HUGO BOSS presents 2022 strategic business plan,  

Currency-adjusted sales expected to increase by an average of between 5% and 7% per year by 2022
Operating profit to grow significantly faster than sales
EBIT margin to reach 15% by 2022
Dividend payout ratio in range of between 60% and 80% confirmed
November 15, 2018. HUGO BOSS intends to increase currency adjusted sales over the next four years by an average of between 5% and 7% and grow its operating margin to 15%. The Managing Board reports this today at an investor day in London where the company’s strategy evolution and a mid-term financial outlook will be presented. Further increasing the desirability of the brands BOSS and HUGO is the declared objective under the 2022 strategic business plan.

“We have set ourselves high targets for the coming years”, says Mark Langer, Chief Executive Officer of HUGO BOSS AG. “We want to grow faster than the market, and expect our operating profit to develop significantly better than our sales. The successful realignment of our brands BOSS and HUGO has laid the foundation for this. We will further increase the personalization of our offerings in the future and speed up central processes in the course of further developing our strategy. Our overall aim is clear: We want to be the most desirable premium fashion and lifestyle brand globally.”

To further drive the desirability of its brands, HUGO BOSS is focusing on two strategic priorities in its 2022 business plan: Personalization and speed.

Personalization: The company will substantially expand its focus on personalized offerings. The intent is to increase customer satisfaction sustainably by employing a more individualized customer approach, a personalized product range, and a unique shopping experience. In doing so, HUGO BOSS is building on its strengths: its global retail network, its systematic customer relationship management, and its extensive experience in made-to-measure clothing.

Speed: HUGO BOSS will make its business processes considerably more agile. This will enable the company to react to customer needs and to new market trends even more quickly and flexibly in the future. The existing skills of HUGO BOSS in product design and development, its modern logistics and IT infrastructure and the use of digital showrooms will be the key levers
By 2022, the company expects to increase Group sales by an average of between 5% and 7% per year on a currency-adjusted basis. Sales are therefore expected to outgrow the projected growth of the relevant market segment for HUGO BOSS in the coming years. Four factors are particularly crucial for further growth: significant growth in the Group’s own online business, an improvement in retail sales productivity, exploiting the growth potential in Asia, and above-average growth of HUGO in the contemporary fashion segment.

Quadrupling of sales in the Group’s own online business targeted.

The company sees great growth opportunities in expanding its online business. In the coming years, this sales channel is expected to contribute to achieving company objectives with significant above-average growth. Exploiting the potential of the own online store and expanding the concession model in the online business are expected to contribute to this substantially. The Group plans to quadruple its sales in its own online business by 2022.

Significant improvement in retail sales productivity.
HUGO BOSS aims to increase retail sales productivity by an average of 4% annually by 2022. Along with an optimization of the store network, accelerated renovation of existing BOSS stores, expansion of omnichannel services and improvements in product range are expected to contribute to this.

Above-average growth in Asia. The Managing Board is convinced that the Group still has considerable growth potential particularly in Asia. Sales in the region are expected to increase on average at a double-digit percentage rate per year by 2022, with China playing a key role. In doing so, the share of sales from Asia will increase from around 15% currently to 20% in 2022. In addition to the optimization and expansion of the local retail network, the online business, also in cooperation with various multibrand platforms, should contribute to above-average sales growth in particular.

Significant sales increase for HUGO.
The company sees great potential for its HUGO brand. In the coming years, the focus on the dynamic contemporary fashion segment should contribute to above-average growth and therefore also to achieving company targets. This entails taking full advantage of the potential of the HUGO brand in the casualwear segment. Furthermore, additional HUGO stores with a unique store concept will be opened, and the HUGO brand will increase its social media activity.

Increase in EBIT margin to 15% expected by 2022.
HUGO BOSS is expecting a return to sustainable profitable growth already for the coming year. The company has set itself the target of improving its EBIT margin to.

History of HUGO BOSS

Is a German fashion house based in Metzingen, named after the founder Hugo Boss. In 1924, Hugo began working in Metzingen, a small town south of Stuttgart, but the bad conditions in Germany at the time led to bankruptcy. To return again in 1931, to continue working with six sewing machines. He joined several German associations and was a member of the Nazi Party. The German Action Front in 1936, the Reich Air Protection Association in 1939, and the National Socialist Social Welfare in 1941. All factors contributed to improving its economic situation and increasing its sales. In 1945, a picture of him was published in his apartment with Hitler.

His son Eugen Holy, and during those years began to work on a huge collection of men’s clothing and fashion for employees. In 1984, the German brand launched its first perfume. The growth required for listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange was acquired the following year. Then the brand entered the golf sponsored by Bernard Langer in 1986, and entered the world of tennis by sponsoring the Davis Cup in 1987. In 1989, the brand launched sunglasses. Later that year, the company was bought by the Japanese group.

Today, it is one of the world’s most famous brands, with every edition it works on, with an increasing annual sales rate.

Hülya Karhan: The Founder

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