Farfetch Announces First Quarter 2023 Results

May 18, 2023
  • Q1 2023 Revenue increases 8% year-over-year (or increases 12% year-over-year at constant currency) to $556.4 million
  • Q1 2023 Gross Merchandise Value (“GMV”) increases 0.1% year-over-year (or increases 4% year-over-year at constant currency) to $931.7 million
  • Q1 2023 Digital Platform GMV decreases 1% year-over-year (or increases 2% year-over-year at constant currency) to $799.7 million
  • Q1 2023 Brand Platform GMV increases 10% year-over-year (or increases 15% year-over-year at constant currency) to $109.7 million
  • Q1 2023 Gross Profit Margin of 43.2% (a decrease of 160 bps year-over-year) and Digital Platform Order Contribution Margin of 32.4% (a decrease of 30 bps year-over-year)
  • Q1 2023 Loss after Tax of $174 million
  • Q1 2023 Adjusted EBITDA of $(35) million

Farfetch Limited (NYSE: FTCH) ("Farfetch" or the "Company"), the leading global platform for the luxury fashion industry, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023.

José Neves, Farfetch Founder, Chairman and CEO, said: “I am delighted to report that Farfetch was back to growth in first quarter 2023. Our first quarter results represent the first step towards achieving our plan for 2023, our Year of Execution, and demonstrate our strong execution in the face of continued macro headwinds. Our sequential improvement in GMV growth in the US and China, our two largest markets, as well as in orders across the Farfetch Marketplace, indicate the strength and resilience of our core business. This, on top of our recent launches of Ferragamo and Reebok, with Neiman Marcus Group on track for the second half of the year, and progress we are making on our profitability and cash flow initiatives, confirm we remain on track to deliver on our plan for 2023.

At the same time, we continue to focus on our medium- and longer-term goals, including our mission to be the leading global platform for the more than $360 billion luxury industry. We believe we are uniquely positioned to go after this opportunity, and have demonstrated a track record of strong growth over the years, having grown GMV three times as fast as the industry between 2019 and 2022. I am extremely confident in our ability to continue expanding our reach across this resilient luxury industry, and in our prospects of delivering sustained profitability and free cash flow over the coming years.”

Elliot Jordan, Farfetch Chief Financial Officer said:
“I am very pleased with our first quarter 2023 results. We have delivered what we set out to achieve, with accelerating underlying growth, disciplined cost control and improved cash flows. We have successfully navigated through unprecedented macro challenges, and through continued focused execution, we remain on track to deliver a year of luxury market-beating growth, a return to profitability and positive free cash flow.”

Consolidated Financial Summary and Key Operating Metrics (in $ thousands, except per share data, Average Order Value, Active Consumers or as otherwise stated):

 

 

Three months ended
March 31,

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

Consolidated Group:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Merchandise Value (“GMV”)

 

$

930,752

 

 

$

931,658

 

 

Revenue

 

 

514,803

 

 

 

556,391

 

 

Adjusted Revenue (1)

 

 

435,937

 

 

 

476,188

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

230,516

 

 

 

240,632

 

 

Gross profit margin

 

 

44.8

%

 

 

43.2

%

 

Profit/(loss) after tax

 

$

728,752

 

 

$

(174,276

)

 

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

 

 

(35,782

)

 

 

(34,741

)

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin (1)

 

 

(8.2

)%

 

 

(7.3

)%

 

Basic Earnings per share (“EPS”)

 

$

1.93

 

 

$

(0.43

)

 

Diluted EPS

 

 

(0.37

)

 

 

(0.43

)

 

Adjusted EPS (1)

 

 

(0.24

)

 

 

(0.16

)

 

Digital Platform:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Platform GMV

 

$

809,509

 

 

$

799,654

 

 

Digital Platform Services Revenue

 

 

316,780

 

 

 

341,269

 

 

Digital Platform Gross Profit

 

 

171,905

 

 

 

168,060

 

 

Digital Platform Gross Profit Margin

 

 

54.3

%

 

 

49.2

%

 

Digital Platform Order Contribution (1)

 

$

103,726

 

 

$

110,554

 

 

Digital Platform Order Contribution Margin (1)

 

 

32.7

%

 

 

32.4

%

 

Active Consumers (in thousands)

 

 

3,822

 

 

 

3,992

 

 

Average Order Value (“AOV”) - Marketplace

 

$

632

 

 

$

566

 

 

AOV - Stadium Goods

 

 

323

 

 

 

257

 

 

Brand Platform:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brand Platform GMV

 

$

99,739

 

 

$

109,685

 

 

Brand Platform Revenue

 

 

100,492

 

 

 

114,460

 

 

Brand Platform Gross Profit

 

 

49,116

 

 

 

59,698

 

 

Brand Platform Gross Profit Margin

 

 

48.9

%

 

 

52.2

%

 

(1) See “Non-IFRS and Other Financial and Operating Metrics” on Page 19 for reconciliations of non-IFRS measures to IFRS measures.

Recent Business Highlights

Digital Platform

  • Third-party transactions generated 78% of Digital Platform GMV in first quarter 2023 with Third-Party Take Rate of 32.9%
  • The Farfetch Marketplace continued to offer customers the most extensive selection of in-season luxury fashion on a global platform from over 1,400 sellers, as supply from both multi-brand retailers and e-concession partners continued to increase year-over-year to a record 17 million total stock units in first quarter 2023
  • Continued to deliver on our comprehensive strategic partnership with Ferragamo
    • Farfetch Platform Solutions (FPS) launched Ferragamo’s European e-commerce channel, representing the initial phase of the brand’s global replatforming initiative
    • Launched an in-store app in Ferragamo flagship stores, empowering sales associates with a single-view of customers to deliver a unified shopping experience
  • Expanded FPS relationship with Harrods withlaunch of www.harrods.cn, a fully localized destination to boost Harrods' recognition and engagement with Chinese luxury shoppers; also implemented Harrods’ e-concessions-as-a-service with JW Anderson
  • Continued to build on digital and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to increase personalization and drive engagement on the Farfetch Marketplace
    • Active customers grew to approximately 4 million driven primarily by higher retention which was supported by an increase in personalized communications which on average over the last twelve months to date have demonstrated 90% higher conversion than broadcast messages for Farfetch
    • Rolled out Creative AITM, Allure’s proprietary AI algorithm, automatically combining the virtual model with the garment, to improve the quality of imagery on the Marketplace, which is expected to result in 10% efficiency to overall production costs in full year 2023
  • Media Solutions signed new clients including Brunello Cucinelli, Stone Island, Giuseppe Zanotti, MOON BOOT, JNBY Design and Studio Tomboy, and featured new and innovative campaigns such as:
    • Swarovski’s Valentine’s Day edit accompanied by a shoppable livestream video amplified across web, app, social, and CRM channels, which was the top performing Farfetch livestream to date based on views
    • Emerging Asian fashion brands JNBY and Studio Tomboy, partnered with Media Solutions to engage a global audience and boost their launches on the Farfetch Marketplace
  • Launched new #YourChoiceYourFARFETCH brand campaign starring iconic celebrity, Marcia Cross, highlighting unique fashion choices offered by the Farfetch Marketplace

