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ASOS, a global online fashion retailer, yesterday provided its trading update for the 4 months ended 30 June 2017. During the period, Group revenues advanced by +32% to £675.8m, while it increased by +26% on a constant exchange rate basis (CE), against the comparative period (4 months ended 30 June 2016). On a reported basis, total retail sales rose by +32% (CE: +26%) to £660.1m, comprised of +16% growth in the UK to £234.6m and +44% (CE: +32%) growth in international to £425.5m. Within international retail sales, US saw +38% (CE: +26%) growth to £94.4m, EU rose +41% (CE: +30%) to £196.6m, while Rest of World (ROW) recorded +54% (CE: +41%) growth to £134.5m. Retail gross margin during the period remained flat against last year. On the operational front, the Group said Phase 1 transition of its warehouse site from Eurohub 1 to Eurohub 2 is operational, while Phase 2 underway. ASOSs CEO, Nick Beighton, commented This good performance has been underpinned by advances across all areas of our business including retail, technology, warehousing, delivery solutions and customer care. We remain on track and confident of meeting market expectations . The Group is scheduled to release its full year results on 17 October 2017.
Our View: ASOSs performance continued to be strong for the first 10 months of the FY2017, with solid growth across all regions. Combined with strong constant currency results, its figures were boosted by the weaker Sterling against other currencies. Although UK sales year-to-date has slightly dipped to +17% from +18% seen for the first 6 months, continued strong international sales and maintained overall margin was encouraging. Looking down the KPIs, the Group has expanded its number of active customers by +25% year-on-year, with both average basket value and average order frequency improved by +3% and +6%, respectively. Total order rose by +28% year-on-year to 16.9 million, implying conversion rate improvement of +0.1%. Looking ahead, given the strong performance year-to-date, the Group said it expect to deliver its full year reported sales growth at the upper end of the +30% to +35% range, with capex remained unchanged at £150m to £170m. This leads to while pre-tax profit expected to be in line with consensus analysts forecast of £79.4m, which locates them a touch above the mid-point of previous indication of between £72m to £84.5m. Meanwhile, the Groups medium-term reported sales growth guidance was reiterated at c.+20% to c.+25% per annum. Given pre-tax profit remain in line with market expectations, Beaufort reiterate its Buy rating on the share.
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@ despite the press talking about the shift to online the figures for Next show that it is not happening in clothing. (Unless all the growth is in new entrants.)
@ The warm weather has impacted sales and ASOS is in danger of being left with unsold stock having less experience of these things than the majors. Certainly looking at asos.com there are lots of woolly hats featuring heavily.
+ The younger end of the market might not resemble the other parts.
+ There seem to be rumours of ASOS doing well in London.
Until recently I would have expected a very up-beat trading update. Now I am not so sure.
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<b><i>Final results were broadly in line with our and market expectations. Pre-tax profits in the year to end of August rose by 1% to £47.5m vs. CFE Research £48.0m (Company consensus: £47.2m). Gross margins were reported to be up by 20bps to 49.9% (CFE Research -8bps) recovering strongly in the second half as a result of a strong full price sales mix in this period. Gross margins, however, declined by 230bps in Europe to counter adverse currency exchange movements. Costs were up by 21% impacted by higher payroll and warehousing charges offset by lower marketing. Net cash was much stronger than our forecast at £119.2m benefiting from working capital gains. The current year has started well and the company are guiding toward sales being up by 20%, gross margins being down by 50bps and operating margins being in line with the previous year at broadly 4.1%, which implies earnings growth of c.20%.
Following this update, we are retaining our FY2016 pre-tax profit forecast of £58.0m (EPS: 53.7p). The stock, which has declined from a high of £42, has started to recover from Septembers low of £25. The company is now of a meaningful size with sales forecast at over £1.3bn in FY2016, has relatively strong cashflow and a state of the art logistics infrastructure. Earnings, however, have declined over the last two years and although they are set to improve in the current year, the improvement in momentum, we believe, is priced into the stock. The departure of Nick Robertson as Chief Executive, who was the guiding light of the business, is an added concern. The stock remains highly valued at 54.5x our FY2016 fully diluted earnings forecasts. We are reinstating our recommendation as HOLD from Under Review and our TP at 3000p from Under Review.</b></i>
Is anyone on here looking closely at Asos traffic stats, conversion rates etc? I am looking at some other online retail stocks and think we can make some good predictions if we can consolidate data across the industry.
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I reckon investors here should know that looking at the general retailers today 'JQW ' seems
to be moving up this winners today chart. Chinese companies are doing well and their results relating to their e-commerce will be worth reading and smiling about on 30th April.
Pre-Close Trading Update
Notice of Preliminary Results
JQW plc, a domestic Chinese B2B e-commerce operator, provides the following trading update as the Group enters its close period.
The Board confirms that revenues for the period were ahead of market expectations, with unaudited management accounts showing revenues reaching approximately RMB 784 million (2013: RMB 490 million).
Profits for the period were in line with expectations and profit before tax for the period has increased to around RMB 212 million (2013: RMB 170 million) (exchange rate: RMB 9.6 : £1). Consistent with recent trends, our distribution mix has seen a further rise in the sales agencies channel, as opposed to our own sales force channel, from 78% of revenues in 2013 to 88% in 2014. This has translated into higher cost of sales as a result of commissions paid to agents. Similarly, our client base has continued to trade up to more expensive packages, which provide them with advertorial services through other media channels. The cost for JQW to purchase advertising rights on different media channels to support the advertorial services rose from RMB 10 million in 2013 to around RMB 58 million in 2014. This has also translated into a decline in gross margin.
As at 31 December 2014, the Group had 241,000 active fee paying members which compares to 221,000 at the end of June 2014 and 197,000 at the end of December 2013. JQW remains highly cash generative and the Group maintains its strong balance sheet with cash as at 31 December 2014 amounting to RMB 395 million (2013: RMB 344 million). This robust cash position, which is after the Group paid an interim and special dividend to shareholders totalling RMB 101.6 million in October 2014, is equal to 21.3 pence per share or 195% of the Group's market capitalisation as at 13 February 2015.
Yongde Cai, Chairman of JQW, said: "The Board is extremely pleased with the solid progress that the Group has made throughout 2014. Trading in the new financial year has started positively and we are close to finalising the development of our platforms for smartphone users which will further broaden our offering and take advantage of the rapidly growing Chinese B2B e-commerce market.
"As expected in such a fast growth marketplace, we are beginning to witness some increased pricing competition from other B2B platforms in China. JQW's management team anticipated this market evolution and have already initiated a focused marketing strategy as well as a review of the packages that we offer our customers in order to maintain our competitive advantage.
"JQW remains committed to its AIM listing and the Board believes that JQW continues to be well positioned for future growth."
The Group will be announcing its 2014 Final Results on Thursday, 30 April 2015. An analyst briefing given by Peter Chen (Chief Executive Officer) and Wei Boon Kooi (Chief Financial Officer), will be held at 9.30 a.m. at the offices of Abchurch Communications, 125 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1AR.
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