lululemon athletica, inc.
lululemon athletica inc. (Form: 10-K, Received: 03/27/2014 08:46:10)
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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  Form 10-K
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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended February 2, 2014
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
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Commission file number 001-33608
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lululemon athletica inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)  
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Delaware
 
20-3842867
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
 
 
1818 Cornwall Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
 
V6J 1C7
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (604) 732-6124
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, par value $0.005 per share
 
Nasdaq Global Select Market
 
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The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant on August 2, 2013 was approximately $7,600,977,364 . Such aggregate market value was computed by reference to the closing price of the common stock as reported on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on August 2, 2013 . For purposes of determining this amount only, the registrant has defined affiliates as including the executive officers and directors of the registrant on August 2, 2013 .
Common Stock:
At March 24, 2014 there were 115,411,223 shares of the registrant's common stock, par value $0.005 per share, outstanding.
Exchangeable and Special Voting Shares:
At March 24, 2014 , there were outstanding 29,937,820 exchangeable shares of Lulu Canadian Holding, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the registrant. Exchangeable shares are exchangeable for an equal number of shares of the registrant's common stock.
In addition, at March 24, 2014 , the registrant had outstanding 29,937,820 shares of special voting stock, through which the holders of exchangeable shares of Lulu Canadian Holding, Inc. may exercise their voting rights with respect to the registrant. The special voting stock and the registrant's common stock generally vote together as a single class on all matters on which the common stock is entitled to vote.
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PART I
Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We use words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "may," "intends," "expects" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Discussions containing forward-looking statements may be found in the material set forth under "Business," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and in other sections of the report. All forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain as they are based on our expectations and assumptions concerning future events. Any or all of our forward-looking statements in this report may turn out to be inaccurate. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. They may be affected by inaccurate assumptions we might make or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties, including the risks, uncertainties and assumptions described in the section entitled Item 1A and elsewhere in this report. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this report may not occur as contemplated, and our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied by the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this report are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.
ITEM 1. BUSINESS
Overview
lululemon athletica inc. is a designer and retailer of technical athletic apparel operating primarily in North America and Australia. Our yoga-inspired apparel is marketed under the lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica brand names. We believe consumers associate our brand with innovative, technical apparel products. Our products are designed to offer performance, fit and comfort while incorporating both function and style. Our heritage of combining performance and style distinctly positions us to address the needs of female athletes as well as a growing core of consumers who desire everyday casual wear that is consistent with their active lifestyles. We also continue to broaden our product range to increasingly appeal to male athletes and athletic female youth. We offer a comprehensive line of apparel and accessories including fitness pants, shorts, tops and jackets designed for athletic pursuits such as yoga, running, general fitness and dance-inspired apparel for female youth. As of February 2, 2014 , our branded apparel was principally sold through 254 stores that are located in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. We believe our vertical retail strategy allows us to interact more directly with, and gain feedback from, our customers, whom we call guests, while providing us with greater control of our brand.
We have developed a distinctive community-based strategy that we believe enhances our brand and reinforces our guest loyalty. The key elements of our strategy are to:
design and develop innovative athletic apparel that combines performance with style and incorporates real-time guest feedback;
locate our stores in street locations, lifestyle centers and malls that position each lululemon athletica store as an integral part of its community;
create an inviting and educational store environment that encourages product trial and repeat visits; and
market on a grassroots level in each community, including through social media and influential fitness practitioners who embrace and create excitement around our brand.
We were founded in 1998 by Dennis "Chip" Wilson in Vancouver, British Columbia. Noting the increasing number of women participating in sports, and specifically yoga, Mr. Wilson developed lululemon athletica to address a void in the women's athletic apparel market. The founding principles established by Mr. Wilson drive our distinctive corporate culture with a mission of creating components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives.
Consistent with this mission, we promote a set of core values in our business, which include developing the highest quality products, operating with integrity, leading a healthy balanced life, and training our employees in self responsibility and goal setting. These core values attract passionate and motivated employees who are driven to succeed and share our vision of "elevating the world from mediocrity to greatness." We believe the energy and passion of our employees allow us to successfully execute on our business strategy, enhance brand loyalty and create a distinctive connection with our guests.
We believe our culture and community-based business approach provides us with competitive advantages that are responsible for our strong financial performance. Our net revenue has increased from $40.7 million in fiscal 2004 to $1.6 billion in fiscal 2013 , representing a 50% compound annual growth rate. Our net revenue increased from $1.4 billion in fiscal

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2012 to $1.6 billion in fiscal 2013 , representing a 16% increase, including the impact of the 53rd week of sales in fiscal 2012. During fiscal 2013 , our comparable store sales growth was 2% and our total comparable sales, which includes comparable store sales and direct to consumer, was 7% , both excluding the impact of the 53rd week of sales in fiscal 2012, and we reported income from operations of $391.4 million . During fiscal 2012 , our comparable store sales growth was 16% , excluding the 53rd week of sales, and we reported income from operations of $376.4 million . In fiscal 2013 , our corporate-owned stores opened at least one year, averaged sales of $1,894  per square foot, compared to sales per square foot of $2,058 for fiscal 2012 . We believe this is among the best in the apparel retail sector.
Our fiscal year ends on the Sunday closest to January 31 of the following year, typically resulting in a 52 week year, but occasionally giving rise to an additional week, resulting in a 53 week year. Fiscal 2012, which ended on February 3, 2013, was a 53 week year. Fiscal 2013, which ended on February 2, 2014, is a 52 week year.
Our Market
Our primary target customer is a sophisticated and educated woman who understands the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle. She is increasingly tasked with the dual responsibilities of career and family and is constantly challenged to balance her work, life and health. We believe she pursues exercise to achieve physical fitness and inner peace.
As women have continued to embrace a variety of fitness and athletic activities, including yoga, we believe other athletic apparel companies are not effectively addressing their unique style, fit and performance needs. We believe we have been able to help address this void in the marketplace by incorporating style along with comfort and functionality into our products through our vertical retail strategy. Although we were founded to address the unique needs of women, we are also successfully designing products for men and athletic female youth who also appreciate the technical rigor and premium quality of our products. We also believe longer-term growth in athletic participation will be reinforced as the aging Baby Boomer generation focuses more on longevity. In addition, we believe consumer purchase decisions are driven by both an actual need for functional products and a desire to create a particular lifestyle perception. As such, we believe the credibility and authenticity of our brand expands our potential market beyond just athletes to those who desire to lead an active, healthy, and balanced life.
Our Competitive Strengths
We believe the following strengths differentiate us from our competitors and are important to our success:
Premium Active Brand.  lululemon athletica stands for leading a healthy, balanced and fun life. We believe customers associate the lululemon athletica brand with high quality premium athletic apparel that incorporates technically advanced fabrics, innovative functional features and style. We believe our focus on women differentiates us and positions lululemon athletica to address a void in the growing market for women's athletic apparel. While our brand has its roots in yoga, our products are increasingly being designed and used for other athletic and casual lifestyle pursuits, such as running and general fitness. We work with local athletes and fitness practitioners to enhance our brand awareness and broaden our product appeal.
Distinctive Retail Experience.  We locate our stores in street locations, lifestyle centers and malls that position lululemon athletica stores to be an integral part of their communities. We coach our store sales associates, whom we refer to as "educators," to develop a personal connection with each guest. Our educators receive significant in-house training at the start of their employment and are well prepared to explain the technical and innovative design aspects of each product.
Innovative Design Process.  We offer high-quality premium apparel that is designed for performance, comfort, functionality and style. We attribute our ability to develop superior products to a number of factors, including:
our feedback-based design process through which our design and product development team proactively and frequently seeks input from our guests and local fitness practitioners;
close collaboration with our third-party suppliers to formulate innovative and technically advanced fabrics and innovative functional features for our products; and
although we typically bring products from design to market in eight to ten months, our vertical retail strategy enables us to bring select products to market in as little as two months, thereby allowing us to respond quickly to customer feedback, changing market conditions and apparel trends.
Community-Based Marketing Approach.  We differentiate lululemon athletica through an innovative, community-based approach to building brand awareness and customer loyalty. We use a multi-faceted grassroots marketing strategy that includes social media, local ambassadors, hosting community events and creating in-store community boards. We believe this grassroots approach allows us to successfully increase brand awareness and broaden our appeal while reinforcing our premium brand image.

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Deep Rooted Culture Centered on Training and Personal Growth.  We believe our core values and distinctive corporate culture allow us to attract passionate and motivated employees who are driven to succeed and share our vision. We provide our employees with a supportive, goal-oriented environment and encourage them to reach their full professional, health and personal potential. We offer programs such as personal development workshops and goal coaching to assist our employees in realizing their long-term objectives. We believe our relationship with our employees is exceptional and a key contributor to our success.
Experienced Management Team with Proven Ability to Execute.  Our Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Potdevin, who has more than two decades of experience at premium, technical athletic apparel, and life-style centric retail companies, joined us in January 2014. Mr. Potdevin works closely with a management team with a complementary mix of retail, design, operations, product sourcing, marketing and information technology experience from leading apparel and retail companies. We believe our management team is well positioned to execute the long-term growth strategy for our business.
Growth Strategy
Key elements of our growth strategy are to:
Grow our Store Base in North America.  As of February 2, 2014 , our products were sold through 225  corporate-owned stores in North America, including 171 in the United States and 54 in Canada. We expect that most of our near-term store growth will occur in the United States. We opened 36 net stores in the United States, including three ivivva branded stores, and three net stores in Canada in fiscal 2013 , including one ivivva branded store, and we plan to open up to 39 new stores, including ten ivivva athletica branded stores in North America in fiscal 2014 .
Expand Beyond North America.  As of February 2, 2014 , we operated 25 corporate-owned stores in Australia, four corporate-owned stores New Zealand, and 17 showrooms outside of North America. We plan to open two new lululemon stores in fiscal 2014 in Australia and two other new stores internationally in fiscal 2014 . Over the next two years we intend to open additional showrooms as pre-seeding activities in the Asian and European markets.
Develop our Direct to Consumer Sales Channel . We launched our retail website in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The addition of e-commerce to our direct to consumer sales channel expanded our customer base and supplemented our growing store base over the past four years. We operate country and region specific websites in Australia, Europe and Asia, and brand specific websites in North America. We plan to continue developing our e-commerce website to provide a distinctive online shopping experience and extend our reach.
Increase our Brand Awareness.  We plan to continue focusing on increasing brand awareness and customer loyalty through amplification of our brand stories and our grassroots marketing efforts, social media activities and planned store expansion. We believe that increased brand awareness will result in increased comparable store sales and store productivity over time.
Introduce New Product Technologies.  We remain focused on developing and offering products that incorporate technically advanced fabrics and innovative functional features that we believe differentiate us in the market. Collaborating with leading fabric manufacturers, we have jointly developed and trademarked names for innovative fabrics such as Luon and Silverescent. Among our ongoing efforts, we are developing fabrics to provide advanced performance features such as UV protection and inherent reflectivity. In addition, we plan to continue to develop differentiated manufacturing techniques that provide greater support, protection, and comfort.
Broaden the Appeal of our Products.  We will selectively seek opportunities to expand the appeal of our brand to improve store productivity and expand our market. To enhance our product appeal, we intend to:
Expand our Product Categories.  We continue to expand our product offerings in complementary existing and new categories such as swim, tennis and golf;
Increase the Range of Athletic Activities our Products Target.  We believe our guests purchase our products mainly for activities such as yoga, running and general fitness. We will continue to expand our product categories and educate our guests on the versatility of our products;
Grow our Men's Business.  We believe the premium quality and technical rigor of our products will continue to appeal to men and that there is an opportunity to expand our men's business as a proportion of our total sales; and
Develop our Youth Brand.  We launched our youth focused brand, ivivva athletica, in fiscal 2009. We believe the premium quality and technical rigor of our dance-inspired products designed for female youth serve an open market and provide us with an opportunity for future growth.

