Shares of Under Armour ( UAA) were sinking over 4% during afternoon trading on Thursday following a cautionary note from Susquehanna.
Susquehanna analyst Sam Poser argues that while sales of the company's recently released Curry 4 basketball shoes have been good, they are "not good enough."
Poser contends that "incremental sales" at Kohl's ( KSS) , DSW ( DSW) and Famous Footwear are not robust enough to offset the lost sales from the likes of Sports Authority, as larger retailers like Dick's ( DKS) plan down Under Armour products because of poor product segmentation.
"SportScanInfo (SSI) data indicates that ~34% of the UAA apparel styles carried in the moderate channel made up ~84% of the sales mid-March through May," he noted. "We recognize the aforementioned ratio is not unusual. However, the 34% of the styles that make up 84% of the business are carried in the athletic channel (Not Segmented)."
Retailers will begin to planning down their Under Armour business because they "do not want to get caught in a promotional free-for-all which is likely to occur when retailers such as Kohl's start discounting," he added.
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