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Guess?, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Results

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guess?, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Results16:05 EDT Wednesday, March 14, 2012Fourth Quarter Revenues Increased 3% to a Record $776 Million Fourth Quarter EPS Decreased 5% to $1.05 Compared to $1.11 Last Year Fiscal Year 2012 Adjusted EPS Decreased 2% to $3.05; GAAP EPS Was $2.86 Provides Fiscal Year 2013 EPS Guidance in the Range of $2.50 to $2.65, Including $0.35 to $0.40 For Increased Marketing Investments and Unfavorable Currency Impact Provides First Quarter EPS Guidance in the Range of $0.25 to $0.28LOS ANGELES, March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 28, 2012.Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012 HighlightsAsian revenues increased 27%North American Retail revenues increased 1%; retail comp sales declined 5.0%European revenues decreased 1% in U.S. dollars; up slightly in local currencyOperating earnings decreased 6% and operating margin declined 160 basis pointsInvested $92 million to repurchase 3.2 million sharesFiscal Year 2012 HighlightsGlobal revenue increased 8% to a record $2.7 billionAsian revenues increased 25% in U.S. dollars and 21% in constant dollarsEuropean revenue increased 10% in U.S. dollars and 5% in local currency; full year revenues exceeded $1 billionNorth American Retail revenues increased 4%; retail comp sales declined 3.5%Adjusted operating earnings increased 3%; GAAP operating earnings decreased 2%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.Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012 ResultsFor the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company reported net earnings of $95.9 million, a 7.2% decrease compared to net earnings of $103.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.  Diluted earnings per share decreased 5.4%, to $1.05, compared to $1.11 for the prior-year quarter.  The prior-year results included a one-time benefit to revenue of $6.7 million, or $0.05 per share, relating to the Company's completion of an assessment of North American loyalty program breakage.Paul Marciano, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to deliver fourth quarter earnings consistent with our expectations, even as economic pressures impacted consumer confidence in some of our markets.  These results mark the end of a year in which we made significant progress on important initiatives that support our long-term objectives.  We leveraged the global momentum of the Guess? brand, opening 261 new stores during the year, and increased revenues in all segments.  We reached the $1 billion revenue mark in Europe for the first time and gained significant traction in Northern and Eastern Europe, where we are developing a strong market presence.  South Korea and China continued their double digit growth and in North America, we succeeded in elevating the Guess brand, which drove significant profit improvements in that region."Mr. Marciano continued, "We enter this fiscal year in a challenging macroeconomic environment, especially in Europe, though there are some signs of improvement in the United States.  As always, we plan to focus on what we can control.  We also plan to deploy our resources prudently and in a way that protects our solid capital structure and supports the long-term opportunities of the Guess? brand.  We will invest in new marketing programs designed to increase brand awareness and drive more traffic into our stores.   While this is a long term investment to grow sales, we do expect to see some acceleration of our revenues in the second half of this year.  We will continue to develop newer international markets and expand our G by Guess concept both internationally and domestically.  As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Guess?, we will continue to create innovative and compelling new product designs and styles that showcase Guess? as an iconic global lifestyle brand."Total net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 2.5% to $775.8 million from $756.9 million in the prior-year quarter.  In constant dollars, total net revenue increased 3.6%.  The Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $343.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, a 1.4% increase from $338.6 million in the same period a year ago.  Comparable store sales decreased 5.0% in U.S. dollars and 4.6% in local currency for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to the same period a year ago.  The Company directly operated 504 retail stores in the United States and Canada at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 versus 481 stores a year earlier.Net revenue from the Company's Europe segment decreased 1.4% to $290.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $294.9 million in the prior-year period.  In local currency, net revenue increased 0.5%.Net revenue from the Company's Asia segment increased 27.5% to $70.