COPENHAGEN, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Pandora, the world’s largest jewellery maker by production capacity, on Monday lifted its sales and profit margin outlook for the year, citing a strong performance in the third quarter.
Pandora has benefited as shops reopened this year after lockdown restrictions and has seen its sales top pre-pandemic levels as U.S. shoppers in particular have splashed out as massive government stimulus and vaccinations against COVID-19 fuelled spending on goods and services.
For 2021, the Danish company now expects organic sales growth of 18-20%, up from a previous forecast of 16-18%, and an earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margin of 24-24.5%, up from a previously forecast 23-24%.
“COVID-19 and the unusually high level of U.S. growth continue to create increased uncertainty around the guidance,” it added.
Pandora, best known for its silver charm bracelets, said third-quarter sales came in at 4.73 billion Danish crowns ($734.92 million), beating the 4.67 billion expected by analysts in a poll compiled by the company.
It reported quarterly EBIT of 957 million crowns, which was above the 917 million expected by analysts, and resulted in an EBIT margin of 20.2%.
“Revenue growth and the EBIT margin were lifted by continued strong U.S. performance and a sequential improvement in Europe as COVID-19 restrictions were eased,” Pandora said.
The firm will report full third-quarter earnings on Nov. 3.
(Reporting by Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Jan Harvey and Susan Fenton)