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Step One plunges 30% on trading update: Investors buy the dip

Wed 22 Dec 21, 2:45pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Forecast FY22 sales growth remains well on track, above prospectus forecasts
  • Logistics issues have now been cleared
  • New launches and campaigns now delayed

Step One Clothing (ASX: STP) nosedived almost -40% to $1.46 as the market opened amid a potential GST credit overclaim and logistics issues. 

Step One, a direct-to-consumer pure online retailer for men’s underwear, made its ASX debut in November at an offer price of $1.53. The company’s stock closed at $2.70 on its first day of listing. 

GST Credit overclaim 

Step One flagged a potential overclaim of GST credits relating to one of its foreign suppliers. 

The company anticipates the overclaim to take a $0.1m hit on FY20 after tax earnings, $0.9m on FY21 and $1.1m on FY22. 

To add some perspective, Step One achieved $2.29m net profit in FY20, $7.7m in FY21 and forecasts $10.5m in FY22. 

It is understood that the adjustments will be reflected as ‘higher advertising costs’. 

Logistics weigh on Christmas earnings 

Step One encountered logistics challenges in both the UK and Australia during the Black Friday trading period, increasing customer delivery times and reducing media spend effectiveness. 

The backlog has now been cleared, however, the company has withheld several pre-Christmas campaigns and new launches, including the release of a women’s range. 

The company expects first-half revenue of approximately $36-$39m, a 12% increase on the previous period. 

Despite the sharp selloff, Step One said it expects sales revenue to grow 21-25% in FY22, well above prospectus forecasts of 19.9%.

Investors buy the dip

Step One shares plunged -37.9% to $1.46 within the first few minutes of trade. 

By noon, the losses recovered to -28.9% or $1.67. 

From an intraday perspective, the share price bounced 14.4% off lows, on the back of massive volume with 5.4m shares trading hands compared to a 20-day average of around 640,000. 

Step One has a short but sweet track record of growth, achieving compound annual revenue growth from FY19 to FY21 of over 183%. 

Australia currently represents approximately 66% of total customers by revenue with the UK growing strongly since its launch in 2020.

Growth drivers in FY22 include a full launch in the US and primary testing in other 'high potential markets'.

Written By

Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University and was Vice President of the University Network for Investing and Trading (UNIT). He is an avid swing trader, and drawn to breakouts and technical set ups. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a huge UFC fan, loves poker and bouldering.

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