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, from $55.4 million in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars, net revenue increased 27.7%.Net revenue from the Company's North American Wholesale segment increased 7.5% to $40.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, from $37.7 million in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars, net revenue increased 9.2%.Licensing segment net revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was flat with the prior-year period at $30.4 million.Operating earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 decreased 5.9% to $135.8 million (including a $1.8 million unfavorable currency translation impact) from $144.3 million in the prior-year period.  Operating margin in the fourth quarter decreased 160 basis points to 17.5%, compared to the prior-year quarter as improved product margins were more than offset by higher occupancy and SG&A rates. The improvement in product margins was driven by lower markdowns in North America and greater European retail mix. The increase in the occupancy rate resulted from negative comparable store sales in North America and Europe and store expansion in Europe. The SG&A rate increased as higher selling and distribution costs in Europe, store impairment charges and higher advertising expenses more than offset reductions in North American store selling expenses. Other net income, which primarily includes net unrealized mark-to-market gains on foreign currency contracts and balances was $6.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $7.4 million in the prior-year's quarter.The Company's effective tax rate was 30.9% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to 30.3% for the fourth quarter of the prior year.Fiscal Year 2012 ResultsAdjusted net earnings for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012 were $283.1 million, a decrease of 2.2% compared to net earnings of $289.5 million for the year ended January 29, 2011.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share decreased 1.9% to $3.05 per share in fiscal year 2012 versus $3.11 per share in the prior 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 fiscal year ended January 28, 2012 were $265.5 million and diluted earnings per share, including an unfavorable $0.19 impact from the settlement charge, totaled $2.86.  Total net revenue for fiscal year 2012 increased 8.1% to $2.69 billion from $2.49 billion in the prior year.  In constant dollars, total net revenue increased 5.5%.  The Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $1.12 billion for fiscal year 2012, a 4.5% increase from $1.07 billion in the prior year.  Comparable store sales for fiscal 2012 decreased 3.5% in U.S. dollars and 4.1% in local currency compared to the same period a year ago.  Net revenue from the Company's Europe segment increased 9.8% to $1.01 billion in fiscal year 2012, compared to $920.3 million in the prior year.  In local currency, Europe segment revenue increased 4.7%.  Net revenue from the Company's Asia segment increased 24.8% to $250.7 million in fiscal year 2012, compared to $200.9 million in the prior year.  In constant dollars, net revenue increased 21.2%.Net revenue from the Company's North American Wholesale segment increased 3.5% to $187.4 million in fiscal 2012, from $181.0 million in the prior year.  In constant dollars, net revenue increased 2.4%.Licensing segment net revenue increased 5.4% to $121.4 million in fiscal year 2012, from $115.2 million in the prior year.Excluding the settlement charge, adjusted operating earnings for fiscal year 2012 increased 3.0% to $416.7 million (including an $11.6 million favorable currency translation impact) from $404.6 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted operating margin for fiscal year 2012 declined 80 basis points to 15.5% compared to the prior-year period as improvements in product margins were more than offset by a higher occupancy rate. Product margins improved due to lower markdowns in North America and greater European retail mix. The occupancy rate increase was driven by negative comparable store sales in North America and Europe as well as store expansion in Europe. The SG&A rate increased slightly as lower international jewelry shipments and higher European store selling and distribution expenses were mostly offset by lower performance-based compensation expenses and leverage over North American store selling expenses. GAAP operating earnings, which includes the settlement charge, decreased 1.8% to $397.2 million (including a $9.6 million favorable currency translation impact) and GAAP operating margin declined 150 basis points to 14.8%.  Other net income, which primarily includes net unrealized mark-to-market gains on foreign currency contracts and balances, was $1.0 million for fiscal year 2012, compared to $16.4 million for the prior year.  The Company's full year effective tax rate was 32.2% for fiscal year 2012, compared to 30.1% in the prior year.  