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Our Stores
As of February 2, 2014 , our retail footprint included 171 stores in the United States, 54 stores in Canada, 25 stores in Australia and four in New Zealand. While most of our corporate-owned stores are branded lululemon athletica, 12 of our corporate-owned stores are branded ivivva athletica and specialize in dance-inspired apparel for female youth. We no longer operate any franchised stores as we reacquired our four remaining franchise stores during fiscal 2011. Our retail stores are located primarily on street locations, in lifestyle centers and in malls.
The following store list shows the number of corporate-owned stores operated in each U.S. state, Canadian province, Australian state and in New Zealand, and the overall totals:
 
February 2, 2014
 
February 3, 2013
United States
 
 
 
Alabama
1

 
1

Arizona
5

 
3

Arkansas
1

 

California
30

 
24

Colorado
3

 
3

Connecticut
3

 
3

District of Columbia
2

 
2

Florida
8

 
8

Georgia
3

 
3

Hawaii
1

 
1

Illinois
10

 
9

Indiana
1

 
1

Kansas
1

 
1

Kentucky
1

 

Louisiana
1

 
1

Maryland
4

 
3

Massachusetts
8

 
6

Michigan
3

 
2

Minnesota
4

 
3

Missouri
3

 
2

Nebraska
1

 
1

Nevada
1

 
1

New Jersey
7

 
6

New Mexico
1

 
1

New York
15

 
9

North Carolina
5

 
4

Ohio
5

 
5

Oklahoma
2

 

Oregon
2

 
2

Pennsylvania
6

 
6

Rhode Island
1

 

South Carolina
1

 
1

Tennessee
3

 
3

Texas
14

 
10

Utah
2

 
1

Vermont
1

 
1

Virginia
3

 
3

Washington
6

 
3

Wisconsin
2

 
2

Total United States
171

 
135

Canada
 
 
 
Alberta
13

 
12

British Columbia
11

 
12

Manitoba
2

 
2

Nova Scotia
1

 
1

Ontario
20

 
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February 2, 2014
 
February 3, 2013
Québec
5

 
4

Saskatchewan
2

 
2

Total Canada
54

 
51

Australia
 
 
 
Australian Capital Territory
1

 
1

New South Wales
7

 
7

Queensland
3

 
3

South Australia
1

 
1

Tasmania
1

 
1

Victoria
8

 
7

Western Australia
4

 
3

Total Australia
25

 
23

New Zealand
4

 
2

Total
254

 
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Store Economics
We believe that our innovative retail concept and guest experience contribute to the success of our stores. During fiscal 2013 our corporate-owned stores open at least one year, which average approximately 2,872  square feet, averaged sales of $1,894 per square foot.
Management performs an ongoing evaluation of our portfolio of corporate-owned store locations. In fiscal 2013 we closed two of our corporate-owned stores. As we continue our evaluation we may in future periods close additional corporate-owned store locations.
Store Expansion
From February 1, 2002 (when we had one store, in Vancouver) to February 2, 2014 , we opened or acquired 253  net corporate-owned stores in North America and Australia. We opened our first corporate-owned store in the United States in 2003 and in Australia in 2010. We opened 43 net new corporate-owned stores in North America and Australia in fiscal 2013 . Over the next few years, our new store growth will be primarily focused on corporate-owned stores in the United States, an attractive market with a population of approximately nine times that of Canada. Beyond North America, we intend to expand our global presence as part of our long-term business strategy. We believe that partnering with companies and individuals with significant experience and proven success in the target country is to our advantage.
Direct to Consumer
In fiscal 2009 we launched our e-commerce website which makes up our direct to consumer channel. Direct to consumer is an increasingly substantial part of our business, representing approximately 16.5% of our net revenue in fiscal 2013 , compared to 14.4% of our net revenue in fiscal 2012 and 10.6% of our net revenue in fiscal 2011 . We believe that a direct to consumer channel is convenient for our core customer and enhances the image of our brand. Our direct to consumer channel makes our product accessible to more markets than our corporate-owned store channel alone. We believe this channel is effective in building brand awareness, especially in new markets.
Wholesale Channel
We also sell lululemon athletica products through premium yoga studios, health clubs and fitness centers. This channel represented 1.4% of our net revenue in fiscal 2013 , compared to 1.5% of our net revenue in fiscal 2012 and 2.2% of our net revenue fiscal 2011 . We believe these premium wholesale locations offer an alternative distribution channel that is convenient for our core consumer and enhances the image of our brand. We do not intend wholesale to be a significant contributor to overall sales. Instead, we intend to use the channel to build brand awareness, especially in new markets, including those outside of North America.
Our Products
We offer a comprehensive line of performance apparel and accessories for women, men and female youth. Our apparel assortment, including items such as fitness pants, shorts, tops and jackets, is designed for healthy lifestyle activities such as yoga, running and general fitness. Although we benefit from the growing number of people that participate in yoga, we believe the percentage of our products sold for other activities will continue to increase as we broaden our product range to address

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other activities. Our fitness-related accessories include an array of items such as bags, socks, underwear, yoga mats and water bottles.
Our design team continues to develop technically advanced fabrics and innovative functional features that we believe will help advance our product line and differentiate us from the competition.
Our Culture and Values
Since our inception, we have developed a distinctive corporate culture with a mission to create components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives. We promote a set of core values in our business, which include developing the highest quality products, operating with integrity, leading a healthy balanced life and instilling in our employees a sense of self responsibility and the value of goal setting. These core values allow us to attract passionate and motivated employees who are driven to succeed and share our vision of "elevating the world from mediocrity to greatness."
Community-Based Marketing
We differentiate our business through an innovative, community-based approach to building brand awareness and customer loyalty. We pursue a multi-faceted strategy which leverages our local ambassadors, social media, in-store community boards and a variety of grassroots initiatives.
Product Design and Development
Our product design efforts are led by a team of designers based in Vancouver, British Columbia partnering with international designers. Our team is comprised of dedicated athletes and users of our products who embody our design philosophy and dedication to premium quality. Our design team identifies trends based on market intelligence and research, proactively seeks the input of our guests and our ambassadors and broadly seeks inspiration consistent with our goals of style, function and technical superiority.
As we strive to continue to provide our guests with technically advanced fabrics, our design team works closely with our suppliers to incorporate innovative fabrics that bring particular specifications to our products. We partner with independent inspection, verification, and testing companies, which conduct a battery of tests on our fabrics, testing for a variety of performance characteristics including pilling, shrinkage, abrasion resistance and colorfastness. We collaborate with leading fabric suppliers to develop fabrics that we ultimately trademark for brand recognition whenever possible.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
We do not own or operate any manufacturing facilities. We rely on a limited number of third-party suppliers to provide fabrics for and to produce our products. We work with a group of approximately 65 suppliers to provide the fabrics for our products. We use a wide variety of fabrics in our products, including our Luon fabric. We obtain substantially all of our Luon fabric, which represents approximately 30% of the fabric we use in our products, from a single third-party supplier. We work with a group of approximately 30 manufacturers, five of which produced approximately 63% of our products in fiscal 2013 . During fiscal 2013 , no single manufacturer produced more than 25% of our product offering. During fiscal 2013 , approximately 67% of our products were produced in South/South East Asia, approximately 23% in China, approximately 3% in North America and the remainder in other countries. We believe our North American manufacturers provide us with the speed to market necessary to respond quickly to changing trends and increased demand. While we plan to support future growth through manufacturers outside of North America, our intent is also to maintain production in Canada and the United States whenever practicable.
We have developed long-standing relationships with a number of our vendors and take great care to ensure that they share our commitment to quality and ethics. We do not, however, have any long-term term contracts with any of our suppliers or manufacturing sources for the production and supply of our fabrics and garments, and we compete with other companies for fabrics, raw materials, production and import quota capacity. We require that all of our manufacturers adhere to a vendor code of ethics regarding social and environmental sustainability practices. We partner with leading inspection and verification firms to closely monitor each supplier's compliance with applicable laws and our vendor code of ethics.
Distribution Facilities
We centrally distribute finished products from distribution facilities in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sumner, Washington, and Melbourne, Victoria. We operate the distribution facilities in Vancouver, Sumner and Melbourne which are leased and are approximately 120,000, 167,000 and 54,000 square feet, respectively. During fiscal 2013 we purchased a distribution center in Columbus, Ohio that we expect to open in fiscal 2014. We believe our distribution infrastructure will be sufficient to accommodate our expected store growth and expanded product offerings over the next several years.

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Competition
Competition in the athletic apparel industry is principally on the basis of brand image and recognition as well as product quality, innovation, style, distribution and price. We believe that we successfully compete on the basis of our premium brand image, our focus on women and our technical product innovation. In addition, we believe our vertical retail distribution strategy differentiates us from our competitors and allows us to more effectively control our brand image.
The market for athletic apparel is highly competitive. It includes increasing competition from established companies that are expanding their production and marketing of performance products, as well as from frequent new entrants to the market. We are in direct competition with wholesalers and direct sellers of athletic apparel, such as Nike, Inc., adidas AG and Under Armour, Inc. We also compete with retailers specifically focused on women's athletic apparel including The Gap, Inc. (including the Athleta brand), Lucy Activewear Inc., and bebe stores, inc. (including the BEBE SPORT collection).
Seasonality
Our business is affected by the general seasonal trends common to the retail apparel industry. Our annual net sales are weighted more heavily toward our fourth fiscal quarter, reflecting our historical strength in sales during the holiday season, while our operating expenses are more equally distributed throughout the year. As a result, a substantial portion of our operating profits are generated in the fourth quarter of our fiscal year. For example, we generated approximately 33% , 36% and 37% of our full year gross profit during the fourth quarters of fiscal 2013 , fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011 , respectively.
Our Employees
As of February 2, 2014 , we had 7,622  employees, of which 4,166 were employed in the United States, 2,759 were employed in Canada, and 697 were employed outside of North America. None of our employees is currently covered by a collective bargaining agreement. We have had no labor-related work stoppages and we believe our relations with our employees are excellent.
Intellectual Property
We believe we own the material trademarks used in connection with the marketing, distribution and sale of all of our products in the United States, Canada and in the other countries in which our products are currently or intended to be either sold or manufactured. Our major trademarks include lululemon athletica & design, the logo design (WAVE design) and lululemon as a word mark. We own trademark registrations for names of several of our fabrics and products including Luon, Silverescent, VitaSea, Boolux, Luxtreme, Luxchange, Groove Pant, Light as Air, and Power Y. In addition to trademarks, we own 29 industrial design registrations in Canada that protect our distinctive apparel and accessory designs, as well as a number of corresponding design patents in the United States and registered community designs in Europe.
Securities and Exchange Commission Filings
Our website address is www.lululemon.com. We provide free access to various reports that we file with, or furnish to, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, through our website, as soon as reasonably practicable after they have been filed or furnished. These reports include, but are not limited to, our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to those reports. Our SEC reports can also be accessed through the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Also available on our website are printable versions of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and charters of the Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees of our Board of Directors. Information on our website does not constitute part of this annual report on Form 10-K or any other report we file or furnish with the SEC.
ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS
In addition to the other information contained in this Form 10-K, the following risk factors should be considered carefully in evaluating our business. Our business, financial condition or results of operations could be materially adversely affected by any of these risks. Please note that additional risks not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial could also impair our business and operations.
Our success depends on our ability to maintain the value and reputation of our brand.
Our success depends on the value and reputation of the lululemon athletica brand. The lululemon athletica name is integral to our business as well as to the implementation of our strategies for expanding our business. Maintaining, promoting and positioning our brand will depend largely on the success of our marketing and merchandising efforts and our ability to provide a consistent, high quality guest experience. We rely on social media, as one of our marketing strategies, to have a

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positive impact on both our brand value and reputation. Our brand could be adversely affected if we fail to achieve these objectives or if our public image or reputation were to be tarnished by negative publicity. Negative publicity regarding the production methods of any of our suppliers or manufacturers could adversely affect our reputation and sales and force us to locate alternative suppliers or manufacturing sources. Additionally, while we devote considerable efforts and resources to protecting our intellectual property, if these efforts are not successful the value of our brand may be harmed, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.
If any of our products are unacceptable to us or our guests, our business could be harmed.
We have occasionally received, and may in the future continue to receive, shipments of products that fail to comply with our technical specifications or that fail to conform to our quality control standards. We have also received, and may in the future continue to receive, products that either meet our technical specifications but that are nonetheless unacceptable to us, or products that are otherwise unacceptable to us or our customers. Under these circumstances, unless we are able to obtain replacement products in a timely manner, we risk the loss of net revenue resulting from the inability to sell those products and related increased administrative and shipping costs. Additionally, if the unacceptability of our products are not discovered until after such products are purchased by our guests, our guests could lose confidence in the technical attributes of our products and our results of operations could suffer and our business could be harmed.
Our reliance on third-party suppliers to provide fabrics for and to produce our products could cause problems in our supply chain.
We do not manufacture our products or the raw materials for them and rely instead on third-party suppliers. Many of the specialty fabrics used in our products are technically advanced textile products developed and manufactured by third parties and may be available, in the short-term, from only one or a very limited number of sources. For example, Luon fabric, which is included in many of our products, is supplied to the garment factories we use by a limited number of manufacturers, and the components used in manufacturing Luon fabric may each be supplied to our manufacturers by single companies. In fiscal 2013 , approximately 63% of our products were produced by our top five manufacturing suppliers, 45% of raw materials were produced by a single manufacturer. We have no long-term contracts with any of our suppliers or manufacturing sources for the production and supply of our fabrics and garments, and we compete with other companies for fabrics, raw materials, production and import quota capacity.
We have experienced, and may in the future continue to experience, a significant disruption in the supply of fabrics or raw materials from current sources and we may be unable to locate alternative materials suppliers of comparable quality at an acceptable price, or at all. In addition, if we experience significant increased demand, or if we need to replace an existing supplier or manufacturer, we may be unable to locate additional supplies of fabrics or raw materials or additional manufacturing capacity on terms that are acceptable to us, or at all, or we may be unable to locate any supplier or manufacturer with sufficient capacity to meet our requirements or to fill our orders in a timely manner. Identifying a suitable supplier is an involved process that requires us to become satisfied with its quality control, responsiveness and service, financial stability and labor and other ethical practices. Even if we are able to expand existing or find new manufacturing or fabric sources, we may encounter delays in production and added costs as a result of the time it takes to train our suppliers and manufacturers in our methods, products and quality control standards. Delays related to supplier changes could also arise due to an increase in shipping times if new suppliers are located farther away from our markets or from other participants in our supply chain. Any delays, interruption or increased costs in the supply of fabric or manufacture of our products could have an adverse effect on our ability to meet customer demand for our products and our results in lower net revenue and income from operations both in the short and long term.
An economic downturn or economic uncertainty in our key markets may adversely affect consumer discretionary spending and demand for our products.
Many of our products may be considered discretionary items for consumers. Factors affecting the level of consumer spending for such discretionary items include general economic conditions, particularly those in North America and other factors such as consumer confidence in future economic conditions, fears of recession, the availability of consumer credit, levels of unemployment, tax rates and the cost of consumer credit. As global economic conditions continue to be volatile or economic uncertainty remains, trends in consumer discretionary spending also remain unpredictable and subject to reductions due to credit constraints and uncertainties about the future. Unfavorable economic conditions may lead consumers to delay or reduce purchase of our products. Consumer demand for our products may not reach our sales targets, or may decline, when there is an economic downturn or economic uncertainty in our key markets, particularly in North America. Our sensitivity to economic cycles and any related fluctuation in consumer demand may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.

