Esprit Holdings expects profit to more than double

Fashion group Esprit Holdings expects to more than double its net profit for its financial year to the end of June, it has announced in a profit estimate for The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

In a preliminary review of its unaudited consolidated management accounts, the company expects a net profit in the range of about HK$50 million (US$6 million) to $80 million, compared to the previous year’s $21 million.

Company secretary Florence Ng Wai Yin says the overall development is attributable to two main factors:

(i) an improvement of the financial performance of the group’s underlying business (excluding exceptional items), estimated to be about $370 million to $400 million; and

(ii) less favourable taxation credit, which has been reduced to roughly between $156 million to $186 million compared to last year’s $606 million.

The company expects to release its final results announcement next month.

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