lululemon athletica inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2018 Results; Board of Directors Authorizes $500.0 Million Stock Repurchase Program

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lululemon athletica inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2018 Results; Board of Directors Authorizes $500.0 Million Stock Repurchase Program

Mar 27, 2019

Fourth quarter revenue up 26% to $1.2 billion
Comparable sales increase 16%, or 17% on a constant dollar basis
Diluted EPS of $1.65, or adjusted diluted EPS of $1.85

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 27, 2019-- lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 3, 2019.

The summary below provides both GAAP and adjusted non-GAAP financial measures. The adjusted financial measures exclude the amounts recognized in connection with U.S. tax reform, taxes on the repatriation of foreign earnings, and the restructuring of our ivivva operations and its related tax effects during fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2017.

For the fourth quarter ended February 3, 2019:

  • Net revenue was $1.2 billion, an increase of 26% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. On a constant dollar basis, net revenue increased 27%.
  • Excluding net revenue from the 53rd week of fiscal 2018, total comparable sales increased 16%, or increased 17% on a constant dollar basis.
    • Comparable store sales increased 6%, or increased 7% on a constant dollar basis.
    • Direct to consumer net revenue increased 37%, or increased 39% on a constant dollar basis.
  • Gross profit was $668.6 million, an increase of 28% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. It increased 28% compared adjusted gross profit in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Gross margin was 57.3%, an increase of 100 basis points compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. It increased 110 basis points compared to adjusted gross margin in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Income from operations was $331.4 million, an increase of 29% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. It increased 28% compared to adjusted income from operations in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Operating margin was 28.4%, an increase of 80 basis points compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. It increased 60 basis points compared to adjusted operating income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Income tax expense was $115.8 million compared to $137.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 and the effective tax rate was 34.6% compared to 53.5%. The adjusted effective tax rate was 26.9% compared to 30.6% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $1.65 compared to $0.88 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.85 compared to $1.33 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • The Company repurchased 1.5 million shares of its own common stock at an average cost of $120.99 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

For the fiscal year ended February 3, 2019:

  • Net revenue was $3.3 billion, an increase of 24% compared to fiscal 2017. On a constant dollar basis, net revenue increased 25%.
  • Excluding net revenue from the 53rd week of fiscal 2018, total comparable sales increased 18%, or increased 18% on a constant dollar basis.
    • Comparable store sales increased 7%, or increased 8% on a constant dollar basis.
    • Direct to consumer net revenue increased 45%, or increased 46% on a constant dollar basis.
  • Company-operated stores which have been open for at least one year averaged sales of $1,579 per square foot.
  • Gross profit was $1.8 billion, an increase of 30% compared to fiscal 2017. It increased 29% compared to adjusted gross profit in fiscal 2017.
  • Gross margin was 55.2%, an increase of 240 basis points compared to fiscal 2017. It increased 210 basis points compared to adjusted gross margin in fiscal 2017.
  • Income from operations was $705.8 million, an increase of 55% compared to fiscal 2017. It increased 40% compared to adjusted income from operations in fiscal 2017.
  • Operating margin was 21.5%, an increase of 430 basis points compared to fiscal 2017. It increased of 250 basis points compared to adjusted operating margin in fiscal 2017.
  • Income tax expense was $231.4 million compared to $201.3 million in fiscal 2017 and the effective tax rate was 32.4% compared to 43.8% for fiscal 2017. The adjusted effective tax rate was 28.0% compared to 30.5% for fiscal 2017.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $3.61 compared to $1.90 in fiscal 2017. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $3.84 compared to $2.59 in fiscal 2017.
  • The Company repurchased 4.9 million shares of its own common stock at an average cost of $121.10 per share in fiscal 2018.

The Company ended fiscal 2018 with $881.3 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $990.5 million at the end of fiscal 2017. Inventories at the end of fiscal 2018 increased by 23% to $404.8 million compared to $329.6 million at the end of fiscal 2017. The Company ended the year with 440 stores.

The Company also announced that its board of directors has approved an additional stock repurchase program for up to $500.0 million of its common shares in the open market at prevailing market prices, including under plans complying with the provisions of Rule 10b5-1 and Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or in privately negotiated transactions. The timing and actual number of common shares to be repurchased will depend upon market conditions, eligibility to trade, and other factors, in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission requirements, and the repurchase program is expected to be completed in two years. The stock repurchase program is intended to create shareholder value by making opportunistic repurchases during periods of favorable market conditions. 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.

