Proposed cash dividend equal to 100% of adjusted3,5 net income: an increase to Euro 1.44 per share from Euro 0.65 in 2013
Group’s adjusted3,5 net sales up by 6.7% at constant exchange rates2 (reported net sales +6.1% at constant exchange rates2) and up by 5.3 at current exchange rates in 2014 Wholesale Division’s net sales up by 8.6% at constant exchange rates2 (+6.8% at current exchange rates) Retail Division’s comparable store sales4 up by 4%
Solid increase in adjusted3,5 operating income: +10.6%, adjusted3,5 operating margin up by 70bps
Strong growth in adjusted3,5 net income: +11.4% to Euro 687 million
Record free cash flow3 generation: Euro 802 million
Milan (Italy), March 2, 2015 – The Board of Directors of Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX), a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear, met today to review the consolidated net sales and preliminary results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year of 2014 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IAS/IFRS).
2 Figures at constant exchange rates have been calculated using the average exchange rates in effect for the corresponding period in the previous year. For further information, please refer to the attached tables.
3 EBITDA, EBITDA margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net sales, adjusted operating income/profit, adjusted operating margin, free cash flow, net debt, net debt/adjusted EBITDA ratio, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS are not measures in accordance with IAS/IFRS.
5 The adjusted data for the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2014: (i) does not take into account a change in the presentation of a component of EyeMed net sales that was previously included on a gross basis and is currently included on a net basis due to a change in the terms of an insurance underwriting agreement, resulting in a Euro 46.6 million reduction to net sales; (ii) excludes non-recurring expenses relating to redundancy incentive payments of Euro 20 million (Euro 14.5 million impact on Group net income); and (iii) excludes the Euro 30.3 million impact on net income relating to tax audits of the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 tax years. The adjusted data for 2013 excludes the following items: (i) non-recurring costs relating to reorganization of Alain Mikli International acquired in January 2013 amounting to an approximately Euro 9 million adjustment to Group operating income (approximately Euro 6 million net of tax effect); (ii) Euro 26.7 impact on net income relating to a tax audit for the 2007 tax year; and (iii) an accrual relating to open tax audits for tax years after 2007 in the amount of Euro 40 million.