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Danish jewelry company, Pandora, continues its comeback that began to show promise earlier this year with a year-over-year 53 percent increase in revenue to 1.9 billion kroner ($343 million) for the second quarter of 2013. Net income rose 22 percent for the period to 431 million kroner ($76.5 million).
The company did note that comparable figures for the second quarter of 2012 were impacted by the company’s stock balancing campaign conducted in 2012, where it replaced unwanted products after demand collapsed two years ago.
The international company known for its charm jewelry and silver jewelry posted robust double-digit sales growth in all regions where it operates:
• Americas increased by 52.1 percent (54.3% increase in local currency)
• US increased 53.9 percent (55.6% increase in local currency)
• Europe increased by 59.3 percent (59.8% increase in local currency)
• Asia Pacific increased by 43.5 percent (42.4% increase in local currency)
Gross profit for the quarter increased 49 percent to 1.27 billion Danish kroner ($225 million). This corresponds to a gross margin of 66 percent, compared to 67.9 percent in the second quarter of 2012 and 65.6 percent in the first quarter of 2013. The company said the decrease in gross margin was primarily due to the expiration of the suspension of import duties on goods from Thailand (where the company manufactures its jewelry) into the U.S. “The increase in the gross margin compared to Q1 2013, was due to a decrease in commodity prices,” the company said.
EBITDA for the second quarter increased by 140.9 percent to 530 million Danish kroner ($94.1 million) resulting in an EBITDA margin of 27.4 percent, compared to 17.5 percent in the same period of the prior year.
Pandora—which designs, manufacturers, markets and sells its jewelry wholesale and retail—said its volumes increased by 40 percent year-over-year and the average sales price increased nearly 9 percent.
On 30 July 2013, Pandora is sticking to an upgrade in its financial guidance, first announced July 30, to 8 billion kroner ($1.42 billion), compared with its previous guidance of 7.2 billion kroner and expects an EBITDA margin of approximately 27 percent, up two points from its previous guidance.
The company also plans to increase the number of its popular “concept stores” that it plans to open for the year, from 150 to 175.
“The solid performance reported for Q1 2013 has continued across all major markets in the second quarter, with strong sales from newly launched products, high replenishment rates and healthy sell-out from the concept stores,” said Allan Leighton, Pandora CEO. “Our strategy of delivering affordable luxury is becoming increasingly relevant, and although there are still many areas in which we can improve we are pleased with our progress.”
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