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Why Under Armour Stock Is Tumbling Again Today

By Rich Duprey – Updated May 13, 2020 at 11:47AM

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The athletic apparel maker's earnings report continues to weigh on its shares.

What happened

Shares of athletic apparel maker Under Armour (UA -2.54%) (UAA -2.41%) were down 6% in midday trading Wednesday, continuing their slide after a disappointing earnings report Monday.

So what

Under Armour was struggling before the coronavirus pandemic struck, but the forced closure of retail stores hit it hard. Unlike many other businesses, it wasn't able to effectively pivot to a direct-to-consumer (DTC) model, causing sales to tank further than they otherwise might.

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Now what

There doesn't seem to be much hope of a quick turnaround for Under Armour, even if retailers are allowed to reopen, as is occurring in a number of states.

CEO Patrik Frisk told analysts on the earnings conference call that since mid-March, when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, "about 80% of our global business has been at a standstill."

While that's not a surprise for its physical retail presence, what is surprising is Under Armour's inability to capitalize on its e-commerce channel, which it once described as one of its "largest long-term growth opportunities." DTC revenue tumbled 14% in the first quarter.

It also risks damaging its reputation with athletes. CFO Dave Bergman said Under Armour was renegotiating its contracts with them and in a number of cases, "we've been able to get some extended payment terms."

The company is looking toward the back half of 2020, and maybe into 2021, before it sees business normalizing. Investors aren't waiting around that long, and its stock is down almost 12% this week.

Rich Duprey has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Under Armour (A Shares) and Under Armour (C Shares). The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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