Luxottica, Another Quarter of Solid Growth: Net Sales for the 2012 Third Quarter Exceed 1.7 Billion Euros (+17.0%), Net Income of 138.6 Million Euros (+30.6%)

The Board of Directors of Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX), a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear, met today and approved the consolidated results for the three- and nine- month periods ended September 30, 2012 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IAS/IFRS).

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The third quarter results confirm the Group's excellent performance, which testifies to Luxottica's commitment to serving its customers and consumers.”, commented Andrea Guerra, Chief Executive Officer of Luxottica.

Milan, Italy (PRWEB) October 26, 2012

The Board of Directors of Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX), a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear, met today and approved the consolidated results for the three- and nine- month periods ended September 30, 2012 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IAS/IFRS).

(See images) Third quarter of 2012 and first nine months 2012 included in the 3Q 2012. Press Release file: http://www.luxottica.com/en/media/press_releases/archive/ir/2012_q3.html

Operating performance for the third quarter of 2012
During the third quarter of 2012, Luxottica's growth trend continued at a steady pace. In an overall global macroeconomic environment that was increasingly challenging, Luxottica achieved positive results across all regions, delivering improved results for the eleventh straight quarter.

In the third quarter of 2012, the Group's net sales increased from Euro 1,523.8 million to Euro 1,783.5 million, up 17.0% (+6.7% at constant exchange rates2). In the first nine months, net sales grew by 15.7% (+8.2% at constant exchange rates2) to Euro 5,453.8 million (Euro 4,713.5 million during the same period in 2011).

“The third quarter results confirm the Group's excellent performance, which testifies to Luxottica's commitment to serving its customers and consumers.”, commented Andrea Guerra, Chief Executive Officer of Luxottica.

“We have generated a record positive free cash flow4 of Euro 271 million, permitting a further reduction in net debt and strengthening our balance sheet.

Both the Wholesale and Retail divisions have worked enthusiastically and with strong determination within all regions where the Group is present. It is important to note the strong continuous growth achieved in North America which exceeded our initial expectations, the acceleration in Western Europe (+9% in quarter), and the recovery in the Mediterranean region.

Investments in emerging markets continue to pay off. We are very satisfied with our operating margin results, which improved by 100 basis points at the Group level. We are confident that our balanced business model and sales momentum constitute an excellent base as we head towards the end of 2012 and will allow us to take advantage of future opportunities.”

EBITDA for the third quarter of 2012 rose by 24.0% over the same period in 2011, increasing from Euro 276.0 million (on an adjusted basis)3,4 in 2011 to Euro 342.1 million in the current period.
Additionally, adjusted EBITDA 3,4 for the first nine months of 2012 reached Euro 1,103.6 million, an increase over the Euro 911.1 million recorded for the same period in 2011.

Operating income for the third quarter of 2012 grew by 26.1% year-over-year, equalling Euro 248.9 million (Euro 197.4 million on an adjusted basis)3,4 The Group's operating margin increased from 13.0% (on an adjusted basis)3,4 in the same period of 2011 to 14.0% in the current quarter.

During the first nine months of the year, adjusted operating income3,4 amounted to Euro 839.8 million, up by 23.2% compared with Euro 681.6 million in the same period of 2011. The Group’s adjusted operating margin3,4 therefore rose to 15.4% in the first nine months of 2012, from 14.5% during the same period in 2011.

Net income for the third quarter of 2012 increased to Euro 138.6 million (Euro 106.1 million on an adjusted basis3,4 in 2011), up 30.6%, resulting in EPS (earnings per share) of 0.30 Euros for the quarter (at an average Euro/US dollar exchange rate of 1.2502). EPS in US dollars was US$ 0.37 for the third quarter of 2012.

Strict control over working capital during the third quarter enabled Luxottica to accumulate a record positive free cash flow4 of Euro 271.0 million. This facilitated a reduction in net debt,4 which totalled Euro 1,887 million at September 30, 2012 (Euro 2,032 million at the end of 2011), and resulted in a net debt to adjusted EBITDA3,4 ratio of 1.4x at September 30, 2012.

Luxottica recorded solid and balanced growth during the third quarter of 2012 in both the Wholesale and Retail divisions.

Wholesale division
During the third quarter of 2012, the Wholesale division continued to achieve excellent results in terms of both net sales and profitability, while increasing its presence and exploiting opportunities in fast-growing regions.

Sales performance in key areas, such as North America and the emerging markets, stood out this quarter. Double-digit growth was recorded in China, Turkey, Mexico, India, Brazil and Eastern Europe. Excellent results were also achieved in Western Europe, with Nordic countries, France, Germany and the UK up double-digits in the quarter. Performance in Italy was slightly negative, while Spain returned to growth.

Wholesale’s strong results were driven by the success of our new collections, our ability to establish unique and long-term relationships with our customers and by consistently offering a best-in-class service. The strength of our brand portfolio is also at the root of this success, with double-digit growth in Ray-Ban, Oakley and the luxury segment.

The Wholesale division's net sales rose to Euro 646.8 million from Euro 555.1 million in the third quarter of 2011 (+16.5% at current exchange rates and +10.7% at constant exchange rates2). On a nine-month basis, net sales were Euro 2,161.8 million, improving by 13.8% at current exchange rates (+10.3% at constant exchange rates2) as compared with Euro 1,900.2 million in the first nine months of 2011.

Operating income grew to Euro 124.8 million, compared with Euro 104.9 million during the third quarter of 2011. The operating margin grew from 18.9% in the third quarter of 2011 to 19.3% for the third quarter of 2012. In the first nine months of 2012, the operating margin was 23.4% (23.2% in the same period of 2011).

Retail division
During the third quarter of 2012, the Retail division recorded solid and well-balanced growth across all regions. Net sales equalled Euro 1,136.7 million (Euro 968.7 million in the third quarter of 2011), +17.3% year-over-year (+4.4% at constant exchange rates2).

During the first nine months of 2012, net sales were Euro 3,292.1 million, up 17.0% compared with Euro 2,813.3 million in the same period of 2011 (+6.9% at constant exchange rates2).

The Retail division's operating income increased from Euro 127.4 million on an adjusted basis3,4 in the third quarter of 2011 to Euro 166.2 million (+30.5%). The operating margin amounted to 14.6%, up from 13.2% on an adjusted basis3,4 in the third quarter of 2011. The adjusted operating margin3,4 in the first nine months of 2012 was 14.0% (12.6% in the 2011 period).

In terms of comparable store sales5, the Retail division grew by 5.9% during the quarter.
The North American optical business also exhibited positive trends in the current period with LensCrafters recording an increase in comparable store sales5 of 2.5%.

Sunglass Hut, the Group’s sun specialty chain that operates in a number of countries, once again delivered record results, with overall comparable store sales5 up 8.8%. Stellar performance was achieved in the United States (+8.4%) and Mexico, which recorded an increase in excess of 30% in comparable store sales4 as a result of investments made over the last few months.

In Australia, the reorganization that began in February 2012 led to an 8.5% increase in comparable store sales5 in the optical segment during the third quarter (+6.2% for the current nine-month period). The contribution of OPSM to these results was significant, accelerating in the quarter with growth of 12%.

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Results for the third quarter and for the first nine months of 2012 will be discussed today in a conference call with the financial community starting at 6:30 PM CET. The audio portion and related presentation will be available via live webcast at http://www.luxottica.com.

The officer responsible for preparing the Company’s financial reports, Enrico Cavatorta, declares, pursuant to Article 154-bis, Section 4, of the Consolidated Law on Finance, that the accounting information contained in this press release is consistent with the data in the supporting documents, books of accounts and other accounting records.

Luxottica Group – Contacts

Cristina Parenti
Group Corporate Communication and Public Relations Director
Tel.: +39 (02) 8633 4683
E-mail: cristina.parenti(at)luxottica(dot)com

Ana Iris Reece
Group Financial and Corporate Press Office Manager
Tel.: +39 (02) 8633 4912
Email: anairis.reece(at)luxottica(dot)com

Alessandra Senici
Group Investor Relations Director
Tel.: +39 (02) 8633 4870
E-mail: InvestorRelations(at)Luxottica(dot)com

Notes on the press release
1 All comparisons, including percentage changes, refer to the three-month and the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively.
2 Figures given at constant exchange rates have been calculated using the average exchange rate in effect for the respective comparative period in the previous year. For further information, please refer to the attached tables.
3 The adjusted data for the third quarter of 2011 does not include: an extraordinary gain of approximately €21 million related to the acquisition of the 40% stake in Multiopticas Internacional; non-recurring costs related to Luxottica’s 50th anniversary celebrations of approximately €12 million; and non-recurring restructuring and start-up costs in the Retail Division of approximately €11.8 million.
The adjusted data for the first nine months of 2012 does not include restructuring costs relating to the reorganization of OPSM amounting to an approximately €21.7 million adjustment to Operating Income and an approximately €15.2 million adjustment to Net Income.
4 EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted operating margin, free cash flow, net debt, the ratio of net debt to adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted operating income and adjusted earnings per share are not measures in accordance with IAS/IFRS. For additional information on non-IAS/IFRS measures, please see the attached tables.
5 Comparable store sales reflect the change in sales from one period to another that, for comparison purposes, includes in the calculation only stores open in the more recent period that also were open during the comparable prior period, and applies to both periods the average exchange rate for the prior period and the same geographic area. Commencing 2Q12, retail comparable store sales exclude Pearle Vision results.

Luxottica Group S.p.A.
Luxottica Group is a leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear with approximately 7,000 optical and sun retail stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa, Latin America and Europe, and a strong, well-balanced brand portfolio. House brands include Ray-Ban, the world’s most famous sun eyewear brand, Oakley, Vogue, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Arnette and REVO, while licensed brands include Bvlgari, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Tiffany and Versace. In addition to a global wholesale network involving 130 different countries, the Group manages leading retail chains in major markets, including LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and ILORI in North America, OPSM and Laubman & Pank in Asia-Pacific, LensCrafters in China, GMO in Latin America and Sunglass Hut worldwide. The Group's products are designed and manufactured at its six manufacturing plants in Italy, two wholly owned plants in the People’s Republic of China, one plant in Brazil and one plant in the United States devoted to the production of sports eyewear. In 2011, Luxottica Group posted net sales of more than €6.2 billion. Additional information on the Group is available at http://www.luxottica.com

Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those which are anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the ability to manage the effect of the current uncertain international economic outlook, the ability to successfully acquire new businesses and integrate their operations, the ability to predict future economic conditions and changes in consumer preferences, the ability to successfully introduce and market new products, the ability to maintain an efficient distribution network, the ability to achieve and manage growth, the ability to negotiate and maintain favorable license arrangements, the availability of correction alternatives to prescription eyeglasses, fluctuations in exchange rates, changes in local conditions, the ability to protect intellectual property, the ability to maintain relations with those hosting our stores, computer system problems, inventory-related risks, credit and insurance risks, changes to tax regimes as well as other, political, economic and technological factors and other risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligation to update them.

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