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LVMH: Organic revenue growth of 4% in the first half of 2016

LVMH: Organic revenue growth of 4% in the first half of 2016

Paris, 26 July 2016

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury products group, recorded revenue of €17.2 billion in the first half of 2016, an increase of 3%. Organic revenue growth was 4% compared to the same period in 2015. The American market is dynamic, while Europe remains on track, with the exception of France, which has been affected by a decrease in tourism. Asia improved steadily during the period.

In the second quarter, revenue increased by 2% compared to the same period in 2015. Organic revenue growth was 4% marking a slight increase compared with the first quarter.

Profit from recurring operations was €2 959 million for the first half of 2016, consistent with the same period in 2015. Group share of net profit amounted to €1 711 million, an increase of 8%.

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, commented:

"LVMH's results for the first half of 2016 reflect, more than ever, the strength of our business model, which allows us to continue to grow even during an unstable geopolitical environment and economic and monetary uncertainties. The diversity of our businesses, the entrepreneurial style of our brands and the agility of our organization all contribute to the growth of the Group. By remaining vigilant, we face the second half of the year with confidence and count on the quality of our products and the talent of our teams to further strengthen our leadership in the world of high quality products in 2016."

Highlights of the first half of 2016 include:

  • Strong momentum in the United States, and continued growth in the European market,
  • Excellent performance from Wines and Spirits in all regions,
  • Success of iconic lines and new products at Louis Vuitton, where profitability remains at an exceptional level,
  • Impressive growth of Fendi, which celebrates its 90th year,
  • Continued investment in the fashion brands,
  • Strong momentum at Parfums Christian Dior, led by successful innovations,
  • Market share gains at Bvlgari and the successful refocusing of TAG Heuer on its core range,
  • Exceptional progress at Sephora which is strengthening its position in all operating regions and in the digital universe,
  • Cash from operations before changes in working capital of €3.7 billion, an increase of 8%
  • Net debt to equity ratio of 20% as of the end of June 2016.


Key figures



Euro millions

 
First half    2015 First half  2016 % change
Revenue



Profit from recurring operations



Group share of net profit



Cash from operations*



Net Financial Debt



Total Equity
16 707



2 955



1 580



3 368



6 034



24 445
17 188



2 959



1 711



3 650



5 303



26 073
+ 3 %



0 %



+ 8 %



+ 8 %



- 12 %



+ 7%

* Before changes in working capital.

Revenue by business group:

Euro millions First half 2015 First half 2016 % change

  Reported  Organic*
Wines & Spirits 1 930 2 056 + 7 % + 9 %
Fashion & Leather Goods 5 933 5 885 - 1 % 0 %
Perfumes & Cosmetics 2 228 2 337 + 5 % + 8%
Watches & Jewelry 1 552 1 609 + 4 % + 4 %
Selective Retailing 5 275 5 480 + 4% + 5 %
Other activities and eliminations (211) (179) - -
Total LVMH 16 707 17 188 + 3 % + 4 %

* With comparable structure and constant exchange rates. The exchange rate impact is -2% and the structural impact is 1%.

Profit from recurring operations by business group:

Euro millions First half   2015 First half 2016 % change
Wines & Spirits 482 565  + 17 %
Fashion & Leather Goods 1 661 1 630 - 2 %
Perfumes & Cosmetics 249 272  + 9 %
Watches & Jewelry 205 205 0 %
Selective Retailing 433 410 - 5 %
Other activities and eliminations (75) (123) -
Total LVMH 2 955 2 959 0 %

Wines & Spirits: excellent start to the year with strong growth in the United States, and improved momentum in China

The Wines & Spirits business group recorded organic revenue growth of 9%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 7% and profit from recurring operations increased by 17%. The champagne business had a good start to the year, especially in Europe and the US. The prestige vintages performed particularly well. Hennessy recorded strong growth in the American market and improved momentum in China following 2015 which was marked by a period of destocking by distributors. Other spirits, Glenmorangie and Belvedere continue their development.

