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

 

Kathmandu shares jump to 5-week high on upbeat outlook

Kathmandu shares jump to 5-week high on upbeat outlook for strong performance in full year

By Tina Morrison

May 7 (BusinessDesk) – Shares in Kathmandu Holdings jumped to a five-week high, making it the best performing stock on New Zealand’s benchmark NZX 50 Index, after the outdoor apparel retailer delivered an upbeat presentation about its outlook.

Kathmandu rose 6 percent to $3.90 and has gained 38 percent in the past 12 months. Third quarter sales rose 3.6 percent to $93 million as the retailer benefited from strong Easter sales, the company said in presentation notes for the Macquarie Australian Connections conference. Excluding changes in the exchange rate, sales rose 12.9 percent while the gross margin was in line with the prior year, the Christchurch-based company said.

Kathmandu, which sells outdoor clothing and equipment, said it remains confident of “a strong performance” for the full year, citing analyst expectations for a 3.8 percent rise in net profit to $45.9 million and a 5.5 percent increase in sales to $405 million.

The company revised up its store target for Australia and New Zealand to 180 from a previous aim of 170 based on the success of its new format, and said it is on track to open 15 new stores in the current financial year through July.

The winter sales period through June and July is Kathmandu’s largest annual promotional event and the company indicated the weather around this period was the key variable to its success. Easter sales benefited from late Easter holiday timing this year and a change to cooler weather in Australia and New Zealand, it said.

The stock is rated an average ‘buy’ according to analysts polled by Reuters.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Rocket Lab: Launch Expected

Rocket Lab has delayed the roll out of the launch vehicle called Electron by one day, due to weather conditions. The planned launch attempt will now take place on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Budget: Irrigate (Good Times, Come On!)

Additional grant funding of $26.7 million over the next three years plus a capital boost of $63 million towards irrigation investments in Budget 2017 will deliver economic and environmental benefits through better use of water... More>>

ALSO:

Silver Fern Farms: Proposal To Close Fairton Sheepmeat Plant

Silver Fern Farms has advised its people of the proposal to permanently close the site, and has discussed potential transfer options to its other sites in the region as part of the consultation process...
More>>

ALSO:

MPI: Myrtle Rust Appears In Taranaki

The nursery in Waitara (just north of New Plymouth) reported suspected myrtle rust symptoms on young plants to the Ministry’s 0800 number yesterday (Tuesday). More>>

ALSO: