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Retail Trade

Lotte Shopping Co., Ltd.

Company Background

Lotte Shopping is a major South Korean distributor with various sales channels, from department stores to large discount stores to home electronics retailers. It boasts the largest sales among South Korea's distribution-related listed companies.


The company is accelerating its overseas expansion, including in China, as stiff regulations at home make high domestic growth unlikely.


Most of the company's sales come from Lotte Department Store, Lotte Mart large discount stores and Lotte Hi-mart home appliance stores.


Lotte Shopping is the operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores in South Korea, and it also runs Lotte Super, a chain of small and medium-sized supermarkets, Lotte Cinema and a home shopping service. It offers financial services, as well.


Lotte Duty Free, the biggest duty-free shop in South Korea, is run by Lotte Shopping group company Hotel Lotte.


Given South Korea's aging population and declining birthrate, Lotte Shopping can expect little growth in its home market, especially as large discount stores and convenience stores are subject to strict regulations aimed at protecting smaller shops.


The company is focusing on developing new businesses, such as outlet malls. Its department store business has stalled as the result of changing spending habits among the aging society.


The major players in Lotte Shopping's overseas expansion are department stores and large discount stores. It is particularly expanding the latter in China, Indonesia and Vietnam.


While the company's overseas expansions are still in the upfront-investment phase, it plans to turn these operations into a growth pillar.

Business Summary

Lotte Shopping Co., Ltd. engages in the operation of department stores and supermarkets. It operates through the following business divisions: Department Store, Discount Store, Supermarket and Cinema. The Department Store business provides clothing, accessories, appliances, furniture and food through Lotte Department Store. The Discount Store business offers food, household supplies, clothing and sundries through Lotte Mart. The Supermarket business provides general household products and fresh food through Lotte Supermart. The Cinema business offers film investment, distribution and screening through Lotte Cinema. The company was founded on July 2, 1970 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2020 KRWUSD
Gross Profit5,330.48B4,517.78M
Operating income338,806.55M287.15M
Income before tax-784,463.58M-664.86M
Net income-809,618.74M-686.18M
Diluted EPS-28,215.42-23.91
Dividends Per Share2,8002.37
Total Assets32,829.40B30,221.30M
Total liabilities21,740.64B20,013.47M
Total equity9,801.58B9,022.91M
Operating cash flow1,061.10B899.32M
Currency in KRWCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 24,114.32B 17,926.06B 17,820.78B 17,622.00B 16,184.38B
Gross Profit 7,089.68B 6,909.09B 6,841.55B 6,003.35B 5,330.48B
Operating income 758,781.68M 795,155.08M 581,963.36M 420,947.09M 338,806.55M
Income before tax 319,533.38M 254,026.74M -93,861.62M -1,220.14B -784,463.58M
Net income 44,054.75M -136,610.41M -346,737.36M -963,528.55M -809,618.74M
EBITDA 1,731.94B 1,560.25B 1,330.99B 1,939.97B 1,613.55B
Diluted EPS 5,874.43 -18,042 -26,159 -32,045.35 -28,215.42
Dividends Per Share 2,239.58 5,200 5,200 3,800 2,800
Total Assets 41,915.90B 27,948.48B 26,259.30B 33,972.61B 32,829.40B
Total liabilities 24,920.98B 14,866.25B 13,831.93B 22,181.60B 21,740.64B
Total equity 16,035.41B 12,389.46B 11,705.41B 10,613.61B 9,801.58B
Operating cash flow 1,330.64B 1,408.77B 61,672.33M 1,217.18B 1,061.10B
 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 20,784.81M 15,856.61M 16,193.08M 15,110.81M 13,716.88M
Gross Profit 6,110.80M 6,111.48M 6,216.66M 5,147.86M 4,517.78M
Operating income 654.01M 703.35M 528.80M 360.96M 287.15M
Income before tax 275.41M 224.70M -85.28M -1,046.27M -664.86M
Net income 37.97M -120.83M -315.06M -826.22M -686.18M
EBITDA 1,492.81M 1,380.13M 1,209.42M 1,663.52M 1,367.54M
Diluted EPS 5.06 -15.95 -23.76 -27.47 -23.91
Dividends Per Share 1.93 4.59 4.72 3.25 2.37
Total Assets 34,704.34M 26,106.66M 23,534.06M 29,376.64M 30,221.30M
Total liabilities 20,633.36M 13,886.55M 12,396.42M 19,180.77M 20,013.47M
Total equity 13,276.54M 11,572.99M 10,490.60M 9,177.75M 9,022.91M
Operating cash flow 1,146.92M 1,246.14M 56.03M 1,043.73M 899.32M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2020
Operating margin2.09%
Profit margin-5.00%

Key executives

  • Co-Chief Executive Officer & Director: Won-Jun Lee
  • Co-President, Co-CEO & Director: Hee-Tae Gang
  • Head-Compliance Support: Seol-Ah Lee
  • Managing Director: Jong-Hwan Kim
  • Head-Investor Relations: Jihwan Seol


  • Lotte Corp. (40%)
  • SHIN DONG-BIN (10.2%)
  • HOTEL LOTTE Co., Ltd. (8.8%)
  • National Pension Service of Korea (5.0%)
  • SHIN YOUNG-JA (1.0%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (1.0%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (0.9%)
  • Hotel Lote Busan Co., Ltd. (0.7%)
  • SHIN DONG-JU (0.7%)
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (0.4%)

Contact Details

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