“Things are going significantly better than planned,” insolvency commissioner Rolf Weidmann told financial weekly Wirtschaftswoche on Saturday.
According to the magazine’s report, Nicolas Berggruen, the German-American investor currently overseeing the restructuring of Karstadt, is building on a stronger business model than previously diagnosed.
Weidmann is expecting a stable turnover and a profit margin in the tens of millions for the current business year, which ends in September. In the year before the insolvency declaration of June 2009, Karstadt had recorded a loss of around €120 million.
Earlier appraisals by potential bidders had predicted a profit of €39 million, before interest, taxes and allowance for depreciation. Now figures of between €45 and €60 million are being mooted internally.
The improved prognosis is attributed to a combination of production cuts in the restructuring plan, a good Christmas shopping season, and extra World-Cup-related sports equipment sales.