By Steve Goldstein
Games Workshop Group has been the second-best-performing U.K. stock over the last half-decade. According to FactSet, the maker of miniature figurines has returned 2,935%, or an average annual return of 98%, over the last five years, virtually on par with U.K. media group Future.
Games Workshop’s latest results also impressed, as its pretax profit jumped 69% in the year to May 30, on 31% revenue growth. Shares of the company /zigman2/quotes/200394355/delayed UK:GAW +0.25% rose 2%.
Though a majority of its revenue comes through independent retailers, the maker of Warhammer figurines now operates 531 stores globally. It said a Warhammer cafe store in Dallas, Texas is profitable, and it opened a second cafe in California last month. Games Workshop concedes an online store is “looking a little dated,” and the back end is struggling to cope with volumes.
Each of its employees were rewarded with a £5,000 ($6,939) bonus.
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