Saint-Quentin-Fallavier - February 12, 2020 - 6pm
Coronavirus and Thermador Groupe
The epidemic caused by propagation of coronavirus is first and foremost a human
catastrophe which affects the Chinese people in particular. We spare a special
thought for our Chinese employees and those of our suppliers who will, in all
likelihood, be directly or indirectly impacted.
Whether manufacturers or importers, most players on our markets will be
impacted by this crisis. We will not escape that since a large portion of our
supplies come from continental China, and a substantial number of our suppliers
are present throughout the country. Although it is very difficult to measure
operating losses linked to these events, we will be doing this calculation more
precisely at the end of the first half of 2020.
In practical terms, our team based in Shanghai have so far not yet returned to
work, respecting the Chinese government's quarantine instructions (15 days)
after the return from their holidays, and limiting outdoor movement to the
Confronted with the same difficulties, a lot of our suppliers have postponed
the re-start of their factories by one or two weeks after the traditional break
for Chinese New Year. At the time of this release, we feel that these factories
should return to normal between the end of February and the end of March,
depending on the location of their production sites. The restart of merchandise
and port activities will be delayed in the same proportions. This will probably
cause stock-outs for some of our products.
However, we feel that our stock levels are generally bigger than those of our
competitors, obviously a big advantage in this type of situation.
Also, we have had excellent relations with our Chinese partners for many years,
which should allow us to be treated as a priority for deliveries.
Finally, we have every confidence in our teams who are extremely mobilised to
deal with this crisis.f