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Clicks sees earnings rise on resilient markets

Apr 21 2016 10:52
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Johannesburg - Clicks [JSE:CLS] forecast higher earnings this year, citing expectations that demand for its products will remain resilient despite a weakening outlook for consumer spending.

Diluted earnings per share, excluding one-time items, will rise 10% to 15% in the year through August, the Cape Town-based company said in a statement on Thursday. That compares with a 14% earnings increase reported in 2015.

Profit by the same measure gained 15% to R2.04 in the six months through February, while revenue increased 13% to R12.7bn.

Retailers are facing headwinds including weak domestic consumer confidence, rising interest rates and a depreciated rand, which remains 15% weaker relative to the dollar compared with a year ago.

The Reserve Bank forecasts economic growth of 0.8% for South Africa this year, which would be the slowest pace since the 2009 recession.

“The core health and beauty markets in which the group trades are relatively resilient to economic downturns,” the company said. “Clicks also has considerable scope to expand its store and pharmacy footprint in South Africa.”

Clicks expects selling price inflation of 4% to 5% in the financial year, with an “increasingly challenging” consumer spending environment in the six months through August. The company forecast a record R455m of capital expenditure for the financial year.

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