Charles & Colvard sales drop 32%

May 17, 2023

Charles & Colvard Ltd reported financial results for the third quarter ended March 31, 2023 (3Q Fiscal 2023). In the row, Don O’Connell, President and CEO of Charles & Colvard said, “We remain focused on capitalizing on the changing behaviors and dynamics in the fine jewelry market, and we continued to make strategic investments in our direct-to-consumer web properties and video streaming and broadcast capabilities during the third fiscal quarter.”

“While the results of our third quarter largely reflect a continuation of the movement of the last few quarters against the current challenging macroeconomic backdrop,  we believe that we continue to make meaningful progress on our underlying key strategic initiatives, including the diversification of our product offerings, expansion of our branded direct-to-consumer footprint with a focus on finished fine jewelry products, and diligent management of the business, in order to drive long-term value when consumer confidence resumes,” O’Connell concluded.

According to the Financial Summary for Third Quarter Fiscal 2023, key takeaways said, net sales of $6.6 million for the quarter, a decrease of 32% from $9.8 million in the year-ago quarter. In the Online Channels segment, which consists of e-commerce outlets including, their websites and third-party online marketplaces drop-ship retail and other pure-play, exclusively e-commerce outlets, net sales of $4.6 million, a decrease of 27% from the year-ago quarter, representing 70% of total net sales for the quarter, compared to $6.4 million, or 65% of total net sales in the year-ago quarter.

In the Traditional segment, which consists of wholesale and retail customers, net sales of $2.0 million, a decrease of 40% from the year-ago quarter, representing 30% of total net sales for the quarter, compared to $3.4 million, or 35% of total net sales, in the year-ago quarter. Finished jewelry net sales of $5.3 million, a decrease of 28% for the quarter, compared to $7.4 million in the year-ago quarter.

Loose jewel net sales decreased 43% to $1.3 million for the quarter, compared to $2.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Operating expenses increased 7% to $4.3 million for the quarter, compared to $4.0 million in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to increased investment in marketing strategies.

Income tax expense increased to $6.3 million for the quarter, compared to an income tax expense of $78,000 in the year-ago quarter, driven by the establishment of a deferred tax asset valuation allowance on the Company’s deferred tax assets.

Net loss was $8.4 million, or $0.28 loss per diluted share for the quarter, compared to net income of $0.3 million, or $0.01 earnings per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 30.3 million for the quarter, compared to 31.3 million in the year-ago quarter, partially driven by the impact of the effect of the Company’s share repurchase program.

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