New Guards Group

  • New Guards’ portfolio continued to focus on direct-to-consumer channels while creating culturally relevant collections:
    • As the Official Style & Culture Creator for AC Milan, Off-White partnered with AC Milan’s charity foundation Fondazione Milan to launch a limited edition t-shirt exclusively available on www.off---white.com, with 100% of proceeds donated to Fondazione Milan
    • Palm Angels teamed up with Barbour to debut three brightly hued takes on Barbour's classic Bedale wax jacket
    • There Was One, a sustainable brand jointly created by New Guards Group and Farfetch, added activewear and kidswear categories to its collection
  • Palm Angels expanded its global store footprint with its first boutique in South Korea
  • In May 2023, commercially launched European partnership with Reebok
    • Reebok e-commerce sites in Europe replatformed by FPS
    • Wholesale operations now engaging with key strategic accounts
  • In May 2023, established NGG++, a division within New Guards Group to operate the Reebok license and grow the sportswear and sneaker business across NGG

ESG

  • Modes, an Italian boutique partner on the Marketplace and FPS client, partnered with Luxclusif in launching a trade-in program for pre-owned bags

First Quarter 2023 Results Summary

Gross Merchandise Value (in thousands):

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

Digital Platform GMV

 

$

809,509

 

 

$

799,654

 

 

Brand Platform GMV

 

 

99,739

 

 

 

109,685

 

 

In-Store GMV

 

 

21,504

 

 

 

22,319

 

 

GMV

 

$

930,752

 

 

$

931,658

 

 

GMV increased 0.1% in first quarter 2023 at $931.7 million, compared to $930.8 million in first quarter 2022. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, GMV would have increased 3.6% year-over-year. Digital Platform GMV decreased $9.9 million from $809.5 million in first quarter 2022 to $799.7 million in first quarter 2023, representing a year-over-year decline of 1.2%. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, Digital Platform GMV would have increased 1.9% year-over-year.

Digital Platform GMV performance in first quarter 2023 reflects continuing headwinds from the suspension of trade in Russia, where trade ceased in March 2022, and mainland China, where demand has not yet fully recovered following the relaxation of regional COVID-19 restrictions. These factors were partially offset by growth in other markets. Digital Platform GMV performance also reflects a decrease in Marketplace AOV from $632 to $566 driven by an increased mix of markdown sales, the currency translation impact of a strengthened US Dollar and a shift in customer demand towards lower-priced products, partially offset by an increase in the number of items per order.

Brand Platform GMV increased 10.0% year-over-year from $99.7 million in first quarter 2022 to $109.7 million in first quarter 2023. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, Brand Platform GMV would have increased 15.4% year-over-year. This increase was due to a larger portion of the Spring-Summer collections being shipped in first quarter 2023 than in first quarter 2022.

In-Store GMV increased 3.8% year-over-year from $21.5 million in first quarter 2022 to $22.3 million in first quarter 2023. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, In-Store GMV would have increased 10.0% year-over-year. The increase was driven by additional openings of New Guards brands' stores in the last twelve months, as well as like-for-like growth from existing stores.

Revenue (in thousands):

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

Digital Platform Services third-party revenue

 

$

195,139

 

 

$

185,326

 

 

Digital Platform Services first-party revenue

 

 

121,641

 

 

 

155,943

 

 

Digital Platform Services Revenue

 

 

316,780

 

 

 

341,269

 

 

Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue

 

 

78,866

 

 

 

80,203

 

 

Brand Platform Revenue

 

 

100,492

 

 

 

114,460

 

 

In-Store Revenue

 

 

18,665

 

 

 

20,459

 

 

Revenue

 

$

514,803

 

 

$

556,391

 

 

Revenue increased $41.6 million year-over-year from $514.8 million in first quarter 2022 to $556.4 million in first quarter 2023, representing a year-over-year increase of 8.1%. The increase was driven by an increase in Digital Platform Revenue of 6.5% to $421.5 million, a 13.9% increase in Brand Platform Revenue to $114.5 million, as well as a 9.6% increase in In-Store Revenue to $20.5 million. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, revenue would have increased 11.8% year-over-year.

Digital Platform Services Revenue increased 7.7% year-over-year driven by first-party revenue. Digital Platform Services first-party revenue increased 28.2% as compared to the previous year, as continued stock clearance activity drove increased sales of first-party products on the Marketplace. Digital Platform Services third-party revenue decreased 5.0% year-over-year driven by a decline in third-party Digital Platform GMV, partially offset by an increased third-party Take Rate. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, Digital Platform Services Revenue would have increased 11.0% year-over-year.

Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue represents the pass-through to consumers of delivery and duties charges incurred by our global logistics solutions, net of any Farfetch-funded consumer promotions, subsidized shipping and incentives. Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue increased 1.7% year-over-year, exceeding the overall Digital Platform GMV decline of 1.2% due to the growth in duties and delivery charges, which was greater than the change in Digital Platform GMV.

Brand Platform Revenue increased 13.9% year-over-year, which is greater than the increase in Brand Platform GMV due to $4.8 million net economic benefit from the Reebok partnership that commenced in March 2022. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, Brand Platform Revenue would have increased 20.0% year-over-year.

Cost of Revenue (in thousands):

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

Digital Platform Services third-party cost of revenue

 

$

56,218

 

 

$

60,719

 

 

Digital Platform Services first-party cost of revenue

 

 

88,657

 

 

 

112,490

 

 

Digital Platform Services cost of revenue

 

 

144,875

 

 

 

173,209

 

 

Digital Platform Fulfilment cost of revenue

 

 

78,866

 

 

 

80,203

 

 

Brand Platform cost of revenue

 

 

51,376

 

 

 

54,762

 

 

In-Store cost of goods sold

 

 

9,170

 

 

 

7,585

 

 

Cost of revenue

 

$

284,287

 

 

$

315,759

 

 

Cost of revenue increased $31.5 million, or 11.1%, year-over-year from $284.3 million in first quarter 2022 to $315.8 million in first quarter 2023, primarily driven by increases in Digital Platform Services and Brand Platform cost of revenue, partially offset by a decrease in In-Store cost of goods sold.

Digital Platform Services cost of revenue increased year-over-year primarily due to strong growth of Digital Platform Services first-party revenue in first quarter 2023.

Gross profit (in thousands):

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

Digital Platform third-party gross profit

 

$

138,921

 

 

$

124,607

 

 

Digital Platform first-party gross profit

 

 

32,984

 

 

 

43,453

 

 

Digital Platform Gross Profit

 

 

171,905

 

 

 

168,060

 

 

Brand Platform Gross Profit

 

 

49,116

 

 

 

59,698

 

 

In-Store Gross Profit

 

 

9,495

 

 

 

12,874

 

 

Gross profit

 

$

230,516

 

 

$

240,632

 

 

Gross profit increased $10.1 million or 4.4%, year-over-year, from $230.5 million in first quarter 2022 to $240.6 million in first quarter 2023. Gross Profit Margin decreased 160 bps year-over-year to 43.2%, driven by a decline in Digital Platform Gross Profit Margin, partially offset by increases in Brand Platform and In-Store Gross Profit Margins.

Digital Platform Gross Profit Margin decreased 510 bps to 49.2% in first quarter 2023, from 54.3% in first quarter 2022, as Digital Platform Services costs of revenue increased at a higher rate than Digital Platform Services revenue. The decrease in Digital Platform Gross Profit Margin was driven by one-off charges related to duties and shipping, alongside an increased mix of Digital Platform first-party revenue (which typically generate a lower margin), driven by increased sales of first-party products as we continued sell-through activity of Browns inventory.

