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Under Armour stock jumps as it reports phenomenal earnings

Under Armour’s stock is increasing on Tuesday after the business reported better-than-expected earnings in the second quarter of 2021, despite a drop in eCommerce due to the lifting of pandemic restrictions.

Following the announcement, the Baltimore-based company’s stock gained 6.8% to $22.55 as of 1 p.m. EST.

Diluted profits per share were $0.13 in the second quarter, while adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.24.

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Second Quarter earnings show profits 

According to a press statement from Under Armour, second-quarter revenue increased by 91 percent to $1.4 billion, with wholesale revenue increasing by 157 percent to $768 million. Revenue from direct to consumer increased 52 percent to $56 million, boosted by increases in owned and operated stores and offset by an 18 percent drop in eCommerce.

North American revenue increased by 101 percent to $905 million, while foreign revenue increased by 100 percent to $446 million, with clothing revenue increasing by 105 percent to $874 million. Footwear revenue increased by 85 percent to $343 million, while accessory revenue increased by 99 percent to $112 million.

Net income was $59 million, adjusted net income was $110 million, and operating income was $121 million.

The company’s better-than-expected earnings, according to Under Armour CEO Patrik Frisk, “show significant improvement relative to both 2020 and 2019.”

“We’re boosting our full-year projection, which puts us on pace to have a good performance in 2021,” he added, citing the company’s ongoing progress. “At the midway point of our fiscal year, I’m confident in our ability to provide long-term, steady, profitable growth for our stockholders.”

Under Armour turned a profit of $59.2 million, or 13 cents per share, in the quarter, compared to a loss of $182.9 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier. The firm earned 24 cents per share after one-time costs. Refinitiv polled analysts and found that they expected 6 cents.

During a conference call with investors, Chief Financial Officer David Bergman stated that the company is still facing challenges in the second half of the year, including lower forecasted face mask sales, fewer transactions through off-price channels, and supply and demand bottlenecks.

What to expect ahead?

Adjusted diluted earnings per share is projected to be $0.50 to $0.52, compared to $0.14 to $0.16 for diluted earnings per share. Revenue is projected to rise by a low twenty’s percentage point, compared to a high-teens percentage point increase previously forecast.

Operating income is projected to range between $215m and $225m, up from a previous range of $105m to $115m. Gross margin is likely to climb 50 to 70 basis points, compared to a previous projection of a 50-basis point gain. According to the Under Armour statement, adjusted operating income is projected to reach $340m to $350m, up from the earlier forecast of $230m to $240m.

Given the continuous uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, particularly the ongoing and developing impact on the company’s suppliers and logistics providers, Under Armour’s full-year business performance in 2021 might be materially impacted.