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Safilo reports first quarter 10,6% sales increase

Italian based eyewear group Safilo reports that operating performance in the quarter was broadly in line with management expectations, and progress made was in line with the 2020 Strategic Plan.

Net sales grew by 10.6% to a total of 324,3 million euros, benefiting from the currency tailwind recorded in the period, while the increase at constant exchange rates was +0.8%. The Group saw continued strength in North America, further acceleration of growth in Latin America and a continuation of the positive trends in Europe, while Asia declined in the context of the commercial leadership and capability re-set initiated mid last year, and soft trading in China and Hong Kong.

Gross profit improved by 6.8% to Euro 196.6 million. Gross margin contracted in comparison to a strong base of Q1 last year, driven by cost inflation ahead of COGS savings initiative expected to ramp up during the balance of the year, certain phasing effects of spending, and by the impact of a higher inventory obsolescence provision mainly for the to-be discontinued brands, without which gross margin was substantially stable vs. the full year 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA declined by -8.2% to Euro 32.6 million and adjusted EBITDA margin reduced compared to the same quarter of last year, impacted primarily by the lower gross margin previously explained, while the Group continued to invest into building key capabilities particularly in commercial and product.

Safilo licenses the eyewear lines of Dior, Gucci, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Max Mara, Saint Laurent, Hugo Boss etc.

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