Posts Tagged ‘QVC second-quarter earnings’

QVC’s Second-Quarter Sales Dip 4 Percent

August 10, 2017

Like HSN, which it will soon own, QVC had a tough second quarter.

QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive Corp., this week reported that the No. 1 home shopping network saw its second-quarter revenue drop 4 percent, to $1.37 billion, year over year.

QVC “experienced year-over-year revenue declines in all categories except home,” Liberty reported. As for the 4 percent drop, it was “inclusive of an estimated 1 percent negative impact from system outage in second quarter that resulted in shipment backlog into third quarter.” That was news to us.

QVC’s operating income, a key measure, dipped 5 percent, to $225 million.

“Operating income margin and adjusted OIBDA margin performance primarily reflect lower bad debt, higher product margins and higher credit card income, partially offset by higher bonus expense, warehouse costs and depreciation,” according to Liberty.

Similarly, HSN recently suffered a 4 percent drop in its second-quarter sales, to $532.2 million.

The numbers we just provided are for domestic QVC alone, not for the stable of home shopping channels that it has across the globe.

“QVC had a solid Q2, with revenue performance similar to Q1 and improved adjusted OIBDA margins,” Liberty Interactive President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a canned statement. “We were thrilled to announce the acquisition of HSNi, which will enhance QVC’s position as the leading global video eCommerce retailer.”

QVC honcho Mike George crowed about the performance of the international networks, but not the U.S. one.

“We were pleased to generate strong margin expansion in the second quarter due to our focus on cost controls and avoidance of excessive promotional activity,” George said in his canned statement.

“We are executing on a number of strategies that we expect to restore healthy growth, with a particular focus on greater diversity and newness in our assortments. We were delighted with the strong performance of our International segment, which was led by QVC Japan. We look forward to welcoming the HSNi team to the QVC family with the completion of the acquisition in the fourth quarter, which we believe will be accretive to all of our stakeholders.”


Which QVC Brand Tanked In 2Q? Mean Maffei

August 7, 2016

The transcript of QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive Corp., second-quarter call with Wall Street analysts wasn’t as juicy or illuminating as HSN’s.

But we pulled a few quotes from QVC CEO Mike George from it. They come from a transcript provided by Seeking Alpha.

Maddeningly, George talks about a big drop-off in one of QVC’s brands, but does not identify which one it was as far as we can tell.

Our favorite line from George was, “Let’s not make such knee-jerk decisions that we start to really pollute the business.”

And by the way, QVC will be offering Easy-Pay less often.

“We experienced strong growth in fashion, particularly in our proprietary brands such as LOGO, Isaac Mizrahi, Susan Graver and Denim & Company. Our household and garden categories also performed strongly with impressive results from home security and fitness.”

“In home decor, we saw strong performance from Northern Nights bedding and Select Comfort and Serta mattresses. These gains were partially offset by continued under performance in jewelry and consumer electronics and softening results in kitchen cook.”

“In jewelry, we were pleased with the launch of Stella & Dot and we began to build the My Saint My Hero brand with the very successful June TSV. And while sales results for the quarter were solid, our trajectory weakened late in the quarter.”

“And while harder to quantify, it appears that all of the distractions this summer from world events and the U.S. election season are also having some impact and we anticipate additional sales pressure from the Olympics starting today.”

“Finally, one of our largest brands faced a significant drop-off in sales at QVC and other outlets, which did materially impact our overall results. Now this particular issue is brand specific and not reflective of our overall consumer health.”

“While Easy-Pay remains a key component of our model, we are proceeding with this more measured approach until we see healthier customer behavior.”

“For Q3, we are excited about the launch of Belle by Kim Gravel, Hot in Hollywood denim, Naot footwear and Mario Buccellati in jewelry, among many others.”

We noticed that Liberty Interactive Greg Maffei got a little testy with Tom Forte, an analyst with Maxim, when he tried to ask more than one question.

“No. You get to ask two questions, that’s it,” Maffei scolded.

Really Greg?

Forte must have written a negative report on Liberty somewhere along the line.