- Superdry shares fell 5% despite releasing upbeat full-year 2022 results.
- Investors were unhappy to see e-commerce revenues shrink.
- The company’s focus on full-price sales could work over the long term.
The Superdry PLC (LON: SDRY) share price fell despite the premium men's and women’s fashion retailer revealing that its revenues had surged 59.8% for its 2022 financial year, which ended on 23 April 2022.
The fashion company revealed that footfall at its stores had improved but was still below pre-Covid levels despite the lifting of most of the movement restrictions in the countries in which it operates.
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However, the company’s Q4 figures were impressive. In addition, the quarter was more prolonged than in previous periods, unlike in 2021 and 2020, since covid-related movement restrictions were lifted in the middle of the quarter.
Still, investors were worried about the weak in-store sales figures since the retailer still maintains a decent number of physical stores. Furthermore, investors were disappointed to learn that e-commerce revenues had dropped 24% annually as customers preferred to shop at Superdry’s stores.
The retailer lags other UK retailers such as Boohoo’s, whose sales have grown significantly despite the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact.
Superdry said that full-price sales rose 26% annually after it minimised promotions and focused on full-price sales that positioned it as a premium fashion brand. The strategy could work over the long term but may cost it some sales in the short term.
A crucial advantage of focusing on full-price sales is that the company’s overall margins improved by 5.9%, which is impressive in the retail industry, where margins are usually razor thin.
The company is also focused on wholesale sales, which improved 4% in the past financial year, marking a slight improvement despite the prolonged lockdowns in Europe.
Julian Dunkerton, Superdry's CEO, said: “We continue to execute our strategy of returning the Superdry brand to a premium position, and I am excited by the progress we are making. Despite the ongoing tough trading conditions and turmoil in the market, our focus on full-price trading will deliver a strong gross margin improvement for FY22.
“We are conscious of the cost-of-living pressures on consumers, meaning that now, more than ever, we must continue to deliver a product that stands for what is important to them: quality, style and sustainability at great value.”
Superdry shares have fallen 46.16% in 2022 but have recently bottomed at the 133p support level. However, before buying, I would wait for a rally above the 180p resistance level.
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Superdry share price.
The Superdry share price has fallen 46% in 2022 and appears to have recently bottomed.