GREENVILLE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSE American: DLA), a leading provider of core activewear and lifestyle apparel products, today announced strong sales results for the month of July.
Delta Apparel’s net sales in July grew over 10% compared to the prior year period, with growth in each of its business units. The Delta Group and Salt Life segments reported year-over-year growth of 9% and 23%, respectively, in July.
Robert W. Humphreys, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The start to our fourth quarter has exceeded our expectations with July double-digit net sales growth. This marked our fourth consecutive month of sequential sales improvement for both the Delta Group and Salt Life Group segments. We are particularly pleased to see a return to growth across all business units, with notable strength in our DTG2Go digital print business achieving an over 50% sales increase year over year. Sales of Delta Catalog products grew double digits, propelled by strength in the retail licensing channel and improving dynamics in other sales channels. The Soffe business delivered solid growth during July. Consumers continued to seek Soffe products across multiple distribution channels, including the Soffe consumer website which enjoyed 115% growth over the prior year. The momentum in our Salt Life business continued in July with approximately 60% growth in our key direct-to-consumer e-commerce and retail channels, in addition to double-digit growth in the wholesale channel.”
The Company serviced customer demand during the June quarter and through July primarily with its on-hand inventory position in the United States. By the end of June, all manufacturing facilities were operating and producing inventory to meet current market demand. While the ramp-up of production has exceeded the Company’s expectations, the near term growth momentum, particularly for Delta Catalog products, may be somewhat hampered until inventory can be fully replenished.
Mr. Humphreys continued, “Our strong July performance further strengthens our commitment to return to fourth quarter profitability, on both a reported and adjusted basis. Our teams are working hard to satisfy the broad-based demand we are seeing in the market, and we look forward to updating you with our progress and other business initiatives as the quarter progresses.”
About Delta Apparel, Inc.
Delta Apparel, Inc., along with its operating subsidiaries, DTG2Go, LLC, Salt Life, LLC, and M.J. Soffe, LLC, is a vertically-integrated, international apparel company that designs, manufactures, sources, and markets a diverse portfolio of core activewear and lifestyle apparel products under the primary brands of Salt Life®, COAST®, Soffe®, and Delta. The Company is a market leader in the direct-to-garment digital print and fulfillment industry, bringing DTG2Go technology and innovation to the supply chain of its customers. The Company specializes in selling casual and athletic products through a variety of distribution channels and tiers, including outdoor and sporting goods retailers, independent and specialty stores, better department stores and mid-tier retailers, mass merchants and e-retailers, the U.S. military, and through its business-to-business e-commerce sites. The Company’s products are also made available direct-to-consumer on its websites at www.saltlife.com, www.coastapparel.com, www.soffe.com and www.deltaapparel.com as well as through its branded retail stores. The Company’s operations are located throughout the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, and it employs approximately 8,700 people worldwide. Additional information about the Company is available at www.deltaapparelinc.com.
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