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Our sales and profitability may decline as a result of increasing product costs and decreasing selling prices.
Our business is subject to significant pressure on pricing and costs caused by many factors, including intense competition, constrained sourcing capacity and related inflationary pressure, pressure from consumers to reduce the prices we charge for our products and changes in consumer demand. These factors may cause us to experience increased costs, reduce our sales prices to consumers or experience reduced sales in response to increased prices, any of which could cause our operating margin to decline if we are unable to offset these factors with reductions in operating costs and could have a material adverse effect on our financial conditions, operating results and cash flows.
If we are unable to anticipate consumer preferences and successfully develop and introduce new, innovative and updated products, we may not be able to maintain or increase our sales and profitability.
Our success depends on our ability to identify and originate product trends as well as to anticipate and react to changing consumer demands in a timely manner. All of our products are subject to changing consumer preferences that cannot be predicted with certainty. If we are unable to introduce new products or novel technologies in a timely manner or our new products or technologies are not accepted by our customers, our competitors may introduce similar products in a more timely fashion, which could hurt our goal to be viewed as a leader in technical athletic apparel innovation. Our new products may not receive consumer acceptance as consumer preferences could shift rapidly to different types of athletic apparel or away from these types of products altogether, and our future success depends in part on our ability to anticipate and respond to these changes. Failure to anticipate and respond in a timely manner to changing consumer preferences could lead to, among other things, lower sales and excess inventory levels. Even if we are successful in anticipating consumer preferences, our ability to adequately react to and address those preferences will in part depend upon our continued ability to develop and introduce innovative, high-quality products. Our failure to effectively introduce new products that are accepted by consumers could result in a decrease in net revenue and excess inventory levels, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.
Our results of operations could be materially harmed if we are unable to accurately forecast customer demand for our products.
To ensure adequate inventory supply, we must forecast inventory needs and place orders with our manufacturers based on our estimates of future demand for particular products. Our ability to accurately forecast demand for our products could be affected by many factors, including an increase or decrease in customer demand for our products or for products of our competitors, our failure to accurately forecast customer acceptance of new products, product introductions by competitors, unanticipated changes in general market conditions, and weakening of economic conditions or consumer confidence in future economic conditions. If we fail to accurately forecast customer demand we may experience excess inventory levels or a shortage of products available for sale in our stores or for delivery to customers.
Inventory levels in excess of customer demand may result in inventory write-downs or write-offs and the sale of excess inventory at discounted prices, which would cause our gross margin to suffer and could impair the strength and exclusivity of our brand. Conversely, if we underestimate customer demand for our products, our manufacturers may not be able to deliver products to meet our requirements, and this could result in damage to our reputation and customer relationships.
Any material disruption of our information systems could disrupt our business and reduce our sales.
We are increasingly dependent on information systems to operate our e-commerce websites, process transactions, respond to guest inquiries, manage inventory, purchase, sell and ship goods on a timely basis and maintain cost-efficient operations. Any material disruption or slowdown of our systems, including a disruption or slowdown caused by our failure to successfully upgrade our systems, system failures, viruses, computer "hackers" or other causes, could cause information, including data related to customer orders, to be lost or delayed which could-especially if the disruption or slowdown occurred during the holiday season-result in delays in the delivery of products to our stores and customers or lost sales, which could reduce demand for our products and cause our sales to decline. If changes in technology cause our information systems to become obsolete, or if our information systems are inadequate to handle our growth, we could lose customers.
If we continue to grow at a rapid pace, we may not be able to effectively manage our growth and the increased complexity of our business and as a result our brand image and financial performance may suffer.
We have expanded our operations rapidly since our inception in 1998 and our net revenue has increased from $40.7 million in fiscal 2004 to $1.6 billion in fiscal 2013 . If our operations continue to grow at a rapid pace, we may experience difficulties in obtaining sufficient raw materials and manufacturing capacity to produce our products, as well as delays in production and shipments, as our products are subject to risks associated with overseas sourcing and manufacturing. We could be required to continue to expand our sales and marketing, product development and distribution functions, to upgrade our management information systems and other processes and technology, and to obtain more space for our expanding workforce.

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This expansion could increase the strain on our resources, and we could experience operating difficulties, including difficulties in hiring, training and managing an increasing number of employees. These difficulties could result in the erosion of our brand image which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.
The fluctuating cost of raw materials could increase our cost of goods sold and cause our results of operations and financial condition to suffer.
The fabrics used by our suppliers and manufacturers include synthetic fabrics whose raw materials include petroleum-based products. Our products also include silver and natural fibers, including cotton. Our costs for raw materials are affected by, among other things, weather, consumer demand, speculation on the commodities market, the relative valuations and fluctuations of the currencies of producer versus consumer countries and other factors that are generally unpredictable and beyond our control. Increases in the cost of raw materials, including petroleum or the prices we pay for silver and our cotton yarn and cotton-based textiles, could have a material adverse effect on our cost of goods sold, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
Our limited operating experience and limited brand recognition in new international markets may limit our expansion strategy and cause our business and growth to suffer.
Our future growth depends in part on our international expansion efforts. We have limited experience with regulatory environments and market practices internationally, and we may not be able to penetrate or successfully operate in any new market. In connection with our expansion efforts we may encounter obstacles we did not face in North America, including cultural and linguistic differences, differences in regulatory environments, labor practices and market practices, difficulties in keeping abreast of market, business and technical developments and foreign guests' tastes and preferences. We may also encounter difficulty expanding into new international markets because of limited brand recognition leading to delayed acceptance of our technical athletic apparel by guests in these new international markets. Our failure to develop new international markets or disappointing growth outside of existing markets will harm our business and results of operations.
We operate in a highly competitive market and the size and resources of some of our competitors may allow them to compete more effectively than we can, resulting in a loss of our market share and a decrease in our net revenue and profitability.
The market for technical athletic apparel is highly competitive. Competition may result in pricing pressures, reduced profit margins or lost market share or a failure to grow our market share, any of which could substantially harm our business and results of operations. We compete directly against wholesalers and direct retailers of athletic apparel, including large, diversified apparel companies with substantial market share and established companies expanding their production and marketing of technical athletic apparel, as well as against retailers specifically focused on women's athletic apparel. We also face competition from wholesalers and direct retailers of traditional commodity athletic apparel, such as cotton T-shirts and sweatshirts. Many of our competitors are large apparel and sporting goods companies with strong worldwide brand recognition, such as Nike, Inc., adidas AG, The Gap, Inc. and Under Armour, Inc. Because of the fragmented nature of the industry, we also compete with other apparel sellers, including those specializing in yoga apparel. Many of our competitors have significant competitive advantages, including longer operating histories, larger and broader customer bases, more established relationships with a broader set of suppliers, greater brand recognition and greater financial, research and development, store development, marketing, distribution and other resources than we do. In addition, our technical athletic apparel is sold at a price premium to traditional athletic apparel.
Our competitors may be able to achieve and maintain brand awareness and market share more quickly and effectively than we can. In contrast to our "grassroots" marketing approach, many of our competitors promote their brands through traditional forms of advertising, such as print media and television commercials, and through celebrity endorsements, and have substantial resources to devote to such efforts. Our competitors may also create and maintain brand awareness using traditional forms of advertising more quickly than we can. Our competitors may also be able to increase sales in their new and existing markets faster than we do by emphasizing different distribution channels than we do, such as catalog sales or an extensive franchise network, as opposed to distribution through retail stores, wholesale or internet, and many of our competitors have substantial resources to devote toward increasing sales in such ways.
In addition, because we own no patents or exclusive intellectual property rights in the technology, fabrics or processes underlying our products, our current and future competitors are able to manufacture and sell products with performance characteristics, fabrication techniques and styling similar to our products.

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If we encounter problems with our distribution system, our ability to deliver our products to the market and to meet guest expectations could be harmed.
We rely on our distribution facilities for substantially all of our product distribution. Our distribution facilities include computer controlled and automated equipment, which means their operations are complicated and may be subject to a number of risks related to security or computer viruses, the proper operation of software and hardware, electronic or power interruptions or other system failures. In addition, because substantially all of our products are distributed from three locations, our operations could also be interrupted by labor difficulties, extreme or severe weather conditions or by floods, fires or other natural disasters near our distribution centers. For example, severe weather conditions in Sumner, Washington in 2011, including snow and freezing rain, resulted in disruption in our distribution facilities and the local transportation system. If we encounter problems with our distribution system, our ability to meet guest expectations, manage inventory, complete sales and achieve objectives for operating efficiencies could be harmed.
Our fabrics and manufacturing technology are not patented and can be imitated by our competitors.
The intellectual property rights in the technology, fabrics and processes used to manufacture our products are owned or controlled by our suppliers and are generally not unique to us. Our ability to obtain intellectual property protection for our products is therefore limited and we currently own no patents or exclusive intellectual property rights in the technology, fabrics or processes underlying our products. As a result, our current and future competitors are able to manufacture and sell products with performance characteristics, fabrics and styling similar to our products. Because many of our competitors have significantly greater financial, distribution, marketing and other resources than we do, they may be able to manufacture and sell products based on our fabrics and manufacturing technology at lower prices than we can. If our competitors do sell similar products to ours at lower prices, our net revenue and profitability could suffer.
Our failure or inability to protect our intellectual property rights could diminish the value of our brand and weaken our competitive position.
We currently rely on a combination of copyright, trademark, trade dress and unfair competition laws, as well as confidentiality procedures and licensing arrangements, to establish and protect our intellectual property rights. We cannot assure you that the steps taken by us to protect our intellectual property rights will be adequate to prevent infringement of such rights by others, including imitation of our products and misappropriation of our brand. In addition, intellectual property protection may be unavailable or limited in some foreign countries where laws or law enforcement practices may not protect our intellectual property rights as fully as in the United States or Canada, and it may be more difficult for us to successfully challenge the use of our intellectual property rights by other parties in these countries. If we fail to protect and maintain our intellectual property rights, the value of our brand could be diminished and our competitive position may suffer.
Our inability to safeguard against security breaches with respect to our information technology systems could disrupt our operations.
Our business employs systems and websites that allow for the storage and transmission of proprietary or confidential information regarding our business, customers and employees including credit card information. Security breaches could expose us to a risk of loss or misuse of this information and potential liability. We may not have the resources or technical sophistication to be able to anticipate or prevent rapidly evolving types of cyber-attacks. Actual or anticipated attacks may cause us to incur increasing costs including costs to deploy additional personnel and protection technologies, train employees and engage third party experts and consultants. Advances in computer capabilities, new technological discoveries or other developments may result in the technology used by us to protect transaction or other data being breached or compromised. Data and security breaches can also occur as a result of non-technical issues including intentional or inadvertent breach by employees or persons with whom we have commercial relationships that result in the unauthorized release of personal or confidential information. Any compromise or breach of our security could result in a violation of applicable privacy and other laws, significant litigation and potential liability and damage to our brand and reputation or other harm to our business.
We are subject to risks associated with leasing retail space subject to long-term and non-cancelable leases.
We lease the majority of our corporate-owned stores under operating leases and our inability to secure appropriate real estate or lease terms could impact our ability to grow. Our leases generally have initial terms of between five and ten years, and generally can be extended only in five-year increments if at all. We generally cannot cancel these leases at our option. If an existing or new store is not profitable, and we decide to close it, as we have done in the past and may do in the future, we may nonetheless be committed to perform our obligations under the applicable lease including, among other things, paying the base rent for the balance of the lease term. Similarly, we may be committed to perform our obligations under the applicable leases even if current locations of our stores become unattractive as demographic patterns change. In addition, as each of our leases

