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Friday, 17 February 2017

News Release: Essilor - 2016 Results

Essilor International    

Published: 06:30 CET 17-02-2017 /GlobeNewswire /Source: Essilor International / : EI /ISIN: FR0000121667


Another year of growth

Essilor firmly focused on the future

 

  • Profit attributable to equity holders up 7.4% vs. 5.9% revenue growth
  • Dynamism of fast-growing countries
  • An active year for acquisitions and partnerships
  • Strong free cash flow5 generation

 

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Charenton-le-Pont, France (February 17, 2017 - 6:30 am) - The Board of Directors of Essilor International met on February 16, 2017 to approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2016. The financial statements have been audited and the auditors are currently in the process of issuing their report.

 

Financial Highlights

€ millions

2016

2015

% change

Revenue

7,115

6,716

+5.9%

Contribution from operations²
(% of revenue)

1,321

18.6%

1,263

18.8%

+4.6%

 

Operating profit

1,230

1,183

+3.9%

Profit attributable to equity holders
(% of revenue)

813

11.4%

757

11.3%

+7.4%

 

Earnings per share (in €)

3.79

3.57

+6.2%

Free cash flow5

900

867

+3.8%

 

 

"In 2016, Essilor achieved another year of earnings growth, continued its mission to improve vision care around the world and expanded its operational and geographic reach. We are beginning 2017 with a strengthened leadership team and operational structure in order to even more effectively capture the growth opportunities offered by the vast eye-care market. Multiple initiatives are already underway in terms of innovation, product and service offerings. As a result, we expect a progressive acceleration in growth over the course of the year. Furthermore, the proposed combination with the Luxottica group would enable the integration of lenses, frames and distribution to open up particularly exciting new prospects," commented Hubert Sagnières, Essilor International Chairman and CEO.

In 2016, Essilor continued to provide an ever-growing number of solutions for unmet visual needs by pursuing a strategy of expanding its scope of operations in corrective lenses, sunwear and online sales. This strategy, which is based on innovation, consumer marketing and partnerships, led to the launch of many new products and about €209 million of investment in media spend to build greater awareness of the Group's brands among consumers.

In corrective lenses, Essilor continued to expand into new territories. In addition, the growth generated by new products, media campaigns, integrated supply chain services and acquisitions more than offset market fluctuations in a number of regions (notably the United States, Brazil and the Middle East).

Moreover, the Company continued to strengthen its sunwear and online retail activities by developing innovative product ranges, implementing new information systems and completing additional acquisitions.

The 2016 fiscal year was characterized by several highlights:

  • Sales growth of 7.6% (excluding currency effects) which reflected healthy performance in both fast-growing markets and Europe, mixed fortunes in North America and the completion of 18 new partnerships and acquisitions representing cumulative full-year revenues of approximately €304 million.
  • The global roll-out of the new Eyezen(TM) category of lenses for users of digital devices and the launch in the United States and Europe of Eye Protect System(TM), the new leading lens in the field of protection against UV rays and harmful blue-violet light.
  • Strong growth of online retail activities, bolstered by two significant acquisitions (Vision Direct and MyOptique).
  • Subdued full year performance by the Sunglasses & Readers division, despite improved momentum during the second half.
  • Robust performance by the Equipment division throughout the year, reflecting the appetite of many optical industry players for the latest lens manufacturing technologies.

 

Dividend

The Board of Directors recommends that shareholders at the Annual Meeting on May 11, 2017 approve the payment of a dividend of €1.50 per share, an increase of 35.1% compared with the 2015 dividend. The dividend will be paid as from May 19, 2017 (ex-date May 17).

 


Outlook

In 2017, Essilor will accelerate the deployment of innovation. Over the course of the next 18 months the Company will launch several major products under its three leading brands of corrective lenses: Varilux®, Crizal® and Transitions®. In addition, the Company will step up the development of its Sunwear activities and online sales of eyecare products by leveraging the interconnections between product ranges, geographic expansion and synergies with recent acquisitions.

