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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pandora Jewelry Returns to Strong Profit And Growth

Pandora—whose short history as a publicly traded company was marked by spectacular growth followed by an even more spectacular fall—is back on track dramatically increasing its sales and profit for the first quarter of 2013.

The Danish company, known for its popular charm bracelets, said Tuesday that group revenue for the period increased 40 percent year-over-year to 2.002 billion Danish krones ($348.6 million). Profits increased 29.6 percent DKK 438 million ($76.3 million).

The international company—which manufactures, distributes, retails and markets its branded jewelry—reported extremely strong increases in all regions of the world where it operates. Its regional breakdown for the first quarter is as follows:

* Americas: Up 38 percent (38.6 percent in local currency);
* Europe: Up 50.4 percent (50.6 percent in local currency); and
* Asia Pacific: Up 26.1 percent (27.7 percent in local currency).

The company noted that as it expected, gross margin fell to 65.6 percent for the period, compared to a gross margin of 71.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012. The company did not give a reason for this expected drop. 

“Although it is still early in the year, we have had a strong start,” said Pandora CEO Bjørn Gulden, who will leave the company at the end of the month to join sports brand Puma. “Revenue and earnings increased across all regions, positively impacted by the delivery of the Valentine's Day collection in Q1 2013, instead of, as historically, in the fourth quarter. Even more importantly, our sales-out in ‘Concept’ stores (branded stores owned by the company) has also strengthened with double digit growth in our four major markets. Some of this increase is due to the fact that Easter was in Q1 this year compared to Q2 last year, but we believe most of it is due to better products, improved marketing and better execution in the stores.”

The company’s financial guidance was unchanged from the prior quarter. It expects revenue of to be above DKK 7.2 billion ($1.25 billion) and expects an EBITDA margin above 25 percent.

Other highlights of the first quarter 2013 report

* EBITDA increased by 60.3 percent to DKK 643 million ($112 million), corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 32.1 percent, compared to an EBITDA margin of 28.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012.

* Free cash flow was DKK 406 million ($70.6 million), compared to DKK 118 million ($20.5 million) in the first quarter of 2012.

* Pandora bought back 398,153 shares corresponding to DKK 61 million ($10.6 million) as part of the on-going DKK 700 million ($121.8 million) share buyback program.

* Pandora expects to open approximately 150 Concept stores in 2013.

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