-By Mansi Suryavanshi
Adidas, a multinational sportswear corporation with headquarters in Germany, reported a 1% YoY increase in footwear sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 (FY23), which reflects the booming performance markets for sports like football, running, outdoor activities, and tennis. Sales of the company’s garments fell by 3%, but those of its accessories segment increased by 8%.
Despite the tremendous demand for its Samba, Gazelle, and Campus franchises, which are at the centre of the current Terrace shoe craze, Adidas’ lifestyle revenues were down, the firm claimed in a media statement.
Consolidated currency-neutral revenues for Adidas in Q1 FY23 remained constant from the prior quarter. As part of its attempts to lower high inventory levels, the company’s top-line development was negatively impacted by dramatically decreased sell-in to the wholesale channel, notably in North America and Greater China. Additionally, the closure of the Yeezy business hindered top-line growth by around €400 million on an annual basis, primarily in the markets of North America, Greater China, and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
In comparison to the prior year, Adidas’ gross margin dropped by 5.1 percentage points to 44.8%. The rise in supply chain costs and greater market discounting were the key causes of this decline.
As the bulk of this product was previously sold through Adidas’s own online channel, the company’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) revenues decreased by 7% in Q1 FY23 compared to the prior year, highlighting the negative Yeezy impact on the company’s e-commerce business. However, sales in the business’s own retail outlets rose by 11% YoY in the first quarter.
During Q1 FY23, North American currency-neutral sales fell by 20% YoY. Meanwhile, high-single-digit growth in wholesale was the primary factor in EMEA’s 4% YoY increase in sales. The rise of both wholesale and DTC sales contributed significantly to the double-digit rate of revenue growth in Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
With an operating margin of 1.1%, Adidas’ operating profit for the first quarter of FY23 was €60 million. However, the company’s net loss from continuing operations after taxes came to €24 million as opposed to €310 million in net profits during the same time previous year. According to the press release, basic EPS from continuing operations fell to a negative €0.18 from a positive €1.60 in the prior year.
With flat revenues and a meagre operating profit of €60 million, Q1 finished a little better than we had anticipated. Sales increase was up 9% when Yeezy was excluded. We anticipated strong double-digit growth in Latin America and Asia-Pacific and modest growth in EMEA notwithstanding Russia. Despite continuing to see a 9% decline in total revenues in Greater China, we saw double-digit sell-out increases. This exceeded our expectations and gives us hope for the remainder of the year.
Due to the high levels of inventory and market reductions, the 20% sales decrease in North America—down 5% excluding Yeezy—was consistent with Adidas CEO Bjorn Gulden’s cautious sell-in policy.