The strengthening of Essilor's top management and organizational structure will lead to greater responsiveness and more effective implementation of the strategy.

Overall, Essilor is forecasting revenue growth (excluding currency effects) of between 6% and 8% including between 3% and 5% on a like-for-like1 basis. The contribution from operations² is expected to be around 18.5% of revenue, reflecting the short-term dilutive impact of the rapid development of online retail operations. Due to the progressive effect of the initiatives to be implemented over the course of the year and the comparison basis, the group expects a higher level of growth and profitability in the second half of the year versus the first half.

In parallel, following the announcement on January 16, 2017, Essilor has started the process intended to create a combined group with Luxottica Group. This combination would aim to create an integrated global player to answer the growing needs in visual health. The transaction is subject to satisfaction of several conditions precedent, including, but not limited to, approval of the transaction by Essilor shareholders convened for a general meeting, and by holders of double voting rights convened for a special meeting as well as clearance from relevant anti-trust authorities

 

 

Practical information

A meeting with analysts will be held in Paris today, February 17, at 10:00 am CET.

The meeting webcast may be viewed live or as a recording at:

http://hosting.3sens.com/Essilor/20170217-18D322A6/en/startup.php

The presentation may be viewed at:

https://www.essilor.com/en/investors/publications-and-downloads/

 

Notes

  1. Like-for-like growth: Growth at constant scope and exchange rates.
  2. Contribution from operations: Revenue less cost of sales and operating expenses (research and development costs, selling and distribution costs and other operating expenses).
  3. Bolt-on acquisitions: Local acquisitions or partnerships.
  4. Operating cash flow: Net cash from operating activities before working capital requirement.
  5. Free cash flow: Net cash from operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets, according to the IFRS consolidated cash flow statement.

 

Investor calendar

April 25, 2017: First-quarter 2017 revenue

May 11, 2017: Annual Shareholders' Meeting, at Maison de la Mutualité in Paris, France


 

 

 

About Essilor

The world's leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its mission is to improve lives by improving sight. To support this mission, Essilor allocates more than €200 million to research and innovation every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Its flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, EyezenTM, Xperio®, Foster Grant®, BolonTM and Costa®. It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.

Essilor reported consolidated revenue of more than €7.1 billion in 2016 and employs 64,000 people worldwide. It markets its products in more than 100 countries and has 33 plants, 490 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as 5 research and development centers around the world. For more information, please visit www.essilor.com.

The Essilor share trades on the Euronext Paris market and is included in the Euro Stoxx 50 and CAC 40 indices. 

Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR0000121667; Reuters: ESSI.PA; Bloomberg: EI:FP.

 

 

CONTACTS

 

Investor Relations

Véronique Gillet - Sébastien Leroy

Ariel Bauer - Alex Kleban

Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 77 42 16

Corporate Communications

Lucia Dumas

 

Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 77 45 02

Media Relations

Maïlis Thiercelin

 

Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 77 45 02

 

 

 


EXCERPTS FROM THE MANAGEMENT REPORT
BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS - FEBRUARY 16, 2017

 

2016 CONSOLIDATED REVENUE

 

Revenue

€ millions

2016

2015

% Change


(reported)

% Change


(like-for-like
1)

Changes in scope

Currency effect

Lenses and Optical Instruments

6,218

5,840

+6.5%

+3.9%

+4.3%

-1.7%

North America

2,707

2,587

+4.6%

+2.0%

+2.8%

-0.2%

Europe

1,905

1,777

+7.2%

+3.4%

+6.0%

-2.2%

Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa

1,138

1,071

+6.2%

+7.5%

+1.0%

-2.2%

Latin America

468

405

+15.6%

+8.0%

+16.1%

-8.4%

Sunglasses & Readers

685

673

+1.7%

+1.0%

+2.5%

-1.8%

Equipment

212

203

+4.8%

+4.7%

+0.2%

-0.1%

TOTAL

7,115

6,716

+5.9%

+3.6%

+4.0%

-1.7%

 

In 2016, consolidated revenue totaled €7,115 million, an increase of 7.6% excluding the currency effect.

