German sportswear giant Puma said Thursday restructuring charges pushed it into the red in the fourth quarter of 2012 and weighed on earnings for the year as a whole.
In addition, the restructuring programme would also negatively affect Puma's performance this year, the company said in a statement.
Puma said that one-off costs of 98.2 million euros ($132 million) in the fourth quarter pushed its bottom-line into a loss of 42.6 million euros in the period from October to December, compared with a profit of 33.1 million euros a year earlier.
In addition to restructuring costs, Puma also had to buy back its trademark rights in Spain from Spanish distributor Estudio 2000.
Taking the year as a whole, the one-off items amounted to 177.5 million euros, which knocked full-year net profit down by 69.5 percent to 70.2 million euros, despite a rise in sales, Puma said.
Fourth-quarter sales rose by 11.7 percent to 804.7 million euros and full-year sales were up 8.7 percent at 3.271 billion euros.
"Despite a continuously challenging market environment, particularly in Europe, Puma delivered a strong sales performance in the fourth quarter, enabling us to meet our sales projections for the full year of 2012," said chief executive, Franz Koch.
Puma said it will pay a reduced dividend of 0.50 euros per share for 2012 from 2.00 euros for 2011.
Looking ahead to the current year, Puma said it expected sales to "remain at a level consistent with that of 2012."
Nevertheless, the restructuring measures would begin to make themselves felt and the group said it envisaged higher earnings both at an underlying and after-tax level.
"Management envisages an increase in EBIT (earnings before interest and tax and special items) in the low- to mid-single digits while net earnings should improve significantly," it said.