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Guess?, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results
Q2 Fiscal 2013 Revenues Decreased 6% to $635 Million; Up Slightly in Constant Dollars
Q2 Fiscal 2013 EPS Reached $0.49, Compared to Adjusted EPS of $0.84 and GAAP EPS of $0.65 in Q2 Fiscal 2012
Provides Q3 EPS Guidance in the Range of $0.42 to $0.46
Updates Full Year EPS Guidance to a Range of $2.15 to $2.30

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended July 28, 2012. 

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Highlights

  • Asian revenues increased 26% in constant dollars; up 21% in U.S. dollars
  • North American Retail revenues decreased 3%; retail comp sales declined 8.5%
  • European revenues decreased 2% in local currency; declined 15% in U.S. dollars  
  • Adjusted operating earnings decreased 49% and adjusted operating margin declined 770 basis points to 9.0%; GAAP operating earnings decreased 39% and GAAP operating margin declined 480 basis points
  • Invested $140 million to repurchase 5 million shares

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.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company generated net earnings of $42.9 million, a 45.2% decrease compared to adjusted net earnings of $78.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2012.  The prior-year adjusted net earnings excludes 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 decreased 41.7%, to $0.49, compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.84 for the prior-year quarter.  On a GAAP basis, second quarter fiscal 2013 net earnings decreased 29.3% and diluted earnings per share decreased 24.6%. 

Paul Marciano, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The second quarter was both rewarding and challenging for us.  While store traffic remained down in North America, our strategy to elevate our women's business appears to be working.  We are now focused on driving improvements in accessories, which has become increasingly competitive, and are also developing plans to refine our North American strategy where necessary to remain competitive.  Our European business remained stable, as we grew in newer markets in the north and east, while economic conditions continued to affect consumers, particularly in the south.  We also posted solid double digit growth in Asia and China has continued to exceed our expectations."

Mr. Marciano continued, "We are committed to developing the long-term global potential of the Guess? brand.  We will continue to manage our business prudently, focusing carefully on those things that are within our direct control.  While our initiatives may take longer than we had expected and the market place remains uncertain, we will continue to focus on providing a great customer experience and innovative products supported by our new and targeted marketing efforts.  With our strong financial position and cash generation power, our goal is to continue to deliver balanced returns to our shareholders – through growth of newer markets and concepts as well as through our dividend and share repurchase programs."

Total net revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 decreased 6.2% to $635.4 million, from $677.2 million in the prior-year quarter.  In constant dollars, total net revenue increased 0.4%. 

  • The Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $253.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, a 3.1% decrease from $261.1 million in the same period a year ago.  Comparable store sales decreased 7.5% in local currency and 8.5% in U.S. dollars for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to the same period a year ago.  The Company directly operated 511 retail stores in the United States and Canada at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2013 versus 490 stores a year earlier.
  • Net revenue from the Company's Europe segment decreased 14.5% to $246.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to $288.8 million in the prior-year period.  In local currency, net revenue decreased 1.9%.
  • Net revenue from the Company's Asia segment increased 20.9% to $66.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, from $55.3 million in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars, net revenue increased 26.2%.
  • Net revenue from the Company's North American Wholesale segment decreased 5.1% to $41.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, from $43.9 million in the prior-year period.
  • Licensing segment net revenue decreased 4.0% to $27.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, from $28.1 million in the prior-year period.

Operating earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 decreased 49.3% to $57.3 million (including a $5.2 million unfavorable currency translation impact) from adjusted operating earnings of $113.0 million in the prior-year period.  Operating margin in the second quarter declined 770 basis points to 9.0%, compared to adjusted operating margin of 16.7% in the prior-year quarter.  The lower operating margin primarily reflects the impact of negative same store sales on the Company's fixed cost structure, higher occupancy and selling costs in Europe due to retail expansion, increased investments in advertising and marketing and a bad debt provision related to its Greek distributor.  In addition, product margins were lower, primarily in Europe, resulting mainly from the effect of a weaker euro.  On a GAAP basis, operating earnings decreased 38.7% and operating margin declined 480 basis points.

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 $5.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to other net income of $2.7 million in the prior-year quarter.

