Frasers’ core earnings jump 25% on robust digital sales in fiscal H1

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on Dec 10, 2020
  • Frasers’ core earnings jump 25% on robust digital sales in fiscal H1.
  • The retailer forecasts a 20% to 30% growth in its annual core profit.
  • Frasers Group in talks with administrators to acquire collapsed Debenhams.

Frasers Group plc (LON: FRAS) said on Thursday that its core earnings in the fiscal first half came in 25% higher on a year over year basis. The company lifted the bottom end of its full-year forecast on the back of robust digital sales in recent months.

Frasers opened about 2% up in the stock market on Thursday and gained another 11% in the next hour. On a year-to-date basis, its shares are now a little under 10% up after a more than 150% recovery since late March. The price action should come in handy if you are interested in investing in the stock market.  

Frasers forecasts a 20% to 30% growth in its annual core profit

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In its previous guidance, the sportswear group had forecast its annual core profit to fall in the range of 10% to 30% growth this year. On Thursday, however, it said that it now expects a 20% to 30% growth in full-year core profit. Frasers bought DW Sports’ assets in August for £37 million.

The owner of prominent brands, including Sports Direct, expressed confidence that online sales showed resilience this year amidst COVID-19 restrictions. It also highlighted that it had reopened many of its stores across Europe to the public as the governments choose to ease the pandemic-related restrictions.

In H1, the retail group said its revenue printed at £1.89 billion that represents a 7.4% annualised decline. Frasers said all of its segments saw a revenue decline in the recent period except premium lifestyle – thanks to the Flannels acquisition.

Frasers Group in talks to acquire collapsed Debenhams

The Shirebrook-based company’s underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) came in at £226.3 million in the six months that concluded on 25th October. In the same period last year, its core earnings were capped at a lower £181.2 million.

Frasers also said on Thursday that it was negotiating with administrators to purchase Debenhams and expressed interest in Arcadia brands. Philip Green’s Arcadia Group collapsed recently under pressure from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that has so far infected more than 1.7 million people in the United Kingdom and caused over 62 thousand deaths.

Frasers Group plc performed largely upbeat in the stock market last year with an annual gain of more than 75%. At the time of writing, it is valued at £2.56 billion and has a price to earnings ratio of 26.62.

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