PARIS — Exiting its last remaining retail businesses weighed heavily on Kering’s 2013 results.
The French group, whose stable of brands includes Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Christopher Kane and Puma, reported a 95.2 percent drop in net profit in 2013.
The net totaled 50 million euros, or $66.4 million, versus 1.05 billion euros, or $1.35 billion, the previous year. The decline reflects a net loss of 256 million euros, or $339 million, related to the disposal shares in its books, music and electronics chain Fnac, and a net expense of 562 million euros, or $746 million, related to the catalog retailer Redcats.
Kering said full-year revenue was largely flat, up 0.1 percent, from 9.74 billion euros, or $12.52 billion, to 9.75 billion euros, or $12.95 billion. Strength in its luxury division — with Saint Laurent revenues surging 17.8 percent last year — was dented by weakness at Puma, the core property in its nascent sport/lifestyle business division.
Recurring operating income fell 2.3 percent from 1.79 billion euros, or $2.3 billion, to 1.75 billion euros, or $2.32 billion.
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Shares in Kering slipped 2.5 percent in early trading on the Paris Bourse on Friday.
In the fourth quarter, sales edged down 0.6 percent to 2.55 billion euros, or $3.47 billion, from 2.56 billion euros, or $3.32 billion, a year ago. At comparable scope and exchange rates, this represented a rise of four percent.
Sales at its cash cow Gucci brand slipped 5.5 percent in the fourth quarter, a slim 0.2 percent improvement at comparable exchange rates.
Commenting on the results, Kering chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault
“We are confident in our ability in 2014 to improve on last year’s revenue and recurring operating income performances.”