Christian Dior delivers record first half performance

 

Christian Dior delivers record first half performance

 

 

Paris, July 26, 2021

 

The Christian Dior group recorded revenue of 28.7 billion euros in the first half of 2021, up 56% compared to the same period in 2020. Organic revenue growth was 53% compared to 2020 and 11% compared to 2019. This performance reflects accelerated growth in the second quarter of 2021, which saw organic revenue increase by 14% compared to 8% in the first quarter.

The first half of this year marks a return to strong growth momentum after a severely disrupted year in 2020 resulting from the global pandemic. The largest business group, Fashion & Leather Goods, achieved record levels of revenue with organic growth of 81% compared to 2020, and 38% compared to 2019. The United States and Asia are up sharply since the start of the year while Europe is experiencing a gradual recovery.

 

 

Profit from recurring operations was €7 623 million for the first half of 2021, up 44% compared to the first half of 2019 and more than four times higher than that of 2020. Operating margin reached 26.6%, up 5.5 points compared to 2019. Profit from recurring operations for the Fashion & Leather Goods business group stood at €5 660 million for the first half, more than three times that of 2020, and up 74% compared to 2019. Group share of net profit amounted to €2 164 million, up 64% compared to 2019 and 10 times higher than 2020. Operating free cash flow exceeded €5 billion, three times that of 2019.

 

 

Highlights of the first half of 2021 include:

  • Excellent start to the year, in particular for the largest brands, during a period marked by the first signs of an exit from the current health crisis yet also by a continued lack of return to international travel,
  • Remarkable performance by the Fashion & Leather Goods business group, particularly Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi, Loewe and Celine which are gaining market share across all geographies and achieving record levels of revenue and profitability,
  • Sustained revenue growth in Asia and the United States and a gradual recovery in Europe,
  • Successful integration of Tiffany, which has performed extremely well since its acquisition,
  • Strong growth in direct sales to customers, both in-store and remotely,
  • Travel retail and hotel activities still held back by the limited recovery in international travel,
  • Remarkable operating free cash flow.

 

Key figures

 

 

Euro millions First half
2020
First half
2021
% change
2021/2020
% change
2021/2019
Revenue 18 393 28 665 + 56 % + 14 %
Profit from recurring operations 1 669 7 623 x 4.6 + 44 %
Group share of net profit 202 2 164 x 10.7 + 64 %
Operating free cash flow (1 732) 5 279 x 3.0
Net Financial debt 8 319 15 137 x 1.8 x 4.4
Total equity 34 860 40 127 + 15 % + 6 %

Revenue by business group:

Euro millions First half 2020 First half 2021 % change
First half

2021/2020
Reported Organic*

% change

First half 2021/2019
Organic

Wines & Spirits 1 985 2 705 + 36 % + 44 % + 12 %
Fashion & Leather Goods 7 989 13 863 + 74 % + 81 % + 38 %
Perfumes & Cosmetics 2 304 3 025 + 31 % + 37 % – 3 %
Watches & Jewelry 1 319 4 023 x 3.1 + 71 % + 5 %
Selective Retailing 4 844 5 085 + 5 % + 12 % – 25 %
Other activities and eliminations (48) (36)
Total 18 393 28 665 + 56 % + 53 % + 11 %

* With comparable structure and constant exchange rates. The structural impact for the Group compared to the first half of 2020 was +10% linked entirely to the consolidation of Tiffany & Co. for the first time. The currency effect was – 7 %.

 

Profit from recurring operations by business group:

 

 

Euro millions First half
2020
First half
2021
% change
2021/2020
% change
2021/2019
Wines & Spirits 551 924 + 68 % + 20 %
Fashion & Leather Goods 1 769 5 660 x 3.2 + 74 %
Perfumes & Cosmetics (30) 393 + 1 %
Watches & Jewelry (17) 794* x 2.2
Selective Retailing (308) 131 – 82 %
Other activities and eliminations (296) (279)
Total 1 669 7 623 x 4.6 + 44 %

* incomparable structural impact.

 

Wines & Spirits: sustained demand in the United States and strong rebound in China

 

The Wines & Spirits business group recorded organic revenue growth of 44% in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period of 2020 and 12% compared to that of 2019. Profit from recurring operations was up 20% compared to the first half of 2019. Champagne volumes rose 10% compared to the first half of 2019, driven by the good momentum in Europe and the United States. Hennessy cognac volumes increased by 6% compared to 2019, limited by supply constraints. China, which was the first market to have been impacted by the pandemic in early 2020, experienced a strong rebound over the first half of this year. Demand in the United States held up well. The group took a 50% equity stake in the Champagne Maison Armand de Brignac.

