lululemon athletica, inc.
Mar 26, 2015

lululemon athletica inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2014 Results

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 1, 2015.

For the fourth quarter ended February 1, 2015:

For the fiscal year ended February 1, 2015:

The Company ended fiscal 2014 with $664.5 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $698.6 million at the end of fiscal 2013. Inventory at the end of fiscal 2014 was $208.1 million compared to $188.8 million at the end of fiscal 2013. The Company ended the quarter with 302 stores.

Laurent Potdevin, lululemon's CEO, stated: "Our solid performance in the fourth quarter builds on the momentum that began in the third quarter and reflects improved traffic and a strong guest response." Mr. Potdevin continued: "2014 was a critical year when we strengthened our leadership team and made important investments in our product pipeline, guest experience, brand, and community engagement. In 2015, we expect to substantially complete this foundational work and accelerate our investments in innovation to drive sustainable global growth as we continue to lead the market that we created."

Updated Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal 2015, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $413 million to $418 million based on a total 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 $0.31 to $0.33 for the quarter. This guidance assumes 142.3 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 30.2% tax rate. The guidance does not reflect potential future repurchases of the Company's shares.

For the full fiscal 2015, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $1.970 billion to $2.020 billion based on a total comparable sales increase in the mid single digits on a constant dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.85 to $1.90 for the full year. This guidance assumes 142.6 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 30.2% tax rate. The guidance does not reflect potential future repurchases of the Company's shares.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss fiscal 2014 results is scheduled for today, March 26, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. Those interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 1-877-303-3203 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at www.lululemon.com. The webcast will be accessible on our website for approximately 30 days after the call.

About lululemon athletica inc.

lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company with products that create transformational experiences for people to live happy, healthy, fun lives. 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

Total comparable sales in constant dollars, comparable store sales in constant dollars, changes in direct to consumer net revenue in constant dollars, the tax rate excluding the tax expense on the repatriation of foreign earnings, and diluted earnings per share excluding the tax expense on the repatriation of foreign earnings are not United States generally accepted accounting principle ("GAAP") performance measures.

We provide constant dollar total comparable sales, comparable store sales, and changes in 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, which are not under management's control. 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.

We disclose the tax rate and diluted earnings per share excluding the tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings because of their comparability to our historical information as well as our diluted earnings per share guidance, which we believe is useful to investors.

The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table 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 contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding our future financial condition or results of operations and our prospects and strategies for future growth. 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 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, including any negative publicity regarding our products or the production methods of our suppliers or manufacturers; the acceptability of our products to our guests, including receiving products that comply with our technical specifications and quality standards; 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; our highly competitive market and increasing competition; 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 customer 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 manage our growth and the increased complexity of our business effectively; 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 customer expectations if we have problems with our distribution system; imitation by our competitors; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; 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; our ability to successfully open new store locations in a timely manner; our ability to comply with trade and other regulations; the continued service of our senior management; seasonality; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the operations of many of our suppliers are subject to international and other risks; our ability to source our merchandise profitably or at all; our exposure to various types of litigation; 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.

 
 

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

Expressed in thousands, except per share amounts

           

Thirteen Weeks

Ended

February 1,

2015

Thirteen Weeks

Ended

February 2,

2014

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 1,

2015

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 2,

2014

(unaudited) (unaudited)
Net revenue $ 602,491 $ 520,993 $ 1,797,213 $ 1,591,188
Costs of goods sold 292,450   242,203   883,033   751,112  
Gross profit 310,041 278,790 914,180 840,076
As a percent of net revenue 51.5 % 53.5 % 50.9 % 52.8 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 152,853 124,643 538,147 448,718
As a percent of net revenue 25.4 % 23.9 % 30.0 % 28.2 %
Income from operations 157,188 154,147 376,033 391,358
As a percent of net revenue 26.1 % 29.6 % 20.9 % 24.6 %
Other income (expense), net 1,755   1,519   7,102   5,768  
Income before provision for income taxes 158,943 155,666 383,135 397,126
Provision for income taxes 48,090   45,974   144,102   117,579  
Net income $ 110,853   $ 109,692   $ 239,033   $ 279,547  
 
Basic earnings per share $ 0.78 $ 0.75 $ 1.66 $ 1.93
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.78 $ 0.75 $ 1.66 $ 1.91
Basic weighted-average shares outstanding 141,999 145,235 143,935 144,913
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding 142,346 146,035 144,298 146,043
 
 

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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

Expressed in thousands

         

February 1,

2015

February 2,

2014

ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 664,479 $ 698,649
Inventories 208,116 188,790
Other current assets   78,417   58,100
Total current assets 951,012 945,539
Property and equipment, net 296,008 255,603
Goodwill and intangible assets, net 26,163 28,201
Deferred income taxes and other non-current assets   23,030   23,045
Total assets $ 1,296,213 $ 1,252,388
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 9,339 $ 12,647
Accrued inventory liabilities 22,296 15,415
Accrued compensation and related expenses 29,932 19,445
Income taxes payable 20,073 769
Unredeemed gift card liability 46,252 38,343
Other accrued liabilities   31,989   29,595
Total current liabilities 159,881 116,214
Deferred income tax liability 3,633 3,977
Other non-current liabilities 43,131 35,515
Stockholders' equity   1,089,568   1,096,682
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,296,213 $ 1,252,388
 
