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Israeli Suit maker Bagir Falls Short As Orders Cancelled

A major customer, probably Marks & Spencer, has reduced purchases.

The share price of suit maker for store labels Bagir Group Ltd. (AIM:BAGR) plunged, after the company published a profit warning today, just five weeks after its IPO.

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In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, Bagir said, “The company has experienced an unexpected reduction in the volume of purchase orders and a reduction in margins on retained revenue from its largest customer predominantly for the fourth quarter of the year. The company also notes that there can now be no certainty that the customer’s previous order patterns with the company will be sustained.

“Following these reductions in purchase orders, the company now expects revenue for the year ending 31 December 2014 to be approximately $100-104 million and EBITDA to be approximately $4-6 million. Accordingly, the company has commenced the process of obtaining a waiver from its debt providers regarding its banking covenants.”

At the time of the IPO, Bagir said that British retailer Marks & Spencer was its biggest customer.

Bagir’s share price fell 65.3% to £0.22. It held its IPO at £0.56 at a company value of £28.1 million ($47 million).

Bagir added, “In light of the above, the company intends to adjust its operating structure and costing model as appropriate to help ensure the efficient allocation of the company’s resources and to look to achieve material cost reductions. Furthermore, the company is pursuing additional business with existing customers while continuing to source new business which may compensate for part of the loss of revenue, but at this stage the outcome of these actions cannot be certain.”

Bagir CEO Danny Taragan said, “Clearly the reduction in purchase orders and the reduction in margins on revenue is a major disappointment, however the company plans to take the necessary actions to help mitigate these issues.”

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – 





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