The increase includes the impact of the settlement charge which increased the effective tax rate by 100 basis points and a different earnings distribution among tax jurisdictions.  OutlookThe Company's expectations for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 ending April 28, 2012, are as follows:Consolidated net revenues are expected to range from $560 million to $575 million.Operating margin is expected to be between 6% and 6.5%.Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.25 to $0.28.For the fiscal year ending February 2, 2013, the Company's expectations are as follows:Consolidated net revenues are expected to range from $2.74 billion to $2.78 billion.Operating margin is expected to be between 12.5% to 13.0%.Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $2.50 to $2.65.The Company's fiscal year 2013 will include 53 weeks, while fiscal 2012 included 52 weeks.  The Company's outlook for fiscal 2013 assumes that currently prevailing exchange rates will continue throughout the year and also assumes increasing marketing and advertising investments.  These assumptions would unfavorably impact the comparison to fiscal 2012 earnings between 35 and 40 cents per share.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 April 13, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 28, 2012.Share Repurchase During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 3.2 million shares of its common stock at an average purchase price of $28.60, totaling $92.0 million.  As of January 28, 2012, the Company had remaining approval under its existing repurchase program to purchase $158.0 million of its common stock.Presentation of Non-GAAP InformationThe financial information presented in this release for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012 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 March 14, 2012 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 January 28, 2012, the Company directly operated 504 retail stores in the United States and Canada and 251 retail stores in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  The Company's licensees and distributors operated an additional 804 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 first quarter and full year of fiscal 2013, 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 manage inventories and successfully execute our strategies, including our supply chain and international growth strategies; unexpected obligations arising from litigation and other regulatory proceedings, including tax proceedings, and 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, and other risks identified in the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q 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. Additional information with respect to known and unknown risks will also be set forth in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 28, 2012, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.Contact:  Guess?, Inc.Investor Relations(213) 765-5578Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Statements of Income(amounts in thousands, except per share data)Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedJanuary 28,January 29,January 28,January 29,2012201120122011$%$%$%$%Product sales$       745,43096.1%$      726,51996.0%$    2,566,62895.5%$    2,372,07295.4%Net royalties30,4123.9%30,3964.0%121,4204.5%115,2224.6%Net revenue775,842100.0%756,915100.0%2,688,048100.0%2,487,294100.0%Cost of product sales438,09756.5%420,56755.6%1,523,76356.7%1,397,06256.2%Gross profit337,74543.5%336,34844.4%1,164,28543.3%1,090,23243.8%Selling, general and administrative expenses201,94126.0%192,05825.3%746,34527.8%679,78027.3%Settlement charge-0.0%-0.0%19,4630.7%-0.0%Accelerated pension cost amortization-0.0%-0.0%1,2420.0%5,8190.2%Earnings from operations135,80417.5%144,29019.1%397,23514.8%404,63316.3%Other income (expense):Interest expense(463)(0.1%)(442)(0.1%)(2,002)(0.1%)(1,217)(0.1%)Interest income7140.1%(32)(0.0%)3,1470.2%1,5530.1%Other, net6,3980.9%7,3821.0%9610.0%16,4080.6%Earnings before income taxes142,45318.4%151,19820.0%399,34114.9%421,37716.9%Income taxes44,0435.7%45,8196.1%128,6914.8%126,8745.1%Net earnings98,41012.7%105,37913.9%270,65010.1%294,50311.8%Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries2,5440.3%2,0530.2%5,1500.2%4,9950.2%Net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.