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Guess?, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Guess?, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results16:05 EST Wednesday, November 30, 2011Third Quarter Revenues Increased 5% to $643 Million Third Quarter EPS Decreased 5% to $0.71 Updates Full Year Guidance: Adjusted EPS in the Range of $3.04 to $3.10; GAAP EPS in the Range of $2.85 to $2.91 Provides Fourth Quarter EPS Guidance in the Range of $1.03 to $1.09LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) today reported financial results for the third quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, which ended October 29, 2011.  Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 HighlightsNorth American Retail revenues increased 5%European revenues increased 2% in US dollars and decreased 4% in local currency  Asian revenues increased 18% in US dollars and 15% in constant dollarsOperating profit grew 5%; operating margin was flat at 15.1% This press release includes certain non-GAAP, or adjusted, financial measures, which exclude a settlement charge incurred during the second quarter of fiscal 2012.  Reconciliations of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP amounts are provided in the accompanying tables and discussed under the heading "Presentation of Non-GAAP Information" below. Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 ResultsFor the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company generated net earnings of $66.3 million, a 4.0% decrease compared to net earnings of $69.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011.  Diluted earnings per share decreased 5.3%, reaching $0.71, compared to $0.75 for the prior-year quarter.Paul Marciano, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to deliver third quarter earnings consistent with our expectations, even as economic pressures have intensified and are affecting consumer confidence in many of our markets, particularly in Europe.  During the quarter, we made good progress on many key strategic initiatives.  Our efforts to elevate our brand in North America are yielding significant improvements in profitability.  We enjoy momentum in Asia and the newer markets in Europe where our brand is well known but where our business is still under-penetrated.  And we are focusing on sound execution, managing our inventories, expenses and capital prudently."Mr. Marciano continued, "It is difficult to predict how long the current economic conditions may persist.  As always, we plan to manage carefully and prudently, focusing on those things that we can directly control.  Our goal is to improve productivity, expand our long term profitability and deliver outstanding returns to our shareholders, while always protecting our brand.  Backed by our strong balance sheet, we are committed to pursuing the long term potential of our iconic lifestyle brand in a very strategic and disciplined way that is consistent with prevailing market conditions."Total net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 4.7% to $642.8 million, from $613.9 million in the prior-year quarter.  In constant dollars, total net revenue increased 1.9%.The Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $265.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, a 4.7% increase from $253.7 million in the same period a year ago.  Comparable store sales decreased 4.1% in local currency and 3.5% in US dollars for the third quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to the same period a year ago.  The Company directly operated 495 retail stores in the United States and Canada at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012 versus 473 stores a year earlier.Net revenue from the Company's Europe segment increased 2.3% to $221.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $216.2 million in the prior-year period.  In local currency, net revenue decreased 3.7%.Net revenue from the Company's Asia segment increased 18.3% to $64.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, from $54.8 million in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars, net revenue increased 14.8%.Net revenue from the Company's North American Wholesale segment increased 1.9% to $57.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, from $56.3 million in the prior-year period.Licensing segment net revenue increased 3.2% to $34.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, from $33.0 million in the prior-year period.Operating earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 4.6% to $97.0 million (including a $3.3 million favorable currency translation impact) from $92.7 million in the prior-year period. Operating margin in the third quarter was flat at 15.1% compared to the prior-year quarter as higher product margins and an improved SG&A rate offset the impact of a higher occupancy rate.  Product margins improved primarily due to lower markdowns in North American Retail while the occupancy deleverage was driven by retail expansion and negative comparable store sales.  The SG&A rate decreased as lower performance-based compensation expenses and North American retail store selling expenses more than offset the negative impact of lower international jewelry shipments and higher advertising expenses.Other net income, which primarily includes net unrealized mark-to-market gains on foreign currency contracts and balances, partially offset by net unrealized losses on non-operating assets, was $1.