 

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Expressed in thousands

         

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 1,

2015

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 2,

2014

Cash flows from operating activities
Net income $ 239,033 $ 279,547
Items not affecting cash 66,839 48,864
Other, including net changes in other non-cash balances   8,577     (50,072 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 314,449 278,339
Net cash used in investing activities (119,733 ) (106,408 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (149,077 ) 8,907
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (79,809 )   (72,368 )
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (34,170 ) 108,470
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year $ 698,649   $ 590,179  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $ 664,479   $ 698,649  
 
 

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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures


Constant dollar total comparable sales (unaudited)

                 

Thirteen Weeks

Ended

February 1,

2015

Thirteen Weeks

Ended

February 2,

20141

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 1,

2015

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 2,

20142

Total comparable sales3 6% 2% 1% 7%
Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 2% 2% 2% 2%
Total comparable sales in constant dollars3 8% 4% 3% 9%
__________

1The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was a 13 week period while the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was a 14 week period. The fourteenth week's sales of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 are not included in the calculation of the total comparable sales changes.

2Fiscal 2013 was a 52 week year while fiscal 2012 was a 53 week year. The fifty-third week's sales of fiscal 2012 are not included in the calculation of the total comparable sales changes.

3Total comparable sales includes comparable store sales and direct to consumer sales. Comparable store sales reflects net revenue at corporate-owned stores that have been open for at least 12 months.

 
 

Constant dollar comparable store sales (unaudited)

                 

Thirteen Weeks

Ended

February 1,

2015

Thirteen Weeks

Ended

February 2,

20141

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 1,

2015

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 2,

20142

Comparable store sales3 2% (5)% (3)% 2%
Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 3% 3% 2% 2%
Comparable store sales in constant dollars3 5% (2)% (1)% 4%
__________

1The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was a 13 week period while the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was a 14 week period. The fourteenth week's sales of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 are not included in the calculation of the total comparable sales changes.

2Fiscal 2013 was a 52 week year while fiscal 2012 was a 53 week year. The fifty-third week's sales of fiscal 2012 are not included in the calculation of the total comparable sales changes.

3Comparable store sales reflects net revenue at corporate-owned stores that have been open for at least 12 months.

 
 

Constant dollar changes in direct to consumer net revenue (unaudited)

       

Thirteen Weeks

Ended

February 1,

2015

Thirteen Weeks

Ended

February 2,

20141

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 1,

2015

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 2,

20142

Change in direct to consumer net revenue 17% 32% 22% 36%
Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 3% 3% 2% 2%
Change in direct to consumer net revenue in constant dollars 20% 35% 24% 38%
__________

1The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was a 13 week period while the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was a 14 week period. The fourteenth week's sales of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 are not included in the calculation of the total comparable sales changes.

2Fiscal 2013 was a 52 week year while fiscal 2012 was a 53 week year. The fifty-third week's sales of fiscal 2012 are not included in the calculation of the total comparable sales changes.

 
 

Tax rate, excluding the tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings (unaudited)

         

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 1,

2015

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 2,

2014

Tax rate 37.6% 29.6%
Tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings (8.8)% —%
Tax rate, excluding the tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings 28.8% 29.6%
 
 

Diluted earnings per share, excluding the tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings (unaudited)

         

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 1,

2015

Fifty-Two

Weeks Ended

February 2,

2014

Diluted earnings per share $ 1.66 $ 1.91
Tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings 0.23
Diluted earnings per share, excluding the tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings $ 1.89 $ 1.91
 
 

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Store Count and Square Footage1

Fifty-Two Weeks Ended February 1, 2015

Square Footage Expressed in Thousands

           

Number of

Stores Open at

the

Beginning of

the Quarter

Number of

Stores Opened

During the

Quarter2

Number of

Stores Closed

During the

Quarter

Number of

Stores Open

at the End of

the Quarter

1st Quarter 254 9 263
2nd Quarter 263 8 1 270
3rd Quarter 270 19 289
4th Quarter 289 13 302
 

Total Gross

Square Feet at

the Beginning

of the Quarter

Gross Square

Feet Added

During the

Quarter2,3

Gross Square

Feet Lost

During the

Quarter3

Total Gross

Square Feet at

the End of the

Quarter

1st Quarter 740 24 764
2nd Quarter 764 26 3 787
3rd Quarter 787 61 848
4th Quarter 848 46 894
__________

1Store count and square footage summary includes corporate-owned stores which are branded lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica.

2Number of stores opened during the quarter that are branded lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica.

3Gross square feet added/lost during the quarter includes net square foot additions for corporate-owned stores which have been renovated or relocated in the quarter.

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