Watches of Switzerland H1 statutory profits fall
Swiss watches retailer Watches of Switzerland reported a sharp drop in interim statutory profits on Thursday amid softer consumer sentiment and a repositioning to full-price sales in the US.
Watches of Switzerland reported statutory operating profits of £78.0m for the six months ended 29 October, down 16% on a reported basis.
Adjusted underlying earnings came in at £73.0m, ahead of previous guidance for adjusted EBIT in the range of £70.0m-72.0m but still down 15% year-on-year.
On the other hand, group revenues of £761.0m were up 2% year-on-year at constant currency rates, with continued growth in luxury watches offsetting a reduction in the broader jewellery market.
Group e-commerce sales were 3% lower than last year at constant currency against strong comparatives.
Expansionary capital expenditure rose from £27.0m to £48.0m, with 19 new showrooms opened and seven showrooms refurbished, while the group also swung from a net debt position of £26.0m a year ago to a net cash position of £16.0m at the end of the half.
As of 0915 GMT, Watches of Switzerland shares were down 3.36% at 633.45p.
Reporting by Iain Gilbert at Sharecast.com