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As above ..
Looks like Accent customers aren't fazed yet by impending global financial destruction.
Sales YTD up 50% on much better gross margin!

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hopefully i am wrong with my pessimism

but gee unless everyone buys new shoes to help the can-kicking , i can't see where the extra sales are coming from , WES ( and their work-wear/safety wear arm ) isn't big enough to give us a quick conformation maybe SUL and Rebel Sports might be an indicator
 
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Good trading update from AX1, I was p*ssweak only buying 2,500 of these. They're guiding EBIT of $90m - $92m for H1FY23. That beats by a long shot EBIT for FY22 for its whole year - ($70m EBIT fy22 according to Commsec)

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ACCENT GROUP DELIVERS RECORD H1 FY23 PROFIT1
FINANCIALS AND PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
 Total sales2 of $825 million, up 39% on the prior year
 Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) of $170.2
million, up 70.9% on the prior year.
 Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) of $91.2 million, up 201% on the prior year.
 Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) of $58.3 million (H1 FY22, $14.8 million).
 Earnings Per Share (EPS) of 10.7 cents (H1 FY22, 2.73 cents).
 A fully franked interim dividend of 12.00 cents per share.
 Inventory aged stock levels clean.
 Net debt of $63.6 million (H1 FY22, $90.3 million).
Accent Group Limited (ASX: AX1) (Accent Group, Group or Company) today reports EBIT
of $91.2 million and NPAT of $58.3 million for the 27 weeks ended 1 January 2023 (H1 FY23).
Accent Group CEO, Daniel Agostinelli, said “I am delighted with the results achieved in H1
FY23. The continued focus on customers, new product, full margin sales and return on
investment has delivered a terrific H1 result.
What is most pleasing is the strength and consistency of performance across our large core
banners, including Skechers, Platypus, Hype DC, The Athlete’s Foot (TAF), Vans and Dr
Martens, along with the progress that we have made in our new banners now that trading
conditions have normalised.
One of the key initiatives for H1 was driving the profitability of the Accent Group digital
business. Overall online sales have grown 160% to $134 million compared to FY20. Whilst
sales were down on last year due to the lockdowns in 2021, we have improved our digital
business and online EBIT was ahead of last year.”
1 Financial results for the 27 weeks ended 1 January 2023, presented on a statutory post AASB 16
basis unless otherwise noted. The Company estimates that the impact of week 27 was around $36
million in sales, and around $10 million in marginal EBIT contribution
2 Includes The Athlete’s Foot Franchise sales
2
OPERATING REVIEW
• Total owned sales3 of $746.5 million up 42.1% to prior year
• Total online sales4 of $134 million contributed 18.9% of total retail sales. Online EBIT
was ahead of the record achieved in H1 FY22 on lower sales.
• Gross margin of 55.2% up 190 basis points to prior year. Good progress continues to
be made in strengthening our gross margin through our distributed and owned vertical
brands. Gross margin rate in H1 was impacted by currency and clearance of
discontinued brands.
• CODB % of 42.0% well managed with an improvement of 470 basis points to prior year.
• Strong sales results were achieved across all our core major banners including Platypus,
Skechers, TAF, Hype DC, Vans and Dr Martens.
• Supply chain impacts have normalised with strong deliveries of new release product
supporting sales growth.
• During H1 the Group opened 53 new stores, transitioned 13 stores from discontinued
into continuing brands and closed 10 stores where required rent outcomes could not be
achieved. Total store numbers are now 805 stores.
• Contactable customers grew by 300,000 to 9.6 million customers, loyalty program
membership now 7.4 million across TAF, Hype DC, Platypus, Merrell, Skechers.
• Sales of vertical owned brands of more than $50 million (around 7% of owned sales).
• Glue Store and Stylerunner both generated positive EBIT for H1.
• 15 Nude Lucy concept stores with strong early results. Nude Lucy is a fast-growing,
lifestyle apparel brand that was acquired as part of the Glue Store transaction. Based on
the success of this brand within Glue Store, external wholesale customers and the
successful trial of a standalone retail concept, the next phase of store roll-out has
commenced.
DIVIDEND
Interim dividend of 12.00 cents per share fully franked to be paid on 9 March 2023 to registered
shareholders as of 1 March 2023.
3 Owned sales exclude The Athlete’s Foot Franchise sales
4 Includes The Athlete’s Foot Franchise online sales
3
GROWTH PLAN UPDATE
Accent Group continues to pursue a range of growth opportunities across its core banners
and new businesses, including:
• The continued roll-out of new stores, with a least 20 new stores planned to open in H2
FY23. The Company sees a continued store roll-out opportunity in both its core
banners and new businesses.
• Growth from a planned roll-out of Nude Lucy stores.
• Profit growth in Glue Store and Stylerunner through continued operational
improvement and as the vertical programs in these businesses grow.
• Profit growth in TAF from margin expansion, with franchise stores continuing to be
acquired (current network of 91 corporate stores and 65 franchise stores).
• Growth in digital and customer loyalty programs driven by improvement in customer
spend frequency, with loyalty program now launched in Platypus, Hype DC and
Skechers, driving repeat spend behaviour and improved customer value.
In summary, Accent Group continues to grow in scale and customer reach. The business
remains well positioned for future growth through continued expansion in new retail stores,
the introduction of new categories including youth and active apparel, continued growth in
wholesale, a continuing drive to improve underlying gross margin, and ongoing investments
in digital and customer data.
TRADING UPDATE
Trading conditions for the first 7 weeks of H2 have been positive.
Like-for-like sales (LFL) 5 for the first 7 weeks of H2 (2 January - 19 February) are up 16% on
the prior year, for the 8 weeks from 26 December – 19 February (which includes week 27)
LFL sales are up 23.9% to prior year. Compared with FY20, LFL sales for the first 7 weeks
are up 16.1%, a compound annual growth of 5.1%.
Mr Agostinelli said “Whilst we recognise that there is some uncertainty in the economic
outlook, to this point we have not yet seen any significant change to consumer spending in
our categories. Many of our brands target a younger customer demographic who tend to be
less impacted by interest rates and cost of living pressures.
In conclusion, I am pleased with the ongoing progress that has been made on our key growth
strategies as we continue to build a strong, defensible business in Australia and New Zealand.
Our portfolio of global distributed brands, owned vertical brands, integrated digital capability
and large store network are core assets of the Group and position the Company well for growth
into the future.”
5 Like for like (“LFL”) retail sales include TAF Franchises sales, digital sales and Glue stores. The LFL
measurement is consistent with prior releases and includes the year on year sales comparison for all
stores in which a sale has been recorded on the same day the prior year.
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For further information contact:
Investors
Matthew Durbin
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
matthew.durbin@accentgr.com.au

