Under Armour beats as North American sales climb for the first time in a year

  • Under Armour edged out Wall Street estimates on both the top and bottom lines in Thursday’s second-quarter earnings announcement.
  • It saw North American sales increase for the first time in year.
  • The apparel maker says it will take about $US80 million in additional restructuring charges.
  • Shares are up 5.5% in early trading.
  • Watch Under Armour trade in real time here.

Under Armour‘s second-quarter earnings results edged out Wall Street estimates on both the top and bottom lines, sending shares up 5.5% ahead of the opening bell on Thursday.

The athletic-apparel maker posted an adjusted loss of $US0.08 a share as revenue climbed 7% to $US1.2 billion. Wall Street analysts surveyed by Bloomberg were expecting a loss of $US0.085 a share on $US1.15 billion of revenue.

The company saw its revenue in North America climb 2% to $US843 million, making for its first growth in a year. Apparel sales jumped 10%, driven by strength in training and running, while its footwear business saw a 15% sales increase.

“Through the first half of 2018, we are making progress toward our transformation of running a more operationally excellent company while amplifying the power of the Under Armour brand,” Under Armour’s chairman and CEO, Kevin Plank, said in the earnings release.

“The ongoing improvements in our structure, systems and go-to-market process across our global business better position us to drive a more consistent, predictable path to deliver for our consumers, customers, and shareholders over the long term.”

The company expects gross margins to decrease by about 110 basis points to 44.8% because of “inventory management issues.” It has been dealing with an inventory problem for quite some time.

Under Armour says it has identified an additional $US80 million of restructuring charges and now expects to incur approximately $US190 million to $US210 million of pretax restructuring, up from its previous estimate of $US110 million to $US130 million.

It now sees 2018 net revenue increasing by 3% to 4%, and it still expects full-year adjusted earnings of $US0.14 to $US0.19 a share.

Under Armour shares were up 48.48% this year though Wednesday.

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