Burberry Profit Steady Awaiting New Collections in Stores | News & Analysis

LONDON, United Kingdom — Burberry reported broadly flat full-year revenue and profit on Thursday and said it expected similar this year as it sets the foundations for growth with more products by Riccardo Tisci in stores.

The company reported revenue of £2.72 billion (around $3.49 billion), down 1 percent at constant exchange rates, and adjusted operating profit of £438 million (around $562 million), for the year ended March 30, flat on the same basis compared with the year before.

Chief Executive Marco Gobbetti said the reaction from customers to Tisci’s first collection had been “very encouraging” since it hit stores from the end of February.

“The implementation of our plan is on track, we are energised by the early results and we confirm our outlook for fiscal year 2020,” he said.

Burberry said there would be a more pronounced weighting of operating profit in the second half relative to the first this financial year.

It is rationalising its distribution in the United States to ensure the brand is in the right stores, hitting its financial results in the short term.

But it said it expected growth to be re-established in the second half as Tisci’s collections build through the year.

The company increased its full-year dividend by 3 percent to £0.43 (around $0.55) a share and it announced a £150 million (around $192 million) share buyback.

By Paul Sandle; editors: Alistair Smout, Mark Potter.

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