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Kingfisher supplies home improvement products and services through a network of retail stores and other channels, located mainly in the U.K. and continental Europe. As of Jan 31 2017, Co. had nearly 1,200 stores in 10 countries across Europe.
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We are lowering our economic moat rating for Kingfisher to none from narrow after reassessing the firm’s brand intangible assets and scale, now that the firm is halfway through its five-year One Kingfisher restructuring plan. Our contention is supported by returns on invested capital (including goodwill) that have remained depressed, dropping to 7.1% in 2018 (below our 9% weighted average cost of capital) and averaging 7.3% over the past five years. This in turn has led us to downgrade our stewardship rating to Poor from Standard, as ROICs imply that economic profits are being destroyed rather...
Kingfisher has undertaken significant initiatives through its One Kingfisher plan to improve the operating profit profile of a previously siloed business model by unifying the organization. In focusing on a united product offering across regions and brands, an increased digital presence, and the elimination of redundancies in goods not for resale, the firm’s margin and cost profile should be on a modestly improving trajectory despite ongoing struggles in the French market; we model operating margins rising to 6.5% in 2023 from 5.9% in 2018. In our opinion, constraints surrounding profit growth...
General: Supervisory Board member Prof. Dr. Theo Siegert is a member of the Adivsory Committee of DSW, the local partner of ECGS. This report has been prepared using standard ECGS guidelines. Item 1: Unlike at German stock corporations, shareholders of a KGaA are legally required to vote on the annual accounts. Item 5: In financial year 2018, the Supervisory Board of Henkel Management AG, in line with recommendations of the Shareholders' Committee's Human Resources Subcommittee, decided to adopt various changes to the Management Board members' remuneration system, applicable as of financial ...
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