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Guess?, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guess?, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results16:03 EST Wednesday, November 28, 2012Q3 Fiscal 2013 EPS of $0.43, Compared to EPS of $0.71 in Q3 Fiscal 2012 Provides Q4 EPS Guidance in the Range of $0.85 to $0.95 Updates Full Year EPS Guidance to a Range of $2.05 to $2.15 Declares Special Dividend of $1.20 per ShareLOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended October 27, 2012.  Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 HighlightsConsolidated revenues decreased 2% to $629 million; up 1% in constant dollars Asian revenues increased 16% North American Retail revenues decreased 1%; retail comp sales declined 6% European revenues increased 2% in local currency; declined 8% in U.S. dollars   Operating earnings decreased 40% and operating margin declined 590 basis points to 9.2% This press release contains certain non-GAAP, or adjusted, financial measures, which exclude a settlement charge incurred during the second quarter of fiscal 2012. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables and discussed under the heading "Presentation of Non-GAAP Information" below. Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 ResultsFor the third quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company generated net earnings of $36.6 million, a 44.7% decrease compared to net earnings of $66.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  Diluted earnings per share decreased 39.4%, to $0.43, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.71 for the prior-year quarter.    Paul Marciano, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Third quarter earnings were consistent with our guidance but fell short of our operational goals, as economic pressures impacted consumer confidence in most of our markets.  Our European business was stronger at the beginning of the quarter, though business softened toward the end of the period.  We posted solid double digit growth in Asia.  In North America, our key strategies remain relevant as we focus on driving traffic to the stores through enhanced customer engagement initiatives and elevating the brand with quality."Mr. Marciano continued, "We do expect that the current market conditions in the global economy will continue for some time and we are more cautious on near term customer demand trends.  Accessories performance, specifically handbags and watches, have been a top priority and I am very confident of these categories going forward.  Our goal is to retain our high-quality standards.  Meanwhile, our team is focused on shortening the development cycle of a large portion of our products to a fast track calendar to deliver current trends at the right time, in addition to our iconic denim lines for men and women that we have offered for the last 30 years."Mr. Marciano concluded, "We have a strong financial position and will run our business proactively to adapt to the existing economic climate, manage our expenses and inventories tightly and reallocate capital in growth regions of the world, specifically Eastern and Northern Europe as well as Asia.  We plan to evaluate new strategies to drive growth and profitability and improve the performance of our stores in the U.S. and in Canada.  At the same time, with our strong financial position, our goal is to focus on delivering balanced returns to our shareholders, including through our dividend and share repurchase programs."   Total net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 decreased 2.2% to $628.8 million, from $642.8 million in the prior-year quarter.  In constant dollars, total net revenue increased 1.2%.  The Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $262.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, a 1.3% decrease from $265.6 million in the same period a year ago.  Comparable store sales decreased 6.0% for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to the same period a year ago.  The Company directly operated 513 retail stores in the United States and Canada at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2013 versus 495 stores a year earlier. Net revenue from the Company's Europe segment decreased 8.3% to $202.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to $221.0 million in the prior-year period.  In local currency, net revenue increased 1.7%. Net revenue from the Company's Asia segment increased 15.5% to $74.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, from $64.8 million in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars, net revenue increased 15.6%. Net revenue from the Company's North American Wholesale segment increased 1.0% to $57.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to $57.3 million in the prior-year period. Licensing segment net revenue decreased 7.6% to $31.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, from $34.0 million in the prior-year period.Operating earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 decreased 40.1% to $58.1 million (including a $2.4 million unfavorable currency translation impact) from operating earnings of $97.0 million in the prior-year period.  Operating margin in the third quarter declined 590 basis points to 9.2%, compared to operating margin of 15.1% in the prior-year quarter.  