Nike Earnings Grow Internationally But Struggle in Saturated America

Nike $NKE reported better than expected second quarter earnings after the close Thursday.  However despite beating expectations with stronger international sales Nike still struggles in a saturated America.

Nike $NKE reported better than expected earnings after the close on Thursday. However despite beating expectations with stronger international sales Nike still struggles in a saturated America.

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Earnings : EPS $0.46 on revenue of $8.55 billion beating forecast consenus EPS $0.40 on revenue of $8.39 billion. Net income is down 9% year over year from a decline in gross margin and a higher selling and administrative expenses. Revenue however was up 5%.

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Highlights:

  • Nike expects U.S. tax reform to have a long-term net favorable impact on earnings.
  • International business now represents over 55% of revenue
  • Nike expects non-domestic growth will contribute 75% of incremental growth over the next five years.
  • Revenue in Greater China (Nike’s third-largest market after North America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa)  grew 16% in the quarter and totaling $1.2 billion. Nike’s divisional revenues in Europe, the Middle East & Africa grew by 19% to $2.1 billion.

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Outlook:

  • Nike’s full-year guidance remains consistent with the guidance provided last quarter, $NKE expects a gross margin contraction between 50 and 100 basis points due to the challenging U.S. retail environment and reported revenue growth in the mid-single-digit range.
  • The NikePlus app’s reserve-for-you feature is converting sales at a rate that’s 40 times more effective than traditional outreach.
  • Nike CFO Andy Campion said Nike is now seeing early stages of stabilization in a consolidating American wholesale marketplace. He expects an inflection point to occur through the end of the fiscal year, which would position Nike for North American growth in fiscal-year 2019.

Source: Nike, AlphaStreet

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