Brand Platform Gross Profit Margin increased 330 bps year-over-year to 52.2%, driven by the inclusion of a full quarter of net economic benefit from the Reebok partnership, which commenced in March 2022, in addition to inventory provisioning related to delayed deliveries in the prior year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (in thousands):

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

Demand generation expense

 

$

68,179

 

 

$

57,506

 

 

Technology expense

 

 

34,103

 

 

 

29,269

 

 

Share-based payments

 

 

35,407

 

 

 

49,310

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

81,495

 

 

 

87,444

 

 

General and administrative

 

 

164,016

 

 

 

188,598

 

 

Other items

 

 

8,191

 

 

 

6,634

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expense

 

$

391,391

 

 

$

418,761

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $27.4 million or 7.0% year-over-year, from $391.4 million in first quarter 2022 to $418.8 million in first quarter 2023.

Demand generation expense decreased $10.7 million or 15.7% year-over-year to $57.5 million in first quarter 2023. As a percentage of Digital Platform Services Revenue, demand generation expense was 16.9%, compared to 21.5% in first quarter 2022. This decrease was driven by increased marketing efficiencies and continued redistribution of spend between territories during first quarter 2023.

Our total investment in technology, which includes technology expense and our investments in longer term development projects which are treated as capital items, was 14.0% of Adjusted Revenue in first quarter 2023, as compared to 13.4% in first quarter 2022, reflecting our increased investment in capitalized spend, as detailed below.

Technology expense primarily relates to maintenance and operations of our platform features and services, as well as software, hosting and infrastructure expenses, which include three globally distributed data centers, including one in Shanghai, which support the processing of our growing base of transactions. Technology expense decreased $4.8 million in first quarter 2023 year-over-year, or 14.2%, as we lowered our internal spend through cost efficiencies and repositioned external spend towards longer term capitalizable projects with payback in future periods, including marketplace initiatives and re-platforming projects, such as Reebok.

Share-based payments increased $13.9 million or 39.3% year-over-year in first quarter 2023 primarily due to the lower impact of share price movements on employment-related taxes, partially offset by a decrease in equity-settled share-based payment expense due to certain awards fully vesting in 2022.

Depreciation and amortization expense increased $5.9 million or 7.3%, year-over-year from $81.5 million in first quarter 2022 to $87.4 million in first quarter 2023. This was driven by the amortization of the $364.1 million intangible asset recognized in relation to the Reebok partnership which commenced in March 2022.

General and administrative expense increased $24.6 million, or 15.0%, year-over-year in first quarter 2023. This increase was primarily driven by investments to support the new Reebok business and a $25.2 million increase in relation to a one-time favourable gain on our foreign exchange hedges in first quarter 2022, which were in position to cover our future receipts of Russian rubles. These were partially offset by underlying cost savings, as we continue to rationalize our fixed costs and drive efficiencies.

General and administrative expense increased as a percentage of Adjusted Revenue to 39.6% compared to 37.6% in first quarter 2022. This increase was primarily driven by the gain on settlement of our foreign exchange hedges in the previous year.

Gains/(losses) on items held at fair value and remeasurements (in thousands):

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

Remeasurement gains/(losses) on put and call option liabilities

 

$

365,941

 

 

$

(12,745

)

 

Fair value gains on embedded derivative liabilities

 

 

542,490

 

 

 

6,888

 

 

Fair value remeasurement of equity investment carried at fair value through profit or loss ("FVTPL")

 

 

1,468

 

 

 

(1,030

)

 

Loss on disposal of investment carried at FVTPL

 

 

(1,639

)

 

 

-

 

 

Gains/(losses) on items held at fair value and remeasurements

 

$

908,260

 

 

$

(6,887

)

 

The $12.7 million of remeasurement losses on put and call option liabilities in first quarter 2023 are related to a $7.2 million loss on the put and call option over the 40% of Palm Angels share capital not owned by New Guards, a $4.2 million loss on the put and call option resulting from the November 2020 strategic agreement with Alibaba Group Holding Limited (“Alibaba Group”) and Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA (“Richemont”), and a $1.3 million loss on the put option over the non-controlling interest in Alanui S.r.l.

The $365.9 million of remeasurement gains on put and call option liabilities in first quarter 2022 were related to a $271.4 million gain on the put and call option resulting from the November 2020 strategic agreement with Alibaba Group and Richemont, a $105.8 million gain in connection with the Chalhoub Group’s put option over the non-controlling interest in Farfetch International Limited, offset by a $6.1 million loss on the put and call option over the 40% share capital in Palm Angels not owned by New Guards, and a $5.1 million loss on the put and call option over the non-controlling interest in Alanui S.r.l.

The $6.9 million of fair value gains on embedded derivative liabilities in first quarter 2023 related to $0.3 million of fair value gains related to the $400 million 3.75% notes due in 2027 (the “April 2020 Notes”), and $6.6 million of fair value gains related to the $600 million 0.00% notes due in 2030 (the “November 2020 Notes”).

The $542.5 million fair value gains on embedded derivative liabilities in first quarter 2022 related to $65.5 million of fair value gains related to the $250 million 5.00% notes due in 2025 (the "February 2020 Notes"), $362.1 million of fair value gains related to the April 2020 Notes and $115.0 million of fair value gains related to the November 2020 Notes.

Profit/(Loss) After Tax

Profit/(loss) after tax decreased $903.0 million year-over-year from a $728.8 million profit in first quarter 2022 to a $174.3 million loss in first quarter 2023, primarily driven by gains/(losses) on items held at fair value and remeasurements, which decreased $915.1 million year over year.

EPS and Diluted EPS

First quarter 2023 basic EPS was $(0.43) and diluted EPS was $(0.43), as the effect of all potentially dilutive instruments was antidilutive.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

Adjusted EBITDA increased by $1.0 million to a loss of $34.7 million, representing a 2.9% improvement compared to first quarter 2022. Adjusted EBITDA Margin improved by 90 bps from (8.2)% in first quarter 2022 to (7.3)% in first quarter 2023, primarily due to declines in both demand generation expense and technology expense as a percentage of Adjusted Revenue.

Liquidity

Liquidity as of March 31, 2023 was composed of cash and cash equivalents of $485.9 million, compared to $734.2 million at December 31, 2022. The decrease of $248.3 million was primarily driven by a net cash outflow from operating activities of $155.7 million, primarily related to seasonal working capital needs of the Farfetch Marketplace, as well as a net cash outflow from investing activities primarily relating to investments into capitalizable longer term development projects.

Additional Disclosure

As separately disclosed, on May 18, 2023, the Board of Directors and José Neves agreed to surrender one-half of the number of the Company’s ordinary shares Mr. Neves was eligible to earn under the long-term performance-based restricted share unit award granted to him on May 28, 2021 (the “Original Award”). In connection with such surrender, on May 18, 2023, the Board granted Mr. Neves a replacement equity award under the 2018 Farfetch Employee Equity Plan comprised of restricted share units and performance share units with an aggregate value of approximately $9 million, to be recognized over the vesting period of the awards.

Foreign Exchange Rate Fluctuations

"Constant currency" means translating current period financial data at the prior period average exchange rates applicable to the local currency in which the transactions are denominated.