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to other net income of $5.9 million in the third quarter of the prior year.The Company's reported effective tax rate increased to 32.3% in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, from 29.1% for the third quarter of the prior year.Nine-Month Period ResultsAdjusted net earnings for the nine months ended October 29, 2011 were $187.2 million, an increase of 0.6% compared to net earnings of $186.2 million for the nine months ended October 30, 2010.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 0.5% to $2.01 per share in the first nine months of the 2012 fiscal year compared to $2.00 per share in the comparable nine-month period last year.  The adjusted net earnings excludes a settlement charge of $19.5 million recorded in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, along with the related tax impact, associated with the settlement of the Company's relationship with one of its European service providers.  On a GAAP basis, net earnings for the nine months ended October 29, 2011 were $169.6 million and diluted earnings per share, including an unfavorable $0.19 impact from the settlement charge, totaled $1.82.Total net revenue for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 increased 10.5% to $1.91 billion from $1.73 billion in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars, total net revenue increased 6.3%.  The Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $774.1 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, a 5.9% increase from $731.3 million in the same period a year ago.  Comparable store sales decreased 3.9% in local currency and 2.8% in US dollars for the nine months ended October 29, 2011, compared to the nine months ended October 30, 2010.  Net revenue from the Company's Europe segment increased 15.1% to $720.1 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, compared to $625.5 million in the prior-year period.  In local currency, revenues increased 6.7%.  Net revenue from the Company's Asia segment increased 23.8% to $180.2 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, compared to $145.5 million in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars the increase was 18.8%.  Net revenue from the Company's North American Wholesale segment increased 2.5% to $146.8 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, from $143.3 million in the prior-year period. Licensing segment net revenue increased 7.3% to $91.0 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, from $84.8 million in the prior-year period.Excluding the settlement charge, adjusted operating earnings for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 increased 7.9% to $280.9 million (including a $13.4 million favorable currency translation impact) from $260.3 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted operating margin for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 declined 30 basis points to 14.7% compared to the prior-year period as improvements in product margins were more than offset by a higher occupancy rate.  The higher product margins were driven by lower markdowns in North American Retail and the greater mix of retail in Europe. The SG&A rate remained flat compared to the prior year period as lower performance-based compensation expenses offset the negative impact of the lower international jewelry shipments.  GAAP operating earnings, which includes the settlement charge, increased 0.4% to $261.4 million (including an $11.4 million favorable currency translation impact) and GAAP operating margin declined 130 basis points to 13.7%.Other net expense, which relates to net unrealized mark-to-market losses on foreign currency contracts and balances and net unrealized losses on non-operating assets was $5.4 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2012, compared to other net income of $9.0 million in the prior-year period.OutlookThe Company's expectations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 ending January 28, 2012, are as follows:Consolidated net revenues are expected to range from $780 million to $795 million.Operating margin is expected to be between 17.5% and 18.5%.Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.03 to $1.09.The Company updated its outlook for the fiscal year ending January 28, 2012, which is now as follows:Consolidated net revenues are expected to range from $2.70 billion to $2.71 billion.Adjusted operating margin is expected to be in the mid to high 15 percent range; GAAP operating margin around 15%.Adjusted diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $3.04 to $3.10; GAAP diluted earnings per share between $2.85 and $2.91.DividendThe Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Company's common stock.  The dividend will be payable on January 3, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 14, 2011.Presentation of Non-GAAP InformationThe financial information presented in this release for the nine months ended October 29, 2011 includes both GAAP and non-GAAP measures.  The Company believes that these "non-GAAP" or "adjusted" financial measures are useful as an additional means for investors to evaluate the Company's operating results when reviewed in conjunction with the Company's GAAP financial statements.  The non-GAAP measures are provided in addition to, and not as alternatives for, the Company's reported GAAP results.  Reconciliations of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP amounts are provided in the accompanying tables.The adjusted measures exclude the impact of a settlement charge incurred during the second quarter of fiscal 2012. In the latter part of July 2011, the Company experienced a temporary disruption in its European supply chain, related to one of its service providers.  