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Premier Investments is a company that was established as an investment vehicle to maximise growth in capital returns to shareholders through the acquisition of controlling or strategic shareholdings in premier Australian companies, with a particular focus on retailing, importing and distributing.
Premier Investments has announced a record interim dividend after one of their brands, Peter Alexander, posted record sales for the first half of the 2022 financial year despite multiple lockdowns across Melbourne and Sydney.
Peter Alexander recorded sales of $227.4 million, which is an increase of 11.4% compared to the first half of 2021. The lockdown may have provided an opportunity for people to invest in their working from home outfits.
Premier’s second half to the year had a strong start with total global sales increasing by 6.2% compared to the second half of 2021. Net profit had dropped 13% to $163.6 million compared to the first half of 2021.
Premier Retail delivered earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of $212 million, including significant items. This is slightly above their projection for this period, it is 4-5% higher than expectations. Premier Retail EBIT excluding significant items was $196.4 million, up 5.5% compared with the first half of 2021.
Compared to the first half of 2021, sales recorded $769.9 million, which is an increase of 0.6%. Global like-for-like sales were up 8.9%.
Online sales increased by 27.3% to $195.4 million and now represent 25.4% of group sales. These sales have offset the lost store sales due to the lockdowns. Premier is looking to increase online sales, this is because online sales generates a higher margin than conventional bricks and mortar stores.
Premier Investments has announced an interim dividend of 46 cents per share, which is payable on the 27th of July. This is an increase of 35.3% compared to the previous period’s dividend of 34 cents per share.
In January, the retailer flagged it will exit four sites in Sydney’s MidCity shopping centre as it takes a hardline approach to store-by-store profitability and a steady, tough stance with landlords.
Premier’s chairman, Solomon Lew, said: “In the final two months of the first half of 2022, we managed the impacts of the omicron variant across our entire global business. Despite these challenges, Premier has once again delivered outstanding results, reflecting the high calibre of our board, our talented senior management team, and the commitment and dedication of our team members across the globe”.
Premier Investments is currently trading at $28.64, which is 6.74% lower than January’s high of $30.71.
All in all, Premier Investments’ great start to the year can be an indication that the retail sector is strongly recovering after the pandemic. Only time will tell if this growth can be sustained or that the increase is driven by customers’ temporary desires to shop after the lockdown period.
Sources: GO Markets MT5, Premierinvestments, ASX, Insideretail, Wikipedia, AFR
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