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

%

 

 

2023 at constant currency

 

 

%

 

GMV

 

$

930,752

 

 

$

931,658

 

 

 

0.1

%

 

$

963,995

 

 

 

3.6

%

Digital Platform GMV

 

 

809,509

 

 

 

799,654

 

 

 

(1.2

%)

 

 

825,247

 

 

 

1.9

%

Brand Platform GMV

 

 

99,739

 

 

 

109,685

 

 

 

10.0

%

 

 

115,101

 

 

 

15.4

%

In-store GMV

 

 

21,504

 

 

 

22,319

 

 

 

3.8

%

 

 

23,646

 

 

 

10.0

%

Revenue

 

 

514,803

 

 

 

556,391

 

 

 

8.1

%

 

 

575,774

 

 

 

11.8

%

Adjusted Revenue

 

 

435,937

 

 

 

476,188

 

 

 

9.2

%

 

 

494,014

 

 

 

13.3

%

Digital Platform Services Revenue

 

 

316,780

 

 

 

341,269

 

 

 

7.7

%

 

 

351,640

 

 

 

11.0

%

Brand Platform Revenue

 

 

100,492

 

 

 

114,460

 

 

 

13.9

%

 

 

120,587

 

 

 

20.0

%

Our financial information is presented in U.S. dollars, which differs from the underlying functional currencies of certain of our subsidiaries (including New Guards whose functional currency is the euro), exposing us to foreign exchange translation risk on consolidation. This risk is currently not hedged and therefore our results of operations have in the past, and will in the future, fluctuate due to movements in exchange rates when currencies are translated into U.S. dollars.

At a subsidiary level we are also exposed to transactional foreign exchange risk because we earn revenues and incur expenses in a number of different foreign currencies relative to the relevant subsidiary’s functional currency, mainly the pound sterling and the euro. Movements in exchange rates therefore impact our subsidiaries and thus, our consolidated results and cash flows. We hedge a portion of our core transactional exposures using forward foreign exchange contracts and foreign exchange option contracts; however, we are exposed to fluctuations in exchange rates on the unhedged portion of the exposures.

Outlook

The following reflects Farfetch’s expectations for Full Year 2023 as of May 18, 2023:

  • Group GMV of approximately $4.9 billion
  • Digital Platform GMV of approximately $4.2 billion
  • Brand Platform GMV of approximately $0.6 billion
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of 1% to 3%

Conference Call Information

Farfetch Limited will host a conference call today, May 18, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s financial results as well as expectations about Farfetch’s business. Listeners may access the live conference call and accompanying slides via live webcast at http://farfetchinvestors.com, where listeners can also access Farfetch’s earnings press release. Following the call, a replay of the webcast and slide presentation will be available at the same website for at least 30 days.

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of operations

for the three months ended March 31

(in $ thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

Revenue

 

 

514,803

 

 

 

556,391

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue

 

 

(284,287

)

 

 

(315,759

)

 

Gross profit

 

 

230,516

 

 

 

240,632

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

(391,391

)

 

 

(418,761

)

 

Operating loss

 

 

(160,875

)

 

 

(178,129

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gains/(losses) on items held at fair value and remeasurements

 

 

908,260

 

 

 

(6,887

)

 

Share of results of associates

 

 

18

 

 

 

56

 

 

Finance income

 

 

1,846

 

 

 

16,757

 

 

Finance costs

 

 

(17,406

)

 

 

(30,533

)

 

Profit/(loss) before tax

 

 

731,843

 

 

 

(198,736

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax (expense)/benefit

 

 

(3,091

)

 

 

24,460

 

 

Profit/(loss) after tax

 

 

728,752

 

 

 

(174,276

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) after tax attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

 

734,326

 

 

 

(171,927

)

 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

(5,574

)

 

 

(2,349

)

 

 

 

 

728,752

 

 

 

(174,276

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings/(loss) per share attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

1.93

 

 

 

(0.43

)

 

Diluted

 

 

(0.37

)

 

 

(0.43

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

381,341,974

 

 

 

398,492,722

 

 

Diluted

 

 

466,083,711

 

 

 

398,492,722

 

 

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income/(loss)

for the three months ended March 31

(in $ thousands)

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

Profit/(loss) after tax

 

 

728,752

 

 

 

(174,276

)

 

Other comprehensive (loss)/income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to the consolidated
statement of operations (net of tax):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange gain on translation of foreign operations

 

 

2,923

 

 

 

6,688

 

 

Gain on cash flow hedges recognized in equity

 

 

1,107

 

 

 

8,816

 

 

Loss on cash flow hedges reclassified and reported in net profit/(loss)

 

 

5,856

 

 

 

8,978

 

 

Hedge discontinuation gains transferred to statement of operations

 

 

(23,387

)

 

 

-

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss)/income for the period, net of tax

 

 

(13,501

)

 

 

24,482

 

 

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period, net of tax

 

 

715,251

 

 

 

(149,794

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

 

720,810

 

 

 

(147,577

)

 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

(5,559

)

 

 

(2,217

)

 

 

 

 

715,251

 

 

 

(149,794

)

 

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of financial position

 

 

 

 

(in $ thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31,
2022

 

 

March 31,
2023

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other receivables

 

 

21,204

 

 

 

39,761

 

Deferred tax assets

 

 

19,566

 

 

 

22,359

 

Intangible assets

 

 

1,547,830

 

 

 

1,528,245

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

91,141

 

 

 

94,388

 

Right-of-use assets

 

 

187,640

 

 

 

207,530

 

Investments

 

 

218,977

 

 

 

217,770

 

Investments in associates

 

 

138

 

 

 

194

 

Total non-current assets

 

 

2,086,496

 

 

 

2,110,247

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

345,969

 

 

 

350,375

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

492,565

 

 

 

515,647

 

Current tax assets

 

 

16,193

 

 

 

17,783

 

Derivative financial assets

 

 

472

 

 

 

5,989

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

734,221

 

 

 

485,920

 

Total current assets

 

 

1,589,420

 

 

 

1,375,714

 

Total assets

 

 

3,675,916

 

 

 

3,485,961

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provisions

 

 

12,166

 

 

 

14,550

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

127,348

 

 

 

98,060

 

Lease liabilities

 

 

178,247

 

 

 

192,384

 

Employee benefit obligations

 

 

2,930

 

 

 

3,318

 

Derivative financial liabilities

 

 

206,564

 

 

 

200,026

 

Borrowings

 

 

892,700

 

 

 

908,419

 

Put and call option liabilities

 

 

169,218

 

 

 

182,900

 

Other financial liabilities

 

 

298,244

 

 

 

296,266

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

1,887,417

 

 

 

1,895,923

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

740,848

 

 

 

640,550

 

Provisions

 

 

12,053

 

 

 

13,040

 

Current tax liability

 

 

6,075

 

 

 

6,227

 

Lease liabilities

 

 

36,996

 

 

 

42,482

 

Employee benefit obligations

 

 

2,403

 

 

 

2,058

 

Derivative financial liabilities

 

 

22,041

 

 

 

8,628

 

Put and call option liabilities

 

 

26,029

 

 

 

27,623

 

Other financial liabilities

 

 

36,433

 

 

 

45,684

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

882,878

 

 

 

786,292

 

Total liabilities

 

 

2,770,295

 

 

 

2,682,215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

748,214

 

 

 

648,556

 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

157,407

 

 

 

155,190

 

Total equity

 

 

905,621

 

 

 

803,746

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

 

3,675,916

 

 

 

3,485,961

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

 

 

 

 

 

 

for the three months ended March 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in $ thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

 

