© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Ray-Ban sunglass body is pictured on the market in a Sunglass Hut, each manufacturers owned by EssilorLuxottica SA, in Manhattan, New York Metropolis, U.S., November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photograph
By Juliette Portala
(Reuters) -EssilorLuxottica’s shares slipped on Friday as a downturn in its China enterprise overshadowed the French-Italian eyewear firm’s total better-than-expected first-quarter gross sales.
The group, which makes sun shades and spectacle frames for Prada (OTC:) and Versace, reported “deteriorating” gross sales in mainland China as coronavirus instances surged, saying about three quarters of its places had been impacted by COVID-related closures or subdued footfall.
“We’re nonetheless going by extreme visitors decline over there,” finance chief Stefano Grassi mentioned on a name, including that it was widespread with solely “a handful of exceptions”.
China’s race to halt the pandemic has clogged highways and ports, stranded staff and shut numerous factories, inflicting disruption that’s rippling by international provide chains.
Shares in EssilorLuxottica had been down 1.9% at 1110 GMT, paring earlier losses of as a lot as 3.9%.
“The market and significantly luxurious and client items shares are affected by rising considerations a few slowdown in China on account of lockdowns,” Bryan Garnier analyst Cedric Rossi wrote in an e mail to Reuters.
These disruptions additionally clouded French luxurious firm Kering (EPA:)’s first-quarter outcomes, reported on Thursday. Its shares fell as a lot as 7% on Friday, weighing on the complete luxurious sector, one other analyst famous.
“A SAFE HAVEN”
Grassi sounded optimistic at occasions although, noting robust gross sales in China of Stellest lenses, which appropriate kids’s short-sightedness.
Stifel analyst Cedric Lecasble additionally pressured that the Ray-Ban maker’s publicity to China was restricted.
“A 5% gross sales publicity to China has insulated EssilorLuxottica from the top-line dilution that client friends are affected by,” analysts at Jefferies mentioned in a word to purchasers.
“The group’s resilience to the availability chain disruption … has equally set the shares as a secure haven,” they added.
EssilorLuxottica, which noticed demand for sun shades get well within the first three months of the 12 months, reported income of 5.61 billion euros ($6.09 billion), up 38.1% at present trade charges.
Analysts total pointed to a very good begin to the 12 months, with group gross sales 2% forward of consensus expectations, in accordance with RBC Capital Markets’ Piral Dadhania.
($1 = 0.9219 euros)