Inditex has presented its results for the first half of the fiscal year (1 February – 31 July 2018). The company obtained a net profit of 1.409 billion euros, which means an increase of 3% compared to the 1.366 billion euros in the same period last year.
Morgan Stanley | For the first time since its flotation (17 years ago), we put the recommendation as Sell (underweight) with an Objective Price which falls from 26 to 21 Euros.
Inditex has opened its first store in the world with an integrated online section in Stratford (London). Apart from the traditional clothing lines for men, women and children, the store also has an online section with computerised collection points for goods.
Ana Fuentes/Carlos Díaz Güell | “We were a very poor country which in the last 40 years has made a spectacular transformation. Today there are over 150,000 companies which export regularly and have exported at least in the last three years”, explains Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, High Commissioner for the Spain Brand (Marca España), and privileged observer of the economic reality in Spain and how its business class has evolved over the last few decades.
Inditex founder, Amancio Ortega, is still the person with the largest fortune in Spain, with 70 billion euros, followed by his daughter Sandra Ortega and and Mercadona chairman, Juan Roig. The three business people top the list of the 100 biggest national fortunes drawn up by Forbes.
Spanish retailer Inditex is the largest in Europe, more than twice the size of the number 2. Kering. With over 7,000 stores and 150,000 employees globally, it continues to outpace its rivals mainly due to its flexible business model.
This week Inditex approved the appointment of Baroness Denise Kingsmill to its board of directors, as well as a long-term incentive plan, in cash and shares, for up to 600 company executives, including chairman Pablo Isla. The company also said it will not alter any plans it has for the UK despite Brexit.
MADRID | The Corner | The world’s largest clothing retailer Inditex posted a net benefit of €928 million in the first fiscal semester (February 1 to July 31), 2.4% less than a year before due a strong euro, new store openings and renovation costs. And yet, it managed to incresase sales at its more than 6,400 stores rose 5.6 percent to €8.1 billion. The firm, which has outperformed many of its rivals during the economic crisis, will share a dividend of €0.242 euros on Nov 3.
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Spanish Ibex 35 welcomes the week over 10,500 points. “Ukraine showdown and macro numbers will hatch investors’ attention,” Link experts point out. Bankia analysts “see the positive influence of Chinese government statement about share, bond and raw material markets supporting measures. Markets also await remaining corporate results and European countries inflation.” Last week’s Mr Draghi’s words were crucial to stop euro appreciation- the currency is likely to keep going down.
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Inditex is pushing Spanish Ibex 35 upwards today as its growth reaches maturity stage. The owner of Zara is working to reduce operative costs. However, its shareholders will get a 10% higher dividend. Bankinter considers the Spanish firm results to be somewhat weak. Euro’s strengh, slow domestic recovery, emerging countries slowdown could explain such underperformance.