 

(160,875

)

 

 

(178,129

)

Adjustments to reconcile operating loss to net cash outflow from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

13,268

 

 

 

16,567

 

Amortization

 

 

68,227

 

 

 

70,877

 

Non-cash employee benefits expense

 

 

66,226

 

 

 

48,074

 

Impairment of investments

 

 

65

 

 

 

-

 

Change in working capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in receivables

 

 

(45,536

)

 

 

(17,593

)

(Increase)/decrease in inventories

 

 

(43,720

)

 

 

1,229

 

Decrease in payables

 

 

(167,150

)

 

 

(89,088

)

Change in other assets and liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in non-current receivables

 

 

(439

)

 

 

(2,749

)

(Decrease)/increase in other liabilities

 

 

(40,448

)

 

 

7,449

 

Decrease in provisions

 

 

(26,171

)

 

 

(2,714

)

Increase/(decrease) in derivative financial instruments

 

 

45

 

 

 

(8,873

)

Income taxes paid

 

 

(213

)

 

 

(728

)

Net cash outflow from operating activities

 

 

(336,721

)

 

 

(155,678

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired

 

 

(45,471

)

 

 

-

 

Payments for property, plant and equipment

 

 

(4,892

)

 

 

(6,974

)

Payments for intangible assets

 

 

(25,649

)

 

 

(40,014

)

Interest received

 

 

1,140

 

 

 

7,321

 

Transaction costs paid relating to investment in associate

 

 

-

 

 

 

(15,182

)

Net cash outflow from investing activities

 

 

(74,872

)

 

 

(54,849

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repayment of the principal elements of lease payments

 

 

(8,096

)

 

 

(11,039

)

Interest paid

 

 

(2,918

)

 

 

(13,528

)

Acquisition of non-controlling interests

 

 

-

 

 

 

(4,750

)

Settlement of equity-based awards

 

 

(4,409

)

 

 

-

 

Proceeds from exercise of employee share-based awards

 

 

949

 

 

 

-

 

Repayment of borrowings

 

 

-

 

 

 

(1,000

)

Net cash outflow from financing activities

 

 

(14,474

)

 

 

(30,317

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(426,067

)

 

 

(240,844

)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

 

1,363,128

 

 

 

734,221

 

Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

 

908

 

 

 

(7,457

)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

 

937,969

 

 

 

485,920

 

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity/(deficit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in $ thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share
capital

 

 

Share
premium

 

 

Merger
reserve

 

 

Foreign
exchange reserve

 

 

Other
reserves

 

 

Accumulated
losses

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

Non- controlling
interests

 

 

Total equity

 

 

Balance at January 1, 2022

 

 

15,231

 

 

 

1,641,674

 

 

 

783,529

 

 

 

(24,544

)

 

 

59,520

 

 

 

(2,386,802

)

 

 

88,608

 

 

 

182,008

 

 

 

270,616

 

 

Changes in equity/(deficit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) after tax for the period

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

734,326

 

 

 

734,326

 

 

 

(5,574

)

 

 

728,752

 

 

Other comprehensive income/(loss)

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,908

 

 

 

(16,424

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(13,516

)

 

 

15

 

 

 

(13,501

)

 

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period, net of tax

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,908

 

 

 

(16,424

)

 

 

734,326

 

 

 

720,810

 

 

 

(5,559

)

 

 

715,251

 

 

Cashflow hedge transferred to inventory

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(473

)

 

-

 

 

 

(473

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(473

)

 

Issue of share capital

 

 

59

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

 

59

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

59

 

 

Share-based payment – equity settled

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

 

18,830

 

 

 

27,977

 

 

 

46,807

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

46,807

 

 

Share-based payment – reverse vesting shares

 

 

2

 

 

 

918

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

 

15,414

 

 

-

 

 

 

16,334

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

16,334

 

 

Other

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

 

(1,452

)

 

 

(1,452

)

 

 

1,452

 

 

 

-

 

 

Balance at March 31, 2022

 

 

15,292

 

 

 

1,642,592

 

 

 

783,529

 

 

 

(21,636

)

 

 

76,867

 

 

 

(1,625,951

)

 

 

870,693

 

 

 

177,901

 

 

 

1,048,594

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1, 2023

 

 

15,793

 

 

 

1,685,809

 

 

 

783,529

 

 

 

(36,557

)

 

 

172,829

 

 

 

(1,873,189

)

 

 

748,214

 

 

 

157,407

 

 

 

905,621

 

 

Changes in equity/(deficit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss after tax for the period

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(171,927

)

 

 

(171,927

)

 

 

(2,349

)

 

 

(174,276

)

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

6,556

 

 

 

17,794

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

24,350

 

 

 

132

 

 

 

24,482

 

 

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period, net of tax

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

6,556

 

 

 

17,794

 

 

 

(171,927

)

 

 

(147,577

)

 

 

(2,217

)

 

 

(149,794

)

 

Cashflow hedge transferred to inventory

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

124

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

124

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

124

 

 

Issue of share capital

 

 

263

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

263

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

263

 

 

Share-based payment – equity settled

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(18,870

)

 

 

61,697

 

 

 

42,827

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

42,827

 

 

Share-based payment – reverse vesting shares

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

5,063

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

5,063

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

5,063

 

 

Other

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(358

)

 

 

(358

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(358

)

 

Balance at March 31, 2023

16,056

1,685,809

783,529

(30,001

)

176,940

(1,983,777

)

648,556

155,190

803,746

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We intend such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements contained in this release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our expectations in relation to the suspension of trade in Russia, the impact of regional COVID-19 restrictions in mainland China, actions we are taking to streamline our cost base, our strategic partnership with Ferragamo, the impact of our digital and artificial intelligence capabilities and expected reduction in production costs, our relationship with Harrods, our partnership with Reebok, Off-White's collaboration with Fondazione Milan, future financial or operating performance, planned activities and objectives, anticipated growth resulting therefrom, strategic initiatives and partnerships, our growth and expected performance for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023, statements regarding our profitability, as well as statements that include the words “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “aim,” “enable,” “believe,” “project,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” “might,” “target,” “seek” or the negative of these terms and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: general economic factors, pandemics, geopolitical events or other unexpected events may adversely affect our business, financial performance and results of operations; purchasers of luxury products may not choose to shop online, which would prevent us from growing our business; we may be unable to generate sufficient revenue to be profitable or to generate positive cash flow on a sustained basis, and our revenue growth rate may decline; we have experienced losses in the past, and we may experience losses in the future; luxury sellers set their own prices for the products they make available on our Marketplaces, which could affect our ability to respond to consumer preferences and trends; the luxury fashion industry can be volatile and difficult to predict; we rely on a limited number of luxury sellers for the supply of products that we make available to consumers on the Farfetch Marketplace; our efforts to acquire or retain consumers may not be successful, which could prevent us from maintaining or increasing our sales; if our luxury sellers fail to anticipate, identify and respond quickly to new and changing luxury trends in consumer preferences, our business could be harmed; our software is highly complex and may contain undetected errors; our failure or the failure of third parties to protect our or their sites, networks and systems against security breaches, or otherwise to protect our or consumers’ and luxury sellers’ confidential information, could damage our reputation and brand and substantially harm our business and operating results; we may not succeed in promoting and sustaining our brand, which could have an adverse effect on our future growth, reputation, business and sales; our growth depends in part on the success of our FPS business; fluctuations in exchange rates may adversely affect our results of operations; we rely on information technologies and systems to operate our business and maintain our competitiveness, and any failure to invest in and adapt to technological developments and industry trends could harm our business; any significant disruption in service on our websites or apps or in our computer systems, some of which are currently hosted by third-party providers, could damage our reputation and result in a loss of consumers, which would harm our business and results of operations; the growth of our business may adversely impact our ability to successfully utilize our data and impact our sustained growth; we may not be able to manage our growth or cost rationalization initiatives effectively, which may adversely affect our corporate culture; we face significant competition in the global retail industry and may be unsuccessful in competing against current and future competitors; we are subject to governmental regulation and other legal obligations related to privacy, data protection and information security and if we are unable to comply with these, we may be subject to governmental enforcement actions, litigation, fines and penalties or adverse publicity; we rely on our luxury sellers, suppliers, third-party warehousing providers, third-party carriers and transportation providers as part of our fulfilment process, and these third parties may fail to adequately serve our consumers; our failure to address the operational, compliance and regulatory risks associated with our payment methods or practices could damage our reputation and brand and may cause our business and results of operations to suffer; our New Guards business is dependent on its production, inventory management and fulfilment processes and systems, which could adversely affect its business if not successfully executed; our Chief Executive Officer, José Neves, has considerable influence over important corporate matters due to his ownership of us and our dual‑class voting structure will limit your ability to influence corporate matters and could discourage others from pursuing any change of control transactions that holders of our Class A ordinary shares may view as beneficial; our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial health and competitive position; and the other important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our other filings with the SEC, accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on our website at http://farfetchinvestors.com. In addition, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements that we may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release are inherently uncertain and may not occur, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. In addition, the forward-looking statements made in this release relate only to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made in this release. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