The Company subsequently entered into an agreement to terminate the relationship with that provider, resulting in a $19.5 million settlement charge in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.This release also includes certain constant currency financial information.  Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations affect the amount reported from translating the Company's foreign revenues and expenses into U.S. dollars.  These rate fluctuations can have a significant effect on reported operating results under GAAP. The Company provides constant currency information to help investors assess how our businesses performed excluding the effects of changes in foreign currency translation rates. To calculate revenues and earnings from operations on a constant currency basis, operating results for the current year period for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. dollars are translated into U.S. dollars at the average exchange rates in effect during the comparable period of the prior year. The constant currency calculations do not adjust for the impact of revaluing specific transactions denominated in a currency that is different to the functional currency of that entity when exchange rates fluctuate.  The constant currency information presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.  The Company will hold a conference call at 4:30 pm (ET) on November 30, 2011 to discuss the news announced in this press release.  A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible at www.guess.com via the "Investor Relations" link.  The webcast will be archived on the website for 30 days.Guess?, Inc. designs, markets, distributes and licenses a lifestyle collection of contemporary apparel, denim, handbags, watches, footwear and other related consumer products.  Guess? products are distributed through branded Guess? stores as well as better department and specialty stores around the world.  As of October 29, 2011, the Company directly operated 495 retail stores in the United States and Canada and 232 retail stores in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  The Company's licensees and distributors operated an additional 790 retail stores outside of the United States and Canada. For more information about the Company, please visit www.guess.com. Except for historical information contained herein, certain matters discussed in this press release, including statements concerning the Company's short and long-term future prospects and guidance for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2012, are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are only expectations, and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from what is currently anticipated.  Factors which may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, domestic and international economic conditions, including economic and other events that could negatively impact consumer confidence and discretionary consumer spending and result in increasingly difficult competitive conditions; our ability to, among other things, anticipate consumer preferences, protect our brand, effectively operate our various retail concepts, effectively transition to a new European service provider, effectively manage inventories and successfully execute our strategies, including our supply chain and international growth strategies; and risks associated with changes in economic, political, social and other conditions affecting our foreign operations, including currency fluctuations, global tax rates and the current European economic crisis.  In addition to these factors, the economic, technological, managerial, litigation-related and other risks identified in the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the risk factors discussed therein, could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.Contact:Guess?, Inc.Investor Relations(213) 765-5578Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Statements of Income(amounts in thousands, except per share data)Three Months EndedNine Months EndedOctober 29,October 30,October 29,October 30,2011201020112010$%$%$%$%Net revenueProduct sales$ 608,77794.7%$ 580,92294.6%$ 1,821,19895.2%$ 1,645,55395.1%Net royalties34,0265.3%32,9815.4%91,0084.8%84,8264.9%642,803100.0%613,903100.0%1,912,206100.0%1,730,379100.0%Cost of product sales365,33756.8%347,50656.6%1,085,66656.8%976,49556.4%Gross profit277,46643.2%266,39743.4%826,54043.2%753,88443.6%Selling, general and administrative expenses180,49728.1%173,68228.3%544,40428.5%487,72228.3%Settlement charge-0.0%-0.0%19,4630.9%-0.0%Accelerated pension cost amortization-0.0%-0.0%1,2420.1%5,8190.3%Earnings from operations96,96915.1%92,71515.1%261,43113.7%260,34315.0%Other income (expense):Interest expense(775)(0.1%)(262)(0.0%)(1,539)(0.1%)(775)(0.0%)Interest income6610.1%6020.1%2,4330.1%1,5850.1%Other, net1,8680.3%5,8540.9%(5,437)(0.3%)9,0260.5%Earnings before income taxes98,72315.4%98,90916.1%256,88813.4%270,17915.6%Income taxes31,8775.0%28,8184.7%84,6484.4%81,0554.7%Net earnings66,84610.4%70,09111.4%172,2409.0%189,12410.9%Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries5510.1%1,0020.1%2,6060.1%2,9420.1%Net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.$   66,29510.3%$   69,08911.3%$    169,6348.9%$    186,18210.8%Net earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders:Basic$       0.71$       0.75$          1.83$          2.01Diluted$       0.71$       0.75$          1.82$          2.00Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:Basic92,01190,91191,83591,474Diluted92,33891,54392,27992,174Adjusted Earnings for the Nine Months ended October 29, 2011Adjusted earnings from operations (1)$    280,89414.7%$    260,34315.0%Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc. (1)$    187,2479.8%$    186,18210.8%Adjusted diluted earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders (1)$          2.01$          2.00(1)The adjusted results reflect the exclusion of a settlement charge (and related taxes where applicable) recorded during the three month period ended July 30, 2011. No adjustments have been made to the corresponding prior-year period.  