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Estée Lauder (NYSE: EL) 4Q19 Results: Asia Pacific Markets Grow Double Digits; Raises Sales and EPS Guidance for Full Year

Executive Summary

  • Estée Lauder reported 4Q19 revenues of $3.6 billion, up 9% year over year compared to $3.3 billion in the prior-year period. Adjusted, non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) were $0.68, compared to $0.61 in the year ago quarter, up 12% and beating estimates by $0.10.
  • The Asia Pacific region continued to show strong growth, while the skin care category was outstanding across brands, markets, and channels. Travel retail and online continue to grow strong double-digits, and the company is prioritizing investment in the fastest-growing channels such as these.
  • The company forecast net sales to increase between 9% and 10% in 1Q20. Reported diluted net earnings per common share are projected to be between $1.48 and $1.52.

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