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expire, we may fail to negotiate renewals, either on commercially acceptable terms or at all, which could require us to close stores in desirable locations.
Increasing labor costs and other factors associated with the production of our products in China could increase the costs to produce our products.
A significant portion of our products are produced in China and increases in the costs of labor and other costs of doing business in China could significantly increase our costs to produce our products and could have a negative impact on our operations, revenue and earnings. Factors that could negatively affect our business include a potential significant revaluation of the Chinese Yuan, which may result in an increase in the cost of producing products in China, labor shortage and increases in labor costs in China, and difficulties in moving products manufactured in China out of Asia and through the ports on the western coast of North America, whether due to port congestion, labor disputes, product regulations and/or inspections or other factors, and natural disasters or health pandemics impacting China. Also, the imposition of trade sanctions or other regulations against products imported by us from, or the loss of "normal trade relations" status with, China, could significantly increase our cost of products imported into North America and/or Australia and harm our business.
We may not be able to successfully open new store locations in a timely manner, if at all, which could harm our results of operations.
Our growth will largely depend on our ability to successfully open and operate new stores. Our approach to identifying locations for our stores typically favors street locations, lifestyle centers and malls where we can be a part of the community. As a result, our stores are typically located near retailers or fitness facilities that we believe are consistent with our guests' lifestyle choices. Sales at these stores are derived, in part, from the volume of foot traffic in these locations. Our ability to successfully open and operate new stores depends on many factors, including, among others, our ability to:
identify suitable store locations, the availability of which is outside of our control;
negotiate acceptable lease terms, including desired tenant improvement allowances;
hire, train and retain store personnel and field management;
immerse new store personnel and field management into our corporate culture;
source sufficient inventory levels; and
successfully integrate new stores into our existing operations and information technology systems.
Successful new store openings may also be affected by our ability to initiate our grassroots marketing efforts in advance of opening our first store in a new market. We typically rely on our grassroots marketing efforts to build awareness of our brand and demand for our products. Our grassroots marketing efforts are often lengthy and must be tailored to each new market based on our emerging understanding of the market. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that we will be able to successfully implement our grassroots marketing efforts in a particular market in a timely manner, if at all. Additionally, we may be unsuccessful in identifying new markets where our technical athletic apparel and other products and brand image will be accepted or the performance of our stores will be considered successful.
Our failure to comply with trade and other regulations could lead to investigations or actions by government regulators and negative publicity.
The labeling, distribution, importation, marketing and sale of our products are subject to extensive regulation by various federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Product Safety Commission and state attorneys general in the United States, the Competition Bureau and Health Canada in Canada, as well as by various other federal, state, provincial, local and international regulatory authorities in the countries in which our products are distributed or sold. If we fail to comply with any of these regulations, we could become subject to enforcement actions or the imposition of significant penalties or claims, which could harm our results of operations or our ability to conduct our business. In addition, the adoption of new regulations or changes in the interpretation of existing regulations may result in significant compliance costs or discontinuation of product sales and could impair the marketing of our products, resulting in significant loss of net sales.
Our international operations are also subject to compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA, and other anti-bribery laws applicable to our operations. In many foreign countries, particularly in those with developing economies, it may be a local custom that businesses operating in such countries engage in business practices that are prohibited by the FCPA or other U.S. and foreign laws and regulations applicable to us. Although we have implemented procedures designed to ensure compliance with the FCPA and similar laws, there can be no assurance that all of our employees, agents and other channel partners, as well as those companies to which we outsource certain of our business operations, will not take actions in violation of our policies. Any such violation could have a material and adverse effect on our business.

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Our future success is substantially dependent on the continued service of our senior management.
Our future success is substantially dependent on the continued service of our senior management and other key employees. In the last several years, several members of our senior management team have left us and we have focused time and resources on recruiting the new members of our current management team, including our new Chief Executive Officer. The continued turnover of senior management and the loss of key members of our executive team could have a negative impact on our ability to manage and grow our business effectively.
We do not maintain a key person life insurance policy on any of the other members of our senior management team. As a result, we would have no way to cover the financial loss if we were to lose the services of members of our senior management team.
Our business is affected by seasonality.
Our business is affected by the general seasonal trends common to the retail apparel industry. Our annual net sales are weighted more heavily toward our fourth fiscal quarter, reflecting our historical strength in sales during the holiday season, while our operating expenses are more equally distributed throughout the year. As a result, a substantial portion of our operating profits are generated in the fourth quarter of our fiscal year. For example, we generated approximately 33% , 36% and 37% of our full year gross profit during the fourth quarters of fiscal 2013 , fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011 , respectively. This seasonality may adversely affect our business and cause our results of operations to fluctuate, and, as a result, we believe that comparisons of our operating results between different quarters within a single fiscal year are not necessarily meaningful and that results of operations in any period should not be considered indicative of the results to be expected for any future period.
Because a significant portion of our sales are generated in countries other than the United States, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates have negatively affected our results of operations and may continue to do so in the future.
The reporting currency for our consolidated financial statements is the U.S. dollar. In the future, we expect to continue to derive a significant portion of our net revenue and incur a significant portion of our operating costs in Canada, and changes in exchange rates between the Canadian dollar and the U.S. dollar may have a significant, and potentially adverse, effect on our results of operations. Additionally, a portion of our net revenue is generated in Australia and New Zealand. Our primary risk of loss regarding foreign currency exchange rate risk is caused by fluctuations in the exchange rates between the U.S. dollar, Canadian dollar, Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar. As we recognize net revenue from sales in Canada in Canadian dollars, and the U.S. dollar has strengthened during fiscal 2013 , it has had a negative impact on our Canadian operating results upon translation of those results into U.S. dollars for the purposes of consolidation. However, the loss in net revenue was offset by lower cost of sales and lower selling, general and administrative expenses that are generated in Canadian dollars. A 10% depreciation in the relative value of the Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. dollar would have resulted in lost income from operations of approximately $0.8 million in fiscal 2013 and approximately $5.5 million in fiscal 2012 . A 10% depreciation in the relative value of the Australian dollar compared to the U.S. dollar would have resulted in lost income from operations of approximately $0.3 million in fiscal 2013 and approximately $0.9 million in fiscal 2012 . We have not historically engaged in hedging transactions but in the future may at times enter into derivative financial instruments to mitigate foreign exchange risks. As we continue to recognize gains and losses in foreign currency transactions, depending upon changes in future currency rates, such gains or losses could have a significant, and potentially adverse, effect on our results of operations.
The operations of many of our suppliers are subject to additional risks that are beyond our control and that could harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Almost all of our suppliers are located outside of North America. During fiscal 2013 , approximately 67% of our products were produced in South and South East Asia, approximately 23% in China, approximately 3% in North America and the remainder in other countries. As a result of our international suppliers, we are subject to risks associated with doing business abroad, including:
political unrest, terrorism, labor disputes and economic instability resulting in the disruption of trade from foreign countries in which our products are manufactured;
the imposition of new laws and regulations, including those relating to labor conditions, quality and safety standards, imports, duties, taxes and other charges on imports, as well as trade restrictions and restrictions on currency exchange or the transfer of funds;
reduced protection for intellectual property rights, including trademark protection, in some countries, particularly China;
disruptions or delays in shipments; and
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These and other factors beyond our control could interrupt our suppliers' production in offshore facilities, influence the ability of our suppliers to export our products cost-effectively or at all and inhibit our suppliers' ability to procure certain materials, any of which could harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Our ability to source our merchandise profitably or at all could be hurt if new trade restrictions are imposed or existing trade restrictions become more burdensome.
The United States and the countries in which our products are produced or sold internationally have imposed and may impose additional quotas, duties, tariffs, or other restrictions or regulations, or may adversely adjust prevailing quota, duty or tariff levels. We have expanded our relationships with suppliers outside of China, which among other things has resulted in increased costs and shipping times for some products. Countries impose, modify and remove tariffs and other trade restrictions in response to a diverse array of factors, including global and national economic and political conditions, which make it impossible for us to predict future developments regarding tariffs and other trade restrictions. Trade restrictions, including tariffs, quotas, embargoes, safeguards and customs restrictions, could increase the cost or reduce the supply of products available to us or may require us to modify our supply chain organization or other current business practices, any of which could harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Our trademarks and other proprietary rights could potentially conflict with the rights of others and we may be prevented from selling some of our products.
Our success depends in large part on our brand image. We believe that our trademarks and other proprietary rights have significant value and are important to identifying and differentiating our products from those of our competitors and creating and sustaining demand for our products. We have obtained and applied for some United States and foreign trademark registrations, and will continue to evaluate the registration of additional trademarks as appropriate. However, we cannot guarantee that any of our pending trademark applications will be approved by the applicable governmental authorities. Moreover, even if the applications are approved, third parties may seek to oppose or otherwise challenge these registrations. Additionally, we cannot assure you that obstacles will not arise as we expand our product line and the geographic scope of our sales and marketing. Third parties may assert intellectual property claims against us, particularly as we expand our business and the number of products we offer. Our defense of any claim, regardless of its merit, could be expensive and time consuming and could divert management resources. Successful infringement claims against us could result in significant monetary liability or prevent us from selling some of our products. In addition, resolution of claims may require us to redesign our products, license rights from third parties or cease using those rights altogether. Any of these events could harm our business and cause our results of operations, liquidity and financial condition to suffer.
Our founder controls a significant percentage of our stock and is able to exercise significant influence over our affairs.
Our founder, Dennis Wilson, beneficially owns approximately 28% of our common stock. As a result, Mr. Wilson is able to influence or control matters requiring approval by our stockholders, including the election of directors and the approval of mergers, acquisitions or other extraordinary transactions. This concentration of ownership may have various effects including, but not limited to, delaying, preventing or deterring a change of control of our company.
Anti-takeover provisions of Delaware law and our certificate of incorporation and bylaws could delay and discourage takeover attempts that stockholders may consider to be favorable.
Certain provisions of our certificate of incorporation and bylaws and applicable provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law may make it more difficult or impossible for a third-party to acquire control of us or effect a change in our board of directors and management. These provisions include:
the classification of our board of directors into three classes, with one class elected each year;
prohibiting cumulative voting in the election of directors;
the ability of our board of directors to issue preferred stock without stockholder approval;
the ability to remove a director only for cause and only with the vote of the holders of at least 66  2 / 3 % of our voting stock;
a special meeting of stockholders may only be called by our chairman or Chief Executive Officer, or upon a resolution adopted by an affirmative vote of a majority of the board of directors, and not by our stockholders;

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prohibiting stockholder action by written consent; and
our stockholders must comply with advance notice procedures in order to nominate candidates for election to our board of directors or to place stockholder proposals on the agenda for consideration at any meeting of our stockholders.
In addition, we are governed by Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law which, subject to some specified exceptions, prohibits "business combinations" between a Delaware corporation and an "interested stockholder," which is generally defined as a stockholder who becomes a beneficial owner of 15% or more of a Delaware corporation's voting stock, for a three-year period following the date that the stockholder became an interested stockholder. Section 203 could have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a change in control that our stockholders might consider to be in their best interests.
ITEM 2.  PROPERTIES
Our principal executive and administrative offices are located at 1818 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6J 1C7. In March 2011, we purchased the building that currently houses our administrative offices and in October 2012 we purchased additional space in Vancouver, BC for our administrative offices. We currently operate three distribution centers located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sumner, Washington, and Melbourne, Victoria. In November 2013 we purchased a distribution center in Columbus, Ohio and will commence operations in mid-2014. We expect that our current administrative offices and distribution centers are sufficient for our expansion plans for the foreseeable future.
The general location, use, approximate size and lease renewal date of our properties at February 2, 2014 , are set forth below:
Location
 
Use
 
Approximate
Square Feet
 
Lease Renewal Date
Sumner, WA
 
Distribution Center
 
167,000

 
April 2020
Columbus, OH
 
Distribution Center (Intended)
 
307,000

 
n/a
Vancouver, BC
 
Distribution Center
 
120,000

 
November 2017
Vancouver, BC
 
Executive and Administrative Offices
 
78,000

 
n/a
Vancouver, BC
 
Executive and Administrative Offices
 
15,000

 
n/a
Melbourne, VIC
 
Distribution Center
 
54,000

 
September 2016
Melbourne, VIC
 
Executive and Administrative Offices
 
28,000

 
September 2019
As of February 2, 2014 , we leased approximately 734,000  gross square feet relating to 252 of our 254 corporate-owned stores. Our leases generally have initial terms of between five and 10 years, and generally can be extended only in five-year increments, if at all. All of our leases require a fixed annual rent, and most require the payment of additional rent if store sales exceed a negotiated amount. Generally, our leases are "net" leases, which require us to pay all of the cost of insurance, taxes, maintenance and utilities. We generally cannot cancel these leases at our option.
ITEM 3.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
On October 25, 2013, plaintiff Laborers' District Council Industry Pension Fund filed a books-and-records action entitled Laborers' District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund v. lululemon athletica inc., No. 9039 (Del. Ch.) under 7 Del. C. Sec. 220 based on a demand letter it sent to us on or around August 8, 2013 to request certain lululemon records relating to the March 2013 sheer Luon issue, our announcement that our then CEO, Christine Day, intends to resign, and certain stock trades executed by the Chairman of our board of directors, Mr. Wilson, prior to our announcement regarding our former CEO, Christine Day. We moved to dismiss the complaint on November 11, 2013, and the motion remains pending. We believe there is no merit to plaintiff's claims and we intend to continue to defend vigorously.
On August 12, 2103 and August 23, 2013, plaintiffs Thomas Canty and Tammy Federman filed shareholder derivative actions entitled Canty v. Day , et al., No. 13-CV-5629 (S.D.N.Y.) and Federman v. Day, et al., No. 13-CV-5977 (S.D.N.Y.). Plaintiffs allege that they are acting on behalf of us and name as defendants our current and former directors and certain officers. On January 17, 2014, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint, operative in both actions. In that amended complaint, plaintiffs challenge certain public disclosures and conduct relating to the March 2013 sheer Luon issue, the June 2013 announcement of the resignation of our former CEO, Christine Day, and certain stock trades executed by Mr. Wilson and Ms. Day in the months leading up to that announcement. Plaintiffs allege violations of Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act and breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, abuse of control, and gross mismanagement. Defendants believe there is no merit to plaintiffs' claims and have moved to dismiss both lawsuits.

