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Strong quarter results well ahead of projections in the 9M 2022: CHF 5,038 million Turnover (+99% versus 2021) and EFCF of CHF 337.4 million, positive momentum continues into Q4

Dufry International AG / Key word(s): Quarter Results

02-Nov-2022 / 17:51 CET/CEST
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

AD HOC ANNOUNCEMENT PURSUANT TO ART. 53 LR

The summer months were characterized by strong performance in particular for holiday travel with Dufry achieving CHF 5,037.7 million for the nine-month period 2022, doubling turnover with plus 98.8% organic growth (in constant exchange rate CER) versus 2021. For the third quarter, turnover stood at CHF 2,115.2 million, representing an organic growth of 58.6% versus previous year (CER).

 FURTHER HIGHLIGHTS:  

  • Positive momentum continues into the fourth quarter with October net sales plus 34.5% versus 2021 in constant currency

  • CORE EBITDA reached CHF 463.7 million for the nine-months 2022, with a margin of 9.2% despite challenging macroeconomics

  • Equity Free Cash Flow (EFCF) performed above target reaching CHF 337.4 million for September YTD 2022

  • Net debt position further decreased ahead of plan to now only CHF 2,778.5 million as of September 2022, meeting covenant thresholds well ahead of the required timing

  • Dufry well positioned to reach turnover of around CHF 6.6-6.7 billion for FY 2022, with CORE EBITDA of CHF 560-580 million and EFCF of CHF 250-270 million 

  • Autogrill transaction advancing as planned, with regulatory approvals achieved ahead of plan in important jurisdictions and, subject to the receipt of all outstanding regulatory approvals, expected closing of first stage – transfer of Edizione’s 50.3% stake in Autogrill to Dufry – by the end of Q1 2023

Xavier Rossinyol, CEO of Dufry Group, commented: 

“We continue to see strong demand during the third quarter 2022 at attractive margins. In particular, holiday destinations in the Mediterranean region, Southern Europe, Middle East, Central America and the Caribbean were driving our performance. The USA remained strong, with South American countries having traded upwards. Even in the APAC region, we saw an increase in activity, specifically in Australia and parts of South-East Asia.

For the nine months 2022 period, we are now trading at CHF 5,037.7 million, representing plus 98.8% organic growth versus 2021 (in constant currency). We achieved this strong performance despite travel disruptions and capacity caps at airports over the summer months, rising inflation and energy prices, FX moves and geopolitical uncertainties. We are confident to achieve a strong Full-Year 2022 result despite of the ongoing macro-economic, geo-political and health-related developments. We continue to see strong demand into the fourth quarter. 

As a team, we have determinedly worked on our long-term strategy “Destination 2027”. We remain convinced about the long-term opportunities ahead of us, further enhanced by the planned combination with Autogrill. The transaction is progressing as planned with closing expected in the first half 2023 and we have received regulatory approvals in important jurisdictions ahead of plan. We are thanking our shareholders for their strong support at our most recent EGM. 

Thanks also to all Dufry employees for their great commitment to deliver on our vision and strategy, and our financial targets in the short-, mid- and long-term. A warm welcome to our new Chief People Officer Katrin Volery who recently joined us and will be part of Dufry’s Group Executive Committee reporting to the CEO. We hereby further strengthen our focus on our people, culture and the talent development. The team is at the center of all what we do.” 

TRADING UPDATE

During the third quarter 2022, positive momentum for travel and travel retail continued and Dufry has seen a strong performance over the summer months. Turnover reached CHF 2,115.2 million, representing growth of 56.7%, of which 58.6% (CER) is organic compared to the same period in 2021.

 

Turnover Growth

 

9M 2022  versus 20211

 

Q3 2022  versus 20211

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99.5%

 

62.6%

New concessions, net

 

-0.7%

 

-4.0%

Organic Growth

 

98.8%

 

58.6%

Change in Scope

 

-

 

-

Growth in constant FX

 

98.8%

 

58.6%

FX Impact

 

-0.2%

 

-1.9%

Reported Growth

 

98.6%

 

56.7%

Duty-free accounted for 56.1% of net sales versus 43.9% duty-paid, reflecting the uptake in cross-border and international flights during the recent months. Concurrently, the airport channel contributed with 92.1% to total turnover. Per category, main contributors continued to be perfumes & cosmetics with 29.3%, and food & confectionery with 21.7%, whilst also luxury saw an increase as compared to last year.

Dufry increased its CORE EBITDA Margin from 7.8% as of June YTD to 9.2% as of September YTD. CORE EBITDA for 9M stood at CHF 463.7 million, for the third quarter at CHF 236.7 million. EFCF for the third quarter came in at CHF 140.8 million and reached for the September YTD period CHF 337.4 million, benefitting from some CAPEX phasing and recovery-related Working Capital changes. 

