Sales at drinks group Campari fell 11.3% on an like-for-like basis in the first half of the year as the coronavirus crisis hit southern Europe and its home market in Italy, although the stock was lifted by better-than-expected results elsewhere.
In Italy, the high-margin aperitifs brands registered a strong negative performance in the the peak season of April and June due to the lockdown that shut restaurants and bars.
"This was only partly mitigated by a gradual recovery in late June as consumers began to return to bars with outdoor spaces," the maker of the red aperitif Campari said.
Spirits consumption in north, central and eastern Europe, however, rose on a like-for-like basis, and sales in the United States were less negative than expected, boosting the stock.
Like-for-like sales, which strip out currency swings and any acquisitions or sales of assets, came in at €769 million in the first half, with aperitif brands particularly penalised.
EBIT And Long Term Strategy
Sales of Campari's orange aperitif Aperol fell by 11.6%, while Campari was down by 10.6% year-on-year in the first half.
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) excluding one-off items fell by 31% to €130.4 million. EBIT margin on sales, which is an indicator for profitability, came in at 17%, down from 21.3% in the same period last year.
CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz said that the group will continue a long term strategy looking at possible acquisitions, focusing on boosting online sales through platforms like its newly acquired e-commerce Tannico and reinforcing the strength of its own brands.