Essilor: Third-Quarter 2015 Report

Like-for-like growth accelerates to 4.8%

  • Robust growth in the United States and Europe
  • Continued momentum in fast-growing countries
  • Strong gains in the Sunglasses & Readers division, up 9.9%
  • Annual targets confirmed

CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France--()--Regulatory News:

Essilor International (Paris:EI), the world leader in ophthalmic optics, today announced that consolidated revenue rose by 14.5% year-on-year to €1,620 million in the third quarter of 2015.

 

Third-Quarter Consolidated Revenue by Operating Segment and by Region


€ millions
    Q3 2015     Q3 2014    

Change
(reported)

   

Change

(like-for-like)

   

Changes in
the scope of
consolidation

   

Currency
effect

Lenses & Optical Instruments     1,446     1,274     +13.4%     +4.8%     +1.5%     +8.0%
North America     643     527     +22.2%     +4.4%     +0.3%     +17.5%
Europe     431     409     +5.2%     +4.0%     +0.6%     +0.7%
Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa     270     234     +15.1%     +5.9%     +1.3%     +7.9%
Latin America     102     104     -2.1%     +7.4%     +11.7%     -21.2%
Equipment     48     46     +4.9%     -6.4%     -0.4%     +11.7%
Sunglasses & Readers     126     95     +32.8%     +9.9%     +5.6%     +17.3%
TOTAL     1,620     1,415     +14.5%     +4.8%     +1.7%     +8.0%
                       

"Around the world, our industry is benefiting from strong, sustainable demand for vision care solutions," said Hubert Sagnières, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Essilor. "In a mixed economic environment, our third-quarter performance has validated our investment strategy, designed to drive balanced growth that is evenly spread among developed and fast-growing economies. The acceleration in organic growth also reflects the benefits of broadening our business portfolio, with the ramp-up of sunwear and online sales. This across-the-board dynamic underpins our confidence that we can meet our full-year targets in 2015 and continue to move boldly forward in 2016."

Third-Quarter 2015 Revenue

On a like-for-like basis, revenue growth gained further momentum over the period, rising 4.8% compared with 4.4% in the second quarter and 4% in the first.

The improvement primarily reflected:

  • Sustained robust growth in North America and Europe, led by the stepped-up consumer marketing campaigns.
  • Faster growth in the Sunglasses & Readers division, at 9.9%, the biggest gain since the division was created in 2010.

Reported growth also included the 8.0% positive currency effect, mainly from the rise in the US dollar against the euro, and a 1.7% increase from changes in the scope of consolidation.

Third-Quarter Revenue by Region and by Division

Sales in North America continued to grow very rapidly in a steadily expanding market, rising 4.4% like-for-like over the quarter. Third-quarter sales in the United States benefited from faster growth in business with the optical chains as well as sustained expansion by the Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions® and Xperio® product lines, supported by the continued deployment of marketing initiatives and media campaigns. In addition, the contact lens distribution business enjoyed another quarter of robust growth. The Frames Direct and EyeBuyDirect online retail operations both delivered strong gains, while Coastal.com continued its turnaround. Growth in Canada was lifted by i) marketing campaigns, particularly the "perfect pair" offer, which is driving faster sales of prescription sunglasses by independent eyecare professionals, and ii) new products, such as the Eyezen™ lens category designed for a connected life.

In generally expanding markets, the 4.0% like-for-like increase in European sales was led by sustained business with key accounts and the positive impact of consumer advertising campaigns. This was the case in Germany, where sales rebounded, in Southern European countries and in the United Kingdom, where the product mix also had a favorable impact. The Eastern European countries enjoyed the fastest growth, thanks to the effects of media campaigns. In Russia, consumer marketing initiatives for the Crizal® brand have helped to strengthen Essilor's positions in a challenging environment. Sales in France were stable over the period.

Sales in the Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa region climbed 5.9% like-for-like during the quarter, as an upturn in export business and solid growth in domestic sales in the fast-growing countries offset softer demand in the region's developed economies. In India, Crizal®, Varilux®, Transitions® and Kodak® lenses turned in a very strong performance, while overall sales were buoyed by the continued shift from glass to plastic lenses, as well as by media campaigns and the launch of the EyezenTM lens category. Despite a challenging economic environment, growth in China was impelled by the domestic success of Crizal® antireflective lenses and Varilux® progressive lenses, along with a rebound in export sales. Operations in South Korea also combined domestic growth and strong export business. Sales in Southeast Asia had another good quarter, led by the new EyezenTM lenses. Growth remained strong as well in the Middle East and Africa. Australian sales, particularly to independent eyecare professionals, suffered as the economy cooled in the third quarter. Business was stable in Japan.

The slowdown in growth in Latin America, to 7.4% like-for-like overall, reflected a mixed situation, with the faster momentum observed in Colombia, Mexico and other countries only partly offsetting the impact of the Brazilian recession. Performance in Brazil was still up but was dampened by the decline in retail footfalls and adverse prior-year comparatives. Despite this unfavorable environment, Essilor strengthened its positions thanks to the solid sales of Crizal® and Kodak® lenses. All of the other country organizations reported faster gains compared with the first half. This was particularly the case in Colombia, the region's second largest country market, where the Crizal® line, previously available as single vision lenses, was extended to all prescription lenses. Kodak® lenses also saw a sharp increase in sales. Growth in Mexico returned to double digits, lifted by a more favorable economic environment. Business in Chile was driven by a new stage in the ramp-up of an integrated lens supply contract with a leading regional optical chain. In Argentina, the sharp rebound in lens sales volumes continued throughout the quarter. The group has also strengthened its presence in the region by acquiring a majority stake in Rozin, a US-based distributor of ophthalmic lenses, sunglasses, frames, instruments and other optical equipment that operates exclusively in Central America, Venezuela and the Caribbean. It generates around $19 million in annual revenue from sales to eyecare professionals and prescription laboratories.

