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Coach Reports First Quarter Earnings Per Share of $0.77

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Completes Acquisition of Retail Businesses in Korea and Malaysia</b></i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Establishes New $1.5 Billion Stock Repurchase Program</b></i> </p>

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Coach Reports First Quarter Earnings Per Share of $0.7707:00 EDT Tuesday, October 23, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Coach, Inc. (NYSE: COH, SEHK: 6388), a leading marketer of modern classic American accessories, today reported sales of $1.16 billion for its first fiscal quarter ended September 29, 2012, compared with $1.05 billion reported in the same period of the prior year, an increase of 11%. Net income for the quarter totaled $221 million, with earnings per diluted share of $0.77. This compared to net income of $215 million and earnings per share of $0.73 in the prior year's first quarter, representing increases of 3% and 6%, respectively. Concurrently, the company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $1.5 billion of its outstanding common stock by June 30, 2015. Lew Frankfort, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coach, Inc., said, “We were pleased with our results this quarter, highlighted by double-digit top line growth, with strong comparable stores sales – most notably in North America and China. We continued to make progress against our strategic initiatives - enhancing our leadership position in the North American women's bag and accessory category through fashion innovation, aggressively growing our international business, becoming a market leader in the Men's accessories category and harnessing the power of the digital world. In addition, during the quarter, we completed the acquisition of our domestic distributors in Korea and Malaysia.” For the quarter, operating income totaled $332 million, up 3% from the $322 million reported in the comparable year-ago period, while operating margin was 28.6% versus 30.7% reported for the prior year. As previously announced, long-term growth investments, notably in Asia, impacted profitability levels in the period. During the quarter, gross profit rose 11% to $845 million from $765 million a year ago. Gross margin remained high at 72.8%, even with prior year. SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales increased, reflecting the impact of the newly-acquired retail businesses in Korea and Malaysia and totaled 44.2%, as compared to 42.1% reported in the year-ago quarter. The company also announced that during the first fiscal quarter, it repurchased and retired nearly 3.1 million shares of its common stock at an average cost of $56.59, spending a total of $175 million. At the end of the period, about $85 million remained under the company's prior repurchase authorization. As noted in Coach's Form 8-K filing earlier this month, the company has changed its reportable segments to a geographic focus, recognizing the expansion and growth of sales through its international markets. Based on these segments, first fiscal quarter sales results in each of Coach's primary channels of distribution were as follows: Total North American sales increased 8%, to $784 million from $729 million last year. North American direct sales rose 11% for the quarter with comparable store sales up 5.5%. At POS, sales in North Americandepartment stores were essentially even with prior year while shipments into department stores declined, as inventories were planned lower. International sales increased 15% to $362 million from $314 million last year.China results continued very strong, with total sales up nearly 40% and comparable store sales rising at a double-digit rate. Shipments into international wholesale accounts rose sharply reflecting strong underlying POS sales trends. In Japan, sales rose 1% on a constant-currency basis, while dollar sales were even with the prior year, adjusted for a slightly weaker yen. During the first quarter of fiscal 2013 in North America, the company opened five factory stores, including three Men's factory stores. This brought the total to 354 retail stores and 174 factory stores as of September 29, 2012. In China, eight net locations were opened, bringing the total to 104. In Japan, Coach opened one Men's factory store. Therefore, at the end of the quarter there were 188 total locations in Japan. As previously announced, during the first quarter the company acquired the domestic retail Coach businesses in Malaysia and Korea. At quarter-end, including these acquisitions, as well as those made in FY12, the company operated seven locations in Singapore, 27 in Taiwan, 10 in Malaysia and 48 in Korea. Mr. Frankfort added, “We launched our new, iconic, dual gender Legacy collection during the quarter. Inspired by our archives, this modern, leather-based collection