Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Kathmandu first-quarter sales rise 19.5%

Kathmandu first-quarter sales rise 19.5% though Christmas key to 1H earnings

Nov. 16 (BusinessDesk) - Kathmandu, the outdoor equipment retailer, said first-quarter sales rose more than expected in the first quarter though growth in first-half profit hinges on a successful Christmas and New Year sales period. The shares climbed 4.1 percent.

Sales rose 19.5 percent to $66.9 million in the 15 weeks ended Nov. 11 while sales at stores open at least 12 months gained 14.3 percent, the company said in presentations for its annual meeting today.

“Trading to date gives us confidence and is ahead of our YTD targets, but earnings growth is still almost all expected in 2H FY13,” the company said. “Providing there is no further deterioration in economic conditions, Kathmandu continues to expect an improvement in performance of our business in FY13 over FY12.”

Shares of Kathmandu rose 7 cents to $1.80 and have declined 2.3 percent this year. They are rated ‘outperform’ based on 10 recommendations compiled by Reuters. At today’s price the stock has a dividend yield of 8.78 percent, more than twice the average return on a one-year term deposit, according to interest.co.nz.

“Despite the difficult retail trading conditions, our sales performance in the first 15 weeks of the financial year has overall been ahead of our expectations, particularly in Australia,” said chief executive Peter Halkett. “Growth in first-half profit remains highly dependent on the Christmas and January trading period.”

The retailer has opened six new stores in Australia in the latest period and aims to have three more open before Christmas. The target for full-year 2013 is to open 15 new stores.

Chairman James Strong told shareholders economic prospects both globally and in Australasia “have to be viewed with caution.”

Still, “there is no change to our view that the Kathmandu brand has genuine potential to be a significant global presence in the outdoor travel and adventure market,” he said. “We are very clear that in the short term our key strategy remains to invest and grow the business and build the Kathmandu brand in the Australasian market.”

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Snail-ier Mail: NZ Post To Ditch FastPost

New Zealand Post customers will see a change to how they can send priority mail from 1 January 2018. The FastPost service will no longer be available from this date. More>>

ALSO:

Property Institute: English Backs Of Debt To Income Plan

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church is applauding today’s decision, by Prime Minister Bill English, to take Debt-to-income ratios off the table as a tool available to the Reserve Bank. More>>

ALSO:

Divesting: NZ Super Fund Shifts Passive Equities To Low-Carbon

The NZ$35 billion NZ Super Fund’s NZ$14 billion global passive equity portfolio, 40% of the overall Fund, is now low-carbon, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Split Decision - Appeal Planned: EPA Allows Taranaki Bight Seabed Mine

The Decision-making Committee, appointed by the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority to decide a marine consent application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd, has granted consent, subject to conditions, for the company to mine iron sands off the South Taranaki Bight. More>>

ALSO: