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Watches of Switzerland Group PLC Watches of Switzerland Q4 FY22 Trading

18/05/2022 7:00am

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Watches of Switzerland Group PLC

18 May 2022

Watches of Switzerland Group PLC

Q4 FY22 Trading

for the 13 weeks (Q4) and 52 weeks (FY) to 1 May 2022

Stellar end to FY22 with strong momentum into FY23

Revenue growth of 48%([1]) in Q4, 40%(1) for the full year with improved profitability

Watches of Switzerland Group PLC ("the Group") today provides the following unaudited update relating to the 13 and 52 weeks ending 1 May 2022.

Brian Duffy, Chief Executive Officer, said:

" We are pleased to report a strong quarter of 48%(1) growth to finish what was an outstanding year for the Group. We have delivered another record year of revenue and profitability as we continue to progress our Long Range Plan. Our teams have again excelled and done great work."

"We delivered an outstanding performance in both the US and UK, supported by broad-based sales growth across our portfolio of world leading partner brands and driven by domestic clientele. We were also delighted to announce our forthcoming entry into the European market, which will provide our Group with further growth opportunities and geographic diversification."

"The luxury watch and jewellery markets are dynamic and our Group investment-led model continues to gain positive momentum. Consumer desire for "Super High Demand" brands (Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet) continues to exceed supply and other luxury watch brands are enjoying exceptionally strong demand and sales. Luxury jewellery demand is also very positive."

"Looking ahead, our FY23 guidance reflects our confidence in our markets and business model. We enter FY23 with visibility of product supply for Super High Demand brands for the remainder of the 2022 calendar year and an exciting programme of new products and marketing from other brands. We have a strong pipeline of showroom projects, and we expect an ongoing recovery in footfall and airport traffic. Our focus will be on continuing to capitalise on the momentum we have built to deliver value for all our stakeholders."

Q4 FY22 Highlights

-- Group revenue GBP304 million (Q4 FY21: GBP218 million as reported for 14 weeks), up 48%(1) on prior year

   --      US revenue GBP136 million (FY21: GBP92 million for 14 weeks), up 50%(1) vs Q4 FY21 

o Opening of our flagship Watches of Switzerland in Kenwood Towne Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

-- UK revenue GBP168 million (FY21: GBP126 million as reported for 14 weeks), up 47%(1) vs Q4 FY21

o Opening of three mono-brand boutiques - Breitling Bullring, TAG Solihull and OMEGA Meadowhall

o Relocation of Mappin & Webb Chester

FY22 Highlights

   --      Group revenue up 40%(1) to GBP1,238 million (FY21: GBP905 million for 53 weeks) 
   --      US revenue up 48%(1) to GBP428 million 
   --      UK revenue up 36%(1) to GBP810 million 

-- FY22 luxury watch sales up 36%(1) on last year. Demand for luxury watches continues to be very strong in both the UK and the US, consistently exceeding supply

-- Sales of Super High Demand watches increased modestly on strong prior year sales, and restricted supply

   --      Growth in other luxury watches more than double prior year 

-- FY22 luxury jewellery sales up 86%(1) on last year reflecting a strong market, continued improvement in ranging, incremental growth from the Betteridge acquisition and the opening of our first BVLGARI mono-brand boutique

-- Group ecommerce sales for FY22 were up 5%(1) on last year when showrooms were closed for approximately 26 weeks during COVID-19 lockdown (up 128% vs FY20)

-- Sales continued to be driven by a domestic clientele, making up 97% of Group revenue (FY21: 95%)

   --      Xenia, the Group's elevated customer service project launched in all showrooms 

-- FY22 Adjusted pre-IFRS 16 EBITDA[2] expected to be between GBP160 million and GBP164 million (FY21: GBP105 million), implied margin between 12.9% and 13.2% (FY21: 11.6%)

-- FY22 Adjusted pre-IFRS 16 EBIT[3] expected to be between GBP128 million and GBP132 million (FY21: GBP78 million), giving year on year growth of +64% to +69%

   --      Net debt[4] of GBP14 million as at 1 May 2022 (2 May 2021: GBP44 million) 

-- GBP4.5 million paid to The Watches of Switzerland Foundation of which GBP1.5 million was accrued in FY21. This will support communities where we work and live in relation to foodbanks, homelessness support and the promotion of young people enabling them to fulfil their potential

-- In Q3 FY22, the Group granted a free gift of 50 shares to all colleagues and launched employee share save schemes in the UK and US to further reward and incentivise colleagues


   --      Our FY23 guidance excludes uncommitted capital projects and acquisitions 

-- The Group enters FY23 with strong momentum and anticipates that disruption from the pandemic is now largely behind us with ongoing recovery in footfall and airport traffic

-- Our FY23 guidance reflects current visibility of supply of key brands and confirmed showroom refurbishments, openings and closures

   --      The Group provides the following FY23 guidance on an organic pre-IFRS 16 basis: 
      o Revenue:          GBP1.45 - GBP1.50 billion 
      o Adjusted EBITDA   flat to +0.5% 
      o Depreciation:     GBP33 - GBP35 million 
      o EBIT:             GBP157 - GBP169 million 
      o Total finance     cGBP4.5 million 
      o Underlying tax    21.5% - 22.0% 
      o Capex:            GBP70 - GBP80 million including the development 
                           of new corporate HQ in Leicester 
      o Year-end net      GBP35 - GBP45 million 

The equivalent guidance on an IFRS 16 basis is:

      o EBIT:                      GBP172 - GBP184 million 
      o Depreciation:              GBP79 - GBP83 million 
      o Total finance              GBP18 - GBP21 million 
   --      The Group has an exciting pipeline of showroom projects planned in FY23: 

o Opening of new Watches of Switzerland flagship showroom in American Dream, New Jersey

o New Watches of Switzerland showroom in Battersea, London alongside four mono-brand boutiques

o Continued roll out of Goldsmiths Luxury showroom format

o Relocation of two showrooms in the Mayors network in Florida

o Expansion of the mono-brand portfolio in the UK and US

o Entry into the European market through the opening of six mono-brand boutiques in Sweden, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland

   --      The Group plans to announce FY22 results on 7 July 2022 

Q4 FY22 Revenue performance by geography

                  Q4 FY22    Q4 FY21             Q4 FY22 vs Q4 FY21                Q4 FY22vs Q4 
         (GBPm)   13 weeks   14 weeks                Constant     excluding                 2-year 
                     to         to                   currency    FY21 53(rd)    2-year      constant 
                    1 May      2 May    Reported      YoY %         week        reported    currency 
                    2022       2021       YoY %                     YoY %        YoY %       YoY % 
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 
 UK                 168        126        33%         33%           47%           98%         98% 
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 
 US                 136         92        48%         41%           50%          246%        255% 
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Group Revenue      304        218        39%         36%           48%          145%        148% 
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 

FY22 Revenue performance by geography

                    FY22       FY21                 FY22 vs FY21                   FY22 vs FY20 
         (GBPm)   52 weeks   53 weeks                             excluding                 2-year 
                     to         to                   Constant    FY21 53(rd)    2-year      constant 
                    1 May      2 May    Reported     currency       week        reported    currency 
                    2021       2021       YoY %       YoY %         YoY %        YoY %       YoY % 
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 
 UK                 810        606        34%         34%           36%           38%         38% 
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 
 US                 428        299        44%         46%           48%           90%        102% 
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 
 Group Revenue     1,238       905        37%         38%           40%           53%         56% 
                 ---------  ---------  ---------  -----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 

Q4 FY22 and FY22 revenue performance by category

                                         Q4                                         FY 
                                                      Constant                                 currency 
            (GBPm)                                    currency                                 excluding 
                                                      excluding                                  FY21 
                     13 weeks   14 weeks                FY21      52 weeks   53 weeks           53(rd) 
                        to         to                  53(rd)       to 1       to 2              week 
                       1 May      2 May                 week         May        May     YoY       YoY 
                       2021       2021       YoY %      YoY %       2022       2021      %         % 
                    ---------  ---------  --------  -----------  ---------  ---------  ----  ----------- 
 Luxury watches        258        195        32%        40%        1,047       788      33%      36% 
                    ---------  ---------  --------  -----------  ---------  ---------  ----  ----------- 
 Luxury jewellery       27         12       124%        165%        109         61      79%      86% 
                    ---------  ---------  --------  -----------  ---------  ---------  ----  ----------- 
 Other                  19         11        68%        81%          82         56      47%      50% 
                    ---------  ---------  --------  -----------  ---------  ---------  ----  ----------- 
 Group Revenue         304        218        39%        48%        1,238       905      37%      40% 
                    ---------  ---------  --------  -----------  ---------  ---------  ----  ----------- 

Conference call

A conference call for analysts and investors will be held at 8.00am (UK time) today. To join the call, please use the following details:

Dial-in: +44 20 3936 2999

Conference access code: 353323


The Watches of Switzerland Group

 Bill Floydd, CFO                           +44 (0) 207 317 4600 
 Caroline Browne, Group Finance Director 
  & Investor Relations                      +44 (0) 116 2817 420


 Lucy Legh / Joanna Clark    +44 (0) 20 3805 4822

About the Watches of Switzerland Group

The Watches of Switzerland Group is the UK's largest luxury watch retailer, operating in both the UK and US, comprising five prestigious brands; Watches of Switzerland (UK and US), Mappin & Webb (UK), Goldsmiths (UK), Mayors (US) and Betteridge (US), with a complementary jewellery offering.

As at 1 May 2022, the Watches of Switzerland Group has 171 showrooms across the UK and US including 55 dedicated mono-brand boutiques in partnership with Rolex, TAG Heuer, Breitling, OMEGA, TUDOR, Audemars Piguet, Grand Seiko, BVLGARI and FOPE and has a leading presence in Heathrow Airport with representation in Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 as well as seven retail websites.

The Watches of Switzerland Group is proud to be the UK's largest retailer for Rolex, Cartier, OMEGA, TAG Heuer and Breitling watches.

Mappin & Webb holds Royal warrants as goldsmiths, silversmiths and jeweller to Her Majesty The Queen and silversmiths to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The Mappin & Webb master jeweller has been Crown Jeweller, custodian of the Crown Jewels of Her Majesty The Queen since 2012.

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements

This announcement has been prepared by Watches of Switzerland Group PLC (the 'Company'). It includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "anticipates", "expects", "intends", "plans", "goal", "target", "aim", "may", "will", "would", "could" or "should" or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. They appear in a number of places throughout this announcement and the information incorporated by reference into this announcement and may include statements regarding the intentions, beliefs or current expectations of the Company Directors or the Group concerning, amongst other things: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, dividend policy and future prospects; (ii) business and management strategies, the expansion and growth of the Group's business operations; and (iii) the effects of government regulation and industry changes on the business of the Company or the Group.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future and may be beyond the Company's ability to control or predict. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. The Group's actual results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, and the development of the industry in which it operates may differ materially from the impression created by the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement and/or the information incorporated by reference into this presentation.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company or the Group speak only as of the date they are made and are based upon the knowledge and information available to the Directors on the date of this announcement, and are subject to risks relating to future events, other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Company's operations and growth strategy, and a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements.

Before making any investment decision in relation to the Company you should specifically consider the factors identified in this document, in addition to the risk factors that may affect the Company or the Group's operations which are described in the Annual Report and Accounts 2021 in Risk Management and Principal Risks and Uncertainties.

([1]) Revenue growth metrics are on a constant currency basis excluding the FY21 53rd week

([2]) Unaudited adjusted pre-IFRS 16 EBITDA is Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation before exceptional items

([3]) Unaudited adjusted pre-IFRS 16 EBIT is Earnings Before Interest and Tax before exceptional items

([4]) Net debt is total borrowings (excluding IFRS 16 lease liabilities) before adjusting for capitalised transaction costs less cash and cash equivalents

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