KappAhl half year report: Improved performance and strengthened margins

“In a market that remains tough KappAhl has continued to strengthen key figures. We report improved profit for the quarter of SEK 39 million compared with the previous year, the gross margin is higher and we have sound cost control.”

Johan Åberg, President and CEO. Read the full CEO statement on the report.

Second   quarter (Dec–Feb) Half year (Sept-Feb)
2013/2014 2012/2013 Change 2013/2014 2012/2013 Change
Net sales, SEK million 1 114 1 148 -34 2 357 2 393 -36
Operating profit excluding non-recurring items, SEK million 3 -36 39 102 69 33
Operating profit, SEK million 3 -36 39 102 145 -43
Gross margin, % 57,7 55,1 2,6 60,7 59,3 1,4
Operating margin excluding non-recurring items, % 0,3 -3,1 3,4 4,3 2,9 1,4
Profit after tax, SEK million -7 -64 57 55 51 4
Earnings per share, SEK (Note 1) -0,09 -0,85 0,76 0.73 0,82 -0,09
Cash flow from operating activities, SEK million -51 -51 0 74 24 50
  • Net sales decreased by 3.0 per cent for the quarter. The increase in comparable stores was 0.2 per cent.
  • The gross margin improved by 2.6 percentage points in the quarter.
  • The operating profit for the second quarter is 39 million higher than last year.
  • The equity/assets ratio increased to 52.4 per cent.

A presentation and telephone conference will be held for analysts, media and investors today at 9.30 at Operaterrassen in Stockholm. To notify attendance at Operaterrassen go to www.kappahl.com/presentations, where the webcast will also be broadcast direct and saved for viewing later. To participate by telephone call +44 207 660 2077 about 5 minutes before start.

För ytterligare information kontakta
Johan Åberg, President and CEO, phone 46 706-09 99 73, johan.aberg@kappahl.com
Anders Düring, VP and CFO, phone 46 708-88 77 33, anders.during@kappahl.com

Company information and photos
Charlotte Högberg, Head Public Relations, phone 46 704-71 56 31, charlotte.hogberg@kappahl.com

About KappAhl
KappAhl, founded in 1953, is one of the Nordic region’s leading fashion retailers with close to 400 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland, and Shop Online. KappAhl offers value-for-money fashion of its own design to the many people – men, women and children, with a special focus on women in the prime of life. KappAhl was the world’s first fashion retailer to gain environmental certification in 1999. In 2012/2013, sales were SEK 4.8 billion and the number of employees approximately 4,500. KappAhl is quoted on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm. For more information, go to www.kappahl.com.

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KappAhl was founded in Gothenburg in 1953 and is a leading fashion chain in the Nordic region with 380 KappAhl and Newbie stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland and Great Britain as well as Shop Online. Our business idea is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design to the many people. Sustainability-labeled fashion accounts for 57 per cent of the range. Sales for 2017/2018 totaled SEK 4.8 billion and the company has approx. 4,000 employees in ten countries. KappAhl is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.kappahl.com

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In a market that remains tough KappAhl has continued to strengthen key figures. We report improved profit for the quarter of SEK 39 million compared with the previous year, the gross margin is higher and we have sound cost control.
Johan Åberg, KappAhl's President and CEO