On a like-for-like1 basis, sales increased 3.6%, representing 4.1% growth over the first half-year and 3.1% over the second against a higher comparison base.

The consolidation scope effect (up 4.0%) was entirely composed of the contribution of bolt-on acquisitions3 during the year.

The overall exchange rate effect (negative 1.7%) reflected an appreciation of the euro against the Company's major billing currencies, mainly the British pound, Chinese yuan, Brazilian real, Canadian dollar and Mexican peso, partially offset by the strengthening of both the Japanese yen, and at the end of the year, the US dollar against the euro.

 


 

REVENUE BY OPERATING SEGMENT AND BY REGION

 

Lenses & Optical Instruments

The Lenses & Optical Instruments division delivered like-for-like growth1 of 3.9% in 2016.

 

  • North America

Like-for-like growth1 was 2.0% in North America. Essilor continued to strengthen its positioning across all its distribution channels despite a US optical market that was characterized by a significant slowdown during the second quarter of 2016, following a particularly robust 2015.

In the United States, growth with independent optometrists was primarily due to the rollout of new offers for members of the alliance service platforms - Vision Source, PERC/IVA and Optiport - the market segment which posted the fastest growth in the US. These solutions are aimed among others at accelerating the development of value-added product categories and optimizing the supply chain of member stores of these alliances.

More broadly, further consumer marketing campaigns continued to support Company brands, particularly Crizal® lenses.

In addition to the development of integrated supply chain offerings, key account business was driven by the demand for valued-added products and designer lenses from national optical chains as well as by the development of relationships with certain mid-sized chains. The distribution of contact lenses remained buoyant.

This company-wide momentum was dampened by two specific factors. Firstly, there was a marked fall in Transitions Optical sales to other manufacturers contrasted with moderate growth in sales of Transitions® lenses across Essilor's own distribution networks. Secondly, there was a one-off impact of regulatory changes on certain lens supply contracts with government agencies (Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicaid).

In Canada, sales were stable with Shamir and Nikon lenses both performing well.

E-commerce activities in North America generated like-for-like growth1 of around 7.3%. This performance encompassed three distinct factors: very high growth by EyeBuyDirect(TM), continued development of Frames Direct(TM) at a satisfactory rate, and a fall in sales for Clearly(TM) in the United States and Canada, mitigated by an improved trend in the fourth quarter.

 

  • Europe

Revenue in Europe was up 3.4% on a like-for-like basis1. Marketing campaigns early in the year generated momentum for existing value-added lenses and the new Eyezen(TM) lens. In the second half of the year, however, due to high prior-year comparatives this momentum translated to more modest growth. The Optical Instruments business and online sales made a highly positive contribution to growth over the year. Analyzed by country, sales trends were favorable in Eastern Europe and Russia. Varilux® and Transitions® lenses drove increased business in Italy and Spain, while the new Eyezen(TM) lens was very well received in France and Spain. Turning to Nordic countries, sales trended upwards for key accounts and online sales. Performance was more mixed in the United Kingdom and Central Europe.


  • Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa

Like-for-like revenue growth1 was 7.5% in the Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa region, reflecting double-digit volume growth for several innovative products (Transitions®, Eyezen(TM)) and a strong performance in fast-growing countries. Among these, India performed well over the year, due primarily to Varilux® and Transitions® lenses, but suffered in the last quarter from the demonetization of certain bank notes. Southeast Asia and Africa continued to record strong momentum. Measures to adapt to volatile market conditions in the Middle East and Turkey paid off with higher growth rates in the fourth quarter. South Korea benefited from the success of the Perfect UV range and brisk business with key accounts. Growth in China was maintained, led by robust performance in the mid-range and the successful launch of Eyezen(TM), while the optimization of the product range and distribution networks continued. Turning to the developed economies in the region, business expanded in Japan and accelerated quarter after quarter in Australia.

