• Net sales amounted to SEK 688.7 M (453.0), an increase of 52 percent. Sales for comparable stores rose by 4.0 percent.
• Operating profit amounted to SEK 62.5 M (34.8). Profit after net financial items improved by 87 percent to SEK 60.2 M (32.2).
• Profit after taxes amounted to SEK 43.1 M (23.6), corresponding to SEK 1.30 (0.79) per share after the split implemented on March 1, 2006.
• Cash flow from current operations amounted to SEK 44.4 M (25.9).
Second quarter, December 1, 2005 – February 28, 2006
• Net sales amounted to SEK 373.3 M (221.8), an increase of 68 percent. Sales for comparable stores rose by 5.3 percent.
• Operating profit amounted to SEK 31.2 M (8.4). Profit after net financial items improved sharply and amounted to SEK 29.4 M (7.1).
• Profit after taxes amounted to SEK 20.8 M (5.4), corresponding to SEK 0.63 (0.18) per share after the split implemented on March 1, 2006.
• Cash flow from current operations amounted to SEK 41.0 M (17.4).
Events since close of the reporting period
• Polarn O. Pyret signed two new master franchise agreements covering Poland and Ireland and consequently has achieved the prior goal of establishment in ten countries.
• The Board of Directors assesses that it should be feasible that Polarn O. Pyret is established in at least 20 countries through to 2010.
• As a consequence of the increased rate of expansion for Polarn O. Pyret internationally and other measures implemented in RNB the Board has decided to reevaluate and increase the company’s long-term operating margin goal.
• 2:1 share split implemented as of March 1, 2006.
RNB is organized into two separate business areas – Polarn O. Pyret and RNB Retail. Polarn O. Pyret is a brand that focuses on baby and children’s wear. RNB RETAIL is a platform for the distribution of national and international brands through stores within NK and Steen & Ström as well as for the Solo and Saks retail store concepts. At February 28, 2006, the RNB Group had a total of 142 stores, of which 27 are operated by franchisees.
Acquisition of Skandinaviskt Herr- and Dammode with operations at NK in Gothenburg
As of December 1, 2005, RNB acquired Skandinaviskt Dammode and Skandinaviskt Herrmode with operations at NK in Gothenburg. The acquired operations reported sales of approximately SEK 104 M and an operating profit of approximately SEK 7 M during the past year. As of fiscal year 2005/2006, the acquired company’s store area will increase by 35 percent and thereafter will total about 3,100 square meters.
Market and demand
During the second quarter, retail sales in the ready-to-wear clothing sector in Sweden grew by 4.5 percent. RNB’s sales for comparable stores rose during the same period by 5.3 percent.
Sales and earnings
RNB’s net sales for the first six months rose to SEK 688.7 M (453.0), an increase of 52 percent. Sales in comparable stores rose during the same period by 4.0 percent. The gross profit margin for the period was 49.4 percent (50.1). The decline in gross margin is a result of the gross margin of the DSN operations acquired in 2005 being lower compared with the other operations in RNB.
Operating profit for the period totaled SEK 62.5 M (34.8). Profit after net financial items amounted to SEK 60.2 M (32.2). Profit after taxes was SEK 43.1 M (23.6).
Polarn O. Pyret
Net sales during the first half of the year amounted to SEK 162.8 M (147.7). Operating profit amounted to SEK 24.4 M (19.4). As a result of purchasing changes that were initiated, gross profit in proprietary stores increased by 3.2 percentage points compared with the preceding year.
At the end of the period, the number of proprietary stores was 37 (37). In addition, there were 27 (19) franchise stores, of which nine in Norway, two in the Baltic States and one in Iceland. During spring 2006, some ten franchise stores will be opened in international markets.
In April, Polarn O. Pyret signed master franchise agreements covering Poland and Ireland and consequently has achieved the prior goal of establishment in ten countries. The agreement for Ireland was signed with Odin Retail Ltd., which also has the market in England.