The Sunglasses & Readers division turned in an excellent 9.9% like-for-like increase in sales. In North America, FGX International's performance improved with the ramp-up of the new reading glasses supply contract with a leading drugstore chain and the gain of new shelf space with a large retail chain. This dynamic will be sustained by the launch of new products, such as the eReaders™ for digital screens, and by the opening of new retail channels. The division's solid results were also driven by the strong growth at Costa, which is still benefiting from the ramp-up of its prescription sunwear business and accelerating online sales. The Chinese brands (Bolon, Molsion® and Prosun®) reported another quarter of growth. Expansion also continued in the travel retail channel, with the slotting of Bolon™ glasses with a major cruise line in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Equipment division, which reported a 6.4% like-for-like decline for the period, remains adversely impacted by the recognition as intra-group revenue of sales to companies acquired by the group, as well as by cyclically weak demand in Asia and Latin America. Business in the developed economies is continuing to trend upwards.

Nine-Month Consolidated Revenue up 8.4% Excluding the Currency Effect


€ millions
   

2015

(9 months)

   

2014

(9 months)

   

Change
(reported)

   

Change

(like-for-like)

   

Changes in
the scope of
consolidation

   

Currency
effect

Lenses & Optical
Instruments

    4,400     3,693     +19.1%     +4.7%     +4.0%     +10.4%
North America     1,956     1,511     +29.4%     +4.2%     +4.7%     +20.5%
Europe     1,334     1,235     +8.1%     +3.8%     +3.1%     +1.1%

Asia/Pacific/Middle
East/Africa

    806     667     +20.8%     +5.6%     +2.2%     +13.0%
Latin America     304     280     +8.6%     +9.2%     +8.7%     -9.4%
Equipment     140     131     +6.8%     -5.4%     -1.0%     +13.1%
Sunglasses & Readers     488     371     +31.7%     +4.5%     +6.6%     +20.6%
TOTAL     5,028     4,195     +19.9%     +4.4%     +4.1%     +11.4%
                       

Outlook

Management has confirmed its full-year 2015 targets as follows:

  • Revenue growth of between 8% and 11% excluding the currency effect and in excess of 4.5% on a like-for-like basis.
  • A contribution from operations1 equal to at least 18.8% of revenue.

Both of these targets exclude the impact of any new strategic acquisitions.

A conference call in English will be held today at 10:00 a.m. CEST.

Please dial-in at the following numbers: +33 (0)1 70 77 09 42 or +44 20 3367 9461.

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Investor calendar

The 2015 annual results will be released on February 19, 2016.

About Essilor

The world's leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its mission is to improve lives by improving sight. To support this mission, Essilor allocates more than €180 million to research and innovation every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Its flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, Definity®, Xperio®, Optifog®, Foster Grant®, BolonTM and Costa®. It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.

Essilor reported consolidated revenue of nearly €5.7 billion in 2014 and employs 58,000 people. It markets its products in more than 100 countries and has 33 plants, 490 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world. For more information, please visit www.essilor.com.

The Essilor share trades on the Euronext Paris market and is included in the Euro Stoxx 50 and CAC 40 indices.

Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR0000121667; Reuters: ESSI.PA; Bloomberg: EI:FP

Appendix: Consolidated Revenue by Quarter (€ millions)

 
€ millions       2015       2014
First Quarter                
Lenses & Optical Instruments       1,454       1,160
  • North America
      650       467
  • Europe
      441       400
  • Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa
      267       211
  • Latin America
      96       82
Equipment       42       39
Sunglasses & Readers       163       124
TOTAL First Quarter       1,659       1,323
Second Quarter                
Lenses & Optical Instruments       1,501       1,259
  • North America
      663       518
  • Europe
      462       426
  • Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa
      269       222
  • Latin America
      107       94
Equipment       49       46
Sunglasses & Readers       199       152
TOTAL Second Quarter       1,749       1,457
Third Quarter                
Lenses & Optical Instruments       1,446       1,274
  • North America
      643       527
  • Europe
      431       409
  • Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa
      270       234
  • Latin America
      102       104
Equipment       48       46
Sunglasses & Readers       126       95
TOTAL Third Quarter       1,620       1,415
Fourth Quarter                
Lenses & Optical Instruments               1,277
  • North America
              527
  • Europe
              418
  • Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa
              231
  • Latin America
              101
Equipment               66
Sunglasses & Readers               132
TOTAL Fourth Quarter               1,475
           

1. Contribution from operations corresponds to revenue less cost of sales and operating expenses (research and development costs, selling and distribution costs, other operating expenses).

Contacts

Essilor
Investor Relations and Financial Communication
Véronique Gillet
Sébastien Leroy
Ariel Bauer
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 77 42 16
or
Corporate Communication
Lucia Dumas
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 77 45 02
or
Media Relations
Maïlis Thiercelin
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 77 45 02

Contacts

Essilor
Investor Relations and Financial Communication
Véronique Gillet
Sébastien Leroy
Ariel Bauer
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 77 42 16
or
Corporate Communication
Lucia Dumas
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 77 45 02
or
Media Relations
Maïlis Thiercelin
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 77 45 02