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On July 2, 2013, plaintiff Houssam Alkhoury filed a putative shareholder class action entitled Alkhoury v. lululemon athletica inc., et al., No. 13-CV-4596 (S.D.N.Y.) against lululemon, a certain director and a certain officer of the Company (collectively, "Defendants"). On October 1, 2013, the Court appointed Louisiana Sheriffs' Pension & Relief Fund as Lead Plaintiff and on November 1, Lead Plaintiff filed a consolidated class action complaint on behalf of a proposed class of purchasers of lululemon stock between September 7, 2012 through June 11, 2013 (the "Complaint"). In its Complaint, Lead Plaintiff asserted causes of action under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against Defendants based on certain public disclosures made by us relating to lululemon's product quality and the March 2013 sheer Luon issue. On January 15, 2014, Lead Plaintiff filed a consolidated amended class action compliant (the "Amended Complaint") on behalf of a proposed class of purchasers of lululemon stock between September 7, 2012 through January 10, 2014. In its Amended Complaint, Lead Plaintiff added new claims under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 based on certain of lululemon's public disclosures related to our ongoing quality control improvements and the impact of those improvements on our financial results. Defendants believe there is no merit to Lead Plaintiff's claims and have moved to dismiss this lawsuit.
On May 3, 2013, plaintiff Hallandale Beach Police Officers and Firefighters Personnel Retirement Fund filed a books-and-records action entitled Hallandale Beach Police Officers and Firefighters' Personnel Retirement Fund v. lululemon athletica inc., No. 8522 (Del. Ch.)., under 7 Del. C. Sec. 220 based on a demand letter it sent to us on April 17, 2013 to request certain lululemon records relating to the March 2013 sheer Luon issue and recent revisions to our executive bonus plan. We moved to dismiss the complaint on May 28, 2013. On June 14, 2013, plaintiff sent a supplemental demand letter that requested additional records from us relating to our announcement that Christine Day intends to resign as our Chief Executive Officer, and certain stock trades executed by our Chairman, Mr. Wilson, prior to our announcement regarding Ms. Day. On July 1, 2013, plaintiff filed an amended complaint to incorporate allegations relating to the June 14, 2013 supplemental demand letter. We moved to dismiss the amended complaint on August 15, 2013, and, in response to this filing, plaintiffs served us with a new demand letter and then filed a second amended complaint on November 4, 2013, which we moved to dismiss on December 4, 2013. Our dismissal motion has been fully briefed and remains pending. The lawsuit is still in its early stages and we believe there is no merit to this action and we intend to continue to defend vigorously.
We have indemnification agreements with certain of our current and former officers and directors that may require us, among other things, to indemnify such current or former officers and directors against certain liabilities that may arise by reason of their status or service as directors or officers and to advance their expenses incurred as a result of any proceeding against them as to which they could be indemnified.
We are unable at this time to predict the amount of our legal expenses associated with these proceedings and any settlement or damages payments associated with these matters. In the event that we are unsuccessful in our defense, or if we pursue settlement with regard to any of these actions, we could be required to pay significant final settlement amounts and/or judgments that exceed the limits of our insurance policies or the carriers may decline to fund such final settlements and/or judgments, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and liquidity. Regardless of whether any of the claims asserted against us in these actions are valid, or whether we are ultimately held liable, such litigation may be expensive to defend and may divert resources away from our operations and negatively impact earnings. Further, we may not be able to obtain adequate insurance to protect us from these types of litigation matters or extraordinary business losses.
In addition to the legal matters described above, we are, from time to time, involved in routine legal matters incidental to our business. We believe the ultimate resolution of any such current proceeding will not have a material adverse effect on our continued financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

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PART II
ITEM  5.  MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Market Information and Dividends
Our common stock is quoted on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "LULU." Our common stock was also previously listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") under the symbol "LLL." During fiscal 2013 we voluntarily delisted from the TSX because we believe the minimal trading volume of our shares on the TSX no longer justified the expense and administrative efforts associated with maintaining a dual listing.
The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, the high and low closing sale prices of our common stock reported by the Nasdaq Global Select Market for the last two fiscal years:
 

Common Stock Price
(Nasdaq Global
Select Market)
 

High

Low
Fiscal Year Ending February 2, 2014




Fourth Quarter

$
71.56


$
45.68

Third Quarter

$
76.57


$
65.29

Second Quarter

$
82.28


$
61.33

First Quarter

$
76.88


$
62.32

Fiscal Year Ending February 3, 2013




Fourth Quarter

$
77.19


$
65.87

Third Quarter

$
77.99


$
53.35

Second Quarter

$
80.30


$
54.40

First Quarter

$
77.06


$
63.13

As of February 2, 2014 , there were approximately 526 holders of record of our common stock.
We have never declared or paid any cash dividends on our common stock and do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future. We anticipate that we will retain all of our available funds for use in the operation and expansion of our business. Any future determination as to the payment of cash dividends will be at the discretion of our board of directors and will depend on our financial condition, operating results, current and anticipated cash needs, plans for expansion and other factors that our board of directors considers to be relevant. In addition, financial and other covenants in any instruments or agreements that we enter into in the future may restrict our ability to pay cash dividends on our common stock.
Stock Performance Graph
The graph set forth below compares the cumulative total stockholder return on our common stock between February 1, 2009 (the date of our fiscal year end five years ago) and February 2, 2014 , with the cumulative total return of (i) the S&P 500 Index and (ii) S&P 500 Apparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods Index (1) , over the same period. This graph assumes the investment of $100 on February 1, 2009 in the closing sale price our common stock, the S&P 500 Index and the S&P Apparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods Index and assumes the reinvestment of dividends, if any.
The comparisons shown in the graph below are based on historical data. We caution that the stock price performance showing in the graph below is not necessarily indicative of, nor is it intended to forecast, the potential future performance of our common stock. Information used in the graph was obtained from the Nasdaq Stock Market website, a source believed to be reliable, but we are not responsible for any errors or omissions in such information.
__________
(1)
The previously compared S&P Retail Index is no longer published.

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01-Feb-09
 
31-Jan-10
 
30-Jan-11
 
29-Jan-12
 
03-Feb-13
 
02-Feb-14
lululemon athletica inc.
 
$
100.00

 
$
415.29

 
$
1,009.12

 
$
1,885.88

 
$
1,995.88

 
$
1,343.82

S&P 500 Index
 
$
100.00

 
$
130.03

 
$
154.54

 
$
159.39

 
$
183.22

 
$
215.84

S&P 500 Apparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods Index
 
$
100.00

 
$
185.55

 
$
250.95

 
$
353.12

 
$
323.23

 
$
369.91

Issuer Purchase of Equity Securities
The following table provides information regarding our Employee Share Purchase Plan (ESPP) repurchases of our common stock, during the thirteen week period ended February 2, 2014 :  
Period (1)
 
Total Number
of Shares
Purchased (2)
 
Average
Price Paid
per Share
 
Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of Publicly
Announced Plans
or Programs (3)
 
Maximum Number
of Shares that
May Yet Be
Purchased Under
the Plans
or Programs (2,3)
November 4, 2013 - December 1, 2013
 
7,453

 
$
69.00

 
7,453

 
5,447,323

December 2, 2013 - January 5, 2014
 
12,456

 
$
62.00

 
12,456

 
5,434,867

January 6, 2014 - February 2, 2014
 
10,897

 
$
46.44

 
10,897

 
5,423,971

Total
 
30,806

 
 
 
30,806

 
 
___________ 
(1)  
Monthly information is presented by reference to our fiscal months during our fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 .
(2)  
Excluded from this disclosure are shares repurchased to settle statutory employee tax withholding related to the vesting of performance-based restricted stock unit awards.
(3)  
Our ESPP was approved by our Board of Directors and stockholders in September 2007. All shares purchased under the ESPP will be purchased on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (or such other stock exchange as we may designate from time to time). Unless our Board of Directors terminates the ESPP earlier, the ESPP will continue until all shares authorized for purchase under the ESPP have been purchased. The maximum number of shares available for issuance under the ESPP is 6,000,000.

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ITEM  6.  SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
The selected consolidated financial data set forth below are derived from our consolidated financial statements and should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements for the years ended February 2, 2014 February 3, 2013 , January 29, 2012 January 30, 2011 and  January 31, 2010 . The consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive income data for each of the years ended February 2, 2014 February 3, 2013 and  January 29, 2012 and the consolidated balance sheet data as of February 2, 2014 and February 3, 2013 are derived from, and qualified by reference to, our audited consolidated financial statements and related notes appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report. The consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive income for the year ended February 3, 2013 covers a 53 week period compared to a 52 week period for the other years.
 

Fiscal Year Ended
 

February 2, 2014
 
February 3, 2013
 
January 29, 2012
 
January 30, 2011
 
January 31, 2010
 

(In thousands, except per share data)
Consolidated statement of operations and
   comprehensive income data:










Net revenue

$
1,591,188


$
1,370,358

 
1,000,839

 
$
711,704

 
$
452,898

Cost of goods sold

751,112


607,532

 
431,488

 
316,757

 
229,812

Gross profit

840,076


762,826

 
569,351

 
394,947

 
223,086

Operating expenses:

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses

448,718


386,387

 
282,393

 
212,784

 
136,161

Provision for impairment and lease exit costs




 

 
1,772

 
379

Income from operations

391,358


376,439

 
286,958

 
180,391

 
86,546

Other income (expense), net

5,768


4,957

 
2,500

 
2,886

 
164

Income before provision for income taxes

397,126


381,396

 
289,458

 
183,277

 
86,710

Provision for income taxes

117,579


109,965

 
104,494

 
61,080

 
28,429

Net income

279,547


271,431

 
184,964

 
122,197

 
58,281

Net income attributable to non-controlling
   interest



875

 
901

 
350

 

Net income attributable to lululemon athletica
   inc.