 

  • Latin America

In Latin America, like-for-like revenue1 grew 8.0% in 2016, reflecting strong momentum across all countries in the region with the exception of Brazil.

Having held up well in the first half-year, Brazil's performance was impacted by the recession and the challenging political environment in the country. Sales were slightly down in the second half, resulting from a marked drop in foot traffic in optical stores. Nonetheless, Essilor successfully leveraged its multi-network strategy, and in particular its mid-range products - including Kodak® lenses - to strengthen its position over the year.

Mexico posted the highest growth in the region, driven by a dynamic market. Sales in Argentina grew on the back of demand for value added products - Varilux®, Crizal® and Transitions®. Colombia benefited from successful consumer marketing campaigns. Lastly, in Chile, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the Company stepped up the marketing of its premium lenses, including Varilux® and Crizal®, by building on recent partnerships (with Ópticas OPV Ltda in Chile and Grupo Vision in Costa Rica and Nicaragua).

 

  • Instruments

The Instruments business, which markets tools for use by optometrists and opticians and is included within the regions of the Lenses and Optical Instruments Division, maintained the healthy momentum seen in 2015 (up 8.0% on a like-for-like basis1). The business performed well both in Europe and across all fast-growing regions.

This performance was based on the rollout of innovation across all the segments covered by this business: edging/mounting, optometry (refraction and diagnostic devices) and measurement instruments used in points of sale. The consolidation of the range of edging/mounting machines, with successes at both entry level (Delta 2), notably in high-growth countries, and mid-range (Neksia® and Itronics), allowed the Company to post strong growth in the lens finishing segment, the division's leading business line. Within a dynamic market, the optometry business benefited both from sales contracts for refraction devices with certain key accounts in Europe and from the expansion of its distribution network, as seen in particular with the acquisition of Axis Medical. This acquisition will enable the Company to accelerate the distribution of its refraction technologies in Canada. Lastly, sales of measurement instruments, including the M'Eyefit® tablet, were also buoyant.

 

Equipment

Like-for-like revenue1 in the Equipment Division grew 4.7%, primarily driven by a marked rebound in fast-growing countries compared with the prior year. Business in Latin America was spurred by many small labs ordering digital surfacing machines. Asia gained from the increased production capacity in several laboratories serving both domestic and export markets. The ophthalmic segment in Europe benefited from the modernization of coating and surfacing machines by a number of key accounts. Growth was more moderate in North America, due to optical chains and independent eyecare professionals gradually pulling back on investments during the year.

 

Sunglasses & Readers

In 2016, the Sunglasses & Readers division delivered like-for-like growth1 of 1%. After a first half that was adversely affected by poor weather and a fall in Xiamen Yarui Optical (Bolon(TM)) sales, like-for-like growth1 reached 6.7% in the second half.

In North America, FGX International's reading glasses business was impacted by an unfavorable comparison base, with several key account contracts having been renewed the previous year. However, sales of reading glasses to consumers grew almost 4%. For the sunwear business, despite the impact of poor weather on consumer purchases, sales of FGX sunglasses achieved healthy growth thanks to extensions in product ranges with existing customers and shelf space gains with new customers.

Costa achieved the best growth in the US sunwear market in 2016, despite growing at a slower rate than in 2015. 2016 performance was affected by challenges experienced by several specialist sports distributors and the fall in inventories of certain chains.

In China, Xiamen Yarui Optical (Bolon(TM)) posted a slight fall in revenue, the first half-year having seen significant disruption from the introduction of a new inventory management system. In the second half, and over the fourth quarter in particular, growth returned to a level higher than the Chinese sunwear market owing to a 2017 collection that was very well received by Chinese retailers.

