International fragrance company Interparfums, Inc. announced that for the three months ended 31st December, 2020, net sales were $184.0 million or 3.5% ahead of $177.8 million in the final quarter of 2019.
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At comparable foreign currency exchange rates, consolidated fourth quarter net sales were practically unchanged from those of 2019. For the full year, net sales declined 24.5% to $539.0 million from 2019’s record sales of $713.5 million.
At comparable foreign currency exchange rates, consolidated 2020 net sales declined 25.6%. Of note, the average dollar/euro exchange rate for the 2020 fourth quarter was 1.19 compared to 1.11 in the fourth quarter of 2019. For the full years ended 31st December, 2020 and 2019, the average dollar/euro exchange rates were 1.15 and 1.12, respectively. Interparfums plans to issue results for the 2020 fourth quarter and full year on or about 1st March, 2021.
Jean Madar, Chairman & CEO of Inter Parfums stated, “Sales in the final quarter far exceeded expectations and were in fact, better than our third quarter, historically our strongest. Several of our largest brands closed the year with impressive numbers. Montblanc, Jimmy Choo, Coach and Anna Sui grew fourth quarter sales by 9.8%, 13.4%, 18.0% and 62.3%, respectively, from the 2019 fourth quarter. With the exception of Coach Dreams, which was introduced in early 2020, and the initial rollout of Anna Sui Sky in China and Hong Kong toward the end of last year, we postponed most of the planned 2020 new product launches until 2021.”
Mr. Madar continued, “Our 2021 new product pipeline is abundant, with new entrants for our European operations that include women’s scents for the Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Lanvin and Rochas brands. For U.S. operations, we have fragrance duos unveiling for the Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister brands, and women’s scents debuting for the Anna Sui, GUESS, MCM, and Oscar de la Renta brands, plus broader distribution of Anna Sui Sky throughout Asia is also planned.”
Summing up, Mr. Madar noted, “Our responsiveness and the effectiveness of the measures undertaken in the spring produced better than expected sales in the second half. As a result, we achieved a solid annual performance which, while down compared to 2019, highlights the quality and strength of our brand portfolio.”
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Russell Greenberg, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer stated, “As a result of the upside surprise in fourth quarter net sales, we are raising our 2020 guidance for diluted net income per share to between $1.15 and $1.20. Our bottom line is expected to significantly benefit from the cost control measures put in place at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Visibility of future results is still challenging, therefore our expectations for 2021 currently remain unchanged, with sales in the range of $610 million to $625 million, resulting in diluted net income per share in the range of $1.20 and $1.25. Guidance assumes that the average dollar/euro average exchange rate remains at current levels.”