$
279,547


$
270,556

 
$
184,063

 
$
121,847

 
$
58,281

Basic earnings per share

$
1.93

 
$
1.88

 
$
1.29

 
$
0.86

 
$
0.41

Diluted earnings per share

$
1.91

 
$
1.85

 
$
1.27

 
$
0.85

 
$
0.41

Basic weighted-average number of shares
   outstanding

144,913


144,000

 
143,196

 
141,720

 
140,502

Diluted weighted-average number of shares
   outstanding

146,043


145,806

 
145,278

 
143,858

 
141,898

Other comprehensive (loss) income:

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustment

(89,158
)

(459
)
 
1,220

 
14,462

 
17,018

Comprehensive income

$
190,389


$
270,097

 
$
185,283

 
$
136,309

 
$
75,299

 

As of
 

February 2, 2014
 
February 3, 2013
 
January 29, 2012
 
January 30, 2011
 
January 31, 2010
 

(In thousands)
Consolidated balance sheet data:


Cash and cash equivalents

$
698,649


$
590,179

 
$
409,437

 
$
316,286

 
$
159,573

Total assets

1,249,688


1,051,078

 
734,634

 
499,302

 
307,258

Total stockholders' equity

1,096,682


887,299

 
606,181

 
394,293

 
233,108

Non-controlling interest


 

 
4,805

 
3,904

 


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ITEM  7.  MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
This discussion summarizes our consolidated operating results, financial condition and liquidity during the three-year period ending February 2, 2014 . Our fiscal year ends on the Sunday closest to January 31 of the following year, typically resulting in a 52 week year, but occasionally giving rise to an additional week, resulting in a 53 week year. Fiscal 2013 is a 52 week year whereas fiscal 2012 was a 53 week year. Net sales numbers for fiscal 2012 include results from the 53rd week; however, comparable stores sales calculations exclude the 53rd week. Fiscal 2013 , 2012 and 2011 ended on February 2, 2014 February 3, 2013 and January 29, 2012 , respectively. The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and the related notes included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
This discussion and analysis contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, such as our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions set forth in the "Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements." Our actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward looking statements as a result of various factors, including those set forth in the "Item 1A—Risk Factors" section and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Overview
Fiscal 2013 was a year of challenges for lululemon. While we were able to grow year over year revenue across all of our selling channels, we also faced challenges with product quality and brand perception. We remain committed to our brand and core values, and have continued to invest in our product engine and supply chain throughout fiscal 2013. In addition, we recently hired a new Chief Executive Officer and a new Chief Product Officer, who we believe will lead our continued profitable growth.
In mid-March 2013, we determined that certain shipments of women's black Luon bottoms received from our factories and available in our stores from March 1, 2013, did not meet our specifications. As we became aware of this issue, we pulled what we believe to be all of the affected items from our stores, showrooms and e-commerce sites and began working with our supplier to replace the fabric and with our other manufacturers to replace these items as quickly as possible. As we previously disclosed, the lost revenue, as well as additional costs incurred and the write down of affected product on hand from this issue, negatively impacted our results from operations in fiscal 2013. However, we are proud of our organization’s ability to get Luon delivered back into our stores within 90 days of having pulled it from our line.
We believe our brand is recognized as premium in our offerings of women and men's run and yoga assortment, as well as a leader in technical fabrics and functionality. Delivering quality to our customers is a critical factor in our market place differentiation. We believe removing items that do not meet our standards is key to maintaining our brand reputation and that the pull-back of black Luon pants reiterates our commitment to quality. We have continued to invest in new and legacy information technology systems to develop new capabilities to support our vertical retail strategy. In addition, we have continued to strengthen our senior management team in the areas of sourcing, quality and commercialization with key hires during the year.
Throughout fiscal 2013 , we were able to grow our e-commerce business which we believe has further increased our brand awareness and has made our product available in new markets, including those outside of North America. While the pull-back of black Luon pants from our e-commerce sites negatively affected sales, net revenue from our direct to consumer channel increased 33% and represented 16.5% of total revenue in fiscal 2013 compared to 14.4% of total revenue in fiscal 2012 and 10.6% of total revenue in fiscal 2011 . Continuing increases in traffic on our e-commerce website lead us to believe that there is potential for our direct to consumer segment to become an increasingly substantial part of our business and we plan to continue to commit a significant portion of our resources to further developing this channel.
We increased our store base through execution of our real estate strategy, when and where we saw opportunities for success. For example, we opened 43 net new corporate-owned stores in North America and Australia during fiscal 2013 . Where we find opportunities for growth through opening showrooms, or other community presence efforts, we expect to expand our store base and therefore our business. Our growth strategy relies on expansion in North America, particularly in the United States. We also believe that international growth is an opportunity and are expanding our foothold in markets by establishing local community connections, distributing to strategic sales partners and opening showrooms where we believe our guests are shopping.
Fiscal 2014 will be an investment year, as we refocus on building a solid foundation to drive growth and expand our business. In addition to our plans for domestic and international expansion, we are also focused on initiatives related to rebuilding our brand experience, connecting with our guests and communities, and creating innovative, technical and beautiful product. We continue to invest in our product quality and supply chain, as we believe this is the foundation of our guest loyalty.

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Our focus on building foundation will also extend to our other categories, including our men’s and ivivva business, where we see potential for future expansion. We believe our strong cash flow generation, solid balance sheet and healthy liquidity provide us with the financial flexibility to execute the initiatives which will continue to lead our profitable growth.
Operating Segment Overview
lululemon is a designer and retailer of technical athletic apparel operating primarily in North America and Australia. Our yoga-inspired apparel is marketed under the lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica brand names. We offer a comprehensive line of apparel and accessories including pants, shorts, tops and jackets designed for athletic pursuits such as yoga, running and general fitness, and dance-inspired apparel for female youth. As of February 2, 2014 , our branded apparel was principally sold through 254 corporate-owned stores that are located in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and via our e-commerce websites through our direct to consumer sales channel. We believe our vertical retail strategy allows us to interact more directly with and gain insights from our customers while providing us with greater control of our brand. In fiscal 2013 , 66% of our net revenue was derived from sales of our products in the United States, 29% of our net revenue was derived from sales of our products in Canada and 5% of our net revenue was derived from sales of our products outside of North America. In fiscal 2012 , 61% of our net revenue was derived from sales of our products in the United States, 34% of our net revenue was derived from sales of our products in Canada and 5% of our net revenue was derived from sales of our products outside of North America. In fiscal 2011 , 53% of our net revenue was derived from sales of our products in the United States, 43% of our net revenue was derived from sales of our products in Canada and 4% of our net revenue was derived from sales of our products outside of North America.
Our net revenue increased from $1.4 billion in fiscal 2012 to $1.6 billion in fiscal 2013 , representing an annual growth rate of 16% . Our increase in net revenue from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013 resulted from the addition of 43 net new retail locations, and comparable store sales growth of 2% in fiscal 2013 , excluding the impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2012. Our total comparable sales, which includes comparable store sales and direct to consumer, were 7% in fiscal 2013, excluding the impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2012. Our ability to open new stores and grow sales in existing stores has been driven by increasing demand for our technical athletic apparel and a growing recognition of the lululemon athletica brand. We believe our superior products, strategic store locations, inviting store environment and distinctive corporate culture are responsible for our strong financial performance.
We have three reportable segments: corporate-owned stores, direct to consumer and other. We report our segments based on the financial information we use in managing our businesses. While we receive financial information for each corporate-owned store, we have aggregated all of the corporate-owned stores into one reportable segment due to the similarities in the economic and other characteristics of these stores.
As of February 2, 2014 , we sold our products through 254 corporate-owned stores located in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. We plan to increase our net revenue in North America and Australia by opening additional corporate-owned stores in new and existing markets. Corporate-owned stores accounted for 77.3% of total net revenue in fiscal 2013 , 79.6% of total net revenue in fiscal 2012 and 81.6% of total net revenue in fiscal 2011 .
As of February 2, 2014 , our direct to consumer segment included our lululemon and ivivva e-commerce websites. E-commerce sales are taken directly from retail customers through www.lululemon.com  and www.ivivva.com and other country and region specific websites. Our direct to consumer segment is an increasingly substantial part of our growth strategy, and now represents 16.5% of our net revenue compared to 14.4% in fiscal 2012 and 10.6% in fiscal 2011 .
In addition to deriving revenue from sales through our corporate-owned stores and direct to consumer, we also derive other net revenue, which includes outlet, wholesale, and warehouse sales and as well as sales through a number of company-operated showrooms and temporary locations. Outlets as well as warehouse sales, which are typically held one or more times a year, are both to sell slow moving inventory or inventory from prior seasons to retail customers at discounted prices. Wholesale customers include select premium yoga studios, health clubs and fitness centers. Our showrooms are typically small locations that we open from time to time when we enter new markets and feature a limited selection of our product offering during select hours. Our temporary locations are typically opened for the holiday season in markets in which we may not already have a presence. We reacquired our four remaining franchise stores during fiscal 2011, and as such, franchise sales, which included inventory sales and royalties, are no longer a part of our other net revenue. Other net revenue accounted for 6.2% of total revenue in fiscal 2013 compared to 6.0% in fiscal 2012 and 7.8% of total net revenue in fiscal 2011 .
We believe that our athletic apparel has and will continue to appeal to consumers outside of North America who value its technical attributes as well as its function and style. In 2004, we opened our first store in Australia which was operated under a franchise license. In fiscal 2009 we made a 13% equity investment in lululemon athletica australia Pty, our franchise operator. During fiscal 2010 we increased our investment to 80% which provided us with control over lululemon athletica australia Pty. During fiscal 2012 we purchased the remaining non-controlling interest in lululemon athletica australia Pty. In fiscal 2008, we

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opened our first company-operated showroom in Hong Kong and in fiscal 2012 we opened our first company-operated showroom in the United Kingdom. In fiscal 2013 we opened additional showrooms in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, and opened showrooms for the first time in Germany, Singapore, the Netherlands, and China.
Basis of Presentation
Net revenue is comprised of:
corporate-owned store net revenue, which includes sales to customers through corporate-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand;
direct to consumer revenue, which includes sales from our e-commerce websites; and
other net revenue, which includes wholesale accounts, franchise sales, warehouse sales, outlets and sales from company-operated showrooms.
in each case, net of an estimated allowance for sales returns and discounts.
In addition, we separately track comparable store sales, which reflect net revenue at corporate-owned stores that have been open for at least 12 months. Therefore, net revenue from a store is included in comparable store sales beginning with the first month for which the store has a full month of comparable prior year sales. Non-comparable store sales include sales from new stores that have not been open or otherwise not operated by us for 12 months or from stores which have been significantly remodeled or relocated. Also included in non-comparable stores sales are sales from direct to consumer sales, outlets, wholesale, warehouse sales, showrooms, temporary locations, franchises, and sales from corporate-owned stores which we have closed. The 53rd week of fiscal 2012 is excluded from the calculation of comparable store sales.
We began to report total comparable sales in fiscal 2013, which combines comparable store sales and direct to consumer sales, excluding the 53rd week of sales from fiscal 2012. Our direct to consumer segment represents a growing portion of our net revenue as the shopping behavior of our guests evolves. Our approach to our guests supports this as it involves country and region specific websites, mobile/tablet devices in stores, social networks, and product notification emails. We therefore believe that reporting total comparable sales with comparable store sales and direct to consumer sales combined provides a more relevant metric, and we intend to continue reporting this in fiscal 2014.
By measuring the change in year-over-year net revenue in stores that have been open for 12 months or more as well as direct to consumer sales, total comparable sales allow us to evaluate our performance eliminating the impact of newly opened stores. Various factors affect comparable sales, including:
the location of new stores relative to existing stores;
consumer preferences, buying trends and overall economic trends;
our ability to anticipate and respond effectively to customer preferences for technical athletic apparel;
competition;
changes in our merchandise mix;
pricing;
the timing of our releases of new merchandise and promotional events;
the effectiveness of our grassroots marketing efforts;
the level of customer service that we provide in our stores and on our websites;
our ability to source and distribute products efficiently; and
the number of stores we open, close (including for temporary renovations) and expand in any period.
Opening new stores is an important part of our growth strategy. Accordingly, total comparable sales has limited utility for assessing the success of our growth strategy insofar as comparable sales do not reflect the performance of stores open less than 12 months.
Cost of goods sold includes:
the cost of purchased merchandise, which includes acquisition and production costs including raw material and labor, as applicable;

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the cost incurred to deliver inventory to our distribution centers including freight, non-refundable taxes, duty and other landing costs;
the cost of our distribution centers (such as labor, rent and utilities) and the depreciation related to our distribution centers;
the cost of our production, merchandise and design departments including salaries, stock-based compensation and benefits, and operating expenses;
the cost of occupancy related to store operations (such as rent and utilities) and the depreciation related to store-level capital expenditures;
hemming; and
shrink and valuation reserves.
Cost of goods sold also may change as we open or close stores because of the resulting change in related occupancy costs. The primary drivers of the costs of individual goods are the costs of raw materials and labor in the countries where we source our merchandise.
Selling, general and administrative expenses consist of all operating costs not otherwise included in cost of goods sold. Our selling, general and administrative expenses include marketing costs, accounting costs, information technology costs, human resource costs, professional fees, corporate facility costs, corporate and store-level payroll and benefits expenses, stock-based compensation and occupancy, depreciation and amortization expense for all assets other than depreciation expenses related to store-level capital expenditures and our distribution centers, each of which are included in cost of goods sold. We anticipate that our selling, general and administrative expenses will increase in absolute dollars due to anticipated continued growth of our corporate support staff and store-level employees.
Other income (expense), net includes interest earned on our cash balances and interest costs associated with our credit facilities and with letters of credit drawn under these facilities for the purchase of merchandise. We expect to continue to generate interest income to the extent that our cash generated from operations exceeds our cash used for investment. We have maintained relatively small outstanding balances on our credit facilities and expect to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Provision for income taxes depends on the statutory tax rates in the countries where we sell our products. Historically we had generated taxable income in Canada and we had generated tax losses in the United States. In fiscal 2010 we earned taxable income in the United States and fully utilized any net operating losses available from prior periods. We anticipate continued growth in the United States and consequently foresee an increase in taxable income reported. We have recorded net deferred tax assets in respect of deductible temporary differences of $14.3 million .
Our effective tax rates for fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012 were lower than our effective tax rate for fiscal 2011 primarily due to the ongoing impact of revised intercompany pricing agreements. Our effective tax rate in fiscal 2013 was 29.6% , compared to 28.8% in fiscal 2012 and 36.1% in fiscal 2011 .
We anticipate that in the future we may start to sell our products directly to some customers located in countries that we have not yet operated in, in which case we would become subject to taxation based on the foreign statutory rates in the countries where these sales take place and our effective tax rate could fluctuate accordingly.

