Em 2010, o maior grupo relojoeiro do mundo, o Swatch Group, bateu todos os recordes, tendo conseguido um turnover superior em 18,8 por cento em relação a 2009 e equivalente a 6,44 mil milhões de francos suíços.
Lido no Fédération Horlogère:
In 2010, the Swatch Group will have beaten all records established to date. In January, it released the news that it had achieved a record annual turnover, up 18.8% to 6.44 billion francs, despite negative currency effects.
At the beginning of February, the group announced a net profit of 1.08 billion, an increase of 41.5% compared to 2009 and better by 6.4% than the previous record dating from 2007. Operating profit meanwhile leapt to 1.436 billion (903 million in 2009), resulting in an operating margin of 23.5% (17.6%). Net turnover meanwhile rose to 6.11 billion (+18.8%).
The Watch and Jewellery sector, with a net turnover of 5.22 billion (+24.3%), recorded an operating profit up 52.2% to 1.22 billion. All geographical regions contributed to this exceptional growth, with Asia at the forefront.
Strong increases were also announced in the Production sector, with net turnover at 1.49 billion (+8.3%) and operating profit at 169 million, an increase of 76.0%. Well stocked order books offer the promise of further two-digit growth in 2011.
The Electronic Systems sector for its part recorded a net turnover of 436 million (+11.5%) and an operating profit of 57 million (+137.5%).
In the light of these performances, the Board of Directors will propose to the General Meeting on 31 May this year an increase in the dividend of 25%, to 5 francs per bearer share (4 francs in 2009) and one franc per registered share (0.8 franc in 2009).
Despite unfavourable exchange rates, the Swatch Group is upbeat regarding future prospects. The strong presence of its brands geographically in all key world markets, coverage of all price segments and continued investment in research and development should enable the group to reach its medium-term objective, namely to pass the ten billion franc mark in terms of sales.