Luxottica : Strong acceleration of Group adjusted net sales in the fourth quarter 2014: +15%

Adil Mehboob-Khan and Massimo Vian appointed co-CEOs 
  • Group’s adjusted3,5 net sales up by 6.7% at constant exchange rates2 (reported net sales +6.1% at constant exchange rates2) and up by 5.3% at current exchange rates in 2014 
  • Wholesale Division’s net sales up by 8.6% at constant exchange rates2 and up by 6.8% at current exchange rates 
  • Retail Division’s comparable store sales4 up by 4% 

Milan (Italy), January 19, 2015 - The Board of Directors of Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX), a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear, met today to review the consolidated net sales and preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the full fiscal year 2014 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IAS/IFRS).

The Board of Directors appointed Adil Mehboob-Khan as CEO for Markets and Massimo Vian as CEO for Product & Operations.

The appointment of Adil Mehboob-Khan and Massimo Vian, entrusting them with all executive responsibilities, marks the completion, according to plan, of the Group’s organizational change process aimed at providing it with governance that is better aligned to the global competitive landscape and able to fully grasp all growth opportunities. It also aligns the Group’s organizational model with its strategic vision.

The new leadership is highly focused on specific areas of expertise that will promote decisional speed and operating effectiveness, leading to accelerated revenue and profitability growth over the long term.

2 Figures at constant exchange rates have been calculated using the average exchange rates in effect for the corresponding period in the previous year. For further information, please refer to the attached tables. 

3 Adjusted net sales is not a measure in accordance with IAS/IFRS. 

4 Comparable store sales reflect the change in sales from one period to another that, for comparison purposes, includes in the calculation only stores open in the more recent period that also were open during the comparable prior period, and applies to both periods the average exchange rate for the prior period and the same geographic area. 

5 Effective July 1, 2014, adjusted net sales were impacted by the modification of terms of an EyeMed reinsurance agreement with an existing underwriter whereby the Company now assumes less reinsurance revenue and less claims expense. The impact of this new contract, for the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, are Euro 23.9 million and Euro 46.6 million respectively. 
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