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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Another Strong Year for Signet Jewelers
Signet Jewelers, the largest specialty retail jeweler in the U.S. and U.K., continues to benefit from strong retail sales in U.S., which more than offset weaker figures in the U.K.
The Bermuda-based company said Thursday that fourth quarter sales increased 11.8 percent, year-over-year, to $1.51 billion. Same store sales for the period ended Feb. 2, increased 3.5 percent compared to an increase of 6.9 percent in the prior fiscal year. E-commerce sales increased 46.9 percent to $63.9 million.
In its U.S. division sales for the fourth quarter increased 14.2 percent to $1.24 billion. Same store sales increased 4.9 percent compared to an increase of 8.3% in the fourth quarter Fiscal 2012. Sales increases were driven by broad based strength across most merchandise categories in both Kay and Jared retail chains and its acquisition of the Ultra Diamonds retail chain, the fifth largest in the U.S.
In its U.K. division total sales were up 1.8 percent to $268.4 million (fourth quarter Fiscal 2012: $263.7 million). Same store sales fell 1.9 percent compared to an increase of 1.7 percent in the fourth quarter Fiscal 2012. Sales performance was primarily attributed to lower store traffic and increased customer purchases of promotional merchandise, which impacted sales and gross margin.
In Fiscal 2013, Signet's total sales increased 6.2 percent to $3.98 billion. Same store sales were up 3.3 percent compared to an increase of 9 percent in Fiscal 2012. E-commerce sales increased 40.6 percent to $129.8 million.
In the US division total sales for the 2013 fiscal year increased 7.9 percent to $3.27 billion. Same store sales increased 4 percent for the year compared to an increase of 11.1 percent in Fiscal 2012. Sales increases were driven by broad based strength across most merchandise categories in both Kay and Jared, as well as the Ultra acquisition.
The number of merchandise transactions increased in Kay and Jared, the company said. Average merchandise transaction values were up in Kay stores due to changes in sales mix and down in Jared stores due primarily to the discontinuation of Rolex watches. E-commerce sales were $101.4 million compared to $68.5 million in Fiscal 2012, up $32.9 million or 48 percent.
In the U.K. division total sales fell 0.8 percent to $709.5 million. Same store sales increased 0.3 percent compared to an increase of 0.9 percent in Fiscal 2012. Sales performance was primarily attributed to lower traffic particularly in the fourth quarter.
In its guidance the company, which trade on the NYSE, said expectations are for same store sales in the first quarter to be up 5 to 7 percent.
“Signet had an excellent Fiscal 2013 with a 3.3% increase in same store sales and a 16.6 percent increase in earnings per share,” said Mike Barnes, Signet CEO. “The acquisition of Ultra, our share repurchase program and the increase in our quarterly dividend demonstrate our ability to capitalize on our excellent balance sheet to provide for our long-term growth and increase value for our shareholders.”
He added, “We are pleased with our progress quarter-to-date and expect to achieve our goals for the first quarter…. We will continue to advance our expansion goals as we integrate our recently acquired Ultra stores, execute on our multi-channel growth initiatives and expand our store base.”
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