Tiffany Q3: Global net sales unchanged vs year ago

The US jewellery company Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) today reported its financial results for the three months and nine months ended October 31, 2019. Worldwide net sales for the third quarter were unchanged from the prior year and decreased 2% in the year-to-date period, the company said.

-On a constant-exchange-rate basis, which excludes the effect of translating foreign-currency-denominated sales into U.S. dollars (see “Non-GAAP Measures”), worldwide net sales for the third quarter were 1% above the prior year and unchanged in the year-to-date period. Net earnings declined in both periods, reflecting lower operating margins, a higher effective income tax rate for the third quarter and a slightly lower effective income tax rate in the year-to-date period, in each case, as compared to the prior year, the press release stated.

-Our underlying business remains healthy with sales attributed to local customers on a global basis growing in the third quarter, led by strong double-digit growth in the Chinese Mainland offset in part by softness in domestic sales in the Americas, the CEO Alessandro Bogliolo said,

-We are very excited about the recently announced transaction with LVMH and, pending the required approvals, look forward to becoming part of the LVMH family of exceptional luxury brands, he said.

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CEO Bogliolo: Tiffany will reach new heights in the LVMH deal

Tiffany´s CEO Alessandro Bogliolo thinks the merge with the French luxury group LVMH will help the company to reach new heights. He commented the merge deal in the company press release yesterday.

-Tiffany has been focused on executing on our key strategic priorities to drive sustainable long-term growth. This transaction, which occurs at a time of internal transformation for our legendary brand, will provide further support, resources and momentum for those priorities as we evolve towards becoming The Next Generation Luxury Jeweler. As part of the LVMH group, Tiffany will reach new heights, capitalizing on its remarkable internal expertise, unparalleled craftsmanship and strong cultural values, Mr Bogliolo said.

The takeover deal was well managed. According to Financial Times, the LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault visited the US in the opening ceremony of the Louis Vuitton leather production plant in Texas in October. The US President Donald Trump was also one of the firsts to know of the acquisition, although no names was mentioned to him, Mr Arnault told the FT reporter yesterday of that Texas-event.

And the business circles are small in the luxury business. For example the CEO of Tiffany, Mr Bogliolo is also a known-person to LVMH from his earlier carrier as a senior position at the Italian fashion house Bulgari, now part of the French luxury group.

The Tiffany takeover or LVMH´s Christmas present is the biggest deal for the company. According to Bloomberg Opinion the deal values the Tiffany about 16 times Ebitda, which is nice compared to the earlier deals in the industry. According to Bloomberg data, the LVMH purchase of Bulgari in 2011, the valuation was 23-24 times, as was the Swiss company´s Swatch purchase of Harry Winston in 2013.

So, what is going to happen next? Will the mergers and acquisitions trend in the luxury business continue? Sure. And all luxury companies are heading to Asia. It is also expected that LVMH will increase the Tiffayny´s presence in the Asian markets and find the best locations for the high-end consumers of Tiffany. All studies show that the biggest growth for luxury brands is coming from Asian consumers in the coming years.

As Mr Arnault told the Financial Times, LVMH is increasing the desirability of the Tiffany brand.

– My goal with Tiffany -as it is for Louis Vuitton or Dior – is that desirability for the brand should be higher in 10 years time than it is right now, he said in the FT interview.

The announced deal will increase the other major luxury brands interest to join the growth race. The French rival Kering, with brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta and the Swiss Richemont, with brands like Cartier, IWC and Piaget, are in the line.

The stock markets have also seen the increase of interest and for example nearly all the major luxury companies were trading up on Tuesday in the Tiffany aftermatch.

LVMH was trading up 0,77 % at 407 euros, Tiffany slightly up 0,01 % to 133 dollars, Kering (KER) up 0,40 % at 546 euros and the UK Burberry (BRBY) up 0,24 % to 2093 pounds. Only the Swiss Richemont (CFR) was trading down, 0,57 % at 76 Swiss francs.

Picture: Luxury watches from LVMH Group: Hublot Big Bang, Tag Heuer, Bulgari

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Tiffany´s sales one billion dollars during the first quarter

The US listed luxury company Tiffany (TIF) said on June 4th, that major part of the company sales growth came from China. The company net sales were about 1000 million dollars during the first quarter, ending April 30th. Compared to last year figures, the decline was 3 procent.

– Our first quarter results reflect significant foreign exchange headwinds and dramatically lower worldwide spending attributed to foreign tourists. That said, we were pleased that, at the core of our business, global sales attributed to local customers, led by sales in China, grew over last year’s very strong sales results. We believe this growth in sales to local customers reflects progress in executing our strategic priorities, including innovations across products, communications and the customer experience, and that Tiffany is positioned for improving trends in the second half of 2019, said the Group´s CEO Alessandro Bogliolo in the company press release.

Tiffany´s worldwide net sales declined 3% to 1.0 billion dollars and comparable sales declined 5%. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, net sales were equal to the earlier year and comparable sales declined 2%.

Net earnings of 125 million dollars were 12% lower than the earlier year’s 142 million dollars. Net earnings per diluted share were 1.03 dollars compared to 1.14 dollars in the year ago.

All the major markets showed declined trend in the sales. In the Americas, total net sales declined 4% to 406 million dollars. In Asia-Pacific, total net sales declined 1% to 324 million dollars.

– These results reflected a continuation of strong growth in mainland China and mixed results in other markets. These sales results also reflected lower spending attributed to foreign tourists, the company says.

In Europe, total net sales declined 4% to 102 million dollars and comparable sales declined 7%. Other net sales of 26 million dollars were 17% above the previous year, as increased wholesale sales of diamonds more than offset a 17% decline in comparable sales in our stores in the UAE.

Company also said that the possible US China tariffs could increase the jewelry tariffs from its current level to a new level of 25 % on average. The company increased its quarterly dividend by 5 procent.

Tiffany´s stock (TIF) ended Friday in New York to 94,48 dollars, up 0,94 %, giving the market cap of the company to 11,47 billion dollars.

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