Movado Group Inc. (NYSE: MOV) shares gained 8.5% to $14.93 after the watch manufacturer reported second-quarter profit that topped Wall Street’s expectations. Share volume for the company totaled more than 142,000, nosing out its all-day average of 121,000 shares before noon ET Thursday.
A news release dated Sept. 1, noted that the company, based out of Paramus, N.J., announced net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 32.6% to $113.2 million, compared to $85.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011, driven by growth in every brand category. On a constant dollar basis, net sales increased 25.5% compared to the prior year period.
Gross profit in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was $60.9 million, or 53.8% of sales, compared to $44.4 million, or 52.0% of sales, in the second quarter last year. The increase in gross margin percentage is primarily the result of leverage gained on certain fixed costs as well as a favorable shift in channel and product mix.
The same release quoted Movado CEO Efraim Grinberg as saying, “We are very pleased with our second quarter and year-to-date performance. Our strategic initiatives coupled with solid execution have continued to benefit our results as we recorded another period of double-digit sales growth while also increasing our profitability.
Grinberg continued, “While we experienced broad-based sales growth across all of our brand categories, our results continue to be driven by particularly strong performances in Movado and licensed brands both domestically and internationally.”
Movado Group, Inc. designs, sources, and distributes MOVADO®, EBEL®, CONCORD®, ESQ® by Movado, COACH®, TOMMY HILFIGER®, HUGO BOSS®, JUICY COUTURE® and LACOSTE® watches worldwide, and operates Movado company stores in the United States.