Pandora Revenue Dips 3% in Q3, Jeweller Reduces 2018 Guidance, Launches Programme NOW to Re-Set Business
Jewellery manufacturer-retailer Pandora reported a 3% drop in revenue in local currency terms during Q3 2018 and said that after what it described as an “unsatisfactory’ performance it was looking to “re-set the business” to try and lift the company to the “next level of maturity, operating as a much more unified global company”.
The jeweller further said that while the retail like-for-like sales growth was 1% (3% in Q2 2018), and revenue from the eSTORE increased 52% in local currency and was now 8% of revenue (5% in Q3 2017), revenue from wholesale decreased 27% in local currency, as this channel was significantly impacted by timing of shipments and change of inventory levels.
It added that gross margin was 72.3% in Q3 2018 (74.2% in Q3 2017) and EBITDA was DKK 1,445 million in Q3 2018 (DKK 1,965 million in Q3 2017), corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 29.0% (37.8% in Q3 2017). Pandora clarified that the lower EBITDA margin was driven by several one-off factors, including timing of shipments and change of inventory levels in the wholesale channel.
The jeweller also said that free cash flow was DKK 1,059 million in Q3 2018 (DKK 637 million in Q3 2017).
The Group said it was launching Project NOW, under which acquisitions of franchisees will be significantly reduced, fewer stores will be opened focusing on selected key markets with white space areas and cost opportunities, reducing working capital, reigniting sustainable like-for-like driven revenue growth will be pursued.
As a consequence of initiatives related to Programme NOW, Pandora cancels the long-term revenue growth ambitions of 7-10%, while the long-term EBITDA margin target of around 35% is being reviewed
Commenting on the results, Anders Boyer, CFO, said: “The third quarter results were unsatisfactory and we adjust our full year guidance. We have reviewed our business and decided to launch a forceful programme with the aim to materially reduce costs across the company to free up resources to invest in sustainable like-for-like growth. At the same time, we have to lift Pandora to the next level of maturity operating as a more unified global company. We have taken the first major step in the programme today by changing our network expansion plan. We have confidence in a strong future for Pandora and will use 2018 and 2019 to re-set the business.”
The Company’s leadership emphasised after a “health check of the business” that the company has a strong and superior business model including a leading brand position, global retail footprint, excellent creative and innovation capabilities, and an unrivalled production set-up with high craftsmanship, low cost and flexibility.
However, they said there is a need to change how Pandora operates and that there are significant unexploited opportunities to improve efficiency.