 


 

FOURTH-QUARTER 2016 CONSOLIDATED REVENUE

 


€ millions

2016

2015

% Change


(reported)

% Change

(like-for-like1)

Changes in scope

Currency effect

Lenses and Optical Instruments

1,549

1,440

+7.5%

+2.4%

+4.6%

+0.5%

North America

657

632

+4.1%

+0.5%

+2.0%

+1.5%

Europe

480

442

+8.4%

+1.5%

+9.5%

-2.6%

Asia/Pacific/Middle
East/Africa

286

265

+7.8%

+6.8%

+0.3%

+0.7%

Latin America

126

101

+24.9%

+6.8%

+10.8%

+7.3%

Sunglasses & Readers

192

185

+4.2%

+6.5%

-0.2%

-2.1%

Equipment

68

63

+8.3%

+5.2%

+2.0%

+1.1%

TOTAL

1,809

1,688

+7.2%

+3.0%

+4.0%

+0.2%

 

In the fourth quarter, revenue rose by 7.2% as reported and 3.0% like-for-like1. This reflected healthy performance of the Sunglasses & Readers and Equipment divisions, up 6.5% and 5.2% respectively. The Lenses and Optical Instruments division (up 2.4%) had lower growth due to the effects of a higher comparison base compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The 4.0% consolidation scope effect was primarily the result of acquisitions completed in the first half-year. The slightly positive currency impact (up 0.2%) was mainly due to the appreciation of the US dollar and Brazilian real against the euro, which offset the impact of the depreciation of the British pound.

By region and division, the period saw:

  • Increased momentum in fast-growing countries of Asia/Oceania/Middle East/Africa and Latin America;
  • Slower growth in North America and Europe;
  • The continued recovery of the Sunglasses & Readers division, primarily due to the strong growth of Xiamen Yarui Optical (Bolon(TM));
  • A buoyant Equipment division, supported by a favorable investment cycle in the optical industry.

 

 

ACQUISITIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS

 

Essilor pursued its acquisitions and partnerships strategy in 2016, closing 18 transactions that brought in total additional full-year revenue of approximately €304 million and developed the Company's positions in the corrective lens, sunwear and online retailing segments.

 

  

STATEMENT OF INCOME

 

CONDENSED STATEMENT OF INCOME

 

€ millions

2016

2015

% change

Revenue

7,115

6,716

+5.9%

Gross profit

(% of revenue)

4,181

58.8%

4,012

59.7%

+4.2%

--

Operating expenses

2,860

2,749

+4.0%

EBITDA (a)

(% of revenue)

1,695

23.8%

1,647

24.5%

+2.9%

--

Contribution from operations (b)
(% of revenue)

1,321

18.6%

1,263

18.8%

+4.6%

--

Operating profit

(% of revenue)

1,230

17.3%

1,183

17.6%

+3.9%

--

Finance costs, net

Income tax expense

(tax rate)

(66)

285

24.5%

(63)

308

27.5%

--

-7.8%

--

Net profit

Attributable to equity holders of Essilor International

(% of revenue)

880

813

11.4%

813

757

11.3%

+8.2%

+7.4%

--

Earnings per share (in €)

3.79

3.57

+6.2%

  1. EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets, and the re-measurement of inventories arising from acquisitions.
  2. Contribution from operations corresponds to revenue less cost of sales and operating expenses (research and development costs, selling and distribution costs and other operating expenses).

 

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE UP 6.2%

 

4.2% increase in gross profit

Gross profit (revenue less cost of sales) stood at €4,181 million for the year, representing 58.8% of revenue, versus 59.7% in 2015. Despite significant operating efficiency gains, the fall in gross margin was due to two major factors, namely weaker lens sales in North America and the growth of the online business, for which gross profit is below the Company average.

 

Operating expenses: up 4.0%

Operating expenses amounted to €2,860 million and represented 40.2% of revenue, versus 40.9% in 2015.

They mainly included:

  • €214 million in R&D and engineering costs, stable compared to 2015.
  • €1,750 million in selling and distribution costs, up from €1,678 million in 2015, mainly reflecting sales force expansion.


