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Burberry Group designs, makes, sources and sells luxury products under the Burberry brand. Co.'s products are for women, men and children and include apparel, accessories, and beauty. Co.'s products are sold globally through its directly operated store network and online at Burberry.com, as well as through franchisees and third-party retailers, both offline and online. In a few selected areas such as Eyewear and Beauty, Co. uses the product and distribution capability of licensing partners. Co. operates in three regions: Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle East, India and Africa; and Americas. As of Mar 31 2017, Co.'s store portfolio had 469 directly-operated stores and 48 franchise stores.
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We are maintaining our fair value estimate of GBX 1,860 for narrow-moat Burberry, as the company reported improving quarterly retail sales. Group sales were up 2% and comparable sales were up 4% at constant currency. This compares to our expectation for a 1.5% annual growth rate and broadly stable revenue and margin in management’s full-year guidance. Burberry continues to reduce its nonluxury distribution channels, which has a dampening effect on sales, but we believe this is good for long-term...
Leadership changesDuring the year, Mr. Gerard Murphy was appointed as Chairman following the retirement of Mr. Peace from the Board after sixteen years. Item 2: Approve the remuneration report The structure is weighted more towards rewarding long-term performance. However, potential incentive pay and benefits are excessive. Adjusted profit before tax determines 100% of the STI and 50% of the LTI, making incentive pay overly reliant on a single performance metric. (The recruitment award, made in the previous year, is not conditional on performance.) The quantum was excessive. We recommend share...
A director at Burberry Group bought 24,051 shares at 1,775p and the significance rating of the trade was 76/100. Is that information sufficient for you to make an investment decision? This report gives details of those trades and adds context and analysis to them such that you can judge whether these trading decisions are ones worth following. Included in the report is a detailed share price chart which plots discretionary trades by all the company's directors over the last two years clearly showing Close periods where trading activity is restricted under listing rules. The names of board ...
Item 3: Approve the Remuneration Report The structure is weighted more heavily towards short-term performance. One of the performance metrics for the LTI is the payment of sustainable dividends, which is not considered appropriate as executives can potentially influence the payout level. The LTI also includes relative TSR as a performance metric. Nevertheless, the quantum is not excessive and even maximum potential amounts are moderate. On balance, we recommend shareholders vote in favor. Item 4: Approve the Remuneration PolicyThe main concern with the Company's remuneration policy is that pa...
Item 2: Approve the Remuneration ReportThe remuneration structure is unsatisfactory. The main concern at the Company is that the potential maximum incentive pay including the bonus, matching shares on the deferred portion of the bonus and the LTI amounts to 1000% of base salary, which is considered grossly excessive. Actual incentive pay during the year was1.6 times the ECGS limit. Furthermore, variable remuneration is overly reliant on a single performance metric, benchmark profit before tax. A second performance criteria will be used in the coming year. We note that the Company has adjusted ...
Leadership changes Vittorio Colao was succeeded by Nick Read who was appointed Chief Executive Designate on 27 July 2018 and became Chief Executive on 1 October 2018. Margherita Della Valle joined the Board as Chief Financial Officer on 27 July 2018. Item 15: Advisory vote on the Remuneration ReportThe structure is unsatisfactory. The maximum bonus and total incentive pay exceed guidelines. The quantum for the year was excessive. Pay weighted more towards rewarding long-term performance, but there are overlapping performance conditions as free cash flow was used for both the STI and LTI. A b...
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