Stock Spotlight: Birkenstock steps into uncertainty as expectations run high

Caution about future profit growth

Valeria Martinez
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Birkenstock is under pressure to deliver against high expectations from analysts in its first quarterly results as a public company, after a hefty valuation at IPO failed to impress investors.

The 250-year-old German sandal maker publicly listed on 11 October 2023 and on its first day, shares opened 11% below its initial price, according to data from Morningstar Direct. The company priced its shares at $46 at IPO, the midpoint of the indicated range of $44 and $49, but had slumped to less than $41 at the end of trading. The company had expected to raise roughly $1.5bn from the listing. "They say timing is everything when it comes to IPOs and we can safely say Birkenstocks timing was off, given the sharp sell-off in October," said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC ...

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