Unifi Inc.’s stock jumped 10.9 percent on Monday and the Greensboro, N.C.-based yarn manufacturer said its “policy is not to comment on unusual market activity.”
The stock of Unifi, one of the few remaining publicly traded U.S. textile firms, rose $1.26 to close at $12.86 on the New York Stock Exchange, reaching a high of $13 in late-day trading before falling back slightly. The generally lightly traded stock saw 73,716 shares traded compared with its daily average of 29,337.
Christopher McGinnis, an analyst with Sidoti & Co., said the company was required to issue a statement once trading reached a certain level, “but I don’t think there’s much to it, but you never know.”
Last week, Unifi reported net income of $2.4 million, or 12 cents a share, in the second quarter ended Dec. 23, compared with a net loss of $7.6 million, or 38 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier, crediting strong sales in its Repreve polyester unit and lower raw-material prices. Net sales increased 3 percent to $172 million in the quarter from $167 million. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization improved 65 percent to $12.2 million, while gross profit advanced $5.8 million as a result of volume growth in each of the company’s operating segments.
McGinnis noted that the Repreve polyester line, made primarily from recycled plastic water bottles, was a “recycling partner” for X Games Aspen that aired on ESPN this past weekend, and possibly gained interest from that. Unifi produces a range of multifilament polyester and nylon textured yarns and related raw materials for the apparel and legwear markets, as well as industrial sectors.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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