Giant’s first-half revenue dips as uncertainty roils global market

By Lynette Carpiet

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Continued turmoil in the global bicycle market has pummeled Giant Manufacturing’s first-half financial results, with the world’s leading maker of bicycles posting a 3.7 percent drop in revenue compared with a year earlier

Giant also forecasted continued uncertainty in the marketplace as the industry heads toward the end of the year.

For Giant, the numbers are mixed. Basic earnings per share, or EPS, in the first half of the year totaled NT$4.52 (15 cents), off substantially from Giant’s average EPS of NT$9.63 during 2015.

However, Giant’s stock price has rebounded from a low of NT$176 in early April to about NT$224 ($7.21 per share) in August — a 27.2 percent increase.

Giant reported its results for the first half in a press release issued Wednesday. Overall, group revenue fell to NT$29.1 billion ($936.1 million), compared with first half revenue last year of NT$30.2 billion — a 3.7 percent decline.

After-tax income also fell 5 percent in the first half to NT$1.69 billion ($54.4 million).

As for Giant’s in-house brands, sales in China remain a drag on the company’s revenue with sales down 20 percent in the first half. But Giant said that in the long run the company remains …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News