lululemon Revises Down Second-Quarter Outlook

6/13/2014
lululemon athletica inc. announced financial results for the first quarter ended May 4, 2014 and that its board of directors has approved a stock repurchase program to buy back up to $450 million of its common shares in the open market at prevailing market prices. The timing and actual number of common shares to be repurchased will depend upon market conditions and other factors, in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission requirements.

The share buyback program is intended to create shareholder value by making opportunistic repurchases during periods of favorable market conditions and is expected to be completed in two years. Shares may be repurchased from time to time on the open market, through block trades or otherwise. Purchases may be started or stopped at any time without prior notice depending on market conditions and other factors.

For the first quarter ended May 4, 2014:
  • Net revenue for the quarter increased 11 percent to $384.6 million from $345.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Total comparable sales on a combined basis increased 1 percent for the first quarter on a constant dollar basis. Comparable corporate-store sales for the first quarter decreased by 4 percent on a constant dollar basis and direct to consumer revenue increased 25 percent on a constant dollar basis.
  • Direct to consumer revenue increased to $66.0 million, or 17.2 percent of total Company revenues, in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, an increase from 15.6 percent of total Company revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Gross profit for the quarter increased 15 percent to $195.7 million, and as a percentage of net revenue gross profit increased to 50.9 percent for the quarter from 49.4 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 included a provision of $17.5 million related to the pull-back of black Luon pants.
  • Income from operations for the quarter increased 6 percent to $69.8 million, and as a percentage of net revenue was 18.2 percent compared to 19.1 percent of net revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Tax expense for the quarter was $52.5 million, which included a one-time adjustment of $30.9 million for the planned repatriation of foreign earnings that will be used to fund the share buyback program. The normalized tax rate before the $30.9 million non-recurring adjustment would have been 30.1 percent, compared to 29.8 percent a year ago. The tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, including the one-time adjustment, was 73.4 percent.
  • Excluding the one-time adjustment, diluted earnings per share were $0.34 in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Including the non-recurring adjustment, diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.13, which included a $0.21 per share impact from the planned repatriation of foreign earnings.
The company ended the first quarter of fiscal 2014 with $752.0 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $588.4 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Inventory at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014 totaled $177.4 million compared to $143.7 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013. The Company ended the quarter with 263 stores.

"We are pleased that Q1 results were slightly ahead of our expectations. 2014 is very much a transitional year for lululemon, and we are on track with the improvements we have set out to achieve," said Laurent Potdevin, lululemon CEO. "We are focused on building a scalable foundation to further elevate our North American business and pursue the brand's incredible international potential."

Potdevin continued, "Despite a reduced outlook, I am confident that the work we are doing today will only enhance our premium positioning as we continue to lead as the market innovator."

Updated outlook
For the second quarter of fiscal 2014, lululemon expects net revenue to be in the range of $375 million to $380 million based on a total combined comparable sales decrease in the low to mid single digits on a constant-dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.28 to $0.30 for the quarter. This guidance assumes 146.0 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 30.2 percent tax rate. The guidance does not reflect the potential repurchase of shares.

For the full fiscal 2014, the company now expects net revenue to be in the range of $1.770 billion to $1.800 billion based on a total combined comparable sales increase in the low single digits on a constant-dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.50 to $1.55 for the full year, or $1.71 to $1.76 normalized for the one-time tax adjustment related to the planned repatriation. This guidance assumes 146.3 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 38.6 percent tax rate, which includes the tax adjustment for the planned repatriation, or 30.2 percent before the tax adjustment. The guidance does not reflect the potential repurchase of shares.
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