L’azurde revenue up by 3.1%
L’azurde revenue up by 3.1%
The company’s operating revenue for the third quarter of 2017 amounted to SR76.2 million, up by 3.1 percent, compared to the same quarter of last year.
The growth was mainly driven by a 17.4 percent increase in gold wholesale revenue in Saudi Arabia, and a 37 percent increase in retail revenue due to the strong performance of L’azurde mono-brand shops and the expansion of Kenaz and airports locations.
The operating expenses were in line with the same quarter of last year despite costs incurred to fund retail expansion.
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2017 amounted to SR44.9 million, in line with the same quarter of last year before IFRS adjustments. After a one off IFRS inventory valuation adjustment in the same quarter of last year, it was SR28.9 million lower.
The net income for the third quarter of 2017 amounted to SR0.5 million, an increase of SR0.7 million, compared to the same quarter of last year before IFRS inventory adjustments. After the one-off IFRS adjustments, net income was lower by SR28.2 million.
Commenting on the recent results, Sélim Chidiac, CEO of L’azurde, said: “Our strategy to invest in our brands, distribution networks and strategic relationships has enabled us to grow our revenue while keeping a tight grip on costs. The group is fully embracing the new house of brands growth strategy, with the latest initiative being the signing of the exclusive memorandum of understanding for a potential acquisition. The remainder of 2017 will see us work to concurrently develop both our wholesale and retail operations and capture new growth opportunities moving forward.”
In August, L’azurde signed an exclusive agreement with Saudi French Duty Free Operations and Management to be the exclusive supplier of gold and jewelry in the international terminals of three major airports in the Kingdom: King Khalid International Airport, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, and King Fahd International Airport.
Since it was founded in 1980, L’azurde has excelled at the art of jewelry design. Today, it is the fourth-largest gold manufacturer in the world, selling over a million pieces of jewelry per annum.
Tous launches new limited edition collection
Spanish jewelry and accessories brand Tous has launched a new 18-karat gold “Swing” pendant comprising four colors. This limited edition piece features four layers of gold in different shades that blend with diamonds and rotate around a central point, tracing a silhouette of the company’s emblematic icon.
The “Swing” pendant features the following:
• 18-karat yellow gold: The most classic and lustrous of all golds, radiates light and beauty.
• 18-karat yellow gold-plated with dark silver: A shiny precious metal covers 18-karat white gold to darken it and give it a unique shine.
• 18-karat white gold: This is created by mixing yellow gold and palladium. A layer of rhodium gives it its characteristic color.
• 18-karat rose gold: A combination of 18-karat yellow gold with copper and sterling silver, giving it a warm and tender color.