Gap (GPS) reports Q1 2020 bottom line, shares fall

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Gap (GPS) reports Q1 2020 net loss, shares fall

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Gap Inc.’s first-quarter sales fell 43%, the clothes maker reported Thursday, as its shops were shut for much of the duration due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Chief Executive Sonia Syngal stated in a declaration that sales continued to decrease into May, after the very first quarter ended, however the merchant had online development of more than 100% throughout the month. 

As of Thursday, more than 1,500 shops are back open for company in North America, Syngal stated, which has to do with 55% of the business’s base and leads schedule. Gap is preparing to have the majority of its shops resumed this month, she stated. And resumed shops are balancing sales of about 70% their typical levels, with the Old Navy brand name driving that rebound, the business stated. 

However, 20 of Gap’s shops have actually sustained “extensive damage” due to the robbery that has actually broken out amidst across the country demonstrations for the death of George Floyd, the CEO stated throughout a post-earnings call with experts. She stated the business is working to get those areas back open as rapidly, and securely, as possible. 

Gap shares were falling around 4.5% in after-hours trading on the news. 

Here’s how the business did throughout its financial very first quarter ended May 2: 

  • Loss per share: $2.51 
  • Revenue: $2.11 billion 

Gap reported a bottom line of $932 million, or $2.51 per share, compared to a revenue of $227 million, or 60 cents a share, a year back. 

The loss consisted of a $484 million writedown on shop and running lease properties, in addition to a stock disability charge of $235 million. 

Net sales was up to $2.11 billion from $3.71 billion a year back. It stated e-commerce sales were up 13% year over year throughout the quarter. 

The business did not break out its same-store sales due to the momentary shop closures. 

Analysts were requiring Gap to lose 67 cents per share on profits of $2.3 billion, according to Refinitiv information. However, it is hard to compare documented incomes with expert quotes for the quarter since of the effect of the pandemic. 

Sales for Gap’s name brand name were down 50%, while Old Navy sales were down 42%, Banana Republic sales fell 47%, and Athleta sales dropped 8%. 

Some of these brand names fared far better online, nevertheless. Athleta, which offers exercise equipment such as leggings and sports bras for females, saw development of 49% online, the business stated. Old Navy, a value-oriented garments brand name for households, saw online sales increase 20%. Banana Republic’s online company was down 2% throughout the quarter, while Gap’s digital profits dropped 5%. 

“Prior to the onset of the pandemic, Gap brand performance continued to be pressured by inconsistent execution of product and marketing messages,” the business stated. 

It likewise stated it is working to make Banana Republic, usually an outlet for individuals to purchase clothing to use to the workplace, more appropriate as more customers are working from house. 

Gap ended the quarter with $2.2 billion in product stock, down about 1% from a year back, it stated. To unload seasonal product, the business stated it contributed some stock to charities and is packaging and holding some products for next year. 

It had $1.1 billion in money, money equivalents and short-term financial investments on hand, compared to $1.7 billion at the start of the quarter. 

The Covid-19 crisis required Gap to close all of its shops, which injured its capability to create profits. Without money being available in the door, Gap stopped paying lease. The merchant is the biggest non-anchor occupant in regards to the lease it pays to Simon Property Group, the greatest U.S. shopping center owner. And Simon is now taking legal action against Gap for not paying lease, according to a suit submitted today. 

“We are inactive and ongoing negotiations with our landlords to work through this crisis together,” Gap Chief Financial Officer Katrina O’Connell stated Thursday. “We value these relationships and are committed to finding mutually agreeable solutions that will enable both of us to benefit from an aligned strategic plan.” 

She went on to state that the business remains in the middle of renegotiating leases, to discover some longer-term lease relief, to have a more successful base of shops. It likewise prepares to close more shops, completely. But it has actually not stated precisely the number of. 

Gap is not offering a 2020 monetary outlook at this time. 

As of Thursday’s market close, Gap shares are down more than 31this year. The business has a market cap of $4.5 billion. 

Find the complete incomes news release from Gap here. 

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