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Chinese Jeweler Chow Tai Fook Profit Jumps 108%, Eyes Expansion

Chinese Jeweler Chow Tai Fook Profit Jumps 108%, Eyes Expansion

Tuesday, 8 June, 2021 - 11:00
People walk in front of a Chow Tai Fook jewellery store in Hong Kong June 17, 2014. (Reuters)

Hong Kong-listed Chow Tai Fook Jewelry Group Ltd reported a forecast-beating 108% jump in annual profit on Tuesday, thanks to one-off COVID-19 related rent concessions, an unrealized gain on gold loans and foreign exchange gains.

China's largest jeweler by market value said net profit surged to HK$6.03 billion ($777 million) from HK$2.9 billion in 2019. That compared to a forecast of HK$5.23 billion profit by 14 analysts, Refinitiv SmartEstimate data showed.

It was the highest annual profit since 2014.

A COVID-19 related rent concession amounted to HK$127.6 million as compared to HK$16.2 million in fiscal 2020, while net foreign exchange gain amounted to HK$336.4 million against HK$234 million loss in a year ago period.

Revenue for the year to March 31 rose 23.6% to HK$70.16 billion from HK$56.75 billion a year earlier, driven by retail expansion amid improving consumer sentiment in mainland China and a softer gold price in the second half of the fiscal year.

"As we are optimistic about the mid- to long-term growth in the mainland China market, we will focus on our mainland China's business development in the coming future," Chairman Henry Cheng said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

"We will continue our retail expansion strategy through penetrating into lower tier cities and leveraging franchisees' local knowledge," he added.

The retail network expanded to 4,591 point-of-sales (POS) by the end of March, with a net addition of 741 POS. The company plans to add at least 700 POS in mainland China in fiscal 2022 but may close 10-15 POS in Hong Kong and Macau.

Same-store sales surged 31.9% in mainland China but plunged 41.3% in Hong Kong and Macau as major border crossings remained closed during the period.

Shares of Chow Tai Fook slid 0.3% on Tuesday prior to the results statement, comparing to a 0.02% fall in the benchmark Hang Seng index.

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