NEW YORK — The Salant acquisition as well as gross margin erosion pushed Perry Ellis International Inc. to an expected loss in the second quarter.

For the three months ended July 31, the Miami-based multiportfolio sportswear marketer reported a net loss of $2.6 million, or 33 cents a diluted share. By comparison, last year the company had profits of $2.2 million, or 34 cents. Adjusting for the effect of the Salant acquisition in both years, the second-quarter loss would have been 11 cents versus year-ago earnings of 89 cents.

With the inclusion of approximately $31 million in revenue from Salant’s operations, total revenues for the period grew by almost half, or 45 percent, to $92.8 million from $64 million a year ago. However, plunging gross margins and skyrocketing costs from the acquisition more than negated any contribution to the bottom line.

PEI said the minimal gross margins generated by the small seasonal swimwear business were insufficient to offset the associated overhead expense, as well as the hiring of additional corporate accounting and administration staff in anticipation of the Salant deal closing last month.

As such, company-wide gross margin as a percentage of sales retracted 600 basis points to 32.1 percent, while overall selling, general and administrative costs ballooned 750 basis points to 31.4 percent of sales.

Still, the short-term negative impact of the Salant purchase should be more than offset by its strategic benefits, PEI said.

“The company is poised to take advantage of its multiple opportunities, and we expect revenue growth and net income for the remainder of this year and next,” said chief executive George Feldenkreis in a statement.

Feldenkreis was likewise bullish on the prospects of PEI’s swimwear merchandise segment.

“We expect a very strong year for the swim business, with our new Jantzen Ruby and Diving Girl lines, expanded offerings in resort wear and accessories,” he said. “Positive retailer reaction and initial bookings are encouraging indicators.”

Overall, for the first half of the year, PEI said net income fell 56.9 percent to $3 million, or 40 cents a diluted share, from $6.9 million, or $1.08, a year ago. Adjusting for the effect of the Salant buy in both years, the first-half loss would have been 7 cents versus year-ago earnings of $1.01.Net revenues for the half rose 35.2 percent to $201 million from $148.7 million a year ago.

Looking forward, PEI maintained its full-year EPS guidance of $2.50 on revenues of $480 million. For the next full fiscal year, PEI expects EPS of $2.80 and revenues of $600 million.

In a separate development, PEI on Thursday named Martin Diment design director for Tricots St. Raphael sweaters, and Ran Shabani design director for Tricots St. Raphael knit shirts, woven shirts and a segment of sweaters. Diment and Shabani will report to Tricots St. Raphael division president Cecile Platovsky. The Tricots St. Raphael line was acquired by PEI as part of its purchase of Salant.

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