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Operations are recognized including the effects of IFRS 16. Some revenue has been reclassified since Q4 2019 from interest income to commission income in Qliro AB, and commission income is now included in consolidated net sales. The comparative figures have been adjusted by SEK 13.1 million for the quarter.
ADVANCING MARKET POSITIONS IN ALL SUBSIDIARIES
Subsidiary Qliro AB is ready for listing
Qliro AB is well established as a financial services provider to e-merchants and consumers in the Nordics. The company increased its loan book by 38 percent compared to the same quarter last year to more than SEK 2 billion. Total operating income rose by 12 percent to SEK 96 million. Volumes increased by 12 percent driven by merchant’s growth and the onboarding of new merchants. Following Corona-19, the Swedish regulator has changed the capital adequacy requirements meaning that Qliro´s capital requirements has decreased.
CDON’s external merchants increased sales by more than 100 percent
CDON has strong momentum and, in the last quarter, a total of 100 new merchants joined the platform, bringing the total number of merchants to 1 100. The external merchants more than doubled their sales and the total gross sales grew by 17 percent. The gross margin increased by as much as 7 percentage points and inventory levels decreased by 53 percent in the quarter. CDON is a clear winner in the acceleration of the digital commerce.
Nelly grew in the Nordic countries
Nelly increased its sales by 6 percent in its core Nordic markets and by 1 percent in total for the quarter. This was achieved even though the total fashion market in Sweden fell by 39 percent in March according to the Swedish Trade Federation. As previously announced, we have initiated a restructuring of the operations to focus on the Nordic market. This is expected to have a negative effect on overall growth during the year, but a positive effect on profitability.
During the quarter, Nelly prioritized customer recruitment and sales over margins. We have also implemented several cost-saving measures, such as a reduction in the administrative organization of about 25 positions and a program of short-term employment in Borås, where work hours were reduced by 20 percent over three months. The company has a strong position and has gained market share during the quarter, which will be useful in the coming quarters. Kristina Lukes has joined as new CEO.
Qliro Group’s future operations
Our three subsidiaries advanced their market positions during the quarter. Nelly is one of the Nordic countries’ strongest fashion brands for young women and has maintained growth in a rapidly shrinking market. Qliro AB has a strong position and shows growth in volume and revenue. A listing would provide the company with a good basis for future growth, including access to the capital market. CDON has established itself as the leading Nordic marketplace with a proven scalable model and limited capital requirements. In many respects, the company has exceeded expectations and is ripe for growth outside Qliro Group.
We remain determined to unbundle Qliro Group. The main plan is, as before, to list Qliro AB separately, distribute CDON to Qliro Group’s shareholders and to retain Nelly as the only continuing operation in Qliro Group, which may eventually change its name to Nelly Group. The split up was planned to be completed during the first half of the year, but the process has been delayed by the current market situation.
President and CEO
Stockholm, April 21, 2020
Analysts, investors, and the media are invited to a conference call today at 10 a.m. To participate in the conference call, please dial:
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Niclas Lilja, Head of Investor Relations
About Qliro Group
Qliro Group is a Nordic e-commerce group that operates CDON.COM, the leading Nordic online marketplace, the fashion brand Nelly and fintech company Qliro AB, offering financial services to merchants and consumers. In 2019 the Group had sales of SEK 2.9 billion. Qliro Group’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm Mid Cap segment under the ticker symbol QLRO.
This information is information that Qliro Group AB is required to disclose under the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was released for publication through the agency of the above-mentioned contacts at 8:00 a.m. CET on April 21, 2020.