Under Armour boosts profit forecast as discounts spur demand

Under Armour boosts profit forecast as discounts spur demand



Under Armour

Under Armour

Increased promotions offered during the all-important holiday season encouraged customers to look past recession worries and stock up on its athletic shoes and hoodies. Steep discounts had also helped rival Nike deliver a strong quarter in December.

Still, Under Armour’s margins came under pressure from its attempt to clear excess inventory, a strong U.S. dollar and higher freight and manufacturing charges. It now expects gross margin for the full year to decline at the higher end of its prior forecast of 375

 ​Elevated sector-wide inventories will result in ongoing promotions lasting longer than previously expected, Chief Finance Officer David Bergman said in a post-earnings call, adding that the macroeconomic backdrop is expected to stay uneven in calendar 2023.

Shares of the company were down about 3% amid broader market declines.

In December, Under Armour named veteran hotelier Stephanie Linnartz as its top boss, betting on her experience in branding strategy and e-commerce to help revive sales.
E-commerce sales rose 7% in the reported quarter.

BMO Capital Markets analyst Simeon Siegel said it would be too early to say Linnartz was a key reason behind the profit-forecast raise, but “the company clearly sounds excited about their future prospects and direction.”

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It expects adjusted profit of 52 cents to 56 cents per share for fiscal 2023, compared with its previous forecast of 44 cents to 48 cents.

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