NOTES AND DISCLOSURES

Revisions to Previously Reported Financial Information

We have revised previously reported information relating to total investment in technology as a percentage of Adjusted Revenue to correct for an overstatement of capitalized employee-related costs. We have revised the information for each of the first, second and third fiscal quarters for the year ended December 31, 2022. The revision had no impact on the fourth quarter for the year ended December 31, 2022 or the full fiscal year. It also had no impact on gross profit, operating loss or Adjusted EBITDA in these periods and had no impact on total assets, total equity and liabilities, or total cash flows as of the end of such periods. As revised, our total investment in technology as a percentage of Adjusted Revenue was 13.4% for first quarter 2022, 13.4% for second quarter 2022 and 12.8% for third quarter 2022.

Non-IFRS and Other Financial and Operating Metrics

This release includes certain financial measures not based on International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted EPS, Adjusted Revenue, Digital Platform Order Contribution, Digital Platform Order Contribution Margin and constant currency information (together, the “Non-IFRS Measures”), as well as operating metrics, including GMV, Digital Platform GMV, Brand Platform GMV, In-Store GMV, Active Consumers and Average Order Value. See the “Definitions” section below for a further explanation of these terms.

Management uses the Non-IFRS Measures:

  • as measurements of operating performance because they assist us in comparing our operating performance on a consistent basis, as they remove the impact of items not directly resulting from our core operations;
  • for planning purposes, including the preparation of our internal annual operating budget and financial projections;
  • to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of our strategic initiatives; and
  • to evaluate our capacity to fund capital expenditures and expand our business.

The Non-IFRS Measures may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other companies, because not all companies and analysts calculate these measures in the same manner. We present the Non-IFRS Measures because we consider them to be important supplemental measures of our performance, and we believe they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies. Management believes that investors’ understanding of our performance is enhanced by including the Non-IFRS Measures as a reasonable basis for comparing our ongoing results of operations. Many investors are interested in understanding the performance of our business by comparing our results from ongoing operations period over period and would ordinarily add back non-cash expenses such as depreciation, amortization and items that are not part of normal day-to-day operations of our business. By providing the Non-IFRS Measures, together with reconciliations to IFRS, we believe we are enhancing investors’ understanding of our business and our results of operations, as well as assisting investors in evaluating how well we are executing our strategic initiatives.

Items excluded from the Non-IFRS Measures are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance. The Non-IFRS Measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative to, or a substitute for loss after tax, revenue or other financial statement data presented in our consolidated financial statements as indicators of financial performance. Some of the limitations are:

  • such measures do not reflect revenue related to fulfilment, which is necessary to the operation of our business;
  • such measures do not reflect our expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • such measures do not reflect changes in our working capital needs;
  • such measures do not reflect our share-based payments, income tax benefit/(expense) or the amounts necessary to pay our taxes;
  • although depreciation and amortization are eliminated in the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future and such measures do not reflect any costs for such replacements; and
  • other companies may calculate such measures differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

Due to these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, and Adjusted Revenue should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business and are in addition to, not a substitute for or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. In addition, the Non-IFRS Measures we use may differ from the non-IFRS financial measures used by other companies and are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS. Furthermore, not all companies or analysts may calculate similarly titled measures in the same manner. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our IFRS results and using the Non-IFRS Measures only as supplemental measures.

Digital Platform Order Contribution and Digital Platform Order Contribution Margin are not measurements of our financial performance under IFRS and do not purport to be alternatives to gross profit or loss after tax derived in accordance with IFRS. We believe that Digital Platform Order Contribution and Digital Platform Order Contribution Margin are useful measures in evaluating our operating performance within our industry because they permit the evaluation of our digital platform productivity, efficiency and performance. We also believe that Digital Platform Order Contribution and Digital Platform Order Contribution Margin are useful measures in evaluating our operating performance because they take into account demand generation expense and are used by management to analyze the operating performance of our digital platform for the periods presented.

Constant currency information should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of or as superior to, the Company’s operating performance calculated in accordance with IFRS.

Farfetch reports under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”). Farfetch provides earnings guidance on a non-IFRS basis and does not provide earnings guidance on an IFRS basis. A reconciliation of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA guidance to the most directly comparable IFRS financial measure cannot be provided without unreasonable efforts and is not provided herein because of the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliations, including adjustments that are made for future changes in the fair value of cash-settled share-based payment liabilities; foreign exchange gains/(losses) and the other adjustments reflected in our reconciliation of historical non-IFRS financial measures, the amounts of which, could be material.

Reconciliations of the historical non-IFRS measures presented in this press release to their most directly comparable IFRS measures are included in the accompanying tables.

The following table reconciles Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin to the most directly comparable IFRS financial performance measures, which are profit/(loss) after tax and profit/(loss) after tax margin, respectively:

(in $ thousands, except as otherwise noted)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) after tax

 

 

$

728,752

 

 

$

(174,276

)

 

Net finance expense

 

 

 

15,560

 

 

 

13,776

 

 

Income tax expense/(benefit)

 

 

 

3,091

 

 

 

(24,460

)

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

81,495

 

 

 

87,444

 

 

Share-based payments (1)

 

 

 

35,407

 

 

 

49,310

 

 

(Gains)/losses on items held at fair value and remeasurements (2)

 

 

 

(908,260

)

 

 

6,887

 

 

Other items (3)

 

 

 

8,191

 

 

 

6,634

 

 

Share of results of associates

 

 

 

(18

)

 

 

(56

)

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

$

(35,782

)

 

$

(34,741

)

 

Revenue

 

 

$

514,803

 

 

$

556,391

 

 

Profit/(loss) after tax margin

 

 

 

141.6

%

 

 

(31.3

%)

 

Adjusted Revenue

 

 

$

435,937

 

 

$

476,188

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

 

 

 

(8.2

%)

 

 

(7.3

%)

 

1. Represents share-based payment expense.
2. Represents (gains)/losses on items held at fair value and remeasurements. See “gains/(losses) on items held at fair value and remeasurements” on page 22 for a breakdown of these items.
3. Represents other items, which are outside the normal scope of our ordinary activities. See “other items” on page 23 for a breakdown of these expenses. “Other items” is included within selling, general and administrative expenses.

