Skechers USA Inc (NYSE:SKX) shares fell more than 26% after the developer and marketer of footwear announced mixed financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.
The company's sales grew 16.5 percent as a result of a 17.9 percent increase in the Company’s international wholesale business, an 8.5 percent increase in the Company’s domestic wholesale business, and a 26.4 percent increase in its Company-owned global retail business. Yet, the company's SG&A expenses increased 23.4 percent. This increase was due to an additional $72.9 million in general and administrative expenses, including $37.4 million to support international growth in the Company’s joint venture and subsidiary businesses, and $18.3 million associated with operating 73 additional Company-owned Skechers stores, of which 15 opened in the first quarter. Selling expenses increased by $10.6 million primarily due to higher international advertising expenses.
“What a way to start 2018,” began Robert Greenberg, Skechers chief executive officer. “We truly felt 2017 was a banner year, but yet again we surpassed our expectations and hit a new quarterly sales record. With our men’s, women’s and kids’ product growing year-over-year and resonating with consumers globally, we believe our moment is now. We are experiencing the continued success of our men’s Skechers Sport, women’s sandals and men’s and women’s On the Go collections. In addition, with the global focus on the trend-right Skechers D’lites, we’re seeing this product turn into a must-have item by accounts and the press, resulting in new opportunities. From a marketing perspective, we have a new commercial with chart-topping singer Camila Cabello in our D’lites, legendary football great Tony Romo in our men’s Relaxed Fit slip on shoes, and more than a dozen other commercials, including many featuring our kids’ footwear. Our targeted marketing on air, in print, and digitally continues to raise awareness of our vast product offering and drive sales around the world. We’re looking forward to the remainder of our Spring deliveries, and sharing our results as we move through the rest of 2018.”
21 Apr, 2020