REFILE-UPDATE 1-B&O posts Q4 loss, sees tough year ahead
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* Q4 pretax loss 45 mln DKK vs avg 43 mln loss seen in Reuters poll
* Sees significantly improved margins in new financial year
* Shares fall 2.6 percent in early trading
COPENHAGEN, 16 Aug (Reuters) - Danish luxury electronics maker Bang & Olufsen reported a fourth-quarter pretax loss due to one-off costs and falling sales and predicted a difficult year ahead.
Bang & Olufsen, which issued two profit warnings during the 2012/13 financial year, predicted its operating margin will rise from a loss to the break-even level in the year ahead as it restructured, terminating a number of older products.
"Continued challenging market conditions in Europe are likely to have a negative impact on consumer confidence and continue to create headwind for the overall AV market in the 2013/14 financial year," the group said on Friday.
For the full year, the company posted a net loss of 160 million Danish crowns ($28.43 million), its third annual net loss in the past five years.
It reported a pretax loss of 45 million Danish crowns ($8 million) in the fourth quarter against a 77 million crowns profit a year earlier and compared with an average 43 million loss forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts..
For the financial year ahead, which runs from June to May, B&O expects revenue "moderately above the level of the 2012/13 financial year". The group sees a "significant improvement" in the operating margin from a loss to near the break-even level due to lower capacity costs.
Revenue for the financial year 2012/13 amounted to 2.81 billion crowns just within B&O's guidance range of between 2.80 billion and 2.90 billion crowns given in March.
The full-year operating loss landed at 188 million crowns against a guidance of a loss of between 150 million and 200 million crowns.
The group kept its long-term ambition of reaching revenue of 8 billion to 10 billion Danish crowns, a goal that many analysts doubt will be fulfilled. ($1 = 5.6274 Danish crowns) (Reporting by Teis Jensen, Editing by Thomas Atkins)
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