The following table reconciles Adjusted Revenue to the most directly comparable IFRS financial performance measure, which is Revenue:

(in $ thousands, except as otherwise noted)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

$

514,803

 

 

$

556,391

 

 

Less: Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue

 

 

 

(78,866

)

 

 

(80,203

)

 

Adjusted Revenue

 

 

$

435,937

 

 

$

476,188

 

 

The following tables reconcile Revenue at constant currency to the most directly comparable IFRS performance measure, which is Revenue:

(in $ thousands, except as otherwise noted)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31, 2023

 

 

 

Digital Platform Services

 

 

Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue

 

 

Brand Platform

 

 

In-Store

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

$

341,269

 

 

 

80,203

 

 

$

114,460

 

 

$

20,459

 

 

$

556,391

 

Foreign exchange impact

 

 

10,371

 

 

 

1,558

 

 

 

6,127

 

 

 

1,328

 

 

 

19,384

 

Revenue at constant currency

 

$

351,640

 

 

$

81,761

 

 

$

120,587

 

 

$

21,787

 

 

$

575,775

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue growth

 

 

7.7

%

 

 

1.7

%

 

 

13.9

%

 

 

9.6

%

 

 

8.1

%

Foreign exchange impact on revenue growth

 

 

3.3

%

 

 

2.0

%

 

 

6.1

%

 

 

7.1

%

 

 

3.7

%

Revenue growth at constant currency

 

 

11.0

%

 

 

3.7

%

 

 

20.0

%

 

 

16.7

%

 

 

11.8

%

The following table reconciles Digital Platform Order Contribution and Digital Platform Order Contribution Margin to the most directly comparable IFRS financial performance measures, which are Digital Platform Gross Profit and Digital Platform Gross Profit Margin, respectively:

(in $ thousands, except as otherwise noted)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Platform Gross Profit

 

 

$

171,905

 

 

$

168,060

 

 

Less: Demand generation expense

 

 

 

(68,179

)

 

 

(57,506

)

 

Digital Platform Order Contribution

 

 

$

103,726

 

 

$

110,554

 

 

Digital Platform Services Revenue

 

 

$

316,780

 

 

$

341,269

 

 

Digital Platform Gross Profit Margin

 

 

 

54.3

%

 

 

49.2

%

 

Digital Platform Order Contribution Margin

 

 

 

32.7

%

 

 

32.4

%

 

The following table reconciles Adjusted EPS to the most directly comparable IFRS financial performance measure, which is Earnings per share:

(per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings/(loss) per share

 

 

$

1.93

 

 

$

(0.43

)

 

Share-based payments (1)

 

 

 

0.09

 

 

 

0.12

 

 

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

 

 

 

0.10

 

 

 

0.11

 

 

(Gains)/losses on items held at fair value and remeasurements (2)

 

 

 

(2.38

)

 

 

0.02

 

 

Other items (3)

 

 

 

0.02

 

 

 

0.02

 

 

Share of results of associates

 

 

 

0.00

 

 

 

0.00

 

 

Adjusted loss per share

 

 

$

(0.24

)

 

$

(0.16

)

 

1. Represents share-based payment expense on a per share basis.
2. Represents (gains)/losses on items held at fair value and remeasurements on a per share basis. See “gains/(losses) on items held at fair value and remeasurements” on page 22 for a breakdown of these items.
3. Represents other items on a per share basis, which are outside the normal scope of our ordinary activities. See “other items” on page 22 for a breakdown of these expenses. “Other items” is included within selling, general and administrative expenses.

The following table represents gains/(losses) on items held at fair value and remeasurements:

(in $ thousands, except as otherwise noted)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

Fair value remeasurements:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$250 million 5.00% Notes due 2025 embedded derivative

 

 

$

65,481

 

 

$

-

 

 

$400 million 3.75% Notes due 2027 embedded derivative

 

 

 

362,053

 

 

 

285

 

 

$600 million 0.00% Notes due 2030 embedded derivative

 

 

 

114,956

 

 

 

6,603

 

 

FV remeasurement of minority investments

 

 

 

1,468

 

 

 

(1,030

)

 

Loss on disposal of investment carried at FVTPL

 

 

 

(1,639

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Present value remeasurements:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chalhoub put option

 

 

 

105,805

 

 

 

-

 

 

Palm Angels put call option and earn-out

 

 

 

(6,103

)

 

 

(7,224

)

 

Alibaba and Richemont put option

 

 

 

271,352

 

 

 

(4,219

)

 

Alanui put option

 

 

 

(5,113

)

 

 

(1,302

)

 

Gains/(losses) on items held at fair value and remeasurements

 

 

$

908,260

 

 

$

(6,887

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farfetch share price (end of day)

 

 

$

15.12

 

 

$

4.91

 

 

The following table represents other items:

(in $ thousands, except as otherwise noted)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transaction-related legal and advisory expenses

 

 

$

(8,126

)

 

$

(3,598

)

 

Loss on impairment of investments carried at fair value

 

 

 

(65

)

 

 

-

 

 

Restructuring

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(2,978

)

 

Other

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(58

)

 

Other items

 

 

$

(8,191

)

 

$

(6,634

)

 

Definitions

We define our non-IFRS and other financial and operating metrics as follows:

“Active Consumers” means active consumers on our directly owned and operated sites and related apps or on third-party websites or platforms on which we operate. A consumer is deemed to be active if they made a purchase within the last twelve-month period, irrespective of cancellations or returns. Active Consumers includes the Farfetch Marketplace, BrownsFashion.com, Stadium Goods, and the New Guards owned sites operated by Farfetch Platform Solutions plus third-party websites or platforms on which we operate, including Amazon.com and Tmall Luxury Pavilion. Due to limitations in the data we are provided by certain third-party websites or platforms on which we operate, a limited number of consumers who transact on such websites or platforms and on our directly owned and operated sites and related apps, may be duplicated in the number of Active Consumers we report. The number of Active Consumers is an indicator of our ability to attract and retain our consumer base to our platform and of our ability to convert platform visits into sale orders.

“Adjusted EBITDA” means profit/(loss) after taxes before net finance expense/(income), income tax expense/(benefit) and depreciation and amortization, further adjusted for share-based compensation expense, share of results of associates and items outside the normal scope of our ordinary activities (including other items within selling, general and administrative expenses, losses/(gains) on items held at fair value and remeasurements through profit and loss, impairment losses on tangible assets and impairment losses on intangible assets). Adjusted EBITDA provides a basis for comparison of our business operations between current, past and future periods by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled metrics of other companies.

“Adjusted EBITDA Margin” means Adjusted EBITDA calculated as a percentage of Adjusted Revenue.