The Company's reported effective tax rate decreased to 32.0% in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, from 35.8% for the second quarter of the prior year.  The decrease mainly reflects the impact of the settlement charge in the prior-year period which increased the prior-year effective tax rate by 440 basis points.

Six-Month Period Results

Net earnings for the six months ended July 28, 2012 were $69.5 million, a decrease of 42.5% compared to adjusted net earnings of $121.0 million for the six months ended July 30, 2011.  Diluted earnings per share declined 40.0% to $0.78 per share in the first six months of the 2013 fiscal year compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.30 in the comparable six-month period last year.  On a GAAP basis, for the first six months of fiscal 2013, net earnings decreased 32.7% and diluted earnings per share decreased 29.7%.

Total net revenue for the first six months of fiscal 2013 decreased 4.3% to $1.21 billion from $1.27 billion in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars, total net revenue increased 0.2%.

  • The Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $504.8 million in the first six months of fiscal 2013, a 0.7% decrease from $508.5 million in the same period a year ago.  Comparable store sales decreased 6.3% in local currency and 7.1% in U.S. dollars for the six months ended July 28, 2012, compared to the six months ended July 30, 2011.
  • Net revenue from the Company's Europe segment decreased 12.5% to $436.7 million in the first six months of fiscal 2013, compared to $499.0 million in the prior-year period.  In local currency, Europe segment revenues decreased 3.1%. 
  • Net revenue from the Company's Asia segment increased 14.1% to $131.7 million in the first six months of fiscal 2013, compared to $115.4 million in the prior-year period.  In constant dollars the increase was 17.0%.
  • Net revenue from the Company's North American Wholesale segment decreased 4.4% to $85.5 million in the first six months of fiscal 2013, from $89.5 million in the prior-year period.
  • Licensing segment net revenue decreased 1.9% to $55.9 million in the first six months of fiscal 2013, from $57.0 million in the prior-year period.

Operating earnings for the first six months of fiscal 2013 decreased 47.6% to $96.4 million (including a $6.1 million unfavorable currency translation impact) from adjusted operating earnings of $183.9 million in the prior-year period.  Operating margin for the first six months of fiscal 2013 declined 660 basis points to 7.9% compared to adjusted operating margin of 14.5% in the prior-year period.  The decline in operating margin primarily reflects the impact of negative same store sales on the Company's fixed cost structure, higher occupancy, selling and distribution costs in Europe and increased investments in advertising and marketing.  Product margins for the year-to-date period were slightly lower compared to the prior-year period.  GAAP operating earnings decreased 41.4% and GAAP operating margin declined 510 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 $6.0 million for the first six months of fiscal 2013.  This compares to other net expense of $7.3 million in the prior-year period. 

The Company's effective tax rate was 32.0% for the first six months of fiscal 2013, compared to 33.4% in the prior-year period.

Outlook

The Company's expectations for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 ending October 27, 2012, are as follows:

  • Consolidated net revenues are expected to range from $620 million to $630 million.
  • Operating margin is expected to be between 9.0% and 9.5%.
  • Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.42 to $0.46.

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 $2.65 billion.
  • Operating margin is expected to be between 10.5% and 11.0%.
  • Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $2.15 to $2.30.

Capital Structure and Dividends

During the second quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company repurchased 5.0 million shares of its common stock at an average purchase price of $27.82, totaling $140.1 million.  The Company currently has $518 million available under existing share repurchase authorizations.  The 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 September 21, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 5, 2012.  Finally, the Company is currently working with its global banking partners to exercise the accordion feature of its existing credit facility to increase its capacity.  As of July 28, 2012, there were no direct borrowings and approximately $1.3 million of letters of credit outstanding under this credit facility.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Information

The 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 Call

The Company will hold a conference call at 4:30 pm (ET) on August 22, 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 July 28, 2012, the Company directly operated 511 retail stores in the United States and Canada and 300 retail stores in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  The Company's licensees and distributors operated an additional 815 retail stores outside of the United States and Canada. For more information about the Company, please visit www.guess.com.

Forward Looking Statements

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, guidance for the third quarter and full year of fiscal 2013 and plans to exercise the accordion feature of its existing credit facility, 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; changes in the financial markets; 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 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) 765-5578

Source: Guess?, Inc.


Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)





















Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended





July 28,


July 30,


July 28,


July 30,





2012


2011 (2)


2012


2011 (2)





$

%


$

%


$

%


$

%
































Product sales


$     608,383

95.7%


$     649,022

95.8%


$    1,158,749

95.4%


$   1,212,421

95.5%


Net royalties


27,010

4.3%


28,137

4.2%


55,910

4.6%


56,982

4.5%


Net revenue


635,393

100.0%


677,159

100.0%


1,214,659

100.0%


1,269,403

100.0%
















Cost of product sales


383,833

60.4%


379,703

56.1%


728,023

59.9%


723,917

57.0%
















Gross profit 


251,560

39.6%


297,456

43.9%


486,636

40.1%


545,486

43.0%
















Selling, general and administrative expenses


194,259

30.6%


184,464

27.2%


390,194

32.2%


361,561

28.5%

Settlement charge


-

0.0%


19,463

2.9%


-

0.0%


19,463

1.5%
















Earnings from operations


57,301

9.0%


93,529

13.8%


96,442

7.9%


164,462

13.0%
















Other income (expense):














Interest expense


(397)

(0.1%)


(359)

(0.1%)


(781)

(0.1%)


(764)

(0.1%)


Interest income


815

0.1%


477

0.1%


1,509

0.1%


1,772

0.1%


Other, net


5,442

0.9%


2,697

0.4%


6,010

0.6%


(7,305)

(0.5%)
















Earnings before income taxes


63,161

9.9%


96,344

14.2%


103,180

8.5%


158,165

12.5%
















Income taxes


20,212

3.1%


34,534

5.1%


33,018

2.7%


52,771

4.2%
















Net earnings


42,949

6.8%


61,810

9.1%


70,162

5.8%


105,394

8.3%
















Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


50

0.0%


1,153

0.1%


617

0.1%


2,055

0.2%
















Net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.


$       42,899

6.8%


$       60,657

9.0%


$         69,545

5.7%


$      103,339

8.1%































Net earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders:





























Basic


$           0.49



$           0.65



$             0.78



$            1.12


















Diluted


$           0.49



$           0.65



$             0.78



$            1.11

















Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:





























Basic


86,972



91,864



88,081



91,746


















Diluted


87,237



92,368



88,384



92,281

































Adjusted earnings from operations (1)


$       57,301

9.0%


$     112,992

16.7%


$         96,442

7.9%


$      183,925

14.5%

















Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc. (1)


$       42,899

6.8%


$       78,270

11.6%


$         69,545

5.7%


$      120,952

9.5%

















Adjusted diluted
earnings per common
share attributable to
common stockholders (1)


$           0.49



$           0.84



$             0.78



$            1.30


Notes:













(1)

The adjusted results reflect the exclusion of the settlement charge (and related taxes where applicable) recorded during the three and six month periods ended July 30, 2011. No adjustments have been made to the current-year periods.  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 six month periods ended July 30, 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 Subsidiaries

Reconciliation 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 three and six months ended July 30, 2011.


















Three Months Ended



Six Months Ended







July 30,



July 30,







2011



2011








% of




% of







$

Revenues



$

Revenues














Reported GAAP earnings from operations


$     93,529

13.8%



$   164,462

13.0%


  Add back settlement charge (1)


19,463




19,463















Adjusted earnings from operations


$ 112,992

16.7%



$ 183,925

14.5%


























Reported GAAP net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.


$     60,657

9.0%



$   103,339

8.1%














  Add back settlement charge (1)


19,463




19,463



  Less income tax on settlement charge(2)


(1,850)




(1,850)



Total adjustments affecting net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.


17,613




17,613















Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.


$   78,270

11.6%



$ 120,952

9.5%














Adjusted diluted earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders:


$         0.84




$         1.30



























Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:






















Basic


91,864




91,746
















Diluted


92,368




92,281















Notes:










(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 three and six months ended July 30, 2011.   No adjustments have been made to the current-year periods.  














