Essilor Luxottica is Cashtrapped

Essilor Luxottica is a multinational corporation that designs, produces and markets ophthalmic lenses, optical equipment, prescription glasses and sunglasses. The company dominate nearly a thirds of global eyewear industry under it's wings.

The company has shown a strong growth of revenue over the past 10 years. However there are some issue on their ability to payoff their debts: their cash flow to debt ratio is only 17%, which means the company may need to take 6 years to pay off their debt obligation.

Which in current rate hike environment may have been very difficult to raise cash. Their cash flow has been fallen since the pandemic and is getting worse even though they have been reducing their debt. However the upcoming recession and rate hikes, as well as growing competitions from smaller eyewear and lense makers from China and Asia that sell their products at a fractional price of Essilors brands such as Rayband, Oakley, Michael Kors etc, which can be purchased online from Alibaba, AliExpress, Grab, Gojek, Sophify, etc.

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