“Adjusted EPS” means earnings per share further adjusted for share-based payments, amortization of acquired intangible assets, items outside the normal scope of our ordinary activities (including other items, within selling, general and administrative expenses, losses/(gains) on items held at fair value and remeasurements through profit and loss, impairment losses on tangible assets, and impairment losses on intangible assets) and the related tax effects of these adjustments. Adjusted EPS provides a basis for comparison of our business operations between current, past and future periods by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. Adjusted EPS may not be comparable to other similarly titled metrics of other companies.

“Adjusted Revenue” means revenue less Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue.

“Average Order Value” (“AOV”) means the average value of all orders excluding value added taxes placed on either the Farfetch Marketplace or the Stadium Goods Marketplace, as indicated.

“Brand Platform Gross Profit” means Brand Platform Revenue less the direct cost of goods sold relating to Brand Platform Revenue.

“Brand Platform GMV” and “Brand Platform Revenue” mean revenue relating to the New Guards operations less revenue from New Guards’: (i) owned e-commerce websites, (ii) direct to consumer channel via our Marketplaces and (iii) directly operated stores. Revenue realized from Brand Platform is generally equal to GMV as such sales are not commission based. However, revenue relating to royalties, commission and other fees arising on commercial arrangements may be recognized within Brand Platform Revenue and not Brand Platform GMV.

"Constant currency" means translating current period financial data at the prior year average exchange rates applicable to the local currency in which the transactions are denominated.

“Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue” means revenue from shipping and customs clearing services that we provide to our digital consumers, net of centrally Farfetch-funded consumer promotional incentives, such as free shipping and promotional codes.

“Digital Platform GMV” means GMV excluding In-Store GMV and Brand Platform GMV. Digital Platform third-party GMV represents transactions on our technology platforms from third-party sellers, excluding fulfilment. Digital Platform first-party GMV represents sales of owned-product, including First-Party Original through our digital platform. The revenue realized from Digital Platform Services first-party sales, excluding fulfilment, is equal to the Digital Platform GMV from such sales.

“Digital Platform Gross Profit” means gross profit excluding In-Store Gross Profit and Brand Platform Gross Profit.

"Digital Platform Gross Profit Margin” means Digital Platform Gross Profit calculated as a percentage of Digital Platform Services Revenue. We provide fulfilment services to Marketplace consumers and receive revenue from the provision of these services, which is primarily a pass-through cost with no economic benefit to us. Therefore, we calculate our Digital Platform Gross Profit Margin, including Digital Platform third-party and first-party gross profit margin, excluding Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue.

“Digital Platform Order Contribution” means Digital Platform Gross Profit after deducting demand generation expense, which includes fees that we pay for our various marketing channels. Digital Platform Order Contribution provides an indicator of our ability to extract digital consumer value from our demand generation expense, including the costs of retaining existing consumers and our ability to acquire new consumers.

“Digital Platform Order Contribution Margin” means Digital Platform Order Contribution calculated as a percentage of Digital Platform Services Revenue.

“Digital Platform Revenue” means the sum of Digital Platform Services Revenue and Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue.

“Digital Platform Services Revenue” means Revenue less Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue, In-Store Revenue and Brand Platform Revenue. Digital Platform Services Revenue is driven by our Digital Platform GMV, including commissions from third-party sales and revenue from first-party sales.

“Digital Platform Services third-party revenues” represent commissions and other income generated from the provision of services to sellers in their transactions with consumers conducted on our technology platforms, as well as fees for services provided to brands and retailers.

“Digital Platform Services first-party revenues” represents sales of owned-product, including First-Party Original through our digital platform. The revenue realized from first-party sales is equal to the GMV of such sales because we act as principal in these transactions and, therefore, related sales are not commission based. Digital Platform Services first-party revenues represent sales net of promotional incentives, such as free shipping and promotional codes, where these incentives are not designated as Farfetch-funded.

“Digital Platform Services third-party cost of revenues” and “Digital Platform Services first-party cost of revenues" include packaging costs, credit card fees, and incremental shipping costs provided in relation to the provision of these services. Digital Platform Services first-party cost of revenues also includes the cost of goods sold of the owned products.

“First-Party Original” refers to brands developed by New Guards and sold direct to consumers on the digital platform.

“Gross Merchandise Value” (“GMV”) means the total dollar value of orders processed. GMV is inclusive of product value, shipping and duty. It is net of returns, value added taxes and cancellations. First-party GMV is also net of promotions. GMV does not represent revenue earned by us, although GMV and revenue are correlated.

“In-Store Gross Profit” means In-Store Revenue less the direct cost of goods sold relating to In-Store Revenue.

“In-Store GMV” and “In-Store Revenue” mean revenue generated in our retail stores, which include Browns, Stadium Goods and New Guards’ directly operated stores. Revenue realized from In-Store sales for Browns and New Guards’ directly operated stores is equal to GMV of such sales because such sales are not commission based. Revenue realized from In-store sales for Stadium Goods does not equal GMV of such sales as a certain portion of those sales are third-party and are commission based.

"Media solutions revenue" is revenue derived from advertising products and solutions provided to luxury sellers to enable them to leverage our luxury audience and first-party data in pursuing their respective marketing opportunities on the Farfetch Marketplace.

“Order Contribution” means gross profit after deducting demand generation expense, which includes fees that we pay for our various marketing channels to support the Digital Platform. Order Contribution provides an indicator of our ability to extract consumer value from our demand generation expense, including the costs of retaining existing consumers and our ability to acquire new consumers.

“Third-Party Take Rate” means Digital Platform Services Revenue excluding revenue from first-party sales, as a percentage of Digital Platform GMV excluding GMV from first-party sales and Digital Platform Fulfilment Revenue. Revenue from first-party sales, which is equal to GMV from first-party sales, means revenue derived from sales on our platform of inventory purchased by us.

Certain figures in the release may not recalculate exactly due to rounding. This is because percentages and/or figures contained herein are calculated based on actual numbers and not the rounded numbers presented.

About Farfetch

Farfetch Limited is the leading global platform for the luxury fashion industry. Founded in 2007 by José Neves for the love of fashion, and launched in 2008, Farfetch began as an e-commerce marketplace for luxury boutiques around the world. Today, the Farfetch Marketplace connects customers in over 190 countries and territories with items from more than 50 countries and over 1,400 of the world’s best brands, boutiques and department stores, delivering a truly unique shopping experience and access to the most extensive selection of luxury on a global platform. Farfetch’s additional businesses include Browns and Stadium Goods, which offer luxury products to consumers, and New Guards Group, a platform for the development of global fashion brands. Farfetch offers its broad range of consumer-facing channels and enterprise level solutions to the luxury industry under its Luxury New Retail initiative. The Luxury New Retail initiative also encompasses Farfetch Platform Solutions, which services enterprise clients with e-commerce and technology capabilities, and Future Retail, which develops innovations such as our Connected Retail solutions.

For more information, please visit www.farfetchinvestors.com. We use this investor section of our website as a means of disclosing material, non-public information. Accordingly, investors should monitor this section of our website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings and public conference calls and webcasts. Investors may also receive email alerts and other information about us by enrolling their email address under “Investor Resources” of our investors page. We have included our website address in this release solely for informational purposes, and the information contained on our website is not incorporated by reference in this release.

Investor Relations Contact:
Alice Ryder
VP Investor Relations
IR@farfetch.com

Media Contacts:
Susannah Clark
Executive VP, Communications
susannah.clark@farfetch.com
+44 7788 405224

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US: +1 (212) 333 3810
UK: +44 (0) 207 404 5959

Source: Farfetch