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adidas AG: adidas increases 2018 outlook

07-Nov-2018 / 07:02 CET/CEST
Disclosure of an inside information acc. to Article 17 MAR of the Regulation (EU) No 596/2014, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.


adidas today increased its outlook for the current fiscal year following strong third quarter results.

Strong third quarter results
In the third quarter, revenues increased 8% on a currency-neutral basis and 3% in euro terms to EUR 5.873 billion (2017: EUR 5.677 billion). The company's gross margin increased 1.4 percentage points to 51.8% (2017: 50.4%). Operating profit was up 13% in the quarter to a level of EUR 901 million (2017: EUR 795 million), resulting in an operating margin improvement of 1.3 percentage points to a level of 15.3% (2017: 14.0%). Net income from continuing operations increased 19% to EUR 656 million (2017: EUR 549 million).

2018 outlook increased
Due to the strong financial performance in the first nine months of 2018, adidas has increased its profitability outlook for the year and specified the targeted range for its top-line growth. The company now projects currency-neutral revenues in 2018 to grow between 8% and 9%, at the lower end of the communicated range (previously: around 10%), due to lower-than-initially-expected growth in Western Europe. At the same time, adidas now forecasts net income from continuing operations to reach between EUR 1.660 billion and EUR 1.720 billion, reflecting an increase of between 16% and 20% compared to the prior-year level of EUR 1.430 billion (previously: increase of between 13% and 17% to between EUR 1.615 billion and EUR 1.675 billion). The company's gross margin is now projected to increase up to 1.0 percentage points to a level of up to 51.4% (previously: to increase up to 0.3 percentage points to up to 50.7%). This, together with the projected top-line growth, is expected to drive an increase in operating profit of between 12% and 16% (previously: increase between 9% and 13%). Consequently, the operating margin is expected to improve by around 1.0 percentage points to a level around 10.8% (previously: to increase between 0.5 and 0.7 percentage points to between 10.3% and 10.5%). Basic EPS from continuing operations is forecast to increase at a rate between 15% and 19% (previously: increase between 12% and 16%) compared to the prior-year level of EUR 7.05, excluding the negative one-time tax impact in 2017, not taking into account any decrease in the number of shares outstanding due to the company's share buyback program.

More details on the company's Q3 performance as well as on the increased outlook will be given with the publication of the quarterly results at 7:30 AM (CET) today.

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Contacts:  
Media Relations Investor Relations
Jan Runau
Chief Corporate Communication Officer
Tel.: +49 (0) 9132 84-3830
Sebastian Steffen
Senior Vice President Investor Relations
Tel.: +49 (0) 9132 84-4401
   
Claudia Lange
Senior Director Media Relations
Tel.: +49 (0) 9132 84-2338
Adrian Rott
Director Investor Relations
Tel.: +49 (0) 9132 84-74843
 
   
 

For more information, please visit www.adidas-Group.com

 


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