Thanks to a solid second-quarter report, shares of G-III Apparel Group (NASDAQ: GIII) soared on Wednesday morning. The stock peaked at $31.19 shortly after 10:30 a.m. EDT -- a 13.3% gain from Tuesday's closing price. At around 1:40 p.m., the gains had moderated to 9.8% at $30.49.
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The clothing maker and retailer saw second-quarter sales rising 22% year over year to $538 million. On the bottom line, it moved from an adjusted loss of $0.03 per share a year ago to an even larger $0.18 loss per share. However, those figures beat Wall Street's consensus estimates, which called for a $0.26 loss per share on sales near $523 million.
G-III's surging sales rested on the recent acquisition of the Donna Karan brand and the related network of DKNY apparel stores. Management sees this deal as a game-changer in the long run, and it's willing to take some short-term losses on the profit line in order to prepare the Donna Karan assets for the upcoming holiday season.
"We are fortunate to have developed a diverse business, anchored by Calvin Klein and supported by other brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Karl Lagerfeld Paris," said CEO Morris Goldfarb in a prepared statement. "Donna Karan and DKNY, both global power brands, will help us capture additional opportunities."
Looking ahead, G-III raised its full-year guidance on both the top and bottom lines. Adjusted third-quarter earnings should land close to $1.50 per share, roughly flat compared to the year-ago period.
The stock has now bounced back from 52-week lows with a 67% surge, but with shares in the neighborhood of $30, G-III still has a long way to go before investors revisit the all-time highs of more than $70 per share that were set in the summer of 2015.
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