Fashion & Leather Goods: excellent creative momentum at Louis Vuitton and further strengthening of other brands

The Fashion & Leather Goods business group recorded stable revenue and profit from recurring operations. Louis Vuitton continued to illustrate its creative momentum across its collections. Leather goods' performance was based on both the continued development of its iconic models, as well as on the success of its more recent creations. The presentation of the Cruise Collection in the Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art in Brazil was a highlight of the first half. Loro Piana opened a flagship store on Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Fendi recorded an excellent performance in the first half. Céline and Kenzo showed strong growth. Marc Jacobs continued the repositioning of its collections. Other brands are further strengthening their positions. An agreement was announced for the sale of the Donna Karan business.

Perfumes & Cosmetics: innovations meet with great success.

The Perfumes & Cosmetics business group recorded organic revenue growth of 8%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 5% and profit from recurring operations increased by 9%. Christian Dior gained market share in all regions, underscoring its strong performance, driven by the international success of Sauvage and the vitality of its iconic perfumes, J'adore and Miss Dior. Its new fragrance, Poison Girl, and its latest makeup creations also contributed to the excellent performance of the brand. Strengthened by the success of its perfumes, Guerlain introduced La Petite Robe Noire to the makeup market. Benefit's new eyebrow collection received an excellent reception. Make Up For Ever and the portfolio of Kendo brands grew rapidly.

Watches & Jewelry: market share gains of our brands and successful refocusing of TAG Heuer in its core offering

In the first half of 2016, the Watches & Jewelry business group recorded organic revenue growth of 4%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 4% and profit from recurring operations was stable. Bvlgari continued its growth and outperformed the market. The brand maintained its strong creative momentum, notably with the enhancements to the iconic B Zero 1 and Diva collections. With good progress in a difficult market, TAG Heuer gained market share and recorded the first positive effects of the development of its core offering. Its new Connected watch was an immense success.



Selective Retailing: excellent performance at Sephora; DFS impacted by the difficult tourist environment in Asia.

The Selective Retailing business group recorded organic revenue growth of 5%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 4% and profit from recurring operations decreased by 5%. Sephora continued to gain market share in all regions, recording double digit-growth in its revenue and profits. Its performances were outstanding throughout the world. DFS continues to face challenges in Asia due to the difficult environment for tourism, particularly in Macau and Hong Kong. Its geographic expansion continues with the opening of a new T Galleria in Siem Reap in Cambodia and another will open in the coming months in Venice, Italy.

Outlook 2016

Despite the context of geopolitical and currency uncertainties, LVMH will continue to gain market share thanks to the numerous product launches planned before the end of the year and its geographic expansion in promising markets, while continuing to manage costs.

Our strategy of focusing on quality across all our activities, combined with the dynamism and unparalleled creativity of our teams, will enable us to reinforce, once again in 2016, LVMH's global leadership position in luxury goods.

An interim dividend of 1.40 Euro will be paid on December 1st, 2016.

Regulated information related to this press release, the half year results presentation and the half year financial statement are available on our internet site www.lvmh.com

Limited review procedures have been carried out, the related report will be issued following the Board meeting.



ANNEXE

LVMH - Revenue by business group and by quarter

First Half 2016

(Euro millions) 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 revenue 2 056 5 885 2 337 1 609 5 480 (179) 17 188

First Half 2016 (organic growth compared to the first half 2015)

  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 revenue +9% 0% +8% +4% +5% - +4%

First Half 2015

(Euro millions) 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 revenue 1 930 5 933 2 228 1 552 5 275 (211) 16 707

* reclassification of the cosmetics business Kendo from Selective Retailing to Perfumes & Cosmetics.



LVMH

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, Wenjun, Belvedere, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Cape Mentelle, Newton and Bodega Numanthia. Its Fashion and Leather Goods division includes Louis Vuitton, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Berluti, Nicholas Kirkwood and Loro Piana. LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sector with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Parfums Kenzo, Perfumes Loewe as well as other promising cosmetic companies (BeneFit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma and Fresh). 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. 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.

"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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