The Business of Fashion: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Announces Record 2016 Results

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury products group, recorded revenue of €37.6 billion in 2016, an increase of 5% over the previous year. Organic revenue growth was 6%.lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton

In the fourth quarter, revenue increased by 9% compared to the same period of 2015. Organic growth was 8%. The American market remains on a good track as does Europe. Asia, excluding Japan, continued its good momentum.

Profit from recurring operations reached €7 billion in 2016, an increase of 6%, to which all business groups, apart from selective distribution, contributed. This result compares to 2015 which was itself a year of growth. Operating margin reached 18.7%. Group share of net profit was €3 981 million, representing growth of 11%.

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, said: “LVMH achieved an excellent performance in 2016 within a context of geopolitical and economic instability. Continued innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and the quest for excellence: all Maisons continue to assert these core values while maintaining rigorous execution of their strategies on the ground. In an environment which remains uncertain, we can count on the appeal of our brands and the agility of our teams to strengthen, once again in 2017, our leadership in the universe of high quality products.

Key highlights from 2016 include:

  • Record revenue and profit from recurring operations
  • Growth in the United States, Europe and Asia
  • Good performance of Wines & Spirits in all regions
  • The success of both iconic and new products at Louis Vuitton, where profitability remains at an exceptional level
  • Progress at Fendi
  • The sale of Donna Karan and the acquisition of Rimowa, a leader in luggage of excellence
  • Good momentum at Parfums Christian Dior driven by successful product innovations
  • Market share gains at Bvlgari and TAG Heuer
  • Growth at Sephora which strengthened its position in all its markets and in digital
  • Free cash flow of €3 974 million, an increase of 8%
  • Gearing of 12% at end of December 2016

WINES & SPIRITS: GOOD YEAR WITH PROGRESS IN THE UNITED STATES AND REBOUND IN SHIPMENTS TO CHINA

The Wines & Spirits Business Group recorded an increase in organic revenue of 7 %. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 5 %. Profit from recurring operations increased by 10 %. With volumes up 3%, solid growth continues for champagne and prestige cuvees performed particularly well. Hennessy cognac enjoyed an excellent year with 10% volume growth. The American market is growing well and China saw better momentum after a tough 2015 due to destocking by distributors. Other spirits, Glenmorangie and Belvedere, continued their growth.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is represented in Wines and Spirits by a portfolio of brands that includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier, Château d’Yquem, Domaine du Clos des Lambrays, Château Cheval Blanc, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Belvedere, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Cape Mentelle, Newton, Bodega Numanthia and Ao Yun.

FASHION & LEATHER GOODS: GOOD PERFORMANCE OF LOUIS VUITTON, OTHER BRANDS STRENGTHENED THEIR POSITIONS

The Fashion & Leather Goods Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 4% in 2016. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 3 %. Profit from recurring operations increased by 10%. Louis Vuitton had a good year driven by the level of creativity across all its businesses. The continued success of its iconic product range and the strong demand for recent creations such as the new luggage designed by Marc Newson and the Louis Vuitton fragrances, all contributed to this growth. Fendi recorded robust growth crossing the symbolic revenue threshold of 1 billion euros during the year. Loro Piana continued to expand its distribution network and opened a flagship store in Paris. Céline, Loewe and Kenzo all continued to grow. Marc Jacobs continued to work on changes to its collection. Donna Karan was sold in December to the American G-III group. Rimowa, world leader in luggage of excellence, joined the LVMH group.

Its Fashion and Leather Goods division includes Louis Vuitton, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Marc Jacobs, Berluti, Nicholas Kirkwood, Loro Piana and Rimowa.

PERFUMES & COSMETICS: CONTINUED SUCCESS OF INNOVATIONS; EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE IN MAKEUP

The Perfumes & Cosmetics Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 8%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 6%. Profit from recurring operations increased by 5%. The inauguration of the new atelier for the creation of fragrances, Les Fontaines Parfumées, at Grasse was a highlight of the year. Parfums Christian Dior grew market share in all regions, driven by the worldwide success of Sauvage and the vitality of its iconic perfumes J’adore and Miss Dior. The progress of makeup also contributed to the Maison’s excellent performance. Guerlain benefitted from the successful launch of its new makeup collection inspired by its fragrance La Petite Robe Noire. Benefit experienced strong growth driven by the success of its new collection for eyebrows. Make Up For Ever, Fresh and Kat Von D performed well.

LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sector with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Kenzo Parfums, Perfumes Loewe as well as other promising cosmetic companies (BeneFit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma and Fresh).

WATCHES & JEWELRY: MARKET SHARE GAINS FOR BVLGARI AND TAG HEUER

The Watches & Jewelry Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 5%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 5%. Profit from recurring operations increased by 6%. Bvlgari continued to gain market share with enhancements to its Serpenti, Diva and B.zero1 lines. Growth continued in China, Korea and in the Middle East. TAG Heuer grew despite a difficult market for watches, gained market share and benefitted from the success of its new collections and its connected watch. Hublot accelerated its development in Asia and recorded the best year in its history. Chaumet continued to move its product lines upmarket and inaugurated a new boutique concept in Hong Kong.

LVMH‘s Watches and Jewelry division comprises Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Dior Watches, Zenith, Fred, Hublot and De Beers Diamond Jewellers Ltd, a joint venture created with the world’s leading diamond group.

SELECTIVE RETAILING: GOOD PERFORMANCE AT SEPHORA, DFS IMPACTED BY A DIFFICULT TOURISM CONTEXT IN ASIA

The Selective Retailing Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 8%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 7%. Profit from recurring operations declined by 2%. Sephora gained market share across all regions and once again recorded double-digit growth in both revenue and profits. More than a hundred stores were opened in 2016 including notably a flagship store in the World Trade Center in New York and major renovations in Boston and Singapore. Its online offer accelerated with the launch in six new countries. DFS continued to face a difficult environment, notably in Hong Kong. The expansion into new destinations continued. The opening of the T Galleria in Angkor in Cambodia and one in Venice, Italy were the highlights of the year.

LVMH is also active in selective retailing as well as in other activities through DFS, Sephora, Le Bon Marché, La Samaritaine, Royal Van Lent and Cheval Blanc hotels.

Key figures:

             
Euro millions    

2015

 

2016

 

% change

Revenue    

35 664

 

37 600

 

+ 5 %

Profit from recurring operations    

6 605

 

7 026

 

+ 6 %

Group share of net profit    

3 573

 

3 981

 

+ 11 %

Free cash flow*    

3 679

 

3 974

 

+ 8 %

Net financial debt    

4 235

 

3 265

 

– 23 %

Total equity    

25 799

 

27 903

 

+ 8 %

* Before available for sale financial assets and investments, transactions relating to equity and financing activities

Revenue by business group:

           

Euro millions

 

2015

 

2016

 

% change

2016/2015

Reported Organic*

Wines & Spirits  

4 603

 

4 835

 

+ 5 %

+ 7 %

Fashion & Leather Goods  

12 369

 

12 775

 

+ 3 %

+ 4 %

Perfumes & Cosmetics  

4 671

 

4 953

 

+ 6 %

+ 8 %

Watches & Jewelry  

3 308

 

3 468

 

+ 5 %

+ 5 %

Selective Retailing  

11 193

 

11 973

 

+ 7 %

+ 8 %

Other activities and eliminations

 

(480)

 

(404)

 

Total LVMH  

35 664

 

37 600

 

+ 5 %

+ 6 %

* With comparable structure and exchange rates.

Profit from recurring operations by business group:

Euro millions  

2015

 

2016

 

% change

Wines & Spirits  

1 363

 

1 504

 

+ 10 %

Fashion & Leather Goods  

3 505

 

3 873

 

+ 10 %

Perfumes & Cosmetics  

524

 

551

 

+ 5 %

Watches & Jewelry  

432

 

458

 

+ 6 %

Selective Retailing  

940

 

919

 

– 2 %

Other activities and eliminations  

(159)

 

(279)

 

Total LVMH  

6 605

 

7 026

 

+ 6 %

     

2016 Revenue (Euro millions)

FY 2016  

Wines & Spirits

 

Fashion & Leather Goods

 

Perfumes & Cosmetics

 

Watches & Jewelry

 

Selective Retailing

 

Other activities & eliminations

   

Total

First Quarter  

1 033

 

2 965

 

1 213

 

774

 

2 747

 