 

Fashion & Leather Goods: remarkable performances at Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi, Loewe and Celine.

 

The Fashion & Leather Goods business group recorded organic revenue growth of 81% in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period of 2020. Organic revenue growth compared to the first half of 2019 was 38%. Profit from recurring operations was up 74% compared to the first half of 2019 and represents more than three times that of 2020. Louis Vuitton, driven as always by its creativity and the artisanal excellence of its products, delivered a remarkable performance and maintained its profitability at an exceptional level. Due to the desirability of its iconic designs, purchases of many are subject to a waiting list. The Maison continues to offer its customers a unique experience, whether in its stores or through its many original initiatives. Christian Dior had an excellent first half with strong growth among local customers across all its product categories. Several innovations were unveiled during the first half. Celine’s ready-to-wear and leather goods collections created by Hedi Slimane were hugely successful. Loewe continues to surprise with its innovative digital concepts in connection with the new collections created by J.W. Anderson. Fendi presented a ready-to-wear capsule by Kim Jones, the first collections of which debuted in July. Marc Jacobs performed very well over the period.

 

Perfumes & Cosmetics: rapid growth in direct sales and continued selective distribution

 

The Perfumes & Cosmetics business group recorded organic revenue growth of 37% in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period of 2020. Organic revenue was down 3% compared to the first half of 2019. Profit from recurring operations was up 1% compared to the first half of 2019. The Group’s major brands have maintained a policy of selective distribution unlike many competitors who have increased their proportion of discounted sales or sales in parallel networks, as a means of supporting their revenues. Our brands are benefiting from continued growth in online sales, partially offsetting the impact of the suspension of international travel and the closure of many points of sale. Parfums Christian Dior enjoyed a strong acceleration in its business with local customers, extending the recovery that began at the end of 2020. The continued success in iconic perfumes Sauvage, Miss Dior and J’Adore, the roll-out of Rouge Dior lipstick and the rapid progress of skincare lines Prestige and Capture contributed to the excellent performance of the Maison. Guerlain showed very positive momentum, driven by skincare, thanks to the exceptional vitality of Abeille Royale and Orchidée Impériale. Parfums Givenchy is gaining market share due to the success of L’Interdit perfume and the promising relaunch of the Irresistible collection. Fresh confirmed its presence in ultra-premium skincare and Maison Francis Kurkdjian continues to post remarkable growth.

 

 

 

 

Watches & Jewelry: strong rebound in own stores and integration of Tiffany

 

The Watches & Jewelry business group recorded organic revenue growth of 71% in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020 and 5% compared to that in 2019 (excluding Tiffany). Profit from recurring operations was up 122% compared to the first half of 2019 and 27% excluding the effect of the integration of Tiffany. The first half saw the integration for the first time of iconic jewelry Maison Tiffany, which has benefited from the new team’s focus on its iconic products. Honouring its long-standing tradition of expressing love and diversity, the Maison has successfully launched its first engagement ring for men, the Charles Tiffany Setting. Bvlgari saw good growth in jewelry, in particular in its network of own stores. The new Magnifica high-end jewelry collection was unveiled in June. Chaumet inaugurated its new exhibition “Joséphine et Napoléon” at its recently restored historic address at 12 place Vendôme. In watchmaking, TAG Heuer signed a major partnership with Porsche and launched the Carrera Porsche chronograph to mark the occasion. Official watch for the Euro 2020, Hublot enjoyed high visibility during the second quarter.

 

Selective Retailing: good performance from Sephora; DFS still held back by a limited

recovery in international travel

 

In Selective Retailing, organic revenue was up 12% compared to the first half of 2020 and down 25% compared to the first half of 2019. Profit from recurring operations was once again positive but was down 82% compared to the first half of 2019. Sephora achieved a good level of performance in a commercial environment which was impacted by store closures in several countries in Europe. Online sales continue to progress all over the world. A strategic partnership has been signed with Zalando, which is expected to launch in Germany by the end of the year. DFS continued to be impacted by the lack of recovery in international travel to most destinations. Following an ambitious renovation program, faithful to the history of this flagship store and maintaining high environmental standards, the reopening of La Samaritaine on June 23 was an historic success.

 

Outlook 2021

 

Within the context of emerging from the health crisis, the Group will maintain a strategy focused on continuously strengthening the desirability of its brands, by relying on the exceptional quality of its products and the excellence of their distribution.

