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South African tycoon Giovanni Ravazzotti’s Italtile posts $250 million in half-year revenue

Italtile's retail turnover plummets by $8.33 million amidst shaky consumer confidence and rising costs

by Mfonobong Nsehe
Giovanni Ravazzotti

Italtile, a leading Gauteng-based retailer and manufacturer of bathroom and home products controlled by South African businessman Giovanni Ravazzotti, recorded revenue amounting to R4.79 ($249.05 million) in the first of its 2024 fiscal year, showcasing resilience in its operations. 

The figures were disclosed in the group’s audited financial statements for the six months ending Dec. 31, 2023. The disclosed financials indicated a decline of 3.19 percent in revenue compared to the first half of the 2023 fiscal year when Italtile recorded R4.95 billion ($257.25 million).

Italtile’s retail turnover plummets by $8.33 million amid shaky consumer confidence and rising costs

This dip is attributed to a challenging macroeconomic environment characterized by shaky consumer confidence, escalating living costs, and heightened market competition. Italtile’s system-wide retail turnover, covering brands such as CTM, Italtile Retail, and TopT, fell by R158 million ($8.33 million) compared to the corresponding period last year.

Giovanni Ravazzotti, the South African businessman who chairs Italtile and holds a substantial 33.9 percent stake in the company, equivalent to 447,746,694 shares, remains a prominent figure in the business landscape. Despite the decline in revenue, Ravazzotti’s unwavering commitment underscores confidence in Italtile’s ability to navigate market challenges.

The impact of the revenue decline is evident in the group’s profits, which experienced a notable drop of 9.67 percent, falling from R2.19 billion ($113.78 million) in the first half of the 2023 fiscal year to R1.98 billion ($102.77 million) in the first half of the 2024 fiscal year.

Navigating economic turbulence: Italtile’s 7.33-percent asset surge signals adaptability

Italtile, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and comprising well-known brands such as Italtile Retail, CTM, TopT, and U-Light, serves as a bellwether for assessing consumer expenditure health in South Africa.

The company’s ability to maintain steady total assets, which increased by 7.33 percent from R9.48 billion ($492.02 million) as of Dec. 31, 2022, to R10.17 billion ($528.10 million) as of December 31, 2023, demonstrates its resilience and adaptability in navigating a volatile economic landscape.

Despite the revenue challenges, Italtile’s total retained earnings also increased, showing growth from R3.73 billion ($193 million) to R4.55 billion ($235.3 million). This positive performance in the face of economic headwinds positions Italtile as a resilient player in the market, emphasizing its ability to weather challenges and adapt to a changing economic landscape.

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