$         95,86612.4%$      103,32613.7%$       265,5009.9%$       289,50811.6%Net earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders:Basic$             1.05$            1.12$             2.88$             3.14Diluted$             1.05$            1.11$             2.86$             3.11Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:Basic90,62791,21691,53391,410Diluted90,93191,93491,94892,115Adjusted Earnings for the Twelve Months ended January 28, 2012Adjusted earnings from operations (1)$       416,69815.5%$       404,63316.3%Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc. (1)$       283,11310.5%$       289,50811.6%Adjusted diluted earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders (1)$             3.05$             3.11(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 Statement of Income to the Adjusted Statement 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.Twelve Months EndedJanuary 28, 2012% of$RevenuesSettlement charge$         19,463Less related income tax (1)1,850Settlement charge net of income taxes$         17,613Reported GAAP earnings from operations$       397,23514.8%Add back settlement charge19,463Adjusted earnings from operations$       416,69815.5%Reported GAAP net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.$       265,5009.9%Add back settlement charge net of tax (1)17,613Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.$       283,11310.5%Adjusted diluted earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders:$             3.05Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:Basic91,533Diluted91,948(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(amounts in thousands)Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedJanuary 28,January 29,%January 28,January 29,%20122011chg20122011chgNet revenue:Europe$  290,828$  294,867-1%$ 1,010,896$    920,32710%North American Retail343,496338,5971%1,117,6431,069,8934%Asia70,57555,36227%250,727200,89125%North American Wholesale40,53137,6938%187,362180,9614%Licensing30,41230,3960%121,420115,2225%$  775,842$  756,9153%$ 2,688,048$ 2,487,2948%Earnings (loss) from operations:                         Europe before settlement charge$    55,463$    65,913-16%$    186,477$    193,309-4%Europe settlement charge--(19,463)-Europe including settlement charge55,46365,913-16%167,014193,309-14%North American Retail54,10752,5753%133,184122,5839%Asia8,2587,50210%28,46328,631-1%North American Wholesale9,5138,53411%47,16246,1532%Licensing27,45027,674-1%108,638104,1654%Corporate Overhead(18,987)(17,908)6%(85,984)(84,389)2%Accelerated pension cost amortization--(1,242)(5,819)$  135,804$  144,290-6%$    397,235$    404,633-2%Operating margins:Europe before settlement charge19.1%22.4%18.4%21.0%Europe including settlement charge19.1%22.4%16.5%21.0%North American Retail15.8%15.5%11.9%11.5%Asia11.7%13.6%11.4%14.3%North American Wholesale23.5%22.6%25.2%25.5%Licensing 90.3%91.0%89.5%90.4%Total Company before settlement charge17.5%19.1%15.5%16.3%Total Company including settlement charge17.5%19.1%14.8%16.3%Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesSelected Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data(amounts in thousands)January 28, January 29,20122011ASSETSCash and cash equivalents$              491,805$               427,037Short-term investments4,06015,087Receivables, net340,602358,482Inventories328,602294,705Other current assets96,41368,269Property and equipment, net348,885313,856Other assets234,108208,368Total Assets$           1,844,475$            1,685,804LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent portion of borrowings and capital lease obligations$                  2,030$                   2,177Other current liabilities418,006428,839Capital lease obligations10,20612,218Other long-term liabilities211,675161,665Redeemable and nonredeemable noncontrolling interests26,92826,029Guess?, Inc. stockholders' equity1,175,6301,054,876Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$           1,844,475$            1,685,804Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesSelected Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Data(in thousands)Twelve Months EndedJanuary 28,January 29,20122011Net cash provided by operating activities$                 364,494$                346,374Net cash used in investing activities(132,096)(146,103)Net cash used in financing activities(162,988)(277,006)Effect of exchange rates on cash(4,642)1,709Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents64,768(75,026)Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year427,037502,063Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year$                 491,805$                427,037Supplemental information:Depreciation and amortization$                   79,286$                  67,488Rent$                 252,528$                217,830Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesRetail Store DataInternational Store CountAs of January 28, 2012As of January 29, 2011TotalDirectly OperatedTotalDirectly OperatedRegion                                       StoresStoresStoresStoresUnited States and Canada504504481481Europe and the Middle East561179474141Asia4234735728Other712561191,5597551,373669Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesRetail Store DataU.S. and CanadaTwelve Months EndedJanuary 28,January 29,20122011Number of stores at the beginning of the year481432Store openings3759Store closures(14)(10)Number of stores at the end of the year504481Total store square footage at the end of the year2,338,0002,166,000SOURCE Guess?, Inc.