Our strategy of focusing on the highest quality across all our activities, combined with the dynamism and unparalleled creativity of our teams, will enable us to reinforce the Christian Dior group’s global leadership position in luxury goods once again in 2021.

 

An interim dividend of 3 Euros will be paid on 2 December 2021.

 

This financial release is available on our website www.dior-finance.com.

 

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

 

This document may contain certain forward looking statements which are based on estimations and forecasts. By their nature, these forward looking statements are subject to important risks and uncertainties and factors beyond our control or ability to predict, in particular those described in Christian Dior’s Annual Report which is available on the website (www.dior-finance.com). These forward looking statements should not be considered as a guarantee of future performance, the actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by them. The forward looking statements only reflect Christian Dior’s views as of the date of this document, and Christian Dior does not undertake to revise or update these forward looking statements. The forward looking statements should be used with caution and circumspection and in no event can Christian Dior and its Management be held responsible for any investment or other decision based upon such statements. The information in this document does not constitute an offer to sell or an invitation to buy shares in Christian Dior or an invitation or inducement to engage in any other investment activities.

 

ANNEX

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements for the first half of 2021 are included in the PDF version of the press release.

 

Christian Dior group – Revenue by business group and by quarter

 

Revenue first half 2021 (Euro millions)

2021 Wines & Spirits Fashion & Leather Goods Perfumes & Cosmetics Watches & Jewelry Selective Retailing Other activities and eliminations Total
First quarter 1 510 6 738 1 550 1 883 2 337 (59) 13 959
Second quarter 1 195 7 125 1 475 2 140 2 748 23 14 706
First half 2 705 13 863 3 025 4 023 5 085 (36) 28 665

 

Revenue first half 2021 (organic growth compared to the first half of 2020)

2021 Wines & Spirits Fashion & Leather Goods Perfumes & Cosmetics Watches & Jewelry Selective Retailing Other activities and eliminations Total
First quarter + 36 % + 52 % + 18 % + 35 % – 5 % + 30 %
Second quarter + 55 % x 2.2 + 67 % x 2.2 + 31 % + 84 %
First half + 44 % + 81 % + 37 % + 71 % + 12 % + 53 %

 

Revenue first half 2021 (organic growth compared to the first half of 2019)

2021 Wines & Spirits Fashion & Leather Goods Perfumes & Cosmetics Watches & Jewelry Selective

Retailing

Other activities and eliminations Total
First quarter + 17 % + 37 % – 4 % + 1 % – 30 % + 8 %
Second quarter + 7 % + 40 % – 1 % + 9 % – 19 % + 14 %
First half + 12 % + 38 % – 3 % + 5% – 25 % + 11 %

 

Revenue first half 2020 (Euro millions)

2020 Wines & Spirits Fashion & Leather Goods Perfumes & Cosmetics Watches & Jewelry Selective Retailing Other activities and eliminations Total
First quarter 1 175 4 643 1 382 792 2 626 (22) 10 596
Second quarter 810 3 346 922 527 2 218 (26) 7 797
First half 1 985 7 989 2 304 1 319 4 844 (48) 18 393

 

Revenue first half 2019 (Euro millions)

2019 Wines & Spirits Fashion & Leather Goods Perfumes & Cosmetics Watches & Jewelry Selective Retailing Other activities and eliminations Total
First quarter 1 349 5 111 1 687 1 046 3 510 (165) 12 538
Second quarter 1 137 5 314 1 549 1 089 3 588 (133) 12 544
First half 2 486 10 425 3 236 2 135 7 098 (298) 25 082

 

Alternative performance indicators 

For the purposes of its financial communication, in addition to the accounting aggregates defined by IAS/IFRS, Christian Dior uses alternative performance indicators established in accordance with AMF position DOC-2015-12.

The table below lists these indicators and the reference to their definition and their reconciliation with the aggregates defined by IAS/IFRS standards, in the published documents.

Indicators Reference to published documents
Operating free cash-flow AR (consolidated financial statements, consolidated cash-flow statement)
Net financial debt AR (Notes 1.22 and 19 of the appendix to the consolidated financial statements)
Gearing AR (Management Report of the Board of Directors – Christian Dior group,

Part 2, Comments on Consolidated Balance Sheet)

Organic growth AR (Management Report of the Board of Directors – Christian Dior group,

Part 1, Comments on the Consolidated Income Statement)

AR : 2020 Annual Report

This document is a free translation into English of the original French financial release dated July 26, 2021.

It is not a binding document.

In the event of a conflict in interpretation, reference should be made to the French version, which is the authentic text.

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