Nike's earnings and deliveries
Nike (NKE) shares fell 4% after the release of Q1 FY2022 report. 2022. Although the company's earnings are rising, Nike's supply is very limited due to the closure of factories in Vietnam. The world's largest sportswear brand lowered its full-year guidance.
Nike (NKE), the world's largest sportswear company by market capitalisation ($254.5bn), reported its Q1 results for fiscal 2022, which ended on 31 August, after the close of trading on Thursday.
Nike executives reported greater supply problems from Asia than Wall Street analysts had predicted.
The company said long production stoppages in Vietnam, where about 50% of the brand's footwear and 30% of its apparel are made, labor shortages and severe delays on shipments from Asia on average it takes 80 days for Nike goods to arrive in North America.
Nike said it expects to return to more normalized inventory levels in fiscal 2023.
Amid the news, Nike shares, up 12.8% since the start of 2021 and 25.5% in the past 12 months, fell 3.93% in the post-market on Thursday.
Nike shares have already fallen 8.5% from their all-time high at the start of August. That's when talk of problems with Nike's supply chain began to gain traction.
The company lowered its annual sales forecast and said sales in the second quarter would be down from the first.
Despite the limited supply, Nike's profits are growing due to high prices, plus the company benefits from direct-to-consumer sales through its digital channels its website and apps which generate more profit than sales through wholesale channels.
Nike has also continued to pay dividends for 19 consecutive years.Nike returned about $1.2 billion to shareholders in the first quarter: $435 million through dividend payments and $742 million through share buybacks.
Nike's Q1 report
Earnings per share rose 22% to $1.16, better than market analysts' forecasts of $1.11.
Revenue rose 16% to $12.25bn, worse than the $12.46bn expected on Wall Street.
Nike's Q1 direct sales rose 28% to $4.7 billion, a significant drop in pace after a 73% increase in the previous Q4.
Nike chief financial officer Matthew Friend said: "Increasingly customers are choosing digital and we are well positioned to achieve our target of 40% digital sales by fiscal 2025."