Wilcon targets P600-M target in quarterly earnings

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Leading home improvement retailer Wilcon Depot Inc. expects to regain pre-pandemic revenue this full year due to additional sales brought by the newly opened stores.

Excluding the impact of the new stores, Wilcon may not be able to return to pre-pandemic business volume until next year, Vice President of Investor Relations May Jean Alge said on Monday at a press briefing after the shareholders’ meeting of the company.

Wilcon, which increased its net profit 84% year-on-year to 604 million pesos in the first quarter, aims to maintain quarterly net income of 600 million pesos in the coming quarters. Alge stressed, however, that this was “a target, not a guideline”.

Affected by blockages

If the first quarter results were to be annualized, Wilcon would be able to achieve an annual net profit of approximately 2.4 billion pesos against the 2.14 billion pesos net profit achieved in 2019, or before the start of the health crisis. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, Wilcon’s net profit declined to 1.45 billion pesos in 2020.

This year, Alge said Wilcon was still a bit behind in same-store sales compared to 2019 as larger and more mature stores in Metro Metro Manila were affected by the new lockdown measures. that the government had to impose in early March to curb the resurgence. cases of COVID-19.

“Fortunately, this year we were not asked to close our stores. We remained operational, but foot traffic subsequently declined due to the outbreak (COVID-19) and the restrictions that resulted from it. We have gradually increased the pace of pedestrian traffic and hope that it will continue until the end of the year, ”said Alge.

Savings

Wilcon’s net sales in the first quarter of 2021 increased 19.4% year-on-year to 6.68 billion pesos with same-store sales growth of 9.8%.

On the other hand, full-year net sales in 2019 amounted to 24.8 billion pesos.

Wilcon COO Rosemarie Ong said the net profit of 600 million pesos for the first quarter of 2021 was achieved mainly through savings from operational efficiency. Alge added that the corporate tax reduction allowed by the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE) also boosted bottom lines.

Wilcon expects to spend a total of 3.5 billion pesos on capital spending for the year as a whole, of which 2.9 billion pesos have yet to be disbursed.

The group also plans to finish this year with a total of 72 stores compared to 63 at the end of 2020.

“I hope we can accelerate our store expansion to 100 stores by 2025,” Ong said. —DORIS DUMLAO-ABADILLA

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