The lower operating margin primarily reflects the impact of higher occupancy and selling costs in Europe due to retail expansion, negative same store sales on the Company's fixed cost structure and increased investments in advertising.  In addition, product margins were lower, primarily driven by promotions in North America and the effect of pricing parity changes in Canada.  Other net expense, which primarily includes net unrealized mark-to-market losses on foreign currency contracts and balances, partially offset by net unrealized gains on non-operating assets, was $0.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013.  This compares to other net income of $1.9 million in the prior-year quarter.The Company's reported effective tax rate increased to 34.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, from 32.3% for the third quarter of the prior year.  Nine-Month Period ResultsNet earnings for the nine months ended October 27, 2012 were $106.2 million, a decrease of 43.3% compared to adjusted net earnings of $187.2 million for the nine months ended October 29, 2011.  The prior-year adjusted net earnings excluded a settlement charge of $19.5 million ($17.6 million net of the related tax impact) associated with the settlement of the Company's relationship with one of its former European service providers. Diluted earnings per share declined 39.8% to $1.21 per share in the first nine months of the 2013 fiscal year compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $2.01 in the comparable nine-month period last year.  On a GAAP basis, for the first nine months of fiscal 2013, net earnings decreased 37.4% and diluted earnings per share decreased 33.5%.Total net revenue for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 decreased 3.6% to $1.84 billion from $1.91 billion in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars, total net revenue increased 0.6%.The Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $766.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, a 0.9% decrease from $774.1 million in the same period a year ago.  Comparable store sales decreased 6.3% in local currency and 6.7% in U.S. dollars for the nine months ended October 27, 2012, compared to the nine months ended October 29, 2011. Net revenue from the Company's Europe segment decreased 11.2% to $639.3 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, compared to $720.1 million in the prior-year period.  In local currency, Europe segment revenues decreased 1.6%.  Net revenue from the Company's Asia segment increased 14.6% to $206.5 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, compared to $180.2 million in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars the increase was 16.5%. Net revenue from the Company's North American Wholesale segment decreased 2.3% to $143.4 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, from $146.8 million in the prior-year period. Licensing segment net revenue decreased 4.0% to $87.4 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, from $91.0 million in the prior-year period.Operating earnings for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 decreased 45.0% to $154.6 million (including an $8.5 million unfavorable currency translation impact) from adjusted operating earnings of $280.9 million in the prior-year period.  Operating margin for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 declined 630 basis points to 8.4% compared to adjusted operating margin of 14.7% in the prior-year period.  The decline in operating margin primarily reflects the impact of higher occupancy and selling costs in Europe, negative same store sales on the Company's fixed cost structure, and increased investments in advertising and marketing.  Product margins for the year-to-date period were lower compared to the prior-year period driven by lower margin in North American Retail and unfavorable currency impact in Europe.  GAAP operating earnings decreased 40.9% and GAAP operating margin declined 530 basis points.Other net income, which primarily includes net unrealized mark-to-market gains on foreign currency contracts and balances, and net unrealized gains on non-operating assets, was $5.8 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2013.  This compares to other net expense of $5.4 million in the prior-year period.  The Company's effective tax rate was 33.0% for the first nine months of both fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012.OutlookThe Company's expectations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 ending February 2, 2013, are as follows:Consolidated net revenues are expected to range from $780 million to $800 million. Operating margin is expected to be between 14.5% and 15.5%. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.85 to $0.95.The Company updated its outlook for the fiscal year ending February 2, 2013, which is now as follows:Consolidated net revenues are expected to range from $2.62 billion to $2.64 billion. Operating margin is expected to be between 10.0% and 10.5%. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $2.05 to $2.15.DividendsThe 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 Board of Directors has also approved a special cash dividend of $1.20 per share to be paid with the regular quarterly dividend.  