By Chen Cheng-hui / Staff reporter
Shoemaker Pou Chen Corp (寶成工業) on Friday reported net profit of NT$4.64 billion (US$155.67 million) in the first quarter of the year, down 26.1 percent from a year earlier, but still the second-highest net profit for the period in the company’s history.
The world’s largest contract maker of branded athletic and casual footwear also has investments in retailing and land development, as well as in financial services providers such as Nan Shan Life Insurance Co (南山人壽).
Pou Chen said the lower profit was largely due to fewer investment gains from Nan Shan, compared with a year earlier. The company booked NT$2.63 billion in investment gains from Nan Shan for the first quarter, down from the NT$4.69 billion it booked over the same period last year, it said in a statement.
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As the company’s non-operating profit also declined by 28.2 percent year-on-year to NT$4.19 billion in the quarter from January to March, its earnings per share were NT$1.57, down from NT$2.13 a year earlier, the company’s financial report showed .
Gross margin was 24.1 percent, down from 25.7 percent a year ago, while operating margin dropped to 3.8 percent, from 4.8 percent, the report showed.
First-quarter revenue decreased 5.1 percent year-on-year to NT$67.26 billion, as its retail business in shoes and sports products was negatively affected by COVID-19 flareups in China, despite steady improvement in its shoemaking operations, Pou Chen said.
The company’s original equipment manufacturing (OEM) shoe business generated sales of NT$42.88 billion in the first quarter, up 10.7 percent year-on-year on the back of rising shipments and higher product prices, it said.
The company shipped about 70.9 million pairs of shoes last quarter, an annual increase of 3.8 percent, while average selling prices were US$19.65 per pair, higher than the US$17.79 a year earlier, it said.
The OEM shoe business for international brands such as Nike Inc, Adidas AG, Asics Corp, New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc, Timberland Co and Salomon SAS made up 63.8 percent of the firm’s total revenue last quarter, it said.
The majority of Pou Chen’s shoe production is in Vietnam, Indonesia and China, accounting for 35 percent, 49 percent and 10 percent respectively of the company’s total production last quarter.
Its retail business — operated by the Hong Kong-listed subsidiary Pou Sheng International Ltd (寶勝國際) — saw sales decreased by 24.5 percent from the previous year to NT$24.14 billion, due to strict COVID-19 restrictions in China, Pou Chen said.
The retail business comprised 35.9 percent of Pou Chen’s revenue last quarter, it said.
As of the end of the first quarter, Pou Sheng operated 8,186 stores, compared with 8,417 a year earlier, Pou Chen said.
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