EssilorLuxottica forecasts revenue, operating income rise in 2019, confirms synergy objectives

PARIS (Reuters) - On Friday, optics giant EssilorLuxottica confirmed its synergy objectives and forecast a strong increase in revenue and operating income for 2019, after net income exceeded expectations in 2018.


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Despite the announcement, the share price for the world's number one in eyewear and ophthalmic lenses lost about 3% in early trading on the Paris stock exchange.

EssilorLuxottica was created two years ago after the €46 billion merger of French group Essilor and Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica. It is the first time that EssilorLuxottica publishes its results as a new entity.

For 2019, the group expects a sales growth between 3.5 and 5% at constant exchange rates, and confirmed the intention of generating synergies worth a potential €600 million in the next five years.

Last year, EssilorLuxottica recorded a revenue of €16.16 billion, up 3.2% at constant exchange rates, and a net income of €1.9 billion, down 1.7% on what the group defined as “an adjusted basis.”

Based on figures by financial data expert Refinitiv, analysts were forecasting on average a net income of €1.6 billion.

Translated by Nicola Mira

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