Shares of G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (GIII - Free Report) surged nearly 14% after the company delivered better-than-expected third-quarter fiscal 2018 earnings. Moreover, the company raised earnings guidance for fiscal 2018 which further fueled investor sentiment. We believe robust results and optimistic view is likely to drive shares higher, which has witnessed a sharp gain of 40% in the past six months, compared with the industry’s increase of 13.9%.
G-III Apparel Group reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.67, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.54 and also rose 11.3% year over year.
The company reported net sales of $1,025 million that increased 16% year over year but marginally came below the consensus mark of $1,033 million. Sharp gain in the top line can be attributed to robust performance of wholesale business which increased 22% year over year and also due to $88 million of net sales from the company’s DKNY and Donna Karan brands.
Sharp increase in wholesale business was primarily driven by rise in sales of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Karl Lagerfeld license products along with inclusion of nearly $87 million of net sales from fresh DKNY as well as Donna Karan product lines. Wholesale business witnessed a gain of 11% excluding the impact of the Donna, Calvin and DKNY brands.
Gross profit for the reported quarter increased 21.6% to $390.9 million, while gross margin expanded 170 basis points (bps) to 38.1%. The company reported operating income of $141.2 million, up 22.6% from the prior-year quarter.
G-III Apparel ended the quarter with cash balance of $68.2 million and stockholders’ equity of approximately $1,106.9 million. The company had a long-term debt of $726.6 million.
Management raised fiscal 2018 earnings view and provided fourth-quarter guidance. For fiscal 2018, the company expects adjusted earnings per share in the range of $1.42-$1.52, sharply up from the earlier estimate of $1.28 -$1.38. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2018 is currently pegged at $1.36 and could witness upward revisions in the coming days.
The company continues to expect net sales of nearly $2.8 billion. The company now anticipates adjusted EBITDA in the range of $188-$196 million, compared with previous guided range of $180-$188 million. In the fiscal 2017, the company had reported adjusted EBITDA of $148.1 million.
For the fourth quarter, the company expects net sales of nearly $707 million compared with $603 million in the prior-year quarter. The company expects adjusted earnings per share in the range of 9-19 cents. In the prior-year quarter, the company had reported adjusted loss per share of 16 cents. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the fourth quarter is currently pegged at 16 cents.
G-III Apparel currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), which is subject to change following the earnings announcement.
G-III Apparel Group, LTD. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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