Swatch Group’s 2017 Results Show Strong Growth (and some Baselworld 2018 novelties partially revealed)

Swatch Group’s 2017 Results Show Strong Growth (and some Baselworld 2018 novelties partially revealed)

After Richemont declared solid quarterly outcomes not long before SIHH 2018 and LVMH detailed twofold digit growth for 2017 , it’s now Swatch Group’s go to uncover its yearly outcomes for the year 2017. Furthermore, prior to going into subtleties, realize that the Group is solid and that the standpoint for 2018 is still exceptionally sure. Indeed, the business is by all accounts in full recuperation, with a couple of dangers that should be overseen sooner rather than later though.

Swatch Group, probably the biggest watch & Jewelry aggregate – proprietor, among others, of Swatch, Omega, Breguet, Blancpain, Jaquet Droz, Glashütte Original, Longines, Tissot or Rado – just distributed its yearly report, posting solid outcomes for the year 2017. Above all else, net deals expanded 5.8% to CHF 7,989 million and +5.4% to CHF 7,960 million at current trade rates (vs. CHF 7,553 million out of 2016). Development is driven primarily by the Watches & Jewelry fragment, with a general development of 6.9% at current trade rates (recall that this portion is liable for more than 90% of the group’s sales).

Profitability, a factor significantly more significant than deals, is much more grounded, with a working outcome hopping 24.5% – the working outcome addresses 12.6% of the deals in 2017 versus 10.7% of the deals in 2016. The overall gain follows a similar pattern with a development of 27.3%. Generally, all pointers are positive, both for the deals and benefit of the Swatch Group.

Looking at the report in detail, we can see a solid speeding up of 12.2% at current trade rates in the second 50% of the year and in the fourth quarter even 14.9% in the Watches & Jewelry portion. The long stretch of December recorded the second best month to month deals throughout the entire existence of Swatch Group. Concerning the portions, distinction and extravagance (Omega, Breguet, Blancpain, JD and GO) recorded the most grounded increment, while the fundamental and center reach value section, with Flik Flak, Swatch, Calvin Klein, Hamilton, Mido and Tissot, recorded great development in incentive just as in volumes (if the Swatch Group doesn’t notice numbers here, we can envision that the development was less noteworthy in this segment).

As for districts, development is fundamentally determined, indeed, by Asia/Pacific. We’ve seen precisely the same pattern for both the Richemont Group and LVMH. While being an uplifting viewpoint temporarily, this power of Asia in deals and development stays perilous, realizing how unpredictable this market can be – recall that the decay of deals in Asia was the primary explanation behind the industry’s downturn in 2015/2016.

As for 2018, the Swatch Group anticipates further certain development in nearby monetary forms. Tissot is currently doing over CHF 1 billion in deals, while Longines is en route to CHF 2 billion in deals (in the medium term).

Some Baselworld 2018 oddities somewhat revealed…

In the report, the Swatch Group makes reference to that “Omega will likewise commend the 70th commemoration of the Seamaster and the 25th commemoration of the Seamaster Diver 300m in 2018, and will advertise unique versions of the assortments for these occasions.” or “Breguet, with its new Marine Collection“… You realize what’s in store for Baselworld 2018.