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Results of Operations
The following tables summarize key components of our results of operations for the periods indicated, both in dollars and as a percentage of net revenue:  
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
 
February 2, 2014
 
February 3, 2013
 
January 29, 2012
 
 
(In thousands)
Consolidated statements of operations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net revenue
 
$
1,591,188

 
$
1,370,358

 
$
1,000,839

Cost of goods sold
 
751,112

 
607,532

 
431,488

Gross profit
 
840,076

 
762,826

 
569,351

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
448,718

 
386,387

 
282,393

Income from operations
 
391,358

 
376,439

 
286,958

Other income (expense), net
 
5,768

 
4,957

 
2,500

Income before provision for income taxes
 
397,126

 
381,396

 
289,458

Provision for income taxes
 
117,579

 
109,965

 
104,494

Net income
 
279,547

 
271,431

 
184,964

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest
 

 
875

 
901

Net income attributable to lululemon athletica inc.
 
$
279,547

 
$
270,556

 
$
184,063

 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
 
February 2, 2014
 
February 3, 2013
 
January 29, 2012
 
 
(% of net revenue)
Net revenue
 
100.0
 
100.0
 
100.0
Cost of goods sold
 
47.2
 
44.3
 
43.1
Gross profit
 
52.8
 
55.7
 
56.9
Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
28.2
 
28.2
 
28.2
Income from operations
 
24.6
 
27.5
 
28.7
Other income (expense), net
 
0.4
 
0.3
 
0.2
Income before provision for income taxes
 
25.0
 
27.8
 
28.9
Provision for income taxes
 
7.4
 
8.0
 
10.4
Net income
 
17.6
 
19.8
 
18.5
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest
 
 
0.1
 
0.1
Net income attributable to lululemon athletica inc.
 
17.6
 
19.7
 
18.4
Comparison of Fiscal 2013 to Fiscal 2012
Net Revenue
Net revenue increased $220.8 million , or 16% , to $1.591 billion in fiscal 2013 from $1.370 billion in fiscal 2012 . Assuming the average exchange rates in fiscal 2013 remained constant with the average exchange rates in fiscal 2012 , our net revenue would have increase d $247.0 million , or 18% . Total comparable sales, including comparable stores and direct to consumer, increased 7% in fiscal 2013, or 9% excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations.
The net revenue increase was driven by sales from new stores opened, the growth of our direct to consumer segment, and increased sales at locations in our comparable stores base. The constant dollar increase in comparable store sales was driven primarily by the strength of our existing product lines, successful introduction of new products and increasing recognition of the lululemon athletica brand name, especially at our U.S. stores, that drove higher transactions per store in the United States.

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Our net revenue on a segment basis for fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012 are expressed in dollar amounts as well as relevant percentages, presented as a percentage of total net revenue below.  
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended February 2, 2014 and February 3, 2013
 
 
2013
 
2012
 
2013
 
2012
 
 
(In thousands)
 
(Percentages)
Corporate-owned stores
 
$
1,228,999

 
$
1,090,181

 
77.3
 
79.6
Direct to consumer
 
263,083

 
197,255

 
16.5
 
14.4
Other
 
99,106

 
82,922

 
6.2
 
6.0
Net revenue
 
$
1,591,188

 
$
1,370,358

 
100.0
 
100.0
Corporate-Owned Stores.  Net revenue from our corporate-owned stores segment increased $138.8 million , or 13% , to $1.229 billion in fiscal 2013 from $1.090 billion in fiscal 2012 . The following contributed to the increase in net revenue from our corporate-owned stores segment:
Net revenue from corporate-owned stores we opened during fiscal 2013 , and during fiscal 2012 prior to sales from such stores becoming part of our comparable stores base, contributed $138.0 million of the increase. New store openings in fiscal 2013 included three stores in Canada, including one ivivva branded store, 36 stores in the United States, including three ivivva branded stores, two stores in Australia, and two stores in New Zealand; and
Comparable store sales increase of 2% in fiscal 2013 resulted in a $19.5 million increase to net revenue, including the effect of foreign currency fluctuations. Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, comparable store sales increased 4% , or $37.3 million , in fiscal 2013 .
The increase in net revenue was partially offset by $18.7 million of revenue from the 53rd week of fiscal 2012, which was excluded in the calculation of comparable store sales.
Direct to Consumer.  Net revenue from our direct to consumer segment increased $65.8 million , or 33% , to $263.1 million in fiscal 2013 from $197.3 million in fiscal 2012 , including $4.2 million of net revenue from the 53rd week of fiscal 2012. The increase in net revenue from our direct to consumer segment was a result of increasing traffic on our e-commerce websites.
Other.  Net revenue from our other segment increased $16.2 million , or 20% , to $99.1 million in fiscal 2013 from $82.9 million in fiscal 2012 , including $3.3 million of net revenue from the 53rd week of fiscal 2012. The increase in net revenue from our other segment was primarily due to increased sales from our outlets and showrooms sales channels. We continue to employ our other segment strategy to increase interest in our product in markets where we may not have corporate-owned stores.
Gross Profit
Gross profit increased $77.2 million , or 10% , to $840.1 million in fiscal 2013 from $762.8 million in fiscal 2012 . Increased net revenue in all of our operating segments resulted in an increased gross profit. A $17.5 million charge related to the pull-back of black Luon pants was recorded in cost of sales during fiscal 2013.
The increase in gross profit was partially offset by increases in fixed costs, such as occupancy costs and depreciation, as well as increased costs related to our design, merchandising, and production departments.
Gross profit, as a percentage of net revenue, or gross margin, decreased 290  basis points, to 52.8% in fiscal 2013 from 55.7% in fiscal 2012 . The decrease in gross margin resulted primarily from:
a decrease in product margin of 200 basis points due to a lower sales mix of higher margin core items related to the pull-back of black Luon pants, along with higher markdowns and an increase in provision for inventories charged to cost of sales; and
a non-recurring charge of 110 basis points related to the pull-back of black Luon pants in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 .
The decrease in gross margin was partially offset by a decrease in expenses related to our product and supply chain departments, relative to the increase in net revenue, and by leverage on fixed costs, such as depreciation and occupancy costs, which together contributed to an increase in gross margin of 20 basis points.

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Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $62.3 million , or 16% , to $448.7 million in fiscal 2013 from $386.4 million in fiscal 2012 . The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was principally comprised of:
an increase in employee costs of $25.3 million as we experience natural growth in labor hours associated with new and existing corporate-owned stores, outlets, showrooms and other, as well as an increase in wages as we invest in our employees;
an increase in variable store costs of $9.5 million as a result of increased sales volume from new and existing corporate-owned stores, outlets, showrooms and other;
an increase in variable costs such as distribution costs, credit card fees and packaging related to our direct to consumer segment of $7.3 million as a result of increased sales volume;
an increase in administrative costs related to our direct to consumer segment of $5.3 million associated with the growth in this channel and increased head count to support it;
an increase in head office employee costs of $5.7 million from increased head count incurred in order to position us for long-term growth, partially offset by decreased management incentive-based compensation and stock-based compensation;
an increase in other head office costs of $17.5 million as a result of the overall growth of our business and investment in strategic initiatives and projects; and
an increase in other costs, including occupancy costs and depreciation not included in cost of goods sold, of $9.6 million as a result of the expansion of our business and in order to position us for long-term growth.
The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was partially offset by a $17.9 million increase in net foreign exchange gains which were primarily from our Canadian operating entity.
As a percentage of net revenue, selling, general and administrative expenses remained unchanged at 28.2% in both fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012 .
We expect selling, general and administrative expenses to increase throughout fiscal 2014 as we add administrative and sales personnel and increase our infrastructure to support the growth in our store base.
Income from Operations
Income from operations increased $14.9 million , or 4% , to $391.4 million in fiscal 2013 from $376.4 million in fiscal 2012 . The increase was a result of increased gross profit of $77.2 million , partially offset by increased selling, general and administrative costs of $62.3 million . The increase in selling, general and administrative costs was primarily driven by the increase in our business, as seen in our net revenue increases.
On a segment basis, we determine income from operations without taking into account our general corporate expenses. We have reviewed our general corporate expenses and determined some costs previously classified as general corporate are direct segment expenses. Accordingly, all prior year comparable information has been reclassified to conform to the current year classification.
Income from operations before general corporate expenses for fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012 are expressed in dollar amounts as well as percentages, presented as a percentage of net revenue of their respective operating segments below.  
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended February 2, 2014 and February 3, 2013
 
 
2013
 
2012
 
2013
 
2012
 
 
(In thousands)
 
(Percentages)
Corporate-owned stores
 
$
372,631

 
$
375,461

 
30.3
 
34.4
Direct to consumer
 
109,569

 
84,677

 
41.6
 
42.9
Other
 
16,107

 
19,928

 
16.3
 
24.0
Income from operations before general corporate expense
 
498,307

 
480,066

 
 
 
 
General corporate expense
 
106,949

 
103,627

 
 
 
 
Income from operations
 
$
391,358

 
$
376,439

 
 
 
 


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Corporate-Owned Stores.  Income from operations from our corporate-owned stores segment decreased $2.8 million , or 1% , to $372.6 million for fiscal 2013 from $375.5 million for fiscal 2012 primarily due to an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses related to employee costs as well as operating expenses associated with new stores and a $17.5 million charge related to the pull-back of black Luon pants, which was partially offset by an increase of $36.9 million in gross profit. Income from operations as a percentage of corporate-owned stores revenue decreased by 410 basis points primarily from a decrease in gross margin due to a lower mix of higher margin core items related to the pull-back of black Luon pants.
Direct to consumer.  Income from operations from our direct to consumer segment increased $24.9 million , or 29% , to $109.6 million in fiscal 2013 from $84.7 million in fiscal 2012 due to increased sales through our e-commerce website, with gross profit increasing $36.0 million over fiscal 2012 . Income from operations as a percentage of direct to consumer revenue decreased by 130 basis points in fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012 .
Other.  Income from operations from our other segment decreased $3.8 million , or 19% , to $16.1 million in fiscal 2013 from $19.9 million in fiscal 2012 . We continue to employ our other segment strategy to increase interest in our product in markets we have not otherwise entered with corporate-owned stores.
General Corporate Expense. General corporate expenses increased $3.3 million , or 3% , to $107.0 million in fiscal 2013 from $103.6 million in fiscal 2012 . This increase was primarily due to an increase in expenses related to our head office growth of $28.9 million, which was largely related to the growth of our of our information technology and human resources departments as well as the overall growth of our business, and increased professional fees related to investment in strategic initiatives and projects. Increased depreciation and amortization expense of $3.3 million also contributed to the increase in general corporate expense. The increase in general corporate expense was offset by an increase of $17.9 million in net foreign exchange gains which were primarily from our Canadian operating entity as well as decreased management incentive-based compensation of $5.0 million and decreased stock-based compensation expense of $4.9 million. General corporate expenses are expected to continue to increase in future years as we grow our overall business and require increased efforts at our head office to support our corporate-owned stores, direct to consumer and other segments.
Other Income (Expense), Net
Other income (expense), net increased $0.8 million , to $5.8 million in fiscal 2013 from $5.0 million in fiscal 2012 . The increase was primarily a result of increased interest income earned in fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012 on our increased cash balances.
Provision for Income Taxes
Provision for income taxes increased $7.6 million , or 7% , to $117.6 million in fiscal 2013 from $110.0 million in fiscal 2012 . In fiscal 2013 , our effective tax rate was 29.6% compared to 28.8% in fiscal 2012 .
Net Income
Net income increased $9.0 million , or 3% , to $279.5 million in fiscal 2013 from $270.6 million in fiscal 2012 . The increase in net income in fiscal 2013 was primarily due to a $77.2 million increase in gross profit resulting from sales growth at existing and additional corporate-owned stores opened during fiscal 2013 and increasing traffic on our e-commerce website and the addition of regional websites and a $0.8 million increase in other income (expense), net, offset by an increase of $62.3 million in selling, general and administrative expenses, and an increase of $7.6 million in provision for income taxes.
Comparison of Fiscal 2012 to Fiscal 2011
Net Revenue
Net revenue increased $369.5 million , or 37% , to $1,370.4 million in fiscal 2012 from $1,000.8 million in fiscal 2011 . Assuming the average exchange rates in fiscal 2012 remained constant with the average exchange rates in fiscal 2011 , our net revenue would have increased $370.5 million , or 37% .
The net revenue increase was driven by increased sales at locations in our comparable stores base, sales from new stores opened, and the growth of our direct to consumer segment. The constant dollar increase in comparable store sales was driven primarily by the strength of our existing product lines, successful introduction of new products and increasing recognition of the lululemon athletica brand name, especially at our U.S. stores, that drove higher transactions per store.

