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lululemon athletica inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2011 Results

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

lululemon athletica inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2011 Results07:15 EDT Thursday, March 22, 2012 VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Business Wire) -- lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) (TSX:LLL) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 29, 2012. Christine Day, lululemon's CEO, stated: “Reaching a billion dollars in revenue is clearly an important milestone that as a company we can all be very proud of. But far more important than the number itself are the beliefs, values, culture and people that achieved it. We really are so much more than our numbers; it is the everyday actions of our dedicated team that translates into an unparalleled guest experience and allows us to achieve our ultimate goal of elevating the world.” For the fourth quarter ended January 29, 2012: Net revenue for the quarter increased 51.4% to $371.5 million from $245.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. Comparable stores sales for the fourth quarter increased by 26% on a constant dollar basis. Direct to consumer revenue increased 103.6% to $50.1 million, or 13.5% of net revenue, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, from 10.0% of net revenue in the same period last year. Gross profit for the quarter increased by 45.7% to $209.0 million, and as a percentage of net revenue gross profit decreased to 56.3% for the quarter from 58.5% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. Income from operations for the quarter increased by 62.8% to $116.1 million, and as a percentage of net revenue was 31.2% compared to 29.1% of net revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The tax rate for the quarter was 36.5% compared to 23.5% a year ago. The change in rate resulted from the prior year revision to managements plans for repatriation of unremitted earnings of the Canadian operating subsidiary. Presented on a post-split basis, diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.51 on net income of $73.5 million, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.38 on net income of $54.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. For the fiscal year ended January 29, 2012: Net revenue for the fiscal year increased 40.6% to $1.0 billion from $711.7 million in fiscal 2010. Comparable stores sales for fiscal 2011 increased by 20% on a constant dollar basis, resulting in a record $2,004 annual sales per square foot for comp stores as at January 29, 2012. Direct to consumer revenue increased 85.4% to $106.3 million, or 10.6% of net revenue in fiscal 2011, from 8.1% of net revenue in fiscal 2010. Gross profit for fiscal 2011 increased by 44.1% to $569.3 million, from $394.9 million in fiscal 2010. As a percentage of net revenue, gross profit increased to 56.9% compared to 55.5% in fiscal 2010. Income from operations increased by 59.1% to $287.0 million, from $180.4 million in fiscal 2010. As a percentage of net revenue, income from operations increased to 28.7% compared to 25.3% of net revenue in fiscal 2010. The tax rate for fiscal 2011 was 36.1% compared to 33.3% for fiscal 2010. The change in tax rate was due to the proportional increase of taxable income in the United States compared to taxable income in Canada. Presented on a post-split basis, diluted earnings per share in fiscal 2011 increased 49.4% to $1.27 on net income of $184.1 million, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.85 on net income of $121.8 million in fiscal 2010. The Company ended fiscal 2011 with $409.4 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $316.3 million at the end of fiscal 2010. Inventory at the end of fiscal 2011 totaled $104.1 million compared to $57.5 million at the end of fiscal 2010. The Company ended the quarter with 174 stores in North America and Australia. Updated Outlook For the first quarter of fiscal 2012, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $265 million to $270 million based on a comparable-store sales percentage increase in the low 20s on a constant-dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.28 to $0.29 for the quarter. This assumes 145.4 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 36.5% tax rate. For fiscal 2012, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $1.3 billion to $1.325 billion and diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.50 to $1.57 for the full year. This assumes a tax rate of 36.5% and 145.6 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding. Conference Call Information A conference call to discuss fiscal 2011 results is scheduled for today, March 22, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. Those interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 1-877-303-3203 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at www.lululemon.com. The webcast will be accessible on our website for approximately 30 days after the call. About lululemon athletica lululemon athletica (NASDAQ:LULU; TSX:LLL) is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company that creates components for people to live a long, healthy and fun life. By producing products that help keep people active and stress free, lululemon believes that the world will be a better place. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. For more information, visit www.lululemon.com. Non-GAAP Financial Measure Constant-dollar net revenue changes, which exclude the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, is not a United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (“GAAP”) performance measure. We provide constant-dollar net revenue changes because we use the measure to understand the underlying growth rate of revenue excluding the impact on a quarter-by-quarter basis of changes in foreign exchange rates, which are not under management's direct control. We believe that disclosing net revenue changes on a constant-dollar basis is useful to investors because it enables them to better understand the level of growth of our business. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on this non-GAAP financial measure, please see the table captioned “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure — Constant dollar changes” included in the accompanying financial tables, which includes more detail on the GAAP financial measure that is most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures. Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding our future financial condition or results of operations, our prospects and strategies for future growth, the development and introduction of new products, and the implementation of our marketing and branding strategies. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “outlook,” “believes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations but they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: an economic downturn or economic uncertainty in our key markets; increasing product costs and decreasing selling prices; our inability to anticipate consumer preferences and successfully develop and introduce new, innovative and updated products; our inability to accurately forecast customer demand for our products; our inability to manage our growth and the increased complexity of our business effectively; the fluctuating costs of raw materials; our reliance on and limited control over third-party suppliers to provide fabrics for and to produce our products; our highly competitive market and increasing competition; an unforeseen disruption of our information systems; our inability to deliver our products to the market and to meet customer expectations due to problems with our distribution system; our inability to cancel store leases if an existing or new store is not profitable; increasing labor costs and other factors associated with the production of our products in China; our inability to successfully open new store locations in a timely manner; our failure to maintain the value and reputation of our brand; our failure to comply with trade and other regulations; our competitors manufacturing and selling products based on our fabrics and manufacturing technology at lower prices than we can; our failure to protect our intellectual property rights; and other risk factors detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2012, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.   lululemon athletica inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of OperationsExpressed in thousands, except per share amounts       ThirteenWeeksEnded   ThirteenWeeksEnded   Fifty-TwoWeeksEnded   Fifty-TwoWeeksEndedJanuary 29,2012(unaudited)January 30,2011(unaudited)January 29,2012January 30,2011   Net revenue $371,520 $245,399 $1,000,839 $711,704   Costs of goods sold 162,502 101,939 431,569 316,757   Gross profit 209,018 143,460 569,270 394,947 As a percent of net revenue56.3%58.5%56.9%55.5%   Selling, general and administrative expenses 92,951 71,483 282,312 212,784 As a percent of net revenue25.0%29.1%28.2%29.9% Provision for impairment and lease exit costs – 679 – 1,772   Income from operations 116,067 71,298 286,958 180,391 As a percent of net revenue31.2%29.1%28.7%25.3%   Other income (expense), net 380 542 2,500 2,886   Income before provision for income taxes 116,447 71,840 289,458 183,277   Provision for income taxes 42,558 16,873 104,494 61,080 Net Income 73,889 54,967 184,964 122,197   Net income attributable to non-controlling interest 371 201 901 350   Net income attributable to lululemon athletica inc. $73,518 $54,766 $184,063 $121,847   Net Basic earnings per share $0.51 $0.39 $1.29 $0.86 Net Diluted earnings per share $0.51 $0.38 $1.27 $0.85   Basic weighted-average shares outstanding 143,501 142,174 143,196 141,720 Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding 145,344 144,362 145,278 143,858     lululemon athletica inc.Condensed Consolidated Balance SheetsExpressed in thousands         January 29,2012January 30,2011   ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $409,437 $316,286 Inventories 104,097 57,469 Other current assets 13,559 15,524   Total current assets 527,093 389,279   Property and equipment, net 162,941 70,954   Goodwill and intangible assets, net 31,872 27,112   Deferred income taxes and other assets 12,728 11,957   Total assets $734,634 $499,302     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities Accounts payable $14,536 $6,659 Other current liabilities 80,183 60,306 Income taxes payable 8,720 18,399   Total current liabilities 103,439 85,364   Non-current liabilities 25,014 19,645   Stockholders' equity 606,181 394,293 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $734,634 $499,302     lululemon athletica inc.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsExpressed in thousands         Fifty-Two Weeks EndedJanuary 29, 2012Fifty-Two Weeks EndedJanuary 30, 2011   Cash flows from operating activities Net income $184,964 $122,197 Items not affecting cash 32,381 33,832 Other, including net changes in other non-cash balances (13,730) 23,966 Net cash provided by operating activities 203,615 179,995   Net cash used in investing activities (122,311) (42,839)   Net cash provided by financing activities 15,364 13,699   Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (3,517) 5,858   Increase in cash and cash equivalents 93,151 156,713 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year $316,286 $159,573 Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $409,437 $316,286     lululemon athletica inc.Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial MeasureConstant-dollar changes(unaudited)           Thirteen WeeksEndedJanuary 29, 2012Thirteen WeeksEndedJanuary 30, 2011% Change% Change Comparable-store sales (GAAP) 25% 32%   Increase (decrease) due to foreign exchange rate changes 1% (4)%   Comparable-store sales in constant dollars 26% 28%     lululemon athletica inc.Store Count and Square Footage1Year ended January 29, 2012Square Footage Expressed in Thousands           Number ofStores Openat theBeginning ofthe QuarterNumber ofStoresOpened /AcquiredDuring theQuarter2Number ofStoresClosedDuring theQuarterNumber ofStores Openat the End ofthe Quarter   1st Quarter 133 5 0 138 2nd Quarter 138 9 0 147 3rd Quarter 147 18 0 165 4th Quarter 165 9 0 174     Total GrossSquare Feetat theBeginning ofthe QuarterGross SquareFeet AddedDuring theQuarter2,3Gross SquareFeet LostDuring theQuarter2,3Total GrossSquare Feetat the End ofthe Quarter   1st Quarter 374 12 0 386 2nd Quarter 386 31 1 416 3rd Quarter 416 56 2 470 4th Quarter 470 24 0 494   1 Store count and square footage summary includes corporate-owned stores which are branded lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica. 2 Number of stores opened during fiscal 2011 are branded lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica and include four reacquired franchise stores in the United States, in the third quarter. 3 Gross square feet added/lost during the quarter includes net square foot additions for corporate-owned stores which have been renovated or relocated in the quarter. Investor Contact:ICR, Inc.Joseph Teklits/Jean Fontana, 203-682-8200orMedia Contact:ICR, Inc.Alecia Pulman, 203-682-8224