(2)

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 Subsidiaries

Consolidated Segment Data

(dollars in thousands)

















































Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended




July 28,


July 30,


%


July 28,


July 30,


%




2012


2011


chg


2012


2011


chg
















Net revenue:














Europe

$    246,917


$    288,818


-15%


$        436,732


$        499,027


-12%



North American Retail

253,012


261,053


-3%


504,810


508,510


-1%



Asia

66,826


55,283


21%


131,661


115,370


14%



North American Wholesale

41,628


43,868


-5%


85,546


89,514


-4%



Licensing

27,010


28,137


-4%


55,910


56,982


-2%




$    635,393


$    677,159


-6%


$     1,214,659


$     1,269,403


-4%






























Earnings (loss) from operations:














Europe before settlement charge

$      24,622


$      63,681


-61%


$          37,103


$          96,862


-62%



Europe settlement charge, pre-tax

-


(19,463)




-


(19,463)





Europe including settlement charge

24,622


44,218


-44%


37,103


77,399


-52%

















North American Retail

16,761


32,914


-49%


33,751


51,544


-35%



Asia

4,019


4,856


-17%


9,894


11,957


-17%



North American Wholesale

7,701


10,522


-27%


17,047


21,636


-21%



Licensing

22,869


25,200


-9%


47,455


50,490


-6%



Corporate Overhead

(18,671)


(24,181)


-23%


(48,808)


(48,564)


1%




$      57,301


$      93,529


-39%


$          96,442


$        164,462


-41%






























Operating margins:














Europe before settlement charge

10.0%


22.0%




8.5%


19.4%





Europe including settlement charge

10.0%


15.3%




8.5%


15.5%



















North American Retail

6.6%


12.6%




6.7%


10.1%





Asia

6.0%


8.8%




7.5%


10.4%





North American Wholesale

18.5%


24.0%




19.9%


24.2%





Licensing 

84.7%


89.6%




84.9%


88.6%



















Total Company before settlement charge

9.0%


16.7%




7.9%


14.5%





Total Company including settlement charge

9.0%


13.8%




7.9%


13.0%





Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Selected Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

(in thousands)












July 28, 


January 28,


July 30,




2012


2012


2011










ASSETS












Cash and cash equivalents

$        271,937


$        491,805


$        430,233










Short-term investments

9,577


4,060


-










Receivables, net

334,847


340,602


391,486










Inventories

381,180


328,602


343,094










Other current assets

85,157


96,413


77,756










Property and equipment, net

348,202


348,885


343,198










Other assets

250,222


234,108


230,863











Total Assets

$     1,681,122


$     1,844,475


$     1,816,630


















LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY












Current portion of borrowings and capital lease obligations

$            1,720


$            2,030


$            2,207










Other current liabilities

385,116


418,006


432,010










Capital lease obligations

8,719


10,206


12,027










Other long-term liabilities

219,589


211,675


169,776










Redeemable and nonredeemable noncontrolling interests

15,139


26,928


29,468










Guess?, Inc. stockholders' equity

1,050,839


1,175,630


1,171,142











Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$     1,681,122


$     1,844,475


$     1,816,630



Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Data

(in thousands)











Six Months Ended


July 28,


July 30, 


2012


2011









Net cash provided by operating activities

$   44,653


$   88,377





Net cash used in investing activities

(69,517)


(62,148)





Net cash used in financing activities

(182,793)


(34,218)





Effect of exchange rates on cash

(12,211)


11,185





Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(219,868)


3,196





Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

491,805


427,037





Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

$ 271,937


$ 430,233













Supplemental information:








Depreciation and amortization

$   43,516


$   39,383





Rent

$ 131,079


$ 121,585


Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Retail Store Data

International Store Count






















As of July 28, 2012


As of July 30, 2011



Total


Directly Operated


Total


Directly Operated

Region

Stores


Stores


Stores


Stores











United States and Canada

511


511


490


490











Europe and the Middle East

589


227


533


165











Asia

450


47


377


32











Central and South America

76


26


65


21












1,626


811


1,465


708


Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Retail Store Data

U.S. and Canada














Six Months Ended



July 28,


July 30,



2012


2011











Number of stores at the beginning of the year

504


481







Store openings

19


15







Store closures

(12)


(6)






Number of stores at the end of the period

511


490











Total store square footage at the end of the period

2,359,000


2,239,000

SOURCE Guess?, Inc.