Skechers USA Inc (NYSE:SKX) Upgraded by Argus Research

Skechers USA Inc (NYSE:SKX) stock fell 6.49% (As on June 16, 11:23:04 AM UTC-4, Source: Google Finance) though the company got upgrade from Argus Research. Argus cited brand strength and supply chain improvements as reasons to be bullish on Skechers in the coming years. The firm announces $44 Price  Target on the stock.

Meanwhile, first quarter sales increased 26.8% as a result of a 28.7% increase in domestic sales and a 25.5% increase in international sales, primarily driven by strength in wholesale sales. Both segments experienced increases, with Wholesale increasing 32.7% and Direct-to-Consumer increasing 15.7%. On a constant currency basis, sales increased 28.7%. Wholesale sales growth of $308.2 million, or 32.7%, was led by increases in AMER of 41.6% and EMEA of 42.0%. Wholesale volume increased 22.7% and average selling price increased 8.6%. Direct-to-Consumer sales growth of $76.9 million, or 15.7%, was led by increases in EMEA of 157.3%, which lapped COVID restrictions in the prior year, AMER of 11.2% and APAC of 8.5%. Direct-to-Consumer average selling price increased 15.1% resulting from reduced promotions and higher prices. By region, the growth was the result of increases of 31% in the Americas, driven by double-digit growth in the United States; 49% in EMEA, driven by strong growth across Europe; and 4% in APAC, led by 9% growth in China. Gross margin was 45.3%, a decrease of 250 basis points, driven by higher per unit freight costs partially offset by average selling price increases. Net earnings were $121.2 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.77, an increase of 22.2% over the prior year. Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $819.9 million, a decrease of $220.6 million, or 21.2% from December 31, 2021, primarily reflecting increased accounts receivable from wholesale sales, particularly in the Americas. Inventory was $1.45 billion, a decrease of $21.5 million or 1.5% from December 31, 2021. The slight decrease in inventory reflects lower merchandise in transit levels due to the improvement of some supply chain constraints.

For the second quarter of 2022, the Company believes it will achieve sales between $1.75 billion and $1.80 billion and diluted earnings per share of between $0.50 and $0.55. Further, the Company believes that for the fiscal year 2022, it will achieve sales between $7.2 billion and $7.4 billion and diluted earnings per share of between $2.75 and $2.95.

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