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- Lululemon soared as much as 6% in early Friday trading after beating analysts’ second-quarter estimates and boosting its guidance for yearly profits.
- The athletic apparel company posted a 35% growth in men’s sales. An April announcement revealed the company hopes to double men’s and online sales over the next five years.
- Lululemon announced it will open its second “experiential” store in Minneapolis’ Mall of America November. The first such store opened in Chicago July and features a restaurant, yoga classes, and a meditation room.
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Lululemon jumped as much as 6% in early Friday trading after raising its 2019 revenue forecast and beating analyst expectations for its second-quarter earnings.
The athletic apparel company’s revenue was bolstered by a 35% growth in sales for its men’s products. Lululemon announced in April a plan to double men’s and online sales over the next five years, and seek annual revenue growth in the low teens over the period. It also looks to quadruple international revenue by 2023.
CEO Calvin McDonald – who joined Lululemon in July 2018 – noted the latest earnings figures were in line for the five-year plan and that momentum “remains strong.”
“We’re now 2 quarters into our 5-year vision, and I’m pleased with the strong execution and passion across the business to continue to deliver on our growth priorities,” McDonald said on a Thursday analyst call.
Here are the key numbers:
Adjusted earnings per share: $0.956, versus the $0.889 estimate
Revenue: $883.4 million, versus the $845.3 million estimate
Comparable sales growth: +17%, versus the +12% estimate
2019 earnings per share forecast: $4.63 to $4.70, from previous range of $4.51 to $4.58
Lululemon also announced plans to open its second “experiential” store in Minneapolis’ Mall of America. The company opened its first such store in Chicago July. The flagship features a restaurant, three workout studios, a meditation room, and events like yoga classes and movie screenings. The new location “will offer several of the features” found in the Chicago flagship when it opens in November, McDonald said.
Lululemon closed at $188.41 per share Thursday, up about 55% year-to-date.
The apparel retailer has 20 “buy” ratings, 12 “hold” ratings, and one “sell” rating from analysts, with a consensus price target of $205.29, according to Bloomberg data.
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