Warehouse shares halted pending company announcement

In March, Warehouse posted a 76% drop in first-half profit to $13.6 million after taking an impairment charge against its financial services unit.

Warehouse Group, known for its flagship 'red shed' discount department stores, had its shares halted on the New Zealand stock exchange pending an announcement by the company.

The Auckland-based retailer offered no further details in its statement released before the exchange opened for trading this morning.

Under the leadership of former chief executive Mark Powell, the Warehouse expanded its business beyond the general merchandise 'red sheds' and stationery 'blue sheds' to include the Noel Leeming appliance and technology chain, the Torpedo7 sports chain and a financial services unit. Under new chief executive Nick Grayston who took over in December 2015, Warehouse has focused on cutting costs by amalgamating its retail divisions, bundling its 'red sheds' with the stationery division, and joining Torpedo7 with the Noel Leeming business.

In March, Warehouse posted a 76 percent drop in first-half profit to $13.6 million after taking an impairment charge against its financial services unit, recognising restructuring costs and earning less from the 'red shed' stores. At the time, it said weak trading had continued into the second half of the year and as a result, full-year adjusted profit was forecast to be $54 million to $58 million, a drop of as much as 15 percent from a year earlier.

Warehouse shares last traded at $2.23 and have shed 15 percent over the past year.

(BusinessDesk)

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