Investment Case

Five strong reasons for an investment in HUGO BOSS:

Two strong brands

BOSS and HUGO – two strong brands with global awareness, that are clearly distinguished by their fashionable style but meet the same high standards in terms of quality and fit, innovation and sustainability. A 24/7 approach ensures that customers are well dressed across all different wearing occasions with casualization and comfort being key. Two clearly distinguished marketing strategies – with a strong focus on digital as well as exceptional collaborations – are set to create excitement among consumers and unleash the full potential of BOSS and HUGO.

Growth strategy ‘CLAIM 5’

The growth strategy ‘CLAIM 5’ aims at accelerating growth across all brands, touchpoints, and geographies. Until 2025, the Company is fully committed to double sales to EUR 4 billion, claim its position in the consumers’ minds, and win market share for its strong brands BOSS and HUGO. The strategy aims to deliver on the Group´s vision and ambition of becoming the premium tech-driven fashion platform worldwide, and one of the top-100 global brands.

Profitability improvements

With its growth strategy ‘CLAIM 5’, HUGO BOSS also aims to deliver significant profitability improvements. The Group is confident of returning to a strong EBIT margin of around 12% by 2025. Important investments into the business will be compensated for by leveraging operating overheads as well as strong efficiency gains to be realized by optimizing the Company’s global store network.

Above-average free cash flow generation

Driven by the significant top- and bottom-line growth, HUGO BOSS is confident to generate cumulative free cash flow of around EUR 2 billion between now and 2025. Improvements in trade net working capital and the smart and efficient use of capital expenditure will provide further support to free cash flow development. A significant portion of cumulative free cash flow will be distributed to shareholders through regular dividend payouts. The Company’s payout ratio until 2025 will be in a range of between 30% and 50% of net income attributable to shareholders.

Strong commitment to sustainability

HUGO BOSS is committed to conscious, value-oriented management. Consequently, sustainability is firmly anchored in the Group strategy. The Company’s ambitious sustainability targets include the aim for climate neutrality within its own area of responsibility by 2030 and throughout the entire value chain by 2045. HUGO BOSS will also put particular emphasis on establishing an end-to-end circular business model. In this context, the Company aims to enable 80% of its products to become circular by 2030.

Outlook 2021

 

  Results 2020 Outlook 2021

Group sales (currency-adjusted)

EUR 1,946 million

Increase by ~40%

Operating result (EBIT)

minus EUR 236 million

EUR 175 million to EUR 200 million

Full outlook for fiscal year 2021

Our strategy

Growth Strategy ‘Claim 5’

To deliver on its vision and ambition of becoming the premium tech-driven fashion platform worldwide, and one of the top-100 global brands, HUGO BOSS introduced its ‘CLAIM 5’ strategy, which puts the consumer at the core of its business activities more than ever before. ‘CLAIM 5’ is based on five strong pillars: Boost Brands, Product is King, Lead in Digital, Rebalance Omnichannel, and Organize for Growth. It also includes a bold commitment to sustainability, together with a strong executional road map and a clear plan on empowering people and teams.