Calvin McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "lululemon has delivered one of its strongest years yet, a result of broad-based strength across the business. I'm thrilled that we achieved several of our 2020 goals ahead of schedule, and want to thank our teams for their passion, hard work and connection with our guests every day. We are energized to build upon our momentum and to seize the many opportunities ahead for lululemon around the world."

Fiscal 2019 Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal 2019, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $740 million to $750 million based on a total comparable sales increase in the low-double digits on a constant dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.68 to $0.70 for the quarter. This guidance assumes 132 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 28% tax rate. The guidance does not reflect potential future repurchases of the Company's shares.

For the full fiscal 2019, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $3.700 billion to $3.740 billion based on a total comparable sales increase in the low-double digits on a constant dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $4.48 to $4.55 for the full year. This guidance assumes 132 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 28% tax rate. The guidance does not reflect potential future repurchases of the Company's shares.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss fiscal 2018 results is scheduled for today, March 27, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. Those interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 1-800-319-4610 or 1-604-638-5340, if calling internationally, approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A live webcast of the conference call will be available online at: http://investor.lululemon.com/events.cfm. A replay will be made available online approximately two hours following the live call for a period of 30 days.

About lululemon athletica inc.

lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) is a healthy lifestyle inspired athletic apparel company for yoga, running, training, and most other sweaty pursuits, creating transformational products and experiences which enable people to live a life they love. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. For more information, visit www.lululemon.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Constant dollar changes in net revenue, total comparable sales, comparable store sales, and direct to consumer net revenue, and the adjusted financial results are non-GAAP financial measures.

A constant dollar basis assumes the average foreign exchange rates for the period remained constant with the average foreign exchange rates for the same period of the prior year. We provide constant dollar changes in net revenue, total comparable sales, comparable store sales, and direct to consumer net revenue because we use these measures to understand the underlying growth rate of net revenue excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates. We believe that disclosing these measures on a constant dollar basis is useful to investors because it enables them to better understand the level of growth of our business.

Adjusted gross profit, gross margin, income from operations, operating margin, income tax expense, effective tax rates, and diluted earnings per share exclude the amounts recognized in connection with U.S. tax reform, taxes on repatriation of foreign earnings, and the costs and related tax effects recognized in connection with the restructuring of our ivivva operations. We believe these adjusted financial measures are useful to investors as the adjustments do not directly relate to our ongoing business operations and therefore do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the trend in our operating performance. Furthermore, we do not believe the adjustments are reflective of our expectations of our future operating performance and believe these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors because of their comparability to our historical information.

The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or with greater prominence to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section captioned "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" included in the accompanying financial tables, which includes more detail on the GAAP financial measure that is most directly comparable to each non-GAAP financial measure, and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release includes estimates, projections, statements relating to our business plans, objectives, and expected operating results that are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "outlook," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements also include our guidance and outlook statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations but they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: our ability to maintain the value and reputation of our brand; the acceptability of our products to our guests; our highly competitive market and increasing competition; our reliance on and limited control over third-party suppliers to provide fabrics for and to produce our products; an economic downturn or economic uncertainty in our key markets; increasing product costs and decreasing selling prices; our ability to anticipate consumer preferences and successfully develop and introduce new, innovative and updated products; our ability to accurately forecast guest demand for our products; our ability to safeguard against security breaches with respect to our information technology systems; any material disruption of our information systems; our ability to have technology-based systems function effectively and grow our e-commerce business globally; changes in consumer shopping preferences and shifts in distribution channels; the fluctuating costs of raw materials; our ability to expand internationally in light of our limited operating experience and limited brand recognition in new international markets; our ability to deliver our products to the market and to meet guest expectations if we have problems with our distribution system; imitation by our competitors; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; changes in tax laws or unanticipated tax liabilities; our ability to source our merchandise profitably or at all if new trade restrictions are imposed or existing trade restrictions become more burdensome; our ability to manage our growth and the increased complexity of our business effectively; our ability to cancel store leases if an existing or new store is not profitable; increasing labor costs and other factors associated with the production of our products in South and South East Asia; the operations of many of our suppliers are subject to international and other risks; our ability to successfully open new store locations in a timely manner; our ability to comply with trade and other regulations; the service of our senior management; seasonality; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; conflicting trademarks and the prevention of sale of certain products; our exposure to various types of litigation; actions of activist stockholders; anti-takeover provisions in our certificate of incorporation and bylaws; and other risks and uncertainties set out in filings made from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov, including, without limitation, our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

