Growth in business and earnings for the first half of 2022

Press release date: 
05/09/2022 - 5:45pm

Growth in business and earnings for the first half of 2022
Cancellation of treasury shares and share capital increase

Reims, Monday September 5, 2022 - 5:45pm

The LANSON-BCC Group is publishing its accounts for the first half of 2022, with a net profit of €10.09m, a significant increase versus 2021. This satisfactory first-half result was recorded thanks to the improved value creation with sales and the acceleration of exports. It makes it possible to confirm the Group's sound financial foundations. As a family-owned pure player for Champagne, LANSON-BCC is continuing to focus on its long-term value development strategy, despite the uncertainties linked to the global economic context.

Key developments

In a context of economic volatility and geopolitical uncertainty, the Champagne industry progressed during the first half of 2022, confirming the resumption of consumption following the health crisis and highlighting the strong level of attachment to Champagne wines among consumers around the world. In terms of volumes, the industry’s shipments over this period climbed +13.6%. The French market (38.8% of volumes shipped) increased by +9.3%. In terms of exports, shipments to European Union countries (+19.0%; 19.3% of volumes shipped) and to third countries[1] (+15.5%; 41.9% of volumes shipped) continued to progress. Source: CIVC

On these growing markets, the Group’s Maisons recorded positive trends, primarily for export. The increase in sales, which came in lower than the overall industry in terms of volumes, was mainly achieved through positive price-mix effects, reflecting the growing success of our outstanding wines. Our Maisons with the strongest focus on exports and traditional sectors have continued to improve their results.

Consolidated income statement

IFRS (€m)

H1 2022

H1 2021

Change (%)




+ 16.0




+ 76.0

Financial income and expenses



+ 10.3

Net income



+ 114.2

Consolidated revenues for the first half of 2022 came to €115.02m, up 16.0% from the first half of 2021. Excluding the brokerage subsidiary, whose activity is traditionally subject to fluctuations, consolidated revenues represent €112.11m, up 15.2% compared with the previous year.

Exports generated 62.9% of revenues at June 30, 2022, compared with 57.9% at June 30, 2021. This change reflects the increase in sales for several European destinations (Germany, Italy, Switzerland, etc.) and in the UK, where Maison Lanson has historically had strong market shares, as well as in the United States and Japan.

EBIT came to €15.08m, compared with €8.57m for the first half of 2021. This change is linked mainly to the growth in average sales prices and the improvement in the product mix, which were essential to absorb the increase in the cost price of wines sold during the period. EBIT includes €1.6m of non-current income linked to the favorable outcome of an administrative dispute.

Financial expensesprimarily concern interest linked to the aging of Champagne stocks and came to -€1.83m, versus -€2.04m for the first half of 2021, with the increase in interest rates not yet having a visible impact during the first half of the year.

Following an effective corporate income tax rate of 24.3%, net income totaled €10.09m, compared with €4.71m for the first half of 2021.

Consolidated balance sheet

Shareholders’ equity is up to 307.40m, compared with €291.69m at June 30, 2021.

Consolidated net financial debt totaled 484.65m, compared with €519.18m at June 30, 2021. €421.6m concerns the aging of a stock of wines, representing 3.4 years of sales to date, down following the shortfalls seen with the last two harvests and the good level of shipments during the first half of 2022.

Other financial debtrepresents €63m (versus €48m at end-2021) and concerns the investments in the Maisons and vineyards (Besserat de Bellefon, Lanson and Chanoine).

The Group’s sound financial structure has been consolidated, with gearing down to 1.58 from 1.78 at June 30, 2021.

Subsequent events: capital reduction through the cancellation of treasury shares and capital increase through the incorporation of reserves

During its meeting today, the Board of Directors, as authorized by the General Meeting on April 29, 2022 under its 10th resolution, decided to reduce LANSON-BCC’s share capital, by canceling 355,495 treasury shares representing 5% of the Company’s capital.

All of these canceled shares were bought back from February 2, 2022 to July 4, 2022 under the program authorized by the 9th resolution approved at the General Shareholders’ Meeting on April 29, 2022, covering 10% of the Company’s capital.

The Board of Directors, under the 11th resolution approved by the General Shareholders’ Meeting on April 29, 2021, also decided to increase the Company’s share capital, by raising the par value of the shares comprising the capital to €20 and incorporating reserves for a total of €67,544,150.

These operations are expected to be effectively carried out from September 8, 2022. Following this, LANSON-BCC’s share capital will represent €135,088,300, split into 6,754,415 shares with a par value of €20.


Considering the traditional seasonality of Champagne sales, the results for the first half of 2022 cannot be extrapolated over the full year. LANSON-BCC would like to highlight that usually around one third of sales are recorded during the first half of the year, which is subject to half of fixed costs for the whole year. However, this proportion may not be verified this year due to the international tensions, the persistent global economic uncertainties and the impossibility of strongly developing volumes in the short term. Due to this lack of visibility for the end of the year, LANSON-BCC is not releasing any forecasts for the full year.

The outstanding 2022 harvest that is underway, combining abundance and quality, is expected to help drive the development of volumes over the medium term.

The Group is effectively positioned to move forward. As a family-owned pure player for Champagne, LANSON-BCC is continuing to focus on its long-term value development strategy. The Group’s ambition to further strengthen its positioning in the world of high-end wines is, more than ever, firmly anchored at the heart of its plans.

Additional information

The half-year consolidated accounts have not been subject to a limited review by the statutory auditors. The half-year financial report, approved by the Board of Directors on September 5, 2022, is available on the Group website:

2022 full-year revenueswill be released on Thursday January 26, 2023 (after close of trading).

[1]Following Brexit, the Champagne industry’s shipment statistics have been adjusted since January 1, 2021, with the United Kingdom included in the “Third Country” region.


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