Designer Manufacturers -7% after stinging downgrade from Susquehanna (NYSE:DBI)


It’s a tough begin to the week for Designer Manufacturers (DBI -6.7%) because it falls after Susquehanna lowers its ranking to Adverse from Impartial.

“DBI faces important challenges popping out of the disaster and we don’t count on a restoration to pre-crisis ranges for the foreseeable future and we expect draw back danger has elevated,” warns analyst Sam Poser.

“Covid-19 has accelerated what has been a structural shift in shopper tastes and demand for extra athletic and athletic life-style product. Promoting athletic product just isn’t DBI’s core competency. Administration acknowledges the necessity to pivot its assortment extra towards athletic and away from gown, with plans to have athletic to embody 40-50% of fall assortment. Nevertheless, that leaves 50%-60% in struggling classes reminiscent of style and gown,” he provides.

DBI’s gross margin is seen being pressured greater than anticipated within the second half of the yr, primarily from de-leverage in BD&O and elevated delivery expense because of the shift to e-commerce.

“We imagine growing the athletic class a lot additional could also be at odds with the DSW model, which, once more, is acknowledged as a retail vacation spot for designer model footwear (i.e. gown), not sneakers (i.e. athletic).”

The worth goal on DBI is dropped by Susquehanna to $4.30 to mirror decrease earnings estimates.