As a consequence of the increased establishment rate, the Board of Directors assesses that it should be feasible that Polarn O. Pyret is established in at least 20 countries through to 2010.
Net sales for the period amounted to SEK 526.5 M (305.7). Operating profit amounted to SEK 44.0 M (21.9). At the end of the period, the number of proprietary stores was 78 (48).
Work with developing distribution platforms of the branded business continued during the period. Construction and start of new store space of about 3,250 square meters was completed during the period. As of December 1, 2005, Skandinaviskt Dammode and Skandinaviskt Herrmode as acquired, which comprises about 3,100 square meters of store space in NK in Gothenburg. In addition, remodeling of existing space involving about 1,200 square meters was also carried out. The Champagne store concept, involving two stories, was discontinued during the period.
To further strengthen cooperation with our suppliers, an agreement was signed with New Wave Group to start an outlet in Kosta. Initially, the outlet will amount to 2,500 square meters and is expected to open in summer 2006.
Financial position and liquidity
Consolidated total assets amounted to SEK 646.3 M, compared with SEK 559.4 M at the end of the preceding fiscal year. Shareholders’ equity amounted to SEK 272.8 M (254.7), corresponding to an equity/assets ratio of 42.2 percent (45.5). At full conversion of outstanding convertible debentures of SEK 40 M, equity/assets amounts to 48.4 percent
Inventory on February 28, 2006, amounted to SEK 229.7 M, compared with SEK 134.0 M on the year-earlier date. The increase is attributable to the acquisition of DSN and Skandinaviskt Dammode and Skandinaviskt Herrmode as well as added store units in Norway and at NK in Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Cash flow from current operations amounted to SEK 44.4 M (25.9 M). Cash flow after investments was a negative SEK 33.1 M (pos. 20.6). Excluding company acquisitions, cash flow after investing activities amounted to SEK 7.2 M (20.6).
Net debt amounted to SEK 134.3 M, compared with SEK 104.9 M on August 31, 2005. Including unutilized overdraft facilities, the Group’s cash and cash equivalents amounted to SEK 47.5 M
at the end of the period, compared with SEK 87.2 M at the end of the preceding fiscal year.
Investments and depreciation
Investments during the period amounted to SEK 82.7 M (5.4). SEK 40.3 M of total investments was for company acquisitions and SEK 29.2 M for construction of new store space. Depreciation during the period amounted to SEK 13.8 M (10.6).
The average number of employees during the period amounted to 645 (447).
Net sales in the Parent Company during the period amounted to SEK 0 M (0). After net financial items, the Parent company reported a loss of SEK 5.0 M (loss: 6.2). Investments during the period totaled SEK 3.2 M (3.0).
The acquisitions and expansions carried out during the past year will result in a sharp increase in sales for the 2005/2006 fiscal year. The earnings for fiscal year 2005/2006 are expected to significantly exceed the preceding year.
As a result of the increased rate of expansion for Polarn O. Pyret internationally, combined with completed acquisitions and other measures, the Board of Directors foresees continued favorable earnings growth in the years immediately ahead. Accordingly, the Board has decided to reevaluate and increase the company’s long-term operating margin goal.
As of September 1, 2005, RNB applies the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in its financial reporting. This interim report was prepared in accordance with IFRS and application of IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. IFRS is being continuously reviewed. Accordingly, changes may occur during 2005/2006.
The applied accounting principles, changes compared with previous accounting principles, financial effects of the changed accounting principles and the adjusted comparative figures are presented on pages seven and eight of this report. The comparative figures for the year-earlier financial statements and for the most recent 12-month period are adjusted to IFRS throughout.
Future reporting dates:
Q3 interim report for 2005/06 June 21, 2006
Preliminary year-end report 2005/06 October 20, 2006
Stockholm, April 4, 2006
RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS AB
President and CEO
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