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Wolford Aktiengesellschaft / Wolford adjusts Outlook for the CurrentFinancial Year

Published: August 31, 2016; 15:06 · (FriedlNews)

Following today's meeting, the Management Board of Wolford AG revised its forecast for the current 2016/17 financial year (May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017).

 

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Earnings Forecast
31.08.2016

Following today's meeting, the Management Board of Wolford AG revised its
forecast for the current 2016/17 financial year (May 1, 2016 to April 30,
2017).

In the light of a significant decline in first-quarter revenue (-18%) compared
to Q1 2015/16 and the ongoing market weakness in the month of August, it is
unlikely that the company will be able to make up for the revenue decrease
during the rest of the financial year. Negative events in important core
markets (i.a. political uncertainty in the USA, fear of terrorism in France,
Brexit) have led to weak consumption and declining customer traffic. In
particular, Wolford's high margin retail business reported a 9% drop in revenue
in the first quarter of the 2016/17 financial year in comparison to the
prior-year period.

Against this backdrop and additional negative currency effects (British pound),
Wolford's operating results (EBIT) in the first quarter of 2016/17 financial
year amounted to minus EUR 8,3 million (previous year: minus EUR 3,0 million)
significantly lower than the company originally forecast. This unfavorable
earnings development can only be potentially offset to a limited extent in
subsequent quarterly periods which traditionally report higher sales.

As a result, the Management Board expects revenue for the entire 2016/17
financial year to stagnate or drop slightly below the prior-year level, and
possibly negative operating results in the lower single-digit million euro
range. The implementation of the program of measures designed to sustainably
increase revenue, enhance profitability and carry out a creative realignment of
the company is proceeding on schedule. The cost-cutting drive is being
accelerated, which is why the company reaffirms its medium-term planning
targets.

Wolford AG will announce details on its business development on September 9,
2016 within the context of the publication of its Report on the First Quarter
of 2016/17.

Further inquiry note:
Wolford AG
Maresa Hoffmann

Referentin Investor Relations & Corporate Communications Tel.: +43 5574 690
1258 investor@wolford.com | company.wolford.com end of announcement euro adhoc
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issuer: Wolford Aktiengesellschaft
Wolfordstrasse 1
A-6900 Bregenz
phone: +43 (0) 5574 690-1268
FAX: +43 (0) 5574 690-1219
mail: investor@wolford.com
WWW: company.wolford.com
sector: Textiles & Clothing
ISIN: AT0000834007

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