Contribution from operations2 kept at a high level

Contribution from operations2 rose 4.6% to €1,321 million while the margin retreated to 18.6% of revenue. This slight deterioration (down 20 basis points) reflected the combination of:

  • Firstly, positive operating leverage linked to organic growth1 in Company revenue and synergies implemented with partners.
  • Secondly, the dilution resulting from bolt-on acquisitions3, in particular those made in the online retail sector and whose contribution from operations² as a percentage of sales was lower than the Company average.

 

Operating profit: up 3.9% to €1,230 million or 17.3% of revenue

"Other income and expenses from operations" represented a net expense of €91 million versus a net expense of €80 million in 2015. These outlays covered:

  • A total of €33 million in charges for restructuring provisions, mainly related to the streamlining of a number of production sites, the restructuring of trade flows and the impairment of intangible assets in North America.
  • Compensation costs for share-based payments (in particular performance share plans), totaling €64 million.

 

Finance costs and other financial income and expenses, net

This item came to a net expense of €66 million, compared with €63 million in 2015.

 

  

Profit attributable to equity holders: up 7.4% to €813 million

Profit attributable to equity holders is stated after:

  • €285 million in income tax expense compared with €308 million in 2015, representing an effective tax rate of 24.5%, compared with 27.5% in 2015. The lower rate was mainly due to a reduction in the tax on dividends as a result of a significant part of the 2015 fiscal year dividend being paid in Company shares, as well as to the advance pricing agreement (APA) on royalty rates signed between France and the United States in 2016.
  • €67 million in non-controlling interests, compared with €56 million in 2015. This increase was primarily due to the impact of higher earnings for a number of Essilor's partners, in particular in Asia and Russia.

 

Earnings per share were €3.79, an increase of 6.2% which outpaced the growth in revenue.

 

 

  

BALANCE SHEET AND CASH FLOW STATEMENT

 

FREE CASH FLOW5: UP 3.8% TO €900 MILLION

 

Capital expenditure and investments

Purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets totaled €294 million for the year, primarily related to capital expenditure to drive Company growth.

Financial investments, amounting to €754 million, notably included the acquisitions made in the United Kingdom in the online segment (Vision Direct Group Ltd and MyOptique Group Ltd), as well as Photosynthesis Group Co Ltd in China in the Sunglasses & Readers division.

 

Change in working capital requirement

The working capital requirement rose by €8 million over fiscal year 2016. This very healthy performance was primarily due to effective management of inventories and trade payables.

 

Operating cash flow4

Operating cash flow4 stood at €1,202 million compared with €1,245 million at the end of December 2015. It included the payment during the first half-year of a €63 million fine, including interest, about which two of Essilor's subsidiaries in Germany were notified in 2010 by the German competition authority (BKA) and which was recognized in the Company's financial statements.

 

Despite this expense, free cash flow5 grew 3.8% to €900 million, increasing in line with operating profit, and reflecting good control of capital expenditure and the working capital requirement. Adjusting for this expense, free cash flow5 growth reached 11%.

 

Net debt

At the end of December 2016, Essilor's net debt stood at €2,062 million, equating to 1.2x company EBITDA, lower than in December 2015 where it was 1.3x EBITDA.


Cash flow statement

 

 

€ millions

 

 

 

Net cash from operations

(before change in WCRa)

1,202

Capital expenditure

294

Proceeds from share issues

41

Change in WCRa

8

 

 

Dividends

119

 

 

Acquisition of investments, net of disposalsb

754

 

 

Buyback of treasury shares

31

 

 

Reported change in

net debt

27

 

 

Otherc

10

 

a - Working capital requirement

b - Financial investments net of cash acquired, plus debt of newly consolidated companies.

c - Other items include the positive €33 million currency effect.

 

 

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

Combination of Essilor and Luxottica (excerpt from January 16, 2017 news release)

Essilor and Delfin, the majority shareholder of Luxottica Group, announced on January 16, 2017 the signing of an agreement designed to create an integrated global player in the eyewear industry with the combination of Essilor and Luxottica. Intended to answer the growing needs in visual health, the new group would propose a comprehensive offering combining a strong brand portfolio, global distribution capabilities and complementary expertise in prescription lenses, prescription frames and sunglasses.

