- Pressemitteilung BoxID 424599
Ahlers' Premium segment increases sales revenues by 3.4 percent in H1 against downward market trend
Baldessarini and Pierre Cardin, the company's Premium brands, both grew in the first half of 2012/13, thus pushing up segment revenues by 3.4 percent to EUR 73.5 million (previous year: EUR 71.1 million). As a result, the Premium segment's contribution to total sales revenues increased from 58 percent in the prior year period to 64 percent in the first half year of 2012/13.
Last year the Management Board decided to reorganise Gin Tonic from scratch and to give up the ladieswear activities. The discontinuation of Gin Tonic Woman led to a 2.9 percent decline in sales revenues. Due to the cold weather throughout Europe, sales in the clothing retail sector dropped sharply. As a result, intra-seasonal orders received by Ahlers were lower than in the previous year, reducing sales by another 2.4 percent. At EUR 115.2 million, total sales revenues were down by 5.3 percent on the previous year's EUR 121.6 million. Sales revenues in the company's own Retail segment increased by 5 percent in spite of the difficult market situation in the first half year and the closure of several Gin Tonic Stores. Accordingly, the Retail segment's relative contribution to total sales climbed from 10.3 percent to 11.3 percent.
At EUR 1.0 million, first-half earnings after taxes were lower than in the prior year period (EUR 2.7 million). The EUR 1.7 million decline in gross profit resulting from the lower sales revenues and additional expenses for the company's own Retail operations, the start-up of the e-commerce business and the related additional marketing expenses were responsible for the decline in earnings in more or less equal measure. As of May 31, 2013, Ahlers had a solid equity ratio of 60.4 percent (previous year: 62.4 percent). Net working capital declined from EUR 1.4 million to EUR 83.7 million due to lower receivables.
The Management Board of Ahlers AG expects both sales revenues and earnings to pick up in the second half of 2013 in spite of the discontinuation of Gin Tonic Woman. This forecast is based on good incoming orders and new retail spaces and, hence, growing Retail revenues. For the full year 2012/13, the Management Board expects to more or less reach, or maybe slightly exceed, the prior year result of EUR 7.3 million. While the first half of 2012/13 was disappointing, the preconditions for a good second half-year 2013 are in place.
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