|For the six months ended 30 September|
|Gross Profit||1,863,633||1,647,260||+ 13.1%|
|Profit Attributable to Equity Holders||665,423||520,364||+ 27.9%|
|Basic Earnings per Share||HK$1.13||HK$0.89||+ 27.0%|
|Dividend per Share
(28 November 2018) ── The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Luk Fook Holdings (International) Limited (the “Company”) (Stock Code: 00590.HK) is pleased to announce the unaudited consolidated interim results of the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as the “Group”) for the six months ended 30 September 2018 (the “Period under review”). Benefitting from the positive market sentiment and lower gold price, the Group recorded revenue growth of 25.1% to HK$7,859,454,000 (2017: HK$6,283,454,000). However, with the decrease in overall gross margin by 2.5 p.p. to 23.7% (2017: 26.2%), gross profit only rose by 13.1% to HK$1,863,633,000 (2017: HK$1,647,260,000). On the other hand, although the increase in sales led to an increase in total operating expenses by 12.5%; because of a faster increase in revenue, its ratio to revenue decreased by 1.8 p.p. to 15.3% (2017: 17.1%). Therefore, operating profit improved substantially by 29.8% to HK$837,982,000 (2017: HK$645,359,000); operating margin was 10.7% (2017: 10.3%), while net margin was 8.5% (2017: 8.3%). Profit attributable to equity holders thus increased by 27.9% to HK$665,423,000 (2017: HK$520,364,000) and basic earnings per share increased by 27.0% to HK$1.13 (2017: HK$0.89).
The Board has resolved to declare an interim dividend of HK$0.55 per ordinary share (2017: HK$0.55 per share, including a special dividend of HK$0.20 per ordinary share) for the Period under review. Payout ratio is 48.5% (2017: 62.1%).
Mr. Wong Wai Sheung, Chairman and Chief Executive of Lukfook Group said, “During the Period under review, visitor arrivals in Hong Kong and Macau increased under the improved overall economic environment. However, the market sentiment was adversely impacted by the recent US-China trade war as well as the depreciation of Renminbi. Therefore, the Group remains prudent about its business development in the second half of the financial year. Nevertheless, with the anticipated considerable growth of the middle-class population in Mainland China, the Group remains optimistic about the mid- to long-term business prospects. In the coming year, the Group will focus on product offering enrichment, market coverage enlargement in Mainland China and market oriented strategies to penetrate into the mass market, covering the middle-class, wedding couples as well as kids.”
The retail business was the Group’s primary source of revenue with its revenue increased by 27.3% year-on-year to HK$6,007,690,000 (2017: HK$4,719,610,000), accounting for 76.4% (2017: 75.1%) of the Group’s total revenue. Segmental profit of the retail business rose by 19.2% to HK$396,399,000 (2017: HK$332,435,000), accounting for 46.6% (2017: 46.9%) of the total; and its segmental profit margin was 6.6% (2017: 7.0%).
Attributable to the increase in the number of licensed shops, the wholesale business revenue rose by 13.8% over the corresponding period last year to HK$1,470,645,000 (2017: HK$1,291,918,000), accounting for 18.7% (2017: 20.6%) of the Group’s total revenue. However, with the decrease in gross margin of gem-set jewellery products, its segmental profit decreased by 10.3% to HK$180,505,000 (2017: HK$201,299,000), accounting for 21.2% (2017: 28.4%) of the total. Its segmental profit margin was 12.3% (2017: 15.6%).
Licensing income, which accounted for 4.9% (2017: 4.3%) of the Group’s total revenue, increased substantially by 40.2% to HK$381,119,000 (2017: HK$271,926,000) due to an increase in the number of licensed shops as well. Its segmental profit margin improved to 71.7% (2017: 64.5%) because of high fixed cost proportion in its cost structure. Its segmental profit substantially increased by 55.7% to HK$273,281,000 (2017: HK$175,480,000), accounting for 32.2% (2017: 24.7%) of the total.
During the Period under review, the overall same store sales growth* (“SSSG”) of the Group further improved to +17.7% (2017: +11.2%). SSSG for the Hong Kong and Macau market and that for the Mainland China market were +21.4% (2017: +10.5%) and +0.7% (2017: +16.7%) respectively. SSSG for gold and platinum products was +22.3% (2017: +10.3%) and that for gem-set jewellery products was +11.3% (2017: +12.6%).
During the Period under review, the Group added a net total of 94 new Lukfook shops worldwide, including a net addition of 2 self-operated shops in Hong Kong, 1 self-operated shop in Macau, 90 shops in Mainland China (including a net addition of 96 licensed shops and a net reduction of 6 self-operated shops), 1 self-operated shop in Malaysia and 1 licensed shop in the Philippines, as well as closure of 1 licensed shop in Korea. As at 30 September 2018, the Group had a global network of 1,725 Lukfook shops (2017: 1,542 shops), with business spanning across Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines, the United States, Canada and Australia, and operated 5 3D-GOLD shops (2017: 10 shops) in Mainland China.
Mr. Wong Wai Sheung, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Group said, “By understanding customers’ spending habits, the Group will adopt holistic approach to penetrate into the markets for the middle-class, wedding couples and kids. Given the importance of social media in product promotion, the Group will continue to showcase and promote its products on mobile applications and social media platforms such as Facebook and WeChat, etc. Apart from accelerating sales growth, the Group will also strive to enhance its operational efficiency and control costs in every operational aspect, including the improvement of service quality control, enhancement of support to licensees, promotion of continuous improvement culture and full automation of operational processes in the hope of delivering better results to its shareholders.”
* Same store sales growth (“SSSG”) represented a comparison of sales of the same self-operated shop having full day operations in the comparable periods and such data did not include sales of licensed shops and Mainland China’s e-commerce business.
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