COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Jewellery maker Pandora reported a 41% decline in first-quarter operating profit on Tuesday but said it was encouraged by higher online sales and the reopening of stores in Germany and some other some countries.
Some 90% of its 2,746 stores were shut during the quarter due to the coronavirus lockdowns, the Copenhagen-based company said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a material negative impact on the financial performance in the quarter, initially in China and subsequently in all other key markets during March,” Pandora said in a statement.
Its earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) and excluding restructuring costs were 638 million Danish crowns ($93.3 million), which topped the 622 million crowns expected by 11 analysts in a poll compiled by Pandora.
Pandora said it had secured funding to sustain the closure of all of its physical stores throughout 2020. That included bank credits worth 3 billion crowns and a plan to sell 8 million treasury shares in an accelerated bookbuild.
Pandora withdrew its financial guidance for 2020 and halted a planned share buyback in mid-March.
(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; editing by Christian Schmollinger and Jason Neely)