(112

)

   

8 620

Second Quarter  

1 023

 

2 920

 

1 124

 

835

 

2 733

 

(67

)

   

8 568

Total First Half  

2 056

 

5 885

 

2 337

 

1 609

 

5 480

 

(179

)

   

17 188

Third Quarter  

1 225

 

3 106

 

1 241

 

877

 

2 803

 

(114

)

   

9 138

Nine months  

3 281

 

8 991

 

3 578

 

2 486

 

8 283

 

(293

)

   

26 326

Fourth Quarter  

1 554

 

3 784

 

1 375

 

982

 

3 690

 

(111

)

   

11 274

Total 2016  

4 835

 

12 775

 

4 953

 

3 468

 

11 973

 

(404

)

   

37 600

                             

2016 Revenue (Organic growth versus same period of 2015)

FY 2016  

Wines & Spirits

 

Fashion & Leather Goods

 

Perfumes & Cosmetics

 

Watches & Jewelry

 

Selective Retailing

 

Other activities & eliminations

   

Total

First Quarter  

+6%

 

0%

 

+9%

 

+7%

 

+4%

 

   

+3%

Second Quarter  

+13%

 

+1%

 

+6%

 

+2%

 

+7%

 

   

+4%

Total First Half  

+9%

 

0%

 

+8%

 

+4%

 

+5%

 

   

+4%

Third Quarter  

+ 4%

 

+5%

 

+10%

 

+2%

 

+8%

 

   

+6%

Nine months  

+7%

 

+2%

 

+8%

 

+4%

 

+6%

 

   

+5%

Fourth Quarter  

+7%

 

+9%

 

+7%

 

+8%

 

+11%

 

   

+8%

Total 2016  

+7%

 

+4%

 

+8%

 

+5%

 

+8%

 

   

+6%

                               

2015 Revenue (Euro millions)

FY 2015  

Wines & Spirits

 

Fashion & Leather Goods

 

Perfumes & Cosmetics*

 

Watches & Jewelry

 

Selective Retailing*

 

Other activities & eliminations

   

Total

First Quarter  

992

 

2 975

 

1 129

 

723

 

2 648

 

(144)

   

8 323

Second Quarter  

938

 

2 958

 

1 099

 

829

 

2 627

 

(67)

   

8 384

Total First Half  

1 930

 

5 933

 

2 228

 

1 552

 

5 275

 

(211)

   

16 707

Third Quarter  

1 199

 

2 939

 

1 143

 

852

 

2 603

 

(155)

   

8 581

Nine months  

3 129

 

8 872

 

3 371

 

2 404

 

7 878

 

(366)

   

25 288

Fourth Quarter  

1 474

 

3 497

 

1 300

 

904

 

3 315

 

(114)

   

10 376

Total 2015  

4 603

 

12 369

 

4 671

 

3 308

 

11 193

 

(480)

   

35 664

* Reclassification of cosmetics company Kendo from Selective retailing to Perfumes and Cosmetics

CAUTIOUSLY CONFIDENT FOR 2017

Despite a climate of geopolitical and currency uncertainties, LVMH is well-equipped to continue its growth momentum across all business groups in 2017. The Group will maintain a strategy focused on developing its brands by continuing to build on strong innovation and a constant quest for quality in their products and their distribution.

Driven by the agility of its teams, their entrepreneurial spirit, the balance of its different businesses and geographic diversity, LVMH enters 2017 with caution but has, once again, set an objective of increasing its global leadership position in luxury goods.

DIVIDEND INCREASE OF 13%

At the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 13, 2017, LVMH will propose a dividend of €4 per share, an increase of 13%. An interim dividend of €1.40 per share was paid on December 1 of last year. The balance of €2.60 per share will be paid on April 21, 2017. The LVMH Board met on 26 January 2017 to approve the financial statements for 2016. Audit procedures have been carried out and the audit report is being issued.

Regulated information related to this press release, the presentation of annual results and the report “Financial Documents” are available at www.lvmh.fr.

“Certain information included in this release is forward looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties and factors beyond our control or ability to predict, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, projected or implied. It only reflects our views as of the date of this presentation. No undue reliance should therefore be based on any such information, it being also agreed that we undertake no commitment to amend or update it after the date hereof.”

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