The combined dividends will be payable on December 28, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 12, 2012.   Presentation of Non-GAAP InformationThe financial information presented in this release includes both GAAP and non-GAAP measures.  The "non-GAAP" or "adjusted" financial measures exclude the impact of a settlement charge incurred during the second quarter of fiscal 2012. In 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.The Company has excluded this settlement charge, and related tax impact, from its adjusted financial measures primarily because it does not believe such charge reflects the Company's ongoing operating results or future outlook.  The Company believes that these adjusted financial measures are useful as an additional means for investors to evaluate the comparability of the Company's operating results when reviewed in conjunction with the Company's GAAP financial statements.  A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables. The non-GAAP measures are provided in addition to, and not as alternatives for, the Company's reported GAAP results.  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.  Investor Conference CallThe Company will hold a conference call at 4:30 pm (ET) on November 28, 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.About Guess?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 27, 2012, the Company directly operated 513 retail stores in the United States and Canada and 312 retail stores in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  The Company's licensees and distributors operated an additional 837 retail stores outside of the United States and Canada. For more information about the Company, please visit www.guess.com. Forward Looking StatementsExcept for historical information contained herein, certain matters discussed in this press release, including statements concerning the Company's strategies, goals, expectations and future prospects, as well as guidance for the fourth 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, which are frequently indicated by terms such as "expect," "will," "goal," "strategy," "believe," "continue," "outlook," "plan" and similar terms, 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 others: our ability to maintain our brand image and reputation; domestic and international economic conditions, including economic and other events that could negatively impact consumer confidence and discretionary consumer spending; changes in the competitive marketplace and in our commercial relationships; our ability to anticipate consumer preferences, effectively operate our various retail concepts and effectively manage inventories; our ability to successfully implement our growth strategies and to continue to expand or grow our business; unexpected obligations arising from litigation, tax and other regulatory proceedings; risks associated with our foreign operations, such as violations of laws prohibiting improper payments and the burdens of complying with a variety of foreign laws and regulations; and changes in economic, political, social and other conditions affecting our foreign operations and sourcing, 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 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.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.Contact:Guess?, Inc.Investor Relations(213) 765-5578 Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Statements of Income(amounts in thousands, except per share data)Three Months EndedNine Months EndedOctober 27,October 29,October 27,October 29,20122011 (2)20122011 (2)$%$%$%$%Product sales$ 597,37495.0%$ 608,77794.7%$ 1,756,12395.3%$ 1,821,19895.2%Net royalties31,4545.0%34,0265.3%87,3644.7%91,0084.8%Net revenue628,828100.0%642,803100.0%1,843,487100.0%1,912,206100.0%Cost of product sales381,21960.6%367,20257.1%1,109,24260.2%1,091,11957.1%Gross profit 247,60939.4%275,60142.9%734,24539.8%821,08742.9%Selling, general and administrative expenses189,49230.2%178,63227.8%579,68631.4%540,19328.3%Settlement charge-0.0%-0.0%-0.0%19,4630.9%Earnings from operations58,1179.2%96,96915.1%154,5598.4%261,43113.7%Other income (expense):Interest expense(424)(0.1%)(775)(0.1%)(1,205)(0.0%)(1,539)(0.1%)Interest income-0.0%6610.1%1,5090.0%2,4330.1%Other, net(245)(0.0%)1,8680.3%5,7650.3%(5,437)(0.3%)Earnings before income taxes57,4489.1%98,72315.4%160,6288.7%256,88813.4%Income taxes19,9893.1%31,8775.0%53,0072.9%84,6484.4%Net earnings37,4596.0%66,84610.4%107,6215.8%172,2409.0%Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries8120.2%5510.1%1,4290.0%2,6060.1%Net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.$   36,6475.8%$   66,29510.3%$    106,1925.8%$    169,6348.9%Net earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders:Basic$       0.43$       0.71$          1.21$          1.83Diluted$       0.43$       0.71$          1.21$          1.82Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:Basic84,40892,01186,85791,835Diluted84,70292,33887,15692,279Adjusted earnings from operations (1)$    154,5598.4%$    280,89414.7%Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc. (1)$    106,1925.8%$    187,2479.8%Adjusted diluted earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders (1)$          1.21$          2.01Notes:(1)The adjusted results reflect the exclusion of the settlement charge (and related taxes where applicable) recorded during the nine month period ended October 29, 2011. No adjustments have been made to the current-year period.  