         
lululemon athletica inc.
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

Unaudited; Expressed in thousands, except per share amounts

 
Quarter Ended Fiscal Year Ended
February 3, 2019     January 28, 2018 February 3, 2019     January 28, 2018
Net revenue $ 1,167,458 $ 928,802 $ 3,288,319 $ 2,649,181
Costs of goods sold 498,875   406,291   1,472,032   1,250,391  
Gross profit 668,583 522,511 1,816,287 1,398,790
As a percent of net revenue 57.3 % 56.3 % 55.2 % 52.8 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 337,163 264,232 1,110,451 904,264
As a percent of net revenue 28.9 % 28.4 % 33.8 % 34.1 %
Asset impairments and restructuring costs 2,001 38,525
As a percent of net revenue % 0.2 % % 1.5 %
Income from operations 331,420 256,278 705,836 456,001
As a percent of net revenue 28.4 % 27.6 % 21.5 % 17.2 %
Other income (expense), net 2,861   1,226   9,414   3,997  
Income before income tax expense 334,281 257,504 715,250 459,998
Income tax expense 115,816   137,743   231,449   201,336  
Net income $ 218,465   $ 119,761   $ 483,801   $ 258,662  
 
Basic earnings per share $ 1.66 $ 0.88 $ 3.63 $ 1.90
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.65 $ 0.88 $ 3.61 $ 1.90
Basic weighted-average shares outstanding 131,878 135,381 133,413 135,988
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding 132,466 135,723 133,971 136,198
 
         
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

Unaudited; Expressed in thousands

 
February 3, 2019 January 28, 2018
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 881,320 $ 990,501
Inventories 404,842 329,562
Prepaid and receivable income taxes 49,385 48,948
Other current assets 93,735   67,271
Total current assets 1,429,282 1,436,282
Property and equipment, net 567,237 473,642
Goodwill and intangible assets, net 24,239 24,679
Deferred income taxes and other non-current assets 63,953   63,880
Total assets $ 2,084,711   $ 1,998,483
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 95,533 $ 24,646
Accrued inventory liabilities 16,241 13,027
Accrued compensation and related expenses 109,181 70,141
Current income taxes payable 67,412 15,700
Unredeemed gift card liability 99,412 82,668
Other current liabilities 112,698   86,416
Total current liabilities 500,477 292,598
Non-current income taxes payable 42,099 48,268
Deferred income tax liability 14,249 1,336
Other non-current liabilities 81,911 59,321
Stockholders' equity 1,445,975   1,596,960
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 2,084,711   $ 1,998,483
 
     
lululemon athletica inc.
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Unaudited; Expressed in thousands

 
Fiscal Year Ended
February 3, 2019     January 28, 2018
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income $ 483,801 $ 258,662
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities 258,978   230,675  
Net cash provided by operating activities 742,779 489,337
Net cash used in investing activities (242,794 ) (173,392 )
Net cash used in financing activities (590,214 ) (97,862 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (18,952 ) 37,572  
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (109,181 ) 255,655
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year $ 990,501   $ 734,846  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $ 881,320   $ 990,501  
 

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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Unaudited

Constant dollar changes in net revenue, total comparable sales, comparable store sales, and direct to consumer net revenue

The below changes in net revenue, total comparable sales, comparable store sales, and direct to consumer net revenue show the net change for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

     

Change in
Net Revenue

   

Change in
Total
Comparable
Sales1,2,3

   

Change in
Comparable
Store Sales2,3

   

Change in
Direct to
Consumer Net
Revenue3

Increase 26 % 16 % 6 % 37 %
Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 1   1   1   2  
Increase in constant dollars 27 % 17 % 7 % 39 %
 

The below changes in net revenue, total comparable sales, comparable store sales, and direct to consumer net revenue show the net change for fiscal 2018 compared to fiscal 2017.

     

Change in
Net Revenue

   

Change in
Total
Comparable
Sales1,2,3

   

Change in
Comparable
Store Sales2,3

   

Change in
Direct to
Consumer Net
Revenue3

Increase 24 % 18 % 7 % 45 %
Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 1     1   1  
Increase in constant dollars 25 % 18 % 8 % 46 %
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1 Total comparable sales includes comparable store sales and direct to consumer sales.
2 Comparable store sales reflects net revenue from company-operated stores that have been open for at least 12 full fiscal months, or open for at least 12 full fiscal months after being significantly expanded.
3 Net revenue from the 53rd week of fiscal 2018 is excluded from the calculation.
 