A complete reconciliation of actual results to adjusted results is presented in the table entitled "Reconciliation of Reported Statements of Income to the Adjusted Statements of Income."Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesReconciliation of Reported Statement of Income to the Adjusted Statement of Income(amounts in thousands, except per share data)The following table provides reconciliations of reported GAAP earnings from operations to adjusted earnings from operations and reported GAAP net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc. to adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc., in each case to reflect the exclusion of the settlement charge incurred in the second quarter ended July 30, 2011.Nine Months EndedOctober 29,2011% of$RevenuesSettlement charge$   19,463Less related income tax (1)1,850Settlement charge net of income taxes$   17,613Reported GAAP earnings from operations$ 261,43113.7%Add back settlement charge19,463Adjusted earnings from operations$ 280,89414.7%Reported GAAP net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.$ 169,6348.9%Add back settlement charge net of tax (1)17,613Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.$ 187,2479.8%Adjusted diluted earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders:$       2.01Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:Basic91,835Diluted92,279(1)The estimated income tax effect of the settlement charge is based on the Company's assessment of deductibility using the statutory tax rate of the tax jurisdiction in which the charge was incurred.Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Segment Data(dollars in thousands)Three Months EndedNine Months EndedOctober 29,October 30,%October 29,October 30,%20112010chg20112010chgNet revenue:Europe$  221,041$  216,1612%$    720,068$    625,46015%North American Retail265,637253,7215%774,147731,2966%Asia64,78254,77018%180,152145,52924%North American Wholesale57,31756,2702%146,831143,2682%Licensing34,02632,9813%91,00884,8267%$  642,803$  613,9035%$ 1,912,206$ 1,730,37911%Earnings (loss) from operations:Europe before settlement charge$    34,152$    42,565-20%$    131,014$    127,3963%Europe settlement charge--(19,463)-Europe including settlement charge34,15242,565-20%111,551127,396-12%North American Retail27,53319,32642%79,07770,00813%Asia8,2488,291-1%20,20521,129-4%North American Wholesale16,01316,697-4%37,64937,6190%Licensing30,69830,941-1%81,18876,4916%Corporate overhead(19,675)(25,105)-22%(66,997)(66,481)1%Accelerated pension cost amortization--(1,242)(5,819)$    96,969$    92,7155%$    261,431$    260,3430%Operating margins:Europe before settlement charge15.5%19.7%18.2%20.4%Europe including settlement charge15.5%19.7%15.5%20.4%North American Retail10.4%7.6%10.2%9.6%Asia12.7%15.1%11.2%14.5%North American Wholesale27.9%29.7%25.6%26.3%Licensing operations90.2%93.8%89.2%90.2%Total Company before settlement charge15.1%15.1%14.7%15.0%Total Company including settlement charge15.1%15.1%13.7%15.0%Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesSelected Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data(in thousands)October 29, January 29,October 30,201120112010ASSETSCash and cash equivalents$     426,725$    427,037$    469,020Short-term investments4,08215,087-Receivables, net376,502358,482372,217Inventories385,399294,705346,014Other current assets84,01768,26985,473Property and equipment, net352,514313,856299,954Other assets231,961208,368193,017Total Assets$  1,861,200$ 1,685,804$ 1,765,695LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent portion of borrowings and capital lease obligations$         2,131$        2,177$        2,264Other current liabilities425,596428,839421,389Capital lease obligations11,37212,21812,949Other long-term liabilities174,519161,665149,392Redeemable and nonredeemable noncontrolling interests25,58826,02924,463Guess?, Inc. stockholders' equity1,221,9941,054,8761,155,238Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$  1,861,200$ 1,685,804$ 1,765,695Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Cash Flow Data(in thousands)Nine Months EndedOctober 29,October 30, 20112010Net cash provided by operating activities$    149,948$     134,308Net cash used in investing activities(103,775)(85,523)Net cash used in financing activities(52,510)(82,901)Effect of exchange rates on cash6,0251,073Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(312)(33,043)Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year427,037502,063Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period$    426,725$     469,020Supplemental information:Depreciation and amortization$      59,153$       48,199Rent$    184,798$     157,515Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesRetail Store DataInternational Store CountAs of October 29, 2011As of October 30, 2010TotalDirectly OperatedTotalDirectly OperatedRegionStoresStoresStoresStoresUnited States and Canada495495473473Europe and the Middle East547171472131Asia4083935127Other672257141,5177271,353645Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesRetail Store DataU.S. and CanadaNine Months EndedOctober 29,October 30,20112010Number of stores at the beginning of the year481432Store openings2548Store closures(11)(7)Number of stores at the end of the period495473Total store square footage at the end of the period2,270,0002,139,000SOURCE Guess?, Inc.