From loss to profit for Parkson Retail Asia
Department store Parkson Retail Asia has managed a turnaround with profit before tax (PBT) of S$35 million (US$25.8 million) for the year ended June 30, compared to a pre-tax loss of $40.6 million the previous year.
Profit was boosted by gain from a partial disposal of equity interest in Parkson Hanoi (PHCL) of $45.6 million. A subsidiary of the group, PHCL is now an associate company.
On a same-store basis, PBT for the year fell by 46.9 per cent year-on-year to $17.4 million.
For Malaysia, PBT declined by 28.9 per cent through negative same-store sales of -6.5 per cent and weak local currency; Vietnam had a pre-tax loss of $0.5 million with -2.9 per cent same-store sales; there was a pre-tax loss of $3.2 million in Indonesia; while Myanmar’s results were affected by uncertainty arising from redevelopment plans for the FMI Centre where the store is located.
For the group’s fourth quarter, same-store sales grew 21.5 per cent in Malaysia, attributed to early festive buying arising from a shift in the Hari Raya calendar as well as the same quarter last year being hit by low sales following the introduction of the Goods & Services Tax.
New concepts have been initiated, such as introducing Korean apparel, affordable private labels, and specialty shoe stores.
“We have been consolidating our department store space by identifying non-performing stores with the view to closure upon tenancy expiry,” says Parkson.
In Myanmar, the group had a 25 per cent decline in same-store sales, affected by plans to close the FMI Centre, while Vietnam had a 4.1 per cent decline for the quarter, with the discretionary retail environment difficult amid an increasingly crowded retail scene.
Indonesia was more positive with 7.3 per cent growth in same-store sales, mainly because of early festive buying as a result of a shift in the Lebaran calendar.
Overall, gross sales proceeds (GSP) and revenue for the quarter grew by 9.8 per cent and 10.9 per cent respectively to $232.1 million and $93.9 million. However, GSP and revenue declined by 10.2 and 9.4 per cent respectively to $967.7 million and $388.4 million.
The group’s pre-tax loss for the quarter was $13.4 million. Contributing factors included impairment on fixed assets for two loss-making stores of $5.4 million, impairment on prepaid rental and rental deposit of $3.3 million, provision on deposit for a managed store in Ho Chi Minh City of $2.2 million, and the initial loss-making periods associated with new stores and businesses.