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Dufry estimates October net sales performance of 34.5% versus 2021 (CER). As per end of September, more than 2,090 shops globally were open, representing 83% of total stores. Dufry has seen ongoing demand over the last months despite airport disruptions and passenger caps, an accelerating inflationary environment and worsening consumer sentiment. Excluding currently unforeseen circumstances, Dufry expects to achieve in Full-Year 2022 (based on FX rates as of September 30th):

  • Turnover of CHF 6.6-6.7 billion

  • CORE EBITDA of CHF 560-580 million

  • EFCF of CHF 250-270 million

Embedded in its long-term strategy, Dufry continues to focus on strengthening its sustainability engagement. In the third quarter, the company has officially submitted its emission reduction targets to SBTi (Science Based Targets Initiative) for approval and has launched the Supplier Code of Conduct recertification process across North America. Further information is provided in Dufry’s 2021 Sustainability Report.

The business combination with Autogrill is progressing as planned. Dufry has held an Extraordinary General Meeting on August 31, 2022, receiving approval from its shareholders for all items related to the planned transaction. Additional information can be found here. The closing of the first stage of the transaction – the transfer of Edizione’s 50.3% stake in Autogrill to Dufry – is still expected by the end of Q1 2023, subject to the receipt of all outstanding regulatory approvals. 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

During Q3 2022, Dufry succeeded in winning several attractive new concessions and extending contracts of overall 13,404 m2. Among others, Dufry won the tender for a five-year duty-paid contract at Chongqing International Airport, China. In North America, Dufry secured new concessions at Colorado Springs Airport (CO), and contract extensions at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth (AL), and Harry Reid International Airport (Las Vegas). Ushering into an entirely new era of retail and dining convenience for travellers, Dufry opened an integrated “Decanted” wine bar and Hudson Nonstop concept at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Total gross retail space opened during Q3 2022 amounted to 2,745 m2, and refurbishments to 10,139 m2.

 

 

REGIONAL PERFORMANCE

Turnover in Europe, Middle East and Africa amounted to CHF 1,194.0 million in Q3 2022 from CHF 692.9 million one year ago. Organic growth versus 2021 was 86.4% in constant FX. During the summer months, best performing were Dufry’s operations in Turkey, Greece, Middle East, Southern Europe, and Africa driven by strong leisure demand. The strong EMEA performance came in despite flight disruptions and capacity cuts across European airports and by airlines throughout the quarter. 

Asia-Pacific continues to improve from very low levels despite still being affected by the lack of passengers due to travel restrictions. Turnover reached CHF 50.3 million in Q3 2022 from CHF 23.1 million in Q3 2021. Organic growth versus 2021 was 114.6% in constant FX. The region saw a steep increase compared to last year, driven by our locations in Macau, Australia, Indonesia and China (domestic). As of November, Hong Kong is expected to resume operations, while China is still adhering to COVID restrictive measures, affecting overall travel in the region and internationally. 

The America’s turnover stood at CHF 814.1 million in Q3 2022 versus CHF 499.1 million in Q3 2021. Organic growth versus 2021 was 52.4%, in constant FX. Best performing regions were the US, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Argentina. Especially the South American locations have progressed during the third quarter, while the US had already seen a rapid rebound in the same period last year. Dufry is engaging with airports in the region on combined Travel Retail and F&B offerings to enhance the travellers’ experience.

 

Turnover, in CHF million

 

9M 2022

 

Reported Growth vs 2021

 

 Organic Growth2 2021

 

Europe, Middle East and Africa

 

       2,651.8

 

148.1%

 

163.7%

 

Asia Pacific

 

           105.7

 

40.6%

 

37.2%

 

The Americas

 

       2,118.3

 

86.3%

 

73.5%

 

Distribution Centers

 

          161.9

 

-36.7%

 

-61.0%

 

Dufry Group

 

5,037.7 

 

98.6%

 

98.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turnover, in CHF million

 

Q3 2022

 

Reported Growth vs 2021

 

 Organic Growth2 2021

 

Europe, Middle East and Africa

 

1,194.0

 

72.3%

 

86.4%

 

Asia Pacific

 

50.3

 

117.7%

 

114.6%

 

The Americas

 

814.1

 

63.1%

 

52.4%

 

Distribution Centers

 

56.8

 

-57.8%

 

-77.0%

 

Dufry Group

 

2,115.2

 

56.7%

 

58.6%

 

 

For the Q3 2022 Trading Update Presentation and Conference Call, please visit our dedicated page: www.dufry.com/en/Q3-22

Organic growth adjusted for FX and regional revenue allocation. Comparison to 2021 at the FX rates of 2022.
2 Organic growth adjusted for FX and regional revenue allocation. Comparison to 2021 at current FX rates of 2022.

For further information:

CONTACT

DR. KRISTIN KÖHLER

RENZO RADICE

 

 

Global Head Investor Relations

Global Head Corporate

Phone : +41 79 563 18 09

Communications & Public Affairs

kristin.koehler@dufry.com

Phone : +41 61 266 44 19

 

renzo.radice@dufry.com

 

 


End of Inside Information

Language:

English

Company:

Dufry International AG

Brunngässlein 12

4010 Basel

Switzerland

Phone:

+41612664444

E-mail:

Headoffice@dufry.com

Internet:

www.dufry.com

ISIN:

CH0023405456

Listed:

SIX Swiss Exchange

EQS News ID:

1477921


 

End of Announcement

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