lululemon athletica, inc.
Jun 9, 2015

lululemon athletica inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended May 3, 2015.

For the first quarter ended May 3, 2015:

The Company ended the first quarter of fiscal 2015 with $655.9 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $752.0 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Inventory at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2015 totaled $236.5 million compared to $180.4 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The Company ended the quarter with 316 stores.

Laurent Potdevin, lululemon's CEO, stated: "Our team's solid performance resulted in another improving quarter - coming in ahead of our revenue expectations. We drove positive trends in traffic, conversion, and brand engagement, along with a continued acceleration of our e-commerce business." Mr. Potdevin continued: "To support our long term goals, we are intentionally striking a strategic balance between strong growth and investments within innovation and infrastructure."

Updated Outlook

For the second quarter of fiscal 2015, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $440 million to $445 million based on total comparable sales in the high 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 now expect net revenue to be in the range of $2.000 billion to $2.050 billion based on total comparable sales in the mid single digits on a constant dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.86 to $1.91 for the full year. This guidance assumes 142.4 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 first quarter results is scheduled for today, June 9, 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; actions of activist stockholders; 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
Unaudited; Expressed in thousands, except per share amounts

   
Thirteen Weeks Thirteen Weeks
Ended Ended
May 3, 2015 May 4, 2014
Net revenue $ 423,544 $ 384,618
Costs of goods sold 217,667   188,874  
Gross profit 205,877 195,744
As a percent of net revenue 48.6 % 50.9 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 137,841 125,943
As a percent of net revenue 32.5 % 32.7 %
Income from operations 68,036 69,801
As a percent of net revenue 16.1 % 18.2 %
Other income, net 529   1,643  
Income before provision for income taxes 68,565 71,444
Provision for income taxes 20,755   52,463  
Net income $ 47,810   $ 18,981  
 
Basic earnings per share $ 0.34 $ 0.13
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.34 $ 0.13
Basic weighted-average shares outstanding 141,967 145,383
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding 142,337 145,861
 

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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Unaudited; Expressed in thousands

  May 3, 2015   February 1, 2015
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 655,881 $ 664,479
Inventories 236,499 208,116
Other current assets 80,412   78,417
Total current assets 972,792 951,012
Property and equipment, net 314,336 296,008
Goodwill and intangible assets, net 26,276 26,163
Deferred income tax assets and other non-current assets 24,312   23,030
Total assets $ 1,337,716   $ 1,296,213
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 5,318 $ 9,339
Accrued inventory liabilities 39,008 22,296
Accrued compensation and related expenses 27,550 29,932
Income taxes payable 1,277 20,073
Unredeemed gift card liability 39,226 46,252
Other accrued liabilities 31,103   31,989
Total current liabilities 143,482 159,881
Deferred income tax liabilities 3,800 3,633
Other non-current liabilities 45,423 43,131
Stockholders' equity 1,145,011   1,089,568
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,337,716   $ 1,296,213
 

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Unaudited; Expressed in thousands

   
Thirteen Weeks Thirteen Weeks
Ended Ended
May 3, 2015 May 4, 2014
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income $ 47,810 $ 18,981
Items not affecting cash 17,955 45,383
Other, including net changes in other non-cash balances (44,825 ) 6,611  
Net cash provided by operating activities 20,940 70,975
Net cash used in investing activities (27,936 ) (25,447 )
Net cash used in financing activities (17,041 ) (1,649 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 15,439   9,437  
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (8,598 ) 53,316
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period $ 664,479   $ 698,649  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 655,881   $ 751,965  
 

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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Constant dollar total comparable sales (unaudited)

   
Thirteen Weeks Thirteen Weeks
Ended Ended
May 3, 2015 May 4, 2014
Total comparable sales1 2 % (2 )%
Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 4   3  
Total comparable sales in constant dollars1 6 % 1 %
 

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1Total comparable sales includes comparable store sales and direct to consumer sales. Comparable store sales reflects net revenue at company-operated stores that have been open for at least 12 months.

Constant dollar comparable store sales (unaudited)

   
Thirteen Weeks Thirteen Weeks
Ended Ended
May 3, 2015 May 4, 2014
Comparable store sales1 (5 )% (7 )%
Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 4   3  
Comparable store sales in constant dollars1 (1 )% (4 )%
 

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1Comparable store sales reflects net revenue at company-operated stores that have been open for at least 12 months.

Constant dollar changes in direct to consumer revenue (unaudited)

   
Thirteen Weeks Thirteen Weeks
Ended Ended
May 3, 2015 May 4, 2014
Change in direct to consumer revenue 27 % 22 %
Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 4   3  
Change in direct to consumer revenue in constant dollars 31 % 25 %
 

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

   
Thirteen Weeks Thirteen Weeks
Ended Ended
May 3, 2015 May 4, 2014
Tax rate 30.3 % 73.4 %
Tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings   (43.3 )
Tax rate, excluding the tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings 30.3 % 30.1 %
 

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

   
Thirteen Weeks Thirteen Weeks
Ended Ended
May 3, 2015 May 4, 2014
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.34 $ 0.13
Tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings   0.21
Diluted earnings per share, excluding the tax expense on repatriated foreign earnings $ 0.34 $ 0.34
 

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Store Count and Square Footage1
Thirteen Weeks Ended May 3, 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
Quarter2

Number of
Stores Open
at the End of
the Quarter

1st Quarter 302 14 316
 

Total Gross
Square Feet at
the Beginning
of the Quarter

Gross Square
Feet Added
During the
Quarter2,3

Gross Square
Feet Lost
During the
Quarter2,3

Total Gross
Square Feet at
the End of the
Quarter

1st Quarter 894 37 931
 

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1Store count and square footage summary includes company-operated stores which are branded lululemon athletica or ivivva athletica.

2Number of stores opened/closed during the quarter that are branded lululemon athletica or ivivva athletica.

3Gross 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.

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