Ralph Lauren: China the biggest growth market

The US premium lifestyle products company Ralph Lauren (RL) said yesterday that the China market is the company’s biggest growth market. According to the company filings operating income of the fourth quarter fiscal 2019 was 28 million dollars and operating margin was 1,9 %.

In the North American markets the operating income was 109 million dollars and the margin 15,9 %. In Europe the operating income was 98 million dollars and in Asia 38 million dollars. The operating margins were 23,7 % and 14,3 %.

Ralph Lauren said that the Asia revenue with currency growth was up over 30 % in Mainland China and that China is the fastest growing market for the company.

The whole fiscal 2019 net revenues were 6313 million dollars, up from 6182 million dollars year ago. Operating income was 561 million dollars compared to 498 million dollars year ago. The earnings per share was 5,27 dollars (1,97 dollars).

For the first quarter fiscal 2020 guidance net revenue is expected to be 3-5 % and operating margins to show 30-50 basis points increase. For the whole fiscal 2020 net revenue is expected to increase 2-3 % and operating margin 40-60 basis points.

The Group has over 501 global brand stores related to brands Ralph Lauren, Polo Factory and Club Monaco and the company said it is planning to open new stores in Asia and in Europe during the next fiscal year.

Company share price was trading today up 1,52 % to 113,89 dollars in New York. The  market cap of Ralph Lauren is 8,9 billion dollars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Euronext to buy the Oslo Stock Exchange

Euronext NV is moving forward with the Oslo Stock Exchange purchase. The Norwegian Government has approved the process and according to Euronext, the company is completing the transaction by the end of June 2019. Euronext is now holding over 50 % of the Oslo market place.

– Euronext will be fully committed to the further development of Oslo Børs VPS, both its stock exchange and the Central Securities Depository (CSD, known as VPS`), through a client-centric plan benefitting all parties of the Norwegian financial community. Euronext will preserve and develop the specific contribution of Oslo Børs VPS to the Norwegian economy including the Equity Capital Certificates market, the Fish Pool market located in Bergen, the high yield bond market and a seamless efficient listing platform, the company said in the press release.

Nasdaq has also been bidding for the Oslo markets and the company owns 37 % of the Oslo Stock Exchange.

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Luxury gift ideas for the Season

Spring season is always the start of the festivity season. Here we have selected some of the best luxury gift ideas for your loved ones for this Mother’s Day and beyond.

The Italian high-design jewellery from Utopia include diamonds, SouthSea Pearls and 18 carat gold in the earrings. The new designed, but still classic, heritage style luxury watch from the Swiss company Carl F.Bucherer, has long traditions. According to company they have limited the production to 888 pieces to celebrate the founding year of the Lucerne company in 1888. The strap is cognac brown calfskin.

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This pearl necklace is made from natural SouthSea Pearls and according to the company these jewelleries are natural products, with no artificial treatment (www.utopia.com).

 

 

 

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Watches of Switzerland considering an IPO in London

The UK reseller Watches of Switzerland is considering an IPO in the London Stock Exchange.According to Bloomberg, the company is seeking funding for its US expansion.

The company is the biggest reseller of the luxury timespecies in the UK and they estimate more growth figures from the US markets. Private-equity company Apollo Global Management is expected to keep a stake in the company.Barclays Bank and Goldman Sachs are acting as global coordinators.

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Sweden to foster 100% renewables flying by 2045 -DI

Sweden is to foster 100% renewables flying by 2045, according to Swedish Dagens Industri newspaper. Scandinavian SAS (SAS) and Swedavia are one of the actors in the Swedish Initiative, which targets to end the fossil energy flying and to transform 100% renewables by 2045.

According to the CEO of SAS, Mr Rickard Gustafson, the planes can already fly with renewables, but the problem is that there is not enough production to fullfill the needs. And that is why the initiative has been taken in order to solve the big issue of the renewables in big scale in the domestic and international flights.

Swedavia, which operates the airports, has said that their aim is also to produce zero emissions from their own operations by 2020. In January 2019 there were 2.830.000 passangers flying to and from the Swedavias airports in Sweden.

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