The transaction would entail a strategic combination of Essilor's and Luxottica's businesses consisting of: (i) Delfin contributing its entire stake in Luxottica (approx. 62%) to Essilor in return for newly-issued Essilor shares to be approved by the Essilor shareholders' meeting, on the basis of the Exchange Ratio of 0.461 Essilor shares for 1 Luxottica share, and (ii) Essilor subsequently making a mandatory public exchange offer, in accordance with the provisions of Italian Law, to acquire all of the remaining issued and outstanding shares of Luxottica pursuant to the same Exchange Ratio and with a view to delist Luxottica's shares.

Based on the 2015 financial statements of the two companies, the new entity would represent combined revenue in excess of €15 billion from more than 150 countries, net EBITDA of approx. €3.5 billion, and more than 140,000 employees.

The transaction is expected to close in H2 2017, subject to satisfaction of several conditions precedent, including, but not limited to, approval of the transaction by Essilor shareholders convened for a general meeting, and by holders of double voting rights convened for a special meeting as well as clearance from relevant anti-trust authorities.

 

Acquisitions

Since January 1, Essilor has pursued its strategy of forging partnerships with local optical market leaders with four transactions representing aggregate additional annual revenue of around €19 million.

In Brazil, the Company acquired a majority stake in Visolab Produtos Opticos Ltda, a prescription laboratory located in the State of Sergipe with revenue of around 22 million Brazilian reals.

In India, Essilor acquired a majority stake in Mangalsons Optics PTE Ltd, a distributor of plastic and glass lenses, sunglasses and prescription frames with revenue of around 460 million Indian rupees in 2016.

Essilor is preparing to enter Ethiopia by signing an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Sun Optical Technologies, a leading prescription laboratory with revenue of just over €1 million. The completion of this partnership is subject to final approvals by local authorities.

In the Netherlands, the Company acquired a majority stake in Optitrade Logistics Center (OLC), the distribution platform of Optitrade, a purchasing alliance of around 650 optical stores in this country. The goal of this partnership is to develop new product and service ranges and support the growth of Optitrade members in the domestic market. OLC will continue to be managed by the existing team.

 

 

Notes

  1. Like-for-like growth: Growth at constant scope and exchange rates.
  2. Contribution from operations: Revenue less cost of sales and operating expenses (research and development costs, selling and distribution costs and other operating expenses).
  3. Bolt-on acquisitions: Local acquisitions or partnerships.
  4. Operating cash flow: Net cash from operating activities before working capital requirement.
  5. Free cash flow: Net cash from operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets, according to the IFRS consolidated cash flow statement.

 

APPENDICES

 

Consolidated Revenue by Quarter

 

€ millions

2016

2015

First Quarter

 

 

Lenses & Optical Instruments

1,567

1,454

  • North America

710

650

  • Europe

470

441

  • Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa

283

267

  • Latin America

104

96

Sunglasses & Readers

173

163

Equipment

44

42

TOTAL First Quarter

1,784

1,659

Second Quarter

 

 

Lenses & Optical Instruments

1,562

1,501

  • North America

668

663

  • Europe

495

462

  • Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa

282

269

  • Latin America

117

107

Sunglasses & Readers

187

199

Equipment

50

49

TOTAL Second Quarter

1,799

1,749

Third Quarter

 

 

Lenses & Optical Instruments

1,541

1,446

  • North America

671

643

  • Europe

461

431

  • Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa

288

270

  • Latin America

121

102

Sunglasses & Readers

132

126

Equipment

50

48

TOTAL Third Quarter

1,723

1,620

Fourth Quarter

 

 

Lenses & Optical Instruments

1,549

1,440

  • North America

657

632

  • Europe

480

442

  • Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa

286

265

  • Latin America

126

101

Sunglasses & Readers

192

185

Equipment

68

63

TOTAL Fourth Quarter

1,809

1,688

 



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