Richemont Shares Fall After Fiscal Year Operating Profit Missed Views, No Resolution Regarding YNAP
By Joshua Kirby
Shares in Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA fell sharply Friday
after it said full-year profitability missed expectations and a
planned divestment of its e-commerce platform Yoox Net-a-Porter
At 0740 GMT, shares in the Swiss luxury-goods giant traded 10%
lower at CHF10.94.
Sales for the fiscal year ended March 31 rose 44% at constant
currency to 19.18 billion euros ($20.30 billion), above consensus
expectations. However, operating profit of EUR3.39 billion on a
margin of 17.7% was well below what had been forecast, Jefferies
analysts Flavio Cereda and Kathryn Parker said a note.
Operating expenses rose by 35%, the company said, also signaling
a EUR168 million hit to operating profit from the halting of
activity in Russia after the country's invasion of Ukraine earlier
this year. "Russia is probably weighing heavier here than at most
other companies," Bernstein analysts said in a note.
The company said discussions over its struggling YNAP business
are continuing. Late last year, Richemont revealed that it was
looking to divest itself of overall control of the platform, and
that it was in talks with YNAP peer Farfetch Ltd. and others over
possible stake sales. The talks are positive but complicated and
involve various stakeholders, finance chief Burkhart Grund said in
a call Friday after results were released.
British-Portuguese company Farfetch has previously said that the
talks don't mean a deal is certain.
The lack of a resolution is a "real surprise," Jefferies's Mr.
Cereda and Ms. Parker said. The sharp rise in operating expenses
presumably relate to the YNAP developments, they said.
Also, the issue is increasingly affecting Richemont's share
performance, Bernstein said. "Richemont is turning into an
event-driven stock, dependent on the possible but increasingly
unlikely divestiture of YNAP," they said.
Until a deal is reached, YNAP will hang as a "sword of Damocles"
over the company, Jean-Philippe Bertschy, an analyst with Vontobel,
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