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Our net revenue on a segment basis for fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011 are expressed in dollar amounts as well as relevant percentages, presented as a percentage of total net revenue below.
 
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended February 3, 2013 and January 29, 2012
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
 
(In thousands)
 
(Percentages)
Corporate-owned stores
 
$
1,090,181

 
$
816,925

 
79.6
 
81.6
Direct to consumer
 
197,255

 
106,313

 
14.4
 
10.6
Other
 
82,922

 
77,601

 
6.0
 
7.8
Net revenue
 
$
1,370,358

 
$
1,000,839

 
100.0
 
100.0
Corporate-Owned Stores.  Net revenue from our corporate-owned stores segment increased $273.3 million , or 33% , to $1,090.2 million in fiscal 2012 from $816.9 million in fiscal 2011 . The following contributed to the increase in net revenue from our corporate-owned stores segment:
Comparable store sales increase of 16% in fiscal 2012 resulted in a $118.3 million increase to net revenue, including the effect of foreign currency fluctuations. Excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, comparable store sales increased 16% , or $119.3 million , in fiscal 2012 ;  
Net revenue from corporate-owned stores we opened during fiscal 2012 , and during fiscal 2011 prior to sales from such stores becoming part of our comparable stores base, contributed $136.3 million of the increase. New store openings in fiscal 2012 included four stores in Canada, including three ivivva branded stores, 27 stores in the United States, five in Australia, and one in New Zealand; and
Net revenue of $18.7 million from the 53rd week of fiscal 2012 , which was excluded in the calculation of comparable store sales.
Direct to Consumer.  Net revenue from our direct to consumer segment increased $90.9 million , or 86% , to $197.3 million in fiscal 2012 from $106.3 million in fiscal 2011 , including $4.2 million of net revenue from the 53rd week of fiscal 2012 . The increase in net revenue from our direct to consumer segment was a result of increasing traffic, conversion rates and average order value on our e-commerce website, as well as making our products available in new markets outside of North America.
Other.  Net revenue from our other segment increased $5.3 million , or 7% , to $82.9 million in fiscal 2012 from $77.6 million in fiscal 2011 . The increase in net revenue from our other segment was primarily due to increased sales from our outlets and showrooms sales channels. The increase was partially offset by decreased net revenue from wholesale. In addition, we reacquired our four remaining franchise stores during fiscal 2011 , therefore revenue from these stores is now included in our corporate-owned stores segment. We continue to employ our other segment strategy to increase interest in our product in markets where we may not have corporate-owned stores.
Gross Profit
Gross profit increased $193.5 million , or 34% , to $762.8 million in fiscal 2012 from $569.4 million in fiscal 2011 . Increased net revenue in most of our operating segments resulted in an increased gross profit.
The increase in gross profit was partially offset by increases in fixed costs, such as occupancy costs and depreciation, as well as increased costs related to our design, merchandising, and production departments.
Gross profit, as a percentage of net revenue, or gross margin, decreased 120  basis points, to 55.7% in fiscal 2012 from 56.9% in fiscal 2011 . The decrease in gross margin resulted primarily from:
an increase in product costs of 200 basis points due to increased labor and raw materials costs related to increased product innovation, function and garment complexity, as well as an increase in markdowns and discounts due to a more balanced inventory position in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011 ;
an increase in expenses related to our product and supply chain departments, relative to the increase in net revenue, which had a deleveraging effect on gross margin of 30 basis points.
The decrease in gross margin was partially offset by:
a decrease in air freight of 60 basis points due to lower air freight usage than in fiscal 2011 ; and

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a decrease in fixed costs, such as occupancy costs and depreciation, relative to the increase in net revenue, which had a leveraging effect on gross margin of 50 basis points.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $104.0 million , or 37% , to $386.4 million in fiscal 2012 from $282.4 million in fiscal 2011 . The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was principally comprised of:
an increase in employee costs of $39.2 million as we experience natural growth in labor hours associated with new and existing corporate-owned stores, outlets, showrooms and other, as well as an increase in wages as we invest in our employees;
an increase in variable store costs of $7.0 million as a result of increased sales volume from new and existing corporate-owned stores, outlets, showrooms and other;
an increase in variable costs such as distribution costs, credit card fees and packaging related to our direct to consumer segment of $10.2 million as a result of increased sales volume;
an increase in administrative costs related to our direct to consumer segment of $8.0 million associated with the growth in this channel and increased head count to support it;
an increase in head office employee costs, including stock-based compensation expense and management incentive-based compensation, of $18.9 million from increased head count incurred in order to position us for long-term growth;
an increase in other head office costs of $11.2 million as a result of the overall growth of our business and investment in strategic initiatives and projects; and
an increase in other costs, including occupancy costs and depreciation not included in cost of goods sold, of $9.5 million as a result of the expansion of our business and in order to position us for long-term growth.
As a percentage of net revenue, selling, general and administrative expenses remained unchanged at 28.2% in both fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011 .
We expect selling, general and administrative expenses to increase throughout fiscal 2013 as we add administrative and sales personnel and increase our infrastructure to support the growth in our store base.
Income from Operations
Income from operations increased $89.5 million , or 31% , to $376.4 million in fiscal 2012 from $287.0 million in fiscal 2011 . The increase was a result of increased gross profit of $193.5 million , partially offset by increased selling, general and administrative costs of $104.0 million . The increase in selling, general and administrative costs was primarily driven by the increase in our business, as seen in our net revenue increases.
On a segment basis, we determine income from operations without taking into account our general corporate expenses. We have reviewed our general corporate expenses and determined some costs previously classified as general corporate are direct segment expenses. Accordingly, all prior year comparable information has been reclassified to conform to the current year classification.
Income from operations before general corporate expenses for fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011 are expressed in dollar amounts as well as percentages, presented as a percentage of net revenue of their respective operating segments below.
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended February 3, 2013 and January 29, 2012
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
 
(In thousands)
 
(Percentages)
Corporate-owned stores
 
$
375,461

 
$
297,809

 
34.4
 
36.5
Direct to consumer
 
84,677

 
44,175

 
42.9
 
41.6
Other
 
19,928

 
21,103

 
24.0
 
27.2
Income from operations before general corporate expense
 
480,066

 
363,087

 
 
 
 
General corporate expense
 
103,627

 
76,129

 
 
 
 
Income from operations
 
$
376,439

 
$
286,958

 
 
 
 
Corporate-Owned Stores.  Income from operations from our corporate-owned stores segment increased $77.7 million , or 26% , to $375.5 million for fiscal 2012 from $297.8 million for fiscal 2011 primarily due to an increase of $137.1 million in

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gross profit, which was offset partially by a natural increase in selling, general and administrative expenses related to employee costs as well as operating expenses associated with new stores and net revenue growth at existing stores. Income from operations as a percentage of corporate-owned stores revenue decreased by 210 basis points primarily from a decrease in gross margin related to increased product costs.
Direct to consumer.  Income from operations from our direct to consumer segment increased $40.5 million , or 92% , to $84.7 million in fiscal 2012 from $44.2 million in fiscal 2011 due to increased sales through our e-commerce website and the addition of regional websites, with gross profit increasing $56.2 million over fiscal 2011 . Income from operations as a percentage of direct to consumer revenue increased by 130 basis points in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011 due to leverage on fixed costs.
Other.  Income from operations from our other segment decreased $1.2 million , or 6% , to $19.9 million in fiscal 2012 from $21.1 million in fiscal 2011 . The decrease was primarily the result of our reacquisition of our four remaining franchise stores during fiscal 2011 , as revenue from these stores is now included in our corporate-owned stores segment. We continue to employ our other segment strategy to increase interest in our product in markets we have not otherwise entered with corporate-owned stores.
General Corporate Expense. General corporate expenses increased $27.5 million , or 36% , to $103.6 million in fiscal 2012 from $76.1 million in fiscal 2011 . This increase was primarily due to an increase in expenses related to our head office growth of $19.4 million, which was largely related to the growth of our information technology department for systems implementations and infrastructure investments, our human resources department as a result of the overall growth of our business, and increased professional fees related to investment in strategic initiatives and projects. General corporate expenses also increased as a result of increased stock-based compensation expense of $4.7 million and increased depreciation and amortization expense of $3.3 million . General corporate expenses are expected to continue to increase in future years as we grow our overall business and require increased efforts at our head office to support our corporate-owned stores, direct to consumer and other segments.
Other Income (Expense), Net
Other income (expense), net increased $2.5 million , to $5.0 million in fiscal 2012 from $2.5 million in fiscal 2011 . The increase was primarily a result of increased interest income earned in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011 on our increased cash balances.
Provision for Income Taxes
Provision for income taxes increased $5.5 million , or 5% , to $110.0 million in fiscal 2012 from $104.5 million in fiscal 2011 . In fiscal 2012 , our effective tax rate was 28.8% compared to 36.1% in fiscal 2011 . The lower effective tax rate was due to the ongoing impact of revised intercompany pricing agreements.
Net Income
Net income increased $86.5 million , or 47% , to $270.6 million in fiscal 2012 from $184.1 million in fiscal 2011 . The increase in net income in fiscal 2012 was primarily due to a $193.5 million increase in gross profit resulting from sales growth at existing and additional corporate-owned stores opened during fiscal 2012 and increasing traffic on our e-commerce website and the addition of regional websites and a $2.5 million increase in other income (expense), net, offset by an increase of $104.0 million in selling, general and administrative expenses, and an increase of $5.5 million in provision for income taxes.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Our primary sources of liquidity are our current balances of cash and cash equivalents, cash flows from operations and borrowings available under our revolving credit facility. Our primary cash needs are capital expenditures for opening new stores and remodeling existing stores, making information technology system enhancements and funding working capital requirements. Cash and cash equivalents in excess of our needs are held in interest bearing accounts with financial institutions.
As of February 2, 2014 , our working capital (excluding cash and cash equivalents) was $130.7 million and our cash and cash equivalents were $698.6 million .
The following table summarizes our net cash flows provided by and used in operating, investing and financing activities for the periods indicated:

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Fiscal Year Ended
 
 
February 2, 2014
 
February 3, 2013
 
January 29, 2012
 
 
(In thousands)
Total cash provided by (used in):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating activities
 
$
278,339

 
$
280,113

 
$
203,615

Investing activities
 
(106,408
)
 
(93,229
)
 
(122,311
)
Financing activities
 
8,907

 
(5,491
)
 
15,364

Effect of exchange rate changes
 
(72,368
)
 
(651
)
 
(3,517
)
Increase in cash and cash equivalents
 
$
108,470

 
$
180,742

 
$
93,151

Operating Activities
Operating Activities consist primarily of net income adjusted for certain non-cash items, including provision for inventories, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense and the effect of changes in non-cash working capital items, principally accounts payable, inventories, prepaid expenses, income taxes payable, and accrued compensation and related expenses.
In fiscal 2013 , cash provided by operating activities decreased $1.8 million , to $278.3 million compared to cash provided by operating activities of $280.1 million in fiscal 2012 . The decrease was primarily a result of a decrease in income taxes payable and accrued compensation and related benefits, partially offset by increased accounts payable. The net increase in items not affecting cash was primarily due to an increase in depreciation related to our increased store base.
Depreciation and amortization relate almost entirely to leasehold improvements, furniture and fixtures, computer hardware and software, equipment and vehicles in our stores and other corporate buildings.
Depreciation and amortization increased $6.1 million to $49.1 million in fiscal 2013 from $43.0 million in fiscal 2012 . Depreciation for our corporate-owned store segment was $31.3 million , $27.5 million , and $18.5 million in fiscal 2013 , fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011 , respectively. Depreciation for our direct to consumer segment was $4.6 million , $3.4 million and $2.4 million in fiscal 2013 , fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011 , respectively. Depreciation related to corporate activities was $13.1 million , $12.1 million , and $9.4 million fiscal 2013 , fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011 , respectively. We have not allocated any depreciation to our other segment as these amounts to date have been immaterial.
Investing Activities
Investing Activities relate primarily to capital expenditures.
Cash used in investing activities increased $13.2 million , to $106.4 million in fiscal 2013 from $93.2 million in fiscal 2012 . Capital expenditures for our corporate-owned stores segment were $60.2 million in fiscal 2013 which included $31.3 million to open 45 corporate-owned stores and $64.9 million in fiscal 2012 which included $29.8 million to open 37 corporate-owned stores. The remaining capital expenditures for our corporate-owned stores segment in each period were for ongoing store refurbishment. Capital expenditures for our direct to consumer segment were $6.0 million and $4.9 million in fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012 , respectively. Capