Guess?, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Guess?, Inc. (NYSE:GES) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended July 30, 2016.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Highlights

  • Americas Retail revenues decreased 3% in U.S. dollars and 1% in constant currency; retail comp sales including e-commerce decreased 2% in U.S. dollars and constant currency
  • Europe revenues increased 7% in U.S. dollars and 6% in constant currency
  • Asia revenues decreased 6% in U.S. dollars and 4% in constant currency
  • Americas Wholesale revenues decreased 8% in U.S. dollars and 4% in constant currency
  • Licensing revenues decreased 13% in U.S. dollars and constant currency
  • Operating earnings decreased 41%
  • Announces quarterly cash dividend of $0.225

This press release contains certain non-GAAP, or adjusted, financial measures, which exclude the impact of (i) a gain from the sale of a minority interest investment recorded during the second quarter of fiscal 2017 and (ii) restructuring charges and a related exit tax charge recorded during the first quarter of fiscal 2017. 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 2017 Results

Victor Herrero, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to deliver second quarter earnings that exceeded our expectations both in earnings per share and operating margin. In Europe, our retail business delivered another strong quarter with comp store sales up in the low-double digits. In the Americas, our retail business in the US and Canada performed in line with our expectations with tourist doors still under-performing the chain. In Asia, we delivered positive comps in Korea, Mainland China and Japan, although Greater China was below our expectations as we continue to build out our infrastructure there and transition the business to a direct model."

Mr. Herrero continued, "I had highlighted on our prior earnings calls that the first six months of the year would be a transition period. This transition is now behind us and the investments we have made so far are expected to start generating revenue growth for the Company in the third quarter, accelerating into the fourth quarter."

For the second quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company recorded GAAP net earnings of $32.3 million, a 76.4% increase compared to $18.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016. GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 81.0% to $0.38 for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to $0.21 for the prior-year quarter.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company recognized a gain from the sale of a minority interest investment of approximately $22.3 million (or $20.3 million after considering the related tax impact of $2.0 million), or a favorable $0.24 per share impact. Excluding the gain from the sale of the minority interest investment, adjusted net earnings were $12.0 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.14 during the second quarter of fiscal 2017. The Company estimates the negative impact of currency on diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was approximately $0.04.

Total net revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased 0.2% to $545.0 million, from $546.3 million in the prior-year quarter. In constant currency, total net revenue increased 0.5%. Refer to the accompanying tables for a summary of net revenue by segment as well as information regarding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on the Company's net revenue.

Operating earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased 40.5% to $15.6 million (including a $0.2 million unfavorable currency translation impact), from $26.2 million in the prior-year quarter. Operating margin in the second quarter decreased 190 basis points to 2.9%, from 4.8% in the prior-year quarter, driven primarily by higher expenses due to retail expansion and the negative impact from currency exchange rate fluctuations, partially offset by lower charges related to legal matters. The negative impact of currency on operating margin for the quarter was roughly 70 basis points.

  • Operating margin for the Company's Americas Retail segment decreased 300 basis points to negative 0.7% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, from 2.3% in the prior-year period. The decrease in operating margin was driven by lower gross margins due primarily to more markdowns and the negative impact on the fixed cost structure resulting from negative comparable store sales.
  • Operating margin for the Company's Europe segment decreased 20 basis points to 8.9% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, from 9.1% in the prior-year period, due to lower gross margins, partially offset by a lower SG&A rate. The lower gross margins were driven primarily by the unfavorable impact from currency exchange rate fluctuations on product costs and lower initial mark-ups, partially offset by the favorable impact from positive comparable store sales. The lower SG&A rate was due primarily to the favorable impact on the fixed cost structure resulting from positive comparable store sales, partially offset by higher store selling expenses due to retail expansion.
  • Operating margin for the Company's Asia segment decreased 830 basis points to negative 6.7% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, from 1.6% in the prior-year period. The decrease in operating margin was due to a higher SG&A rate and lower gross margins driven primarily by higher expenses resulting from expansion in China and overall deleveraging.
  • Operating margin for the Company's Americas Wholesale segment decreased 390 basis points to 11.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, from 15.1% in the prior-year period, due to lower gross margins and a higher SG&A rate. The lower gross margins were driven primarily by the unfavorable impact from currency exchange rate fluctuations on product costs and lower initial mark-ups. The higher SG&A rate was due primarily to overall deleveraging of expenses.
  • Operating margin for the Company's Licensing segment increased 140 basis points to 89.9% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to 88.5% in the prior-year period.

Other net income, which primarily includes a realized gain of $22.3 million from the sale of a minority interest investment, was $27.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to $3.7 million in the prior-year quarter. The gain from the sale of the minority interest investment has been excluded for purposes of calculating adjusted financial measures for the second quarter of fiscal 2017. 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.

Six-Month Period Results

For the six months ended July 30, 2016, the Company recorded GAAP net earnings of $7.1 million, a 67.2% decrease from $21.6 million for the six months ended August 1, 2015. GAAP diluted earnings per share decreased 68.0% to $0.08 for the six months ended July 30, 2016, from $0.25 for the prior-year period.

During the six months ended July 30, 2016, the Company recognized a gain from the sale of a minority interest investment of approximately $22.3 million which was partially offset by the negative impact from restructuring charges of $6.1 million and a related exit tax charge of $1.9 million (or a combined $14.5 million after considering the net $0.2 million tax benefit resulting from the restructuring charges and the sale of the minority interest investment), or a favorable $0.17 per share impact. Excluding the impact of these items, adjusted net loss was $7.4 million and adjusted diluted loss per share was $0.09 during the six months ended July 30, 2016. The Company estimates the negative impact of currency on diluted earnings per share for the six months ended July 30, 2016 was approximately $0.12.

Total net revenue for the first six months of fiscal 2017 decreased 3.1% to $993.8 million, from $1.03 billion in the prior-year period. In constant currency, total net revenue decreased 2.1%. Refer to the accompanying tables for a summary of net revenue by segment as well as information regarding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on the Company's net revenue.

GAAP operating loss for the first six months of fiscal 2017 was $13.4 million (including a $1.1 million unfavorable currency translation impact), compared to operating earnings of $30.6 million in the prior-year period, a decrease of $44.0 million. GAAP operating margin in the first six months of fiscal 2017 decreased 430 basis points to negative 1.3%, from 3.0% in the prior-year period, due primarily to the negative impact from business mix, currency exchange rate fluctuations and higher expenses due to retail expansion. The negative impact of currency on operating margin for the first six months of fiscal 2017 was roughly 100 basis points.

Excluding the impact of the restructuring charges, adjusted operating loss was $7.3 million and adjusted operating margin was negative 0.7%, a decrease of 370 basis points compared to the same prior-year period.

  • Operating margin for the Company's Americas Retail segment decreased 290 basis points to negative 3.3% in the first six months of fiscal 2017, from negative 0.4% in the prior-year period. The decrease in operating margin was driven primarily by lower gross margins and a higher SG&A rate. The lower gross margins were due primarily to the negative impact on the fixed cost structure resulting from negative comparable store sales and more markdowns. The higher SG&A rate was driven primarily by negative impact on the fixed cost structure resulting from negative comparable store sales.
  • Operating margin for the Company's Europe segment decreased 290 basis points to 1.4% in the first six months of fiscal 2017, from 4.3% in the prior-year period, due to lower gross margins. The lower gross margins were driven primarily by the unfavorable impact from currency exchange rate fluctuations and business mix, partially offset by the favorable impact from positive comparable store sales.
  • Operating margin for the Company's Asia segment decreased 850 basis points to negative 3.9% in the first six months of fiscal 2017, from 4.6% in the prior-year period. The decrease in operating margin was due to a higher SG&A rate and lower overall gross margins driven primarily by higher expenses resulting from expansion in China, overall deleveraging and the unfavorable impact from business mix.
  • Operating margin for the Company's Americas Wholesale segment decreased 240 basis points to 14.3% in the first six months of fiscal 2017, from 16.7% in the prior-year period. The decrease in operating margin was due to lower gross margins driven primarily by the unfavorable impact from currency exchange rate fluctuations on product costs and lower initial mark-ups.
  • Operating margin for the Company's Licensing segment increased 180 basis points to 90.6% in the first six months of fiscal 2017, compared to 88.8% in the prior-year period.

Other net income, which primarily includes a realized gain of $22.3 million from the sale of a minority interest investment, was $26.3 million for the first six months of fiscal 2017, compared to $6.3 million in the prior-year period. The gain from the sale of the minority interest investment has been excluded for purposes of calculating adjusted financial measures for the first six months of fiscal 2017. 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.

Dividends

The Company's Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.225 per share on the Company's common stock. The dividend will be payable on September 23, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 7, 2016.

Outlook

The following guidance assumes that foreign currency exchange rates remain at prevailing rates:

The Company's expectations for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 ending October 29, 2016, are as follows:

  • Consolidated net revenues are expected to increase between 5.0% and 8.0% in U.S. dollars. Currency tailwinds are expected to positively impact consolidated revenue growth by approximately 0.5%. Excluding the impact of currency, consolidated net revenues are expected to increase between 4.5% and 7.5% in constant currency.
  • Operating margin is expected to be between 3.5% and 4.5% and includes 30 basis points of currency headwind.
  • Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.11 to $0.16. Currencies are not expected to have any material impact on earnings per share for the third quarter.

The Company updated its outlook for the fiscal year ending January 28, 2017, which is now as follows:

  • Consolidated net revenues are expected to increase between 3.0% and 5.0% in U.S. dollars. Currency tailwinds are expected to positively impact consolidated revenue growth by approximately 0.5%. Excluding the impact of currency, consolidated net revenues are expected to increase between 2.5% and 4.5% in constant currency.
  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be between 3.5% and 4.5% and includes 50 basis points of currency headwind; Adjusted operating margin is expected to be between 4.0% and 5.0%.
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.79 to $0.92. The estimated impact on earnings per share of the currency headwinds is approximately $0.11. Adjusted diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.62 to $0.75.

During the first six months of fiscal 2017, the Company recognized a gain related to the sale of its minority interest equity holding in a privately-held boutique apparel company. The Company also initiated a global cost reduction and restructuring plan to better align its global cost and organizational structure with its current strategic initiatives which resulted in restructuring charges and a related exit tax charge incurred during the first six months of fiscal 2017. The Company's adjusted outlook for the full year excludes the impact of these items recorded in the first six months of fiscal 2017, where applicable. The Company's expectations for the third quarter ending October 29, 2016, and the Company's adjusted and GAAP outlook for the fiscal year ending January 28, 2017, also exclude the impact of any restructuring charges that may be recorded in the remainder of fiscal 2017.

On a segment basis, the Company expects the following ranges for percentage changes for comparable store sales ("comps") and net revenue in U.S. dollars and constant currency compared to the same prior-year period:

Outlook by Segment1

                   
     

Third Quarter of Fiscal 2017

 

Fiscal Year 2017

                   
     

U.S. Dollars

 

Constant Currency2

 

U.S. Dollars

 

Constant Currency2

                   

Americas Retail:

               
 

Comps

 

down MSD to LSD

 

down MSD to LSD

 

down LSD

 

down LSD

 

Net Revenue

 

down LSD

 

down LSD

 

down LSD

 

down LSD

                   

Europe:

               
 

Comps

 

__

 

up HSD to LDD

 

__

 

up HSD to LDD

 

Net Revenue

 

up high-teens to low twenties

 

up high-teens

 

up mid-teens

 

up LDD

                   

Asia:

               
 

Net Revenue

 

up low-teens to high-teens

 

up LDD to mid-teens

 

up MSD to HSD

 

up MSD to HSD

                   

Americas Wholesale:

               
 

Net Revenue

 

up LSD

 

up MSD

 

roughly flat

 

up LSD

                   

Licensing:

               
 

Net Revenue

 

down HSD

 

__

 

down HSD

 

__

                   

Notes

             

1

As used in the table above, "LSD" is used to refer to the range of Low-Single-Digits, "MSD" is used to refer to the range of Mid-Single-Digits, "HSD" is used to refer to the range of High-Single-Digits, and "LDD" is used to refer to the range of Low-Double-Digits.

2

Eliminates the impact of expected foreign currency translation to give investors a better understanding of the underlying trends within the business.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Information

The financial information presented in this release includes non-GAAP financial measures such as "adjusted" results (to exclude the impact of a gain from the sale of a minority interest investment, restructuring charges, related exit tax charge and tax impacts incurred during the three and six months of fiscal 2017, where applicable), constant currency financial information and free cash flow measures. The non-GAAP measures are provided in addition to, and not as alternatives for, the Company's reported GAAP results.

The Company has excluded these items, where applicable, from its adjusted financial measures primarily because it does not believe such items reflect 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.

This release also includes certain constant currency financial information. Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations affect the amount reported from translating the Company's foreign revenue, expenses and balance sheet amounts 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 enhance the visibility of underlying business trends, excluding the effects of changes in foreign currency translation rates. To calculate net revenue, comparable store sales and earnings (loss) from operations on a constant currency basis, actual or forecasted results for the current-year period 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. However, in calculating the estimated impact of currency on our earnings per share for our actual and forecasted results, the Company estimates gross margin (including the impact of merchandise-related hedges) and expenses using the appropriate prior-year rates, translates the estimated foreign earnings at the comparable prior-year rates, and excludes the year-over-year earnings impact of gains or losses arising from balance sheet remeasurement and foreign currency contracts not designated as merchandise hedges. The constant currency information presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

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