Organized jewelers expected to outpace industry growth, supported by store additions and market share gains

Organized jewelery retailers will continue to outpace the industry in this fiscal, aided by planned store additions by a majority of large jewelery retailers and marketshare gains due to accelerated formalization of the industry.

ICRA expects organized jewelers revenue to grow 12-15 per cent in this fiscal despite a high base and evolving macro-economic environment, against the expected industry growth of 8-10 per cent year-on-year.

It expects profitability, operating margin to remain comfortable and stabilize at about 7.5-8 per cent over the next two years.

Strong domestic demand

ICRA expects industry growth to moderate to 8-10 per cent year-on-year (in value terms) in this fiscal with volume growth likely to remain constrained by expected volatility in gold prices amid global macro-economic uncertainties and evolving domestic inflation. Nonetheless, the strong cultural affinity of Indians to gold is likely to support festive and wedding demand for gold jewellery.

Kaushik Das, Vice President and Co-Group Head, ICRA said most jewelers have recorded revenue growth of over 15 per cent on this Akshaya Tritiya.

The aggressive retail expansion by most players last fiscal along with a steep increase of 10-12 per cent in gold prices will aid revenue growth while volume growth remained muted in the light of the high base, evolving domestic inflation and volatility in gold prices, he said.

While ICRA projects the operating margins of organized players to witness some moderation in FY’24 owing to higher operating costs for new stores and increasing competition, the benefits of economies of scale and likelihood of inventory gains for some jewelers in this fiscal are likely to support. the operating margins in the range of 7.5-8 per cent over the coming years, higher than the average levels of 6.5 per cent witnessed before the pandemic.

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