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PETALING JAYA: MR DIY Group (M) Bhd, which posted a record-high quarterly revenue of RM1.05bil in the April-June 2022 period, hinted that the operating environment may get tougher moving forward.
Amid the expected impact of inflation and rising interest rates on disposable incomes, the group said it remained “cautiously optimistic” on its prospects.
Nevertheless, the largest home-improvement retailer in Malaysia is not hitting the brakes in expanding the number of its stores across all three brands nationwide.
MR DIY said it planned to open 87 more new stores in the second half of this year.
The group had opened 93 new stores in the first six months of 2022, bringing the total number of stores to 993 as at end-June 2022.
In the second quarter ended June 30, MR DIY’s net profit surged 64.59% year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM135.19mil.,
This was achieved on the back of a stronger revenue, which jumped 38.02% y-o-y to RM1.05bil.
“This (higher revenue) was mainly attributed to an increase in total transactions which grew 35% y-o-y to 36.1 million, as well as contributions from new stores, which increased 20.1% y-o-y from 827 to 993.
“The higher revenue is also consistent with the nation entering into the endemic phase from April 1, which led to the opening of more economic sectors, the gradual normalisation of consumer spending and the higher spending levels due to the festive season.
From (left) MR DIY Group retail management area manager Mohamad Nurdin, marketing head Alex Goh, business development vice-president Leo Gan, chief executive officer Adrian Ong, retail management vice-president Eric Lau, retail management regional manager Jannice Tan and Suraidah retail manager branch manager Suraidah Ebdei at the launch of MR DIY Plus at Mid Valley Megamall.
“The y-o-y increase also takes into account the temporary closure of some stores during the corresponding quarter last year,” the group told the stock exchange in a filing yesterday.
MR DIY’s gross profit margin for the second quarter was 0.5 percentage points lower y-o-y at 41%.
This was mainly due to the impact of freight costs as well as higher input costs.