Anta Sports Products sales, profit surge

Anta Sports Products is planning more than 1000 new stores this year after revealing another record profit.

The Hong Kong-listed Chinese sports apparel and footwear manufacturer operates more than 11,600 stores in Greater China and beyond under its own Anta brand, and banners like Fila and Descente, for which it owns regional rights.

In September last year it led a takeover bid for Amer Sports, which owns Salomon, Wilson, Arc’teryx, Suunto, Peak Performance and Precor, among other brands – a deal likely to be completed as early as next month.

This year’s net profit was the fourth consecutive annual record and reflects growing popularity of sport and fitness in Mainland China and a strengthening of its online offer.

The company’s profit jumped 32.9 per cent to RMB 4.103 billion ($613.13 million) last year on sales up 44.4 per cent to RMB 24.10 billion (US$3.597 billion).

In a stock exchange filing, Anta said it was “cautiously optimistic” about the prospects of the business in China in the coming year, despite reduced business confidence across the region. It plans to open more than 1000 Anta-branded stores on the mainland this year along with up to 250 Fila, Fila Kids and Fila Fusion stores on the mainland and in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.

Anta-branded products saw a mid-teens increase in retail sales in the latest quarter compared to the same period last year, however sales in stores bearing other banners rose between 85 and 90 per cent.

Anta Sports, was founded in 1991 as a manufacturing supplier to the footwear industry. Since then it has grown to become China’s largest domestic sportswear brand, and industry analysts estimate it is the world’s third largest by market capitalisation after Nike and Adidas.

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