A complete reconciliation of actual results to adjusted results is presented in the table entitled "Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Adjusted Results."(2)For the three and nine month periods ended October 29, 2011, the Company reclassified certain distribution costs from selling, general and administrative expenses to cost of product sales to conform to current period presentation.  The reclassification had no impact on previously reported earnings from operations, net earnings or net earnings per share. Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesReconciliation of GAAP Results to Adjusted Results(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. for the nine months ended October 29, 2011.Nine Months EndedOctober 29,2011% of$RevenuesReported GAAP earnings from operations$   261,43113.7%  Add back settlement charge (1)19,463Adjusted earnings from operations$   280,89414.7%Reported GAAP net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.$   169,6348.9%  Add back settlement charge (1)19,463  Less income tax on settlement charge(2)(1,850)Total adjustments affecting net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.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:Basic91,835Diluted92,279Notes:(1)In 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 settlement charge in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, impacting the nine months ended October 29, 2011.  No adjustments have been made to the current-year period.  (2)The 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 27,October 29,%October 27,October 29,%20122011chg20122011chgNet revenue:Europe$    202,594$    221,041-8%$    639,326$    720,068-11%North American Retail262,064265,637-1%766,874774,147-1%Asia74,83864,78216%206,499180,15215%North American Wholesale57,87857,3171%143,424146,831-2%Licensing31,45434,026-8%87,36491,008-4%$    628,828$    642,803-2%$ 1,843,487$ 1,912,206-4%Earnings (loss) from operations:Europe before settlement charge$      14,572$      34,152-57%$      51,675$    131,014-61%Europe settlement charge, pre-tax---(19,463)Europe including settlement charge14,57234,152-57%51,675111,551-54%North American Retail8,95227,533-67%42,70379,077-46%Asia7,7998,248-5%17,69320,205-12%North American Wholesale14,88816,013-7%31,93537,649-15%Licensing27,10330,698-12%74,55881,188-8%Corporate Overhead(15,197)(19,675)-23%(64,005)(68,239)-6%$      58,117$      96,969-40%$    154,559$    261,431-41%Operating margins:Europe before settlement charge7.2%15.5%8.1%18.2%Europe including settlement charge7.2%15.5%8.1%15.5%North American Retail3.4%10.4%5.6%10.2%Asia10.4%12.7%8.6%11.2%North American Wholesale25.7%27.9%22.3%25.6%Licensing 86.2%90.2%85.3%89.2%Total Company before settlement charge9.2%15.1%8.4%14.7%Total Company including settlement charge9.2%15.1%8.4%13.7% Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesSelected Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data(in thousands)October 27, January 28,October 29,201220122011ASSETSCash and cash equivalents$      287,288$     491,805$     426,725Short-term investments7,3484,0604,082Receivables, net332,440340,602376,502Inventories422,304328,602385,399Other current assets76,78496,41384,017Property and equipment, net356,396348,885352,514Other assets260,508234,108231,961Total Assets$   1,743,068$  1,844,475$  1,861,200LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent portion of borrowings and capital lease obligations$          1,776$         2,030$         2,131Other current liabilities395,044418,006425,596Capital lease obligations8,73910,20611,372Other long-term liabilities221,373211,675174,519Redeemable and nonredeemable noncontrolling interests15,89226,92825,588Guess?, Inc. stockholders' equity1,100,2441,175,6301,221,994Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$   1,743,068$  1,844,475$  1,861,200 Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Cash Flow Data(in thousands)Nine Months EndedOctober 27,October 29, 20122011Net cash provided by operating activities$       96,002$      149,948Net cash used in investing activities(96,782)(103,775)Net cash used in financing activities(200,150)(52,510)Effect of exchange rates on cash(3,587)6,025Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(204,517)(312)Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year491,805427,037Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period$     287,288$      426,725Supplemental information:Depreciation and amortization$       66,280$        59,153Rent$     198,997$      184,798 Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesRetail Store DataInternational Store CountAs of October 27, 2012As of October 29, 2011TotalDirectly OperatedTotalDirectly OperatedRegionStoresStoresStoresStoresUnited States and Canada513513495495Europe and the Middle East610234547171Asia4604940839Central and South America792967221,6628251,517727 Guess?, Inc. and SubsidiariesRetail Store DataU.S. and CanadaNine Months EndedOctober 27,October 29,20122011Number of stores at the beginning of the year504481Store openings2425Store closures(15)(11)Number of stores at the end of the period513495Total store square footage at the end of the period2,370,0002,270,000 SOURCE Guess?, Inc.