Fielmann: Press releases

Preliminary figures for the 2013 financial year

Fielmann improves unit sales, sales revenue and profit
Fielmann increases dividend to EUR 2.90 per share
2014 reporting year: the start gives cause for optimism

Our expectations for the 2013 financial year have been fulfilled. With its customer-friendly service, reasonably-priced glasses and comprehensive guarantee, Fielmann expanded its market share over the last reporting year.

While the rest of the optical sector in Germany expects a unit sales decline of 3%, Fielmann registered a rise in unit sales of 3.5% to 7.3 million pairs of glasses (previous year: 7.1 million). External sales incl. VAT rose by EUR 61.4 million to EUR 1.35 billion (previous year: EUR 1.29 billion) and consolidated sales grew to EUR 1.16 billion (previous year: EUR 1.11 billion). The pre-tax result amounts to an estimated EUR 199 million (previous year: EUR 180.6 million) and the annual net income stands at EUR 141 million (previous year: EUR 129.7 million). Fielmann had 679 branches at the end of the reporting year (previous year: 671).

Fielmann has had a shareholder-friendly dividend payout policy for many years. As a result of the company’s positive development and available liquidity, the Supervisory and Management Boards’ recommendation for the Annual General Meeting on 3 July 2014 is to pay a dividend of EUR 2.90 per share for the 2013 financial year (previous year: EUR 2.70).

One reason for Fielmann’s success is its competent, committed employees. Fielmann is the largest employer and trainer in the German optical industry, employing 16,158 staff as at year-end (previous year: 15,494), of whom 2,874 were trainees (previous year: 2,779). Fielmann will recruit more than 900 new trainees in 2014.

Fielmann is confident that it will expand its market share further. The first weeks of the current year give good reason to be optimistic.

Hamburg, February 2014

Fielmann Aktiengesellschaft
The Management Board

Further information:
Dr. Matthias Branahl, Head of Press and Public Relations, tel: +49 40 / 270 76 – 457
Ulrich Brockmann, Head of Investor Relations, tel: +49 40 / 270 76 – 442

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