Li & Fung Limited, the world’s leading multinational consumer goods sourcing, logistics, and distribution group, announced annual results for the year ended 31 December 2013 and also outlined its next Three-Year Plan (2014 – 2016).
“2013 was a pivotal year for Li & Fung,” said Dr. William K. Fung, Chairman of Li & Fung Limited. “We proved successful against uncertain external conditions, achieved strong growth, and finished the year by delivering on the promise to return to 2011 operating levels.”
Overview of 2013 Annual Results
Core operating profit increased by 70% to US$871million and net profit increased by 21% to US$755 million. This solid performance was driven by the positive performance in the Distribution Network, following the turnaround of LF USA, as well as continued growth momentum in the Logistics Network.
Moreover, the Trading Network achieved solid results and demonstrated the Company’s continued dominance and resilience in its core business.
Profit attributable to shareholders increased by 17% to US$725million. Basic earnings per share was 67.7 HK cents (equivalent to 8.68 US cents), an increase of 17% compared to 58.1 HK cents (equivalent to 7.45 US cents) in 2012.
The Board of Directors has proposed a final dividend of 34 HK cents (equivalent to 4.4 US cents) per share (2012: 16 HK cents – equivalent to 2.1 US cents).
Mr. Bruce Rockowitz, Group President & CEO of Li & Fung Limited stated, “Overall, 2013 was a year of substantive progress and created an even stronger foundation to support our position as a global leader in our industry for years to come. We created many positive changes at LF USA which have put that part of the business back on track and we drove improvement in the Group’s overall margins and profitability even while continuing to invest in select strategic areas.”
Mr. Rockowitz added, “I am pleased with what we accomplished over the past three years. We firmly established our Business Networks, expanded product offerings to give our customers much more choice and variety, and broadened our geographic focus largely to gain a strong foothold in Asia to capture the increasing Asia consumer spend.
Today we help customers create as well as produce what they need, we manufacture it wherever they would like, and help them make purchases however it is easiest for them. We are set up to continue to play this role heading into our next Three-Year Plan.”
Overview of the Three-Year Plan (2014 – 2016)
The Company is also pleased to announceits new Three-Year Plan designed to solidify the Group’s position as a competitive and relevant industry leader able to deliver solid growth well into the future.
“Over the past three years we have navigated through an uncertain macroeconomic environment and changing global landscape,” continued Mr. Rockowitz. “Important ‘mega trends’ have been emerging, such as a rapidly-changing retail environment which relies increasingly on multi-channel sourcing, the movement of production out of China to lower cost countries, and the need to manage risks associated with sourcing in less mature production markets.
We are paying careful attention to all of this and believe we have an exciting Three-Year Plan that will enable us drive growth for the Group in both the near- and long-term.”