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i hold AX1 'free-carried' ( bought as RCG )
 
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^^^ As above.
H1 results released after market close.
NPAT for H1 up 295%! from pcp. This is like the JB HiFi of shoes.
Sales strong first 7 weeks of H2. 'Like for like' store sales up 16% to pcp so I presume that this does not include sales from 53 stores opened in H1, plus there are 20 more stores slated to open in H2.
A 12c interim dividend; this'd do me for a full year dividend (5.6% ff on $2.14 s.p)
EBIT guidance given in late January was spot on so maybe there won't be a big reaction tomorrow?

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my buying price was 66 cents in 2014

so am surprised , but not complaining

just the same it is probably not wise to expect such gains in the coming years
 
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With my recent purchases I'm not looking for capital gains over the next two years. I'll be satisfied if they can average out even with the price I pay while paying a franked dividend - so way better than cash. I continue to live in expectation of a crash. Looking at solid companies with already damaged share prices that should survive, hence GWA and I am looking at MGH (Maas). I guess AX1 doesn't fully fit the bill but it has a strong shareholder backer and should recover well from a hit.
 
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yes i am looking at a widespread downturn ( that must happen , eventually )

and finding likely survivors of that downturn has been an aim as well ( preferably without investment cash risk )

AX1 has been a pleasant surprise for me , i was looking for a defensive consumer retail stock in 2014

i keep getting distracted from buying GWA ( start running the tape measure over it , but something else comes down to an attractive price )

watch for the AX1 trend ( only small so far ) of buying free-standing properties for some new stores , one might wonder if the do a little diversification , later in those properties ( say a juice bar , or something sorts/fitness related )
 
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Chart might have made a low off 1.50, weekly prices bunching under 1.80 with a bullish piercing line candle on last week of June. Guess the upcoming full year result will decide the direction. Tempted to add a few but probably won't follow through

27 July last year there was a trading update so maybe shareholders are past the point of surprises. But then again, the share price has slumped, albeit along with other retailers.
Full year results came last year August 19.

Daniel Agostinelli and Brety Blundy bought heaps on market last year but nothing lately.

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AX1 @ 1.28, up 18%
Reporting full year rise in EBIT FY23 up 128% on FY22.
Lots of new stores (80), new websites, 19% sales are now digital.

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AX1 @ 1.28, up 18%
Reporting full year rise in EBIT FY23 up 128% on FY22.
Lots of new stores (80), new websites, 19% sales are now digital.

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i bought this when it was RCG have been pleasantly surprised at the ride since , however i worry all this expansion has to slow down eventually

BTW i am also not comfortable with companies than have a D/E over 100% so rescue the invested cash as quickly as prudent
 

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Yeah, I got out a couple of years ago, left money on the table, but like you I had owned since the RCG days so did well anyway. The debt was the trigger for my exit.
 
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Yeah, I got out a couple of years ago, left money on the table, but like you I had owned since the RCG days so did well anyway. The debt was the trigger for my exit.
i still hold some , but i took a tip from the late Kerry Packer ( you only get one Alan Bond in your lifetime ) and i have no more inheritances coming ( that i know of ) so try to keep the investment cash working as hard as i can ( but often let the profits run )
 
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