Lululemon Misses on Profit Due to Increased Costs

Lululemon Founder To Step Down After Commments About The Brand's Customers Bodies
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 10: Amy Steiner (C) leads a yoga class while dressed in Lululemon Athletica yoga clothes at the Green Monkey yoga studio on December 10, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. Lululemon Athletica, Inc. announced today that it is naming Laurent Potdevin as their new chief executive and said founder Chip Wilson will step down as chairman. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photo by Joe Raedle—Getty Images

Lululemon Athletica’s (LULU) quarterly profit narrowly missed analysts’ estimate due to higher costs, a week after its founder Chip Wilson criticized the Canadian yoga-wear retailer’s leadership for failing to keep up with market trends.

Wilson has said the company was losing ground in the lucrative “athleisure market” and called for annual election of the entire board to make directors more accountable for the company’s performance.

Athleisure is a mix of athletic and casual clothing that has grown popular even in formal settings in the United States.

Lululemon, which competes with Nike Inc (NKE) and Under Armour Inc (UA), also reported a slight drop in gross margin to 48.3 percent for the first quarter ended May 1 from 48.6 percent a year earlier.

The company’s net income fell 5 percent to $45.3 million, or 33 cents per share.

Excluding items, the company earned 30 cents per share, missing analysts’ average estimate of 31 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

However, the company slightly raised its 2016 revenue forecast and said it managed to bring its inventory levels under control.

The company said it now expected 2016 revenue of $2.31 billion-$2.35 billion, compared with $2.29 billion-$2.34 billion it forecast in March.

Net revenue for the latest quarter rose about 17 percent to $495.5 million.

The company’s shares were slightly down in premarket trading.

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