The Swatch Group AG

The Swatch Group AG

The Swatch Group AG

Overview
Date Founded

1983

Headquarters

Faubourg de l'Hôpital 3,Neuchâtel, Neuchatel 2000

Type of Company

Public

Employees (Worldwide)

35.7K

Industries

Industrial Machinery & Manufacturing
Luxury & Specialty Goods
Consumer Services

Company Description

Swatch Group is an international group active in the design, manufacture and sale of finished watches, jewelry, watch movements and components. Swatch Group supplies nearly all components required by its nineteen watch brands, and Swatch Group companies supply movements and components to third-party watchmakers in Switzerland and around the world. Please be sure to visit our brands' websites to learn more about their fantastic products. Swatch Group is also a key player in the manufacture and sale of electronic systems used in watchmaking and other industries. Swatch Group employs more than 29 700 persons in over 50 countries. Gross sales in 2012 amounted to 8.143 billion Swiss francs (2011: 7.143), net profit to 1.608 billion Swiss francs (2011: 1.276 billion)

Executives & Employees

Chief Executive Officer

Workshop Manager, Michel SA

Member-Extended Management Board

Member-Extended Management Board

Chief Financial Officer & Member-Executive Board

Head-Information Technology

Head-Corporate Communications

Finance Director, Swatch Group Pension Fund

Corporate Treasurer & Investor Relations Officer

In-House Counsel

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Board of Directors

President & Chief Executive Officer at Harry Winston, Inc.

Executive Chairman at Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

Chief Executive Officer at The Swatch Group AG

Former Head, Astronaut Office Robotics Branch at National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Lecturer at Graduate Institute Geneva

Member, Board of Directors at The Swatch Group AG

Professional at Swatch Group SA

Former Director & Vice President at Avesco Group Ltd.

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Recent Transactions
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ADVA Optical Networking SE purchases Oscilloquartz SA from The Swatch Group AG

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The Swatch Group AG, Technocorp Holding SA purchase Rivoli Group LLC from Dubai International Capital Emerging Markets

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The Swatch Group AG purchases HW Holdings, Inc. from Dominion Diamond Corp.

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Chow Tai Fook is a leading jeweller in Mainland China and Hong Kong. It was one of the first Asian large-scale jewellers to penetrate Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV cities in Mainland China. Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited ("Chow Tai Fook" or the "Company") is a leading jeweller in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau with a heritage of over 80 years. Our principal products are mass luxury and high-end luxury jewellery products including gem-set jewellery, gold products, platinum and karat gold products, and watches. Our iconic brand "???" (CHOW TAI FOOK) and long-standing history of over 80 years of operations represent key competitive advantages of our business. The "???" (CHOW TAI FOOK) brand is recognised for its trust and authenticity, and our products are known for their design, quality and value. Chow Tai Fook has an extensive retail network, with over 1,800 jewellery and watch points of sale. We have a sophisticated vertically integrated business model that gives us effective and tight control over our processes, from raw material procurement to design, production, marketing and sales through our extensive retail network

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Maxi-Cash Financial Services Corp. Ltd. is an investment holding company, which engages in the provision of financial services. it operates through the following segments: Pawnbroking; Retail and Trading of Jewellery, Watches, and Branded Bags; and Others. The Others segment includes rental of properties and provision of other support services. The company was founded on April 10, 2008 and is headquartered in Singapore.

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Key Stats and Financials As of 2017
Market Capitalization
$21.2B
Total Enterprise Value
$19.5B
Earnings Per Share
$13.85
Revenue
$7.96B
Net Profit
$733M
EBITDA
$1.48B
EBITDAMargin
18.57%
Enterprise Value Sales
2.45x
Enterprise Value EBITDAOperating
13.21x
TEVNet Income
26.64x
Debt TEV
0x
Total Debt
$42M
Total Equity
$11.3B
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Rivoli Group LLC provides automobile auction services. It imports, distributes, and retails watches, eyewear, leather accessories, writing instruments, luxury communication instruments, and lifestyle accessories. The firm also offers customized personal accessories and luxury corporate gifts to customers in local government agencies, international investment banks, law firms, telecoms, FMCGs, and advertising agencies in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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