Adidas Profit Outlook Dims on War in Ukraine, China Lockdowns

Earnings, sales to be in lower end of forecasted ranges

ADIDAS SE cut its profitability targets for this year and forecast a plunge in revenue from China due to lockdowns.

The company said Friday supply bottlenecks in Vietnam have reduced the availability of products, eroding sales.

A fifth of the shoemaker’s business is underperforming amid whirlwind of geopolitical challenges. First-quarter revenue to greater China fell 35%, and the company has been starting to increase prices as higher costs for transport, shoes and garments erodes profitability. 

Foreign brands are struggling to hang onto China as a major growth driver after almost a year of consumer boycotts and preferential treatment for homegrown companies. Adidas replaced the head of its Chinese operations last month, promoting an executive who has been managing a local brand there.

Adidas lowered its gross margin target this year to 50.7%. Previously it aimed for 51.5% to 52%. The company also cut its operating margin forecast.

Sales growth and profit will be at the lower end of its forecasts, the company also said. Adidas has been predicting revenue to increase 11% to 13% this year on a currency-neutral basis and adjusted net income of 1.8 billion euros to 1.9 billion euros.

Revenue fell 3% on a currency-neutral basis in the first quarter. Adidas said it missed out on 400 million euros ($421 million) of sales because lockdowns in Vietnam last year made it impossible for factories to produce enough.

Adidas has said the war in Ukraine is putting as much as 250 million euros of revenue at risk. That’s half of its business from Russia and the CIS region, and represents about 1 percentage point of growth in total sales.