Bossini Announces 2016/17 Interim Results

Signs of Having Bottomed Out for Core Regions

HONG KONG – Bossini International Holdings Limited (“Bossini” or the “Group”; HKSE stock code: 592) today announces its interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2016.

Revenue for the Group for the six months ended 31 December 2016 was HK$1,022 million (2015: HK$1,146 million), down by 11%. Gross profit slipped 4% to HK$519 million (2015: HK$543 million), with gross margin rose 4% points to 51% (2015: 47%).

Profit for the period attributable to owners of the Company totalled HK$17 million (2015: HK$14 million) and basic earnings per share amounted to HK1.03 cents (2015: HK0.86 cent).

The Board of Directors declared a special interim dividend of HK1.22 cents (2015: HK1.22 cents) per ordinary share for the six months ended 31 December 2016.

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As at 31 December 2016, the Group remained in a solid financial position, with cash and bank balances of HK$431 million (2015: HK$340 million) and a net cash position of HK$431 million (2015: HK$340 million).

Also, the Group held an investment fund of HK$231 million (2015: Nil) and a note receivable of HK$39 million (2015: Nil). The Group’s inventory turnover days remained at 113 days (2015: 113 days).

During the period under review, the soft global environment and a downturn in Hong Kong tourism saw Hong Kong’s economic growth slow down, thus Hong Kong’s retail industry continued its decline in the face of this sluggish growth.

Additionally, deteriorating economic conditions in the Middle East exemplified by low oil price affected the overall performance of the export franchising business.

However, the Group remains optimistic in the long run, as reflected in the new shop operating maneuver of its franchisees.

Due to more effective sales and marketing strategies, the Group’s gross margin improved substantially by 4% points to 51%.

The Hong Kong and Macau market, the mainland China market and the Taiwan market showed signs of having bottomed out, with same-store gross profit stopped declining after a period of negative growth for one year or more.

As of 31 December 2016, the Group had a presence in 32 countries and regions around the world and the total number of stores increased to 952 (30 June 2016: 947).

The number of directly managed stores grew to 287 (30 June 2016: 280), while the number of franchised stores was 665 (30 June 2016: 667).

During the period under review, the Group launched three new licensing programmes, namely bossini x Disney TSUM TSUM (Stack Up The Fun Together) Collection, bossini x Minions (GO BANANAS)Collection and bossini x Disney TSUM TSUM (Just Chillin’ Out)Collection, which were well received.

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Edmund Mak, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Bossini, said, “We will expand our share of the young adult market and provide more products with an increased focus on functionality, and refined product fit and grading system. We will further develop the kid’s line along with the e-commerce initiative in the huge mainland China market, and meanwhile reengineer our supply chain management to increase operational efficiencies, and nurture several promising markets for export franchising business.”

Mak ended, “With continuous focus on our core brand value, we will carry on strengthening our competitive edge and spare no effort to enhance the value to our shareholders.”-