Adjusted Financial Measures

The following tables reconcile adjusted financial measures with the most directly comparable measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The adjustments relate to the amounts recognized in connection with U.S. tax reform, taxes on repatriation of foreign earnings, and the restructuring of our ivivva operations and its related tax effects. Please refer to Notes 13 and 14 to the audited consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of Part II of our Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the SEC on or about March 27, 2019 for further information on these adjustments.

     
Quarter Ended February 3, 2019
GAAP Results     Adjustments    

Adjusted
Results
(Non-GAAP)

Tax on
Repatriation of
Foreign
Earnings

   

U.S. Tax
Reform

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Gross profit $ 668,583 $ $ $ 668,583
Gross margin 57.3 % % % 57.3 %
Income from operations 331,420 331,420
Operating margin 28.4 % % % 28.4 %
Income before income tax expense 334,281 334,281
Income tax expense 115,816 (23,714 ) (2,301 ) 89,801
Effective tax rate 34.6 % (7.0 )% (0.7 )% 26.9 %
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.65 $ 0.18 $ 0.02 $ 1.85
     
Quarter Ended January 28, 2018
GAAP Results     Adjustments    

Adjusted
Results
(Non-GAAP)

Restructuring
of ivivva
Operations

   

U.S. Tax
Reform

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Gross profit $ 522,511 $ (143 ) $ $ 522,368
Gross margin 56.3 % (0.1 )% % 56.2 %
Income from operations 256,278 1,858 258,136
Operating margin 27.6 % 0.2 % % 27.8 %
Income before income tax expense 257,504 1,858 259,362
Income tax expense 137,743 855 (59,294 ) 79,304
Effective tax rate 53.5 % 0.1 % (23.0 )% 30.6 %
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.88 $ 0.01 $ 0.44 $ 1.33
     
Fiscal Year Ended February 3, 2019
GAAP Results     Adjustments    

Adjusted
Results
(Non-GAAP)

Tax on
Repatriation of
Foreign
Earnings

   

U.S. Tax
Reform

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Gross profit $ 1,816,287 $ $ $ 1,816,287
Gross margin 55.2 % % % 55.2 %
Income from operations 705,836 705,836
Operating margin 21.5 % % % 21.5 %
Income before income tax expense 715,250 715,250
Income tax expense 231,449 (23,714 ) (7,464 ) 200,271
Effective tax rate 32.4 % (3.3 )% (1.1 )% 28.0 %
Diluted earnings per share $ 3.61 $ 0.18 $ 0.05 $ 3.84
     
Fiscal Year Ended January 28, 2018
GAAP Results     Adjustments    

Adjusted
Results
(Non-GAAP)

Restructuring
of ivivva
Operations

   

U.S. Tax
Reform

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Gross profit $ 1,398,790 $ 8,698 $ $ 1,407,488
Gross margin 52.8 % 0.3 % % 53.1 %
Income from operations 456,001 47,223 503,224
Operating margin 17.2 % 1.8 % % 19.0 %
Income before income tax expense 459,998 47,223 507,221
Income tax expense 201,336 12,741 (59,294 ) 154,783
Effective tax rate 43.8 % (0.4 )% (12.9 )% 30.5 %
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.90 $ 0.25 $ 0.44 $ 2.59
 
                 
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Store Count and Square Footage(1)

Fifty-Three Weeks Ended February 3, 2019

Square Footage Expressed in Thousands

 

Number of
Stores Open at
the Beginning
of the Quarter

Number of
Stores Opened
During the
Quarter

Number of
Stores Closed
During the
Quarter

Number of
Stores Open
at the End of
the Quarter

1st Quarter 404 7 411
2nd Quarter 411 5 1 415
3rd Quarter 415 11 426
4th Quarter 426 16 2 440
 

Total Gross
Square Feet at
the Beginning
of the Quarter

Gross Square
Feet Added
During the
Quarter2

Gross Square
Feet Lost
During the
Quarter2

Total Gross
Square Feet at
the End of the
Quarter

1st Quarter 1,262 15 1,277
2nd Quarter 1,277 29 3 1,303
3rd Quarter 1,303 52 1 1,354
4th Quarter 1,354 77 5 1,426
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1 Store count and square footage summary includes company-operated stores which are branded lululemon and ivivva. Excludes retail locations operated by third parties under license and supply arrangements.
2 Gross square feet added/lost during the quarter includes net square foot additions for company-operated stores which have been renovated or relocated in the quarter.
 

Source: lululemon athletica inc.

Investors:
lululemon athletica inc.
Howard Tubin
1-604-732-6124
or
ICR, Inc.
Joseph Teklits/Caitlin Morahan
1-203-682-8200

Media:
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Erin Hankinson
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or
Brunswick Group
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