jan 28, 2019, 8:01

Today, IC Group has signed an agreement to sell Saint Tropez to DK Company A/S with an expected final closing date as at 31 January 2019.

The Group expects a positive, minor million amount impact on cash flow from the sale while the accounting effect is expected to amount to a loss of DKK 70 million subject to the final adjustment of transaction costs, working capital as well as certain debt items. Out of this amount, DKK 55 million will be recognized in H1 2018/19 while DKK 15 million is expected to be recognized in Q3 2018/19. The majority of the accounting loss relates to impairment of goodwill, other intangible and tangible assets as well as deferred tax assets.

This divestment means that as of the interim report for Q3 2018/19, Saint Tropez will be classified and presented as discontinued operations.

Financial expectations for 2018/19

For the Group’s continuing operations, which comprise Tiger of Sweden, By Malene Birger and the reporting segment “Central functions”, a minor revenue reduction measured in local currency is expected for the financial year 2018/19 compared to the year before. The EBIT margin is expected to be realized at a level of 1-2% prior to non-recurring costs in respect of the transformation of the Group.

In Tiger of Sweden, a minor revenue reduction (measured in local currency) and a moderate decline in nominal earnings are expected. The previous guidance for Tiger of Sweden stated: “revenue is expected to increase while the nominal earnings are expected at the same level as last financial year”. The updated expectations for the brand reflect lower, anticipated performance in direct-to-consumer channels for the rest of the financial year – retail in particular.

In By Malene Birger, a moderate revenue reduction (measured in local currency) and a substantial decline in nominal earnings are expected. The previous guidance for By Malene Birger stated: “revenue is expected to increase while the nominal earnings are expected at the same level as last financial year”. Similar to Tiger of Sweden, the updated expectations for the brand reflect lower, anticipated performance in direct-to-consumer channels for the rest of the financial year.

The line item “Central functions” will be negative as it will be affected negatively by changed allocation principles in respect of costs in the corporate functions as well as idle costs in respect of the head office after the divestment of Peak Performance. Combined, these amount to approx. DKK 30 million. The expected result of “Central functions” is unchanged compared to previous guidance announced on 5 December 2018 (Company Announcement no. 36/2018).

 

Investments for the continuing operations for the financial year 2018/19 are expected to amount to approx. 3% of annual revenue.

Outlook overview of the Group’s continuing operations (before non-recurring costs)

DKK million Realized outlook

2017/18
Outlook

2018/19

as at 5 December 2018
Current

 outlook

2018/19
Status
Revenue growth (local currency) (7.3)% n.a. Minor reduction New
Tiger of Sweden (9.0)% Revenue growth Minor reduction Changed
By Malene Birger (4.0)% Revenue growth Moderate reduction Changed
EBIT margin before non-recurring costs 6.0% n.a 1-2% New
Tiger of Sweden 47 Nominal earnings at same level Moderate decline Changed
By Malene Birger 18 Nominal earnings at same level Substantial decline Changed
Investments 2.3% n.a. Approx. 3%. New

 IC Group A/S

Please direct any questions regarding this announcement to:           

Karin Hjort Jensen

Executive assistant to the CEO

+45 32 66 75 43

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.