Chow Tai Fook Expands as Pandemic Profits Double

By John Jeffay / June 09, 2021 / www.idexonline.com / Article Link

(IDEX Online) - Chow Tai Fook saw net profits more than double to $777m, as it recorded its best performance since 2014 - in spite of the pandemic.China's biggest jeweler by market value says it opened 741 new points of sale across the mainland in the year to 31 March, and was planning a further 700-plus in the coming year. It currently has 4,591.The increased profits exceeded forecasts as the company benefited from lower gold prices, favorable foreign exchange rates and one-0ff rent concessions because of COVID-19.Revenue was up by almost 24 per cent to just over $9bn, according to annual results published yesterday.  Profit attributable to shareholders rose by 108 per cent.Henry Cheng, chairman of the Hong Kong-listed company said: "Market volatilities in the past year presented opportunities for innovators to maintain competitive advantage."In pursuit of long-term and steady business development, the group accelerated digital transformation efforts in the smart retail arena and expanded its retail network across online and offline channels."