Mister Spex delivers strong preliminary result of 8% revenue growth in 2022 in a continuously very challenging consumer market
- 26. Jan. 2023
- Revenue increase to 210 million euros (2021: 194 million euros)
- Revenue growth of 8% within the guidance range (7% to 12% growth)
- Adjusted EBITDA expected at the upper half of the guidance range (-6% to -3% adjusted EBITDA margin)
- Growth supported by strong like-for-like brick-and-mortar sales of 20% in 2022 
- Outlook for 2023 will be published on 28th March with the annual report
According to preliminary and unaudited figures, Mister Spex SE (MRX) grew by 8% in 2022, finishing the year with 210 million euros revenue (2021: 194 million euros). This corresponds to growth within the guidance range (7% to 12% growth). Adjusted EBITDA, on the other hand, is expected to be at the upper half of the guidance range, which was announced as a -6% to -3% adjusted EBITDA margin. In a continuously challenging environment, the omnichannel business model has proven to be once again advantageous and led to strong growth and market share gains. While COVID-19 restrictions were lifted which provided tailwind at the beginning of the year, Russia’s war in Ukraine had a negative impact on the wider macroeconomic development and as a result on consumer sentiment.
Core market Germany reached 11% growth in 2022 through its crisis-resistant omnichannel approach
With a revenue of 153 million euros (2021: 138 million euros), Mister Spex was able to strongly expand its activities in its core market in Germany. According to the German Central Association of Opticians and Optometrists (ZVA), stagnation can be expected in 2022 with regard to turnover in the industry.  This shows that Mister Spex has once again clearly outperformed the market. One reason for this is the successful omnichannel model and the strong growth of the physical retail stores by 20% in the like-for-like period. Mister Spex has continued to further expand in 2022. During the year, the Berlin-based company opened 16 stores in Germany, 2 stores in Austria and 1 in Sweden, at the same time company expanded into a new market with an opening of its first store in Switzerland. Mister Spex now operates a total of 68 stores in four countries (2021: 48 stores).
All product categories contributed to growth
Based on the preliminary figures, in 2022, all product categories have experienced positive revenue development. Sunglasses was the fastest growing product category with a 19% increase in revenue. This growth was supported by the recovery in the travel sector, growing assortment range and warm weather. Prescription glasses increased by 5%, significantly supported by the growth in the second half of the year.
More details and the audited results for 2022 will be published on March 28th 2023 and will include the outlook for the financial year 2023.
 LFL 2020 store panel: All stores before and including 2020.
 Press release 12.01.2023: https://zva.de/sites/default/files/02-23_Branchenzahlen%20Augenoptik_Pressemappe%20Opti.pdf
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About Mister Spex:
Founded in 2007, Mister Spex SE (together with its subsidiaries, “Mister Spex”) is a multi-award-winning company that has become the leading digitally native omnichannel optician in Europe. Mister Spex has been at the forefront of the industry’s transformational shift, growing from a pure online player into a successful omnichannel optician with more than 7.1 million customers, 10 online shops across Europe and physical retail stores. A digital native, technology and innovation have always been an integral part of the company’s evolution, from 2D to 3D digital frame fitting tools to intelligent browsing functionalities. The focus of Mister Spex is to make eyewear purchase for customers an easy, transparent and fun shopping experience by combining a comprehensive and varied range of high-quality products with optician expertise and services through its customer service, own stores and an extensive network of partner opticians.
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