reinforces our distinctiveness in the marketplace. Legacy has been embraced by consumers across all geographies and demographics, providing us with a major platform for the years to come.” “We are well positioned for the holiday season and remain confident in our ability to deliver double-digit growth during our planning horizon given the strength of the Coach brand and our increasing global expansion. Further, the announcement today of the authorization of a new buyback program reflects this confidence in Coach's business outlook as well as our financial strength,” Mr. Frankfort concluded. Coach will host a conference call to review these results at 8:30 a.m. (ET) today, October 23, 2012. Interested parties may listen to the webcast by accessing www.coach.com/investors on the Internet or dialing into 1-888-405-2080 or 1-210-795-9977 and asking for the Coach earnings call led by Andrea Shaw Resnick, SVP of Investor Relations. A telephone replay will be available starting at 12:00 noon today, for a period of five business days. The number to call is 1-866-352-7723 or 1-203-369-0080. A webcast replay of the earnings conference call will also be available for five business days on the Coach website. Coach, with headquarters in New York, is a leading American marketer of fine accessories and gifts for women and men, including handbags, men's bags, women's and men's small leathergoods, weekend and travel accessories, footwear, watches, outerwear, scarves, sunwear, fragrance, jewelry and related accessories. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach's website at www.coach.com. Coach's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol COH and Coach's Hong Kong Depositary Receipts are traded on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the symbol 6388. Neither the Hong Kong Depositary Receipts nor the Hong Kong Depositary Shares evidenced thereby have been or will be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account of, a U.S. Person (within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act), absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. Hedging transactions involving these securities may not be conducted unless in compliance with the Securities Act.This press release contains forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," “confidence,” “trends,” "intend," "estimate," "on track," "are positioned to," “on course,” “opportunity,” “become,” “forward,” "continue," "project," "guidance," “target,” "forecast,” “achieve,” "anticipated," or comparable terms. Future results may differ materially from management's current expectations, based upon risks and uncertainties such as expected economic trends, the ability to anticipate consumer preferences, the ability to control costs, etc. Please refer to Coach's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K for a complete list of risk factors.         COACH, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOMEFor the Quarters Ended September 29, 2012 and October 1, 2011(in thousands, except per share data)(unaudited)   QUARTER ENDEDSeptember 29,October 1,   2012     2011     Net sales $ 1,161,350 $ 1,050,359   Cost of sales   316,182     285,706     Gross profit 845,168 764,653   Selling, general and administrative expenses   513,451     442,687     Operating income 331,717 321,966   Interest income, net 36 114   Other expense   (2,072 )   (1,476 )   Income before provision for income taxes 329,681 320,604   Provision for income taxes   108,300     105,621     Net income $ 221,381   $ 214,983     Net income per share   Basic $ 0.78   $ 0.74     Diluted $ 0.77   $ 0.73     Shares used in computing net income per share   Basic   284,569     289,778     Diluted   288,497     296,068               COACH, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSAt September 29, 2012, June 30, 2012 and October 1, 2011(in thousands)(unaudited)   September 29,June 30,October 1,   2012   2012   2011ASSETS   Cash, cash equivalents and short term investments $ 760,755 $ 917,215 $ 847,975 Receivables 178,307 174,462 153,061 Inventories 598,128 504,490 519,586 Other current assets   231,397   208,361   168,526   Total current assets 1,768,587 1,804,528 1,689,148   Property and equipment, net 687,475 644,449 586,914 Other noncurrent assets   695,316   655,344   602,016   Total assets $ 3,151,378 $ 3,104,321 $ 2,878,078   LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   Accounts payable $ 132,997 $ 155,387 $ 144,244 Accrued liabilities 575,627 540,398 486,329 Current portion of long-term debt   22,279   22,375   800   Total current liabilities 730,903 718,160 631,373   Long-term debt 985 985 23,264 Other liabilities 425,397 392,245 406,938   Stockholders' equity   1,994,093   1,992,931   1,816,503   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,151,378 $ 3,104,321 $ 2,878,078 CoachAnalysts & Media:Andrea Shaw Resnick, 212-629-2618SVP Investor Relations & Corporate Communications