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Re: HLG - Hallenstein Glasson

Postby Share Trader » March 31st, 2009, 9:58 pm

Originally posted by Bongo666 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:43 am

I am a small Hallenstein shareholder. They have done badly of late, but so has every other clothing retailer. I think though that they have responded well to the economic climate by running down inventories and paying down debt.

I am a bit worried about the large dividend staying. It should go



Hi Bongo, I have had a large shareholding in HLG and have done well with it over the years. As you say it is about long term investing and that is my approach to investing as well.

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Re: HLG - Hallenstein Glasson

Postby Bongo666 » April 1st, 2009, 4:08 pm

Hey welcome to Shareinvestor.net.nz Sharetrader, I bought Hallenstein Glasson for its good management but also because of its very generous dividend even though I mentioned below it should be lowered in the present economic climate.

It must be suffering right now. I haven't bought clothes for ages!! :roll:
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Hallenstein Glasson sales/profit update

Postby Bongo666 » August 5th, 2009, 12:52 pm

A trading update today to the market shows a resilience in HLG that the market was unaware of, including my good self. Sales are up, the company is managing this recession well.

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Re: HLG - Hallenstein Glasson Holdings Ltd

Postby Bongo666 » September 10th, 2009, 9:22 am

Briscoe's result has dragged this company's share price up way too high way too fast. $3 is too high given retails probs.
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HLG - Hallenstein Glasson profit guidance

Postby Share Investor » February 1st, 2010, 11:41 am

A good result for Hallenstein but it is compared to a particularly bad 2008 HY:

PROFIT GUIDANCE AND INTERIM DIVIDEND DECLARATION

The Company advises that sales for the key trading months of December and January to date have been + 10.7% on the prior year.
Sales for the first half of the financial year from 2 August 2009 to 24 January 2010 are +6.7% on the prior year.

Chairman of Directors Warren Bell commented “sales results in both New Zealand and Australia have been similar. We have experienced consistent demand from our customers to our offer during this key trading period, and we have been able to protect and grow our margin. Strong trading over this period has ensured our stocks are at very good levels, and we are well positioned to tackle the new winter season.”

Net profit after tax for the full six months ended 1 February 2010 is projected to be in the range $8.1 million to $8.4 million, a 50% increase on the prior year.

A full six month release will be provided to the NZX on March 25th 2010.

Dividend

The directors have declared an interim dividend of 14 cents per share, (prior year 10 cents) payable on 26th March 2010. Entitlement date is 19th March 2010. The interim dividend has been declared early to allow the company to fully utilise imputation credits at 33 cents prior to 31 March 2010. 7 cents of the dividend will have imputation credits at 33 cents, and the balance at 30 cents. In addition a supplementary dividend of 2.4706 cents per share will be paid to shareholders who are non resident for New Zealand tax purposes.
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Re: HLG - Hallenstein Glasson Holdings Ltd

Postby Share Trader » February 2nd, 2010, 7:55 am

I sold my lot yesterday. Hope to get more as they retrace back to a realistic price entry. Nice profit :D
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History of Hallenstein Glasson

Postby Share Investor » June 17th, 2010, 7:39 am

How goldfields supply spawned an empire

By WILLIAM MACE - BusinessDay.co.nz

When the Rev Rutherford Waddell gave a sermon on "the sin of cheapness" in 1888, referring to the sweatshop conditions of Dunedin's factories, Bendix Hallenstein was the only prominent businessman to side with the workers' movement.

Bendix Hallenstein was "a man of ceaselessly fertile mind". As founder of the Hallensteins clothing empire, which at its peak had 72 stores nationwide, you would have to agree with this character summation by the author of the company's history – even after you realise the author is Hallenstein's own great-grandson, Charles Brasch.

But Brasch does not overstate his great-grandfather's attributes in the 1973 book, letting his deeds speak for themselves.

The second chapter, entitled Beginnings, continues: "He was continually thinking up schemes for new enterprises large and small, and ways of raising money to finance them. He was continually buying and selling property; he backed a variety of undertakings by putting money into them, and bought and sold as their agent."

It was a case of a fertile mind ploughing fertile ground when Mr Hallenstein made New Zealand's South Island his home turf.

Born and raised in Germany, he and his two older brothers came to Invercargill in 1863, by way of Daylesford in the Victorian goldfields. But the Hallensteins were not gold-panners; they sought to make their mark in commerce. While his brothers returned to Melbourne and London respectively, he set himself up further inland, with general stores in Queenstown, Arrowtown, Cromwell and Lawrence.

He established a flour mill at Kawarau Falls (the remains of which can still be seen) and grew wheat, oats and fruit on land at Speargrass Flat.

Mr Hallenstein served as mayor of Queenstown between 1869 and 1872, represented The Lakes on the Otago Provincial Council from 1872 to 1875 and was a Member of Parliament from 1872 to 1873.

It was the difficulty in obtaining men's clothing for his stores that persuaded Mr Hallenstein to establish the New Zealand Clothing Factory in Dunedin in 1873. He and his brothers pooled some capital and made the operation a reality, although Bendix's move from Queenstown to oversee the business was disrupted when a runaway horse overturned his carriage and he was left with a badly broken leg.

Stuck in Queenstown, he sent instructions to JF Anderson, his manufacturing manager in Dunedin, setting out his expectations: "[The business] will require three heads. First, one whose sole study and attention will be required for the manufacturing. Second, one who has full charge of the counting-house and can, if necessary, take customers in hand. Third, one who is the principal salesman and traveller and who would perhaps in conjunction with No 1 do the ordering and buying. I feel confident with these three elements, all competent and pulling well together, our business can be made one of the largest and most profitable in New Zealand."

Quite a business plan, although Mr Hallenstein's fortunes were not at all guaranteed from that early stage. He wanted to open retail outlets from the start, but the other two main "heads" dissuaded him, putting all their focus on the manufacturing operation. By mid-1875 Hallenstein had warehouses full of stock and little cash to show for his production.
Mr Hallenstein eventually sold the property to the National Insurance Company for 11,000 on the condition they rent it back at 700 a year. The capital raised enabled him to buy shops of his own and get stock off the factory floor and into the hands of Dunedinites.

His first store opened in the Octagon in 1876, accepting cash only and advertising a single garment at a wholesale price – about 25 per cent on cost. He also opened shops in Christchurch and Timaru later that year, and in Wellington and Oamaru the year after. Through 1878 and 1879 the business opened shops in Auckland, Napier, Ashburton, Wanganui, Invercargill, Nelson, New Plymouth and Thames.

By 1900 there were 34 Hallenstein shops nationwide – only four fewer than exist today.

In 1883, the company's 350 staff moved into a new purpose-built factory in Dunedin. Soon after, Mr Hallenstein seeded an employee fund from which the interest was used to pay for medicine for staff.

When the Rev Rutherford Waddell gave his sermon on "the sin of cheapness" and called for a royal commission, "at a big public meeting", according to the history of Hallensteins, "Bendix Hallenstein supported him, declaring his sympathy with the movement and stating that he and his partners would sooner give up manufacturing than carry it on at the starvation rates being offered by contractors".

On June 5, 1890, a journalist from The Marlborough Express detailed Hallenstein's attitude towards the changing labour standards of the time: "The fact that amid all the turmoil of labour ... the employees of the Clothing Factory have stuck to the firm is in itself an argument that is unanswerable in favour of the Hallenstein administration.

"Mr Hallenstein spoke of the labour problem with deliberation, with hopefulness and with some apprehension. As one whose innate sense of justice enables him to grasp the situation and to prepare cheerfully for a regime to which he has no objection to urge, he regards the agitation at present going on as both irresistible and justifiable ... the experience of one so competent to speak on the subject is valuable testimony."

"Agitation" from workers and The Otago Daily Times, and the co-operation of men like Mr Hallenstein, led to the formation of the Dunedin Tailoresses Union in 1889. Mr Hallenstein also founded the Drapery and General Importing Company in 1884, later known as DIC, which was one of the first Dunedin department stores to dispense with prim and proper Victorian conventions and welcome "middle New Zealand" into its showrooms.

MR HALLENSTEIN'S legacy in New Zealand – and especially in Dunedin – emanated from his egalitarianism through the social and cultural tendencies of his descendants even after his death in 1905. His three daughters were brought up in the Jewish tradition even though his wife Mary, an Englishwoman he met in Australia, remained Anglican.

The daughters learned French, German and Hebrew and travelled to Europe where the eldest daughter Sara met and married Willi Fels. Mr Fels moved to New Zealand where he became a director of both Hallensteins and DIC. He was also a widely travelled collector and donated much of his massive stockpile to the Otago Museum.

Mr Fels' eldest daughter married Henry Brasch. Their son Charles, following his mother's death, was largely brought up in the Fels household. After a short and "uncongenial" employment with Hallensteins, Charles became one of New Zealand's foremost literary figures, founding the literary journal Landfall in 1946. He authored Hallensteins – The First Century just months before his death in 1973.

Another of Bendix Hallenstein's daughters married Isadore de Beer, whose three children Esmond, Mary and Dora fostered a love of literature and the arts. The University of Otago Library received the bulk of Esmond's rare book collection and in association with their cousin Charles they were instrumental in establishing the Frances Hodgkins, Robert Burns and Mozart fellowships at the university.

The family also presented the Dunedin Art Gallery with works such as Zanobi Machiavelli's Madonna and Child in 1982, and 170 others.

Like many pioneers in New Zealand's short history, Bendix Hallenstein's relentlessly industrious attitude, his will to succeed, and his ability to recognise such qualities in others has spawned both commercial and cultural precedents. It is only fitting that 105 years after his death he officially joins New Zealand's business elite.

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HLG - NEWS: Sales & Profit Guidance

Postby Bongo666 » August 10th, 2010, 5:39 pm

HLG - Sales and Profit Guidance for year end 1 August 2010

The directors advise that sales for the 12 months ended 1 August 2010 were $207.140 million, up 4.5% on the prior year ($198.197 million). Group sales for the second half of the year (February to July 2010) were 2.3% ahead of the prior period.

Unaudited profit before tax for the year is projected to be in the range of $28.3 million to $28.8 million, an increase of 55% to 57%. The increase in profit is directly attributable to an improvement in gross margin on sales. This improvement was achieved through a combination of factors, including:
less aggressive discounting;
an improvement in product offering, and
the strengthening NZ dollar.

Despite recent market commentary, the company had continued to make progress in the Australian market, with sales increasing 3.35% (in Australian dollars) over the past 6 months.

A full announcement and commentary will be released to the market late September 2010.
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HLG - NEWS: Profit Downgrade

Postby Share Investor » January 26th, 2011, 11:45 pm

HLG - Earnings Guidance January 2011

Hallenstein Glasson advise that unaudited net profit after tax for the 6 months ended 1 February 2011 is projected to be in the range of $7.0 –$ 7.4 million, a decrease of 13% - 18% on the prior year ($8.549 million).
Group sales for the period are projected at $100.619 million, down 1.6% on the prior year ($102.321 million.)

CEO Stephen Timms commented that while Hallensteins and Storm had performed above the prior year during the key trading months of December and January to date, Glassons had experienced difficult trading in both New Zealand and Australia. Intense competition for market share had been a feature of the women’s fashion market on both sides of the Tasman.

For the period August 2010 to 23rd January 2011 sales were:

Hallensteins +3.5% (same stores +5.0%)
Glassons NZ -5.4% (same stores -7.1%)
Glassons Australia (A$) -9.0% (same stores -9.0%)
Storm +28.5% (same stores +5.2%)


Despite a reduced earnings figure, the company anticipates that the strong balance sheet and liquidity position would enable it to maintain the dividend flow at a rate similar to last year.

A full announcement for the 6 months ended 1 February 2011 will be released to the NZX on Thursday 24th March 2011.
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HLG - NEWS: Trading Update

Postby Share Investor » May 30th, 2011, 1:28 pm

HLG - May trading update

Group sales for the 17 weeks to 29 May 2011 show a decline of -2.4% on the corresponding period last year.
While sales in Australia have continued to show growth on last year, posting a 6.1% increase (in Australian Dollars) the exceptionally mild winter in New Zealand during May has seen turnover fail to match last year. In addition the group still has 7 stores closed in Christchurch due to the earthquake on 22 February.
We are already witnessing aggressive discounting in the specialty fashion sector and we anticipate trading conditions in the remaining two months of the financial year will be difficult. Should the current trend continue the group anticipates margin erosion will be experienced due to an inevitable battle for market share and the need to clear winter stock levels.

Profit after tax for the first half of the 2011 financial year was - 16.5% down on the prior period, and given current conditions it is unlikely that trend will be improved upon for the full year.


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HLG - Trading update and earnings guidance

Postby Share Investor » August 20th, 2012, 2:02 pm

11:02am, 20 Aug 2012 | FORECAST

Trading update and earnings guidance

Revenue
The company advises that group sales for the year ended 1 August 2012 were $215.6 million (last year $205.5 million) an increase of 4.9% over the prior year.
CEO Graeme Popplewell commented “Notwithstanding an exceptionally challenging retail environment all brands have shown positive same store growth and grown market share. Gross margin on sales improved and market anomalies as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes are now behind us.”

Earnings Guidance
Net profit after tax is projected to be in the range $20.4 million to $20.8 million (last year $18.283 million) an increase of approximately 13%. Included in pre tax earnings are insurance proceeds relating to the Christchurch earthquake of $1.9 million (last year $2.97 million.)
Underlying earnings from trading are forecast approximately 20% up on the prior year.
A full earnings release will be issued to the NZX on 26 September 2012.

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Re: HLG - Hallenstein Glasson Holdings Ltd

Postby Share Investor » September 26th, 2012, 3:29 pm

This is a stunner, $1295.00 it has cost me with a 250% return...shame I only bought 1000
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Re: HLG - Hallenstein Glasson Holdings Ltd

Postby Bongo666 » April 8th, 2014, 2:25 pm

got 10000 in november last year...gotta hope they have a multi channel thing going. The customer is aways right and he she could buy from anywhere or any way.
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Re: HLG - Hallenstein Glasson Holdings Ltd

Postby Share Investor » September 16th, 2014, 12:58 pm

Around 5 Per cent of share changing hands today. Usually a few thousand. Someone's got some inside knowledge. I think someone knows something.
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