Before the market opened on Nov. 28, jeweler Tiffany & Co (TIF) posted a 4% rise in worldwide net sales of $1.01 billion, helped by a 2% improvement in comparable sales for the third quarter. The topline narrowly missed market estimate of $1.05 billion.
Net earnings for the period fell 5% to $95 million or $0.77 per diluted share, beating the $0.76 per share estimate.
In the Americas, total net sales inched 5% up to $442 million, while Asia-Pacific net sales rose 4% to $294 million.
At Oct. 31, Tiffany operated 321 stores — 124 in the Americas, 89 in Asia-Pacific, 55 in Japan, 48 in Europe, and five in the UAE — vs. 315 stores a year ago.
Over the years, Tiffany stock has handsomely paid its investors. The stock soared 24% immediately following the market-beating first-quarter results in May. However, since then, a bear market in the luxury industry pulled down the stock. Yet, the stock managed to outperform the S&P 500 index with a 17% growth this year. SPX index recorded only an 8% gain during the same period.
Last year, Tiffany had announced a slew of management changes including the appointment of Alessandro Bogliolo as its CEO; posting of Reed Krakoff to the newly-created role of Chief Artistic Officer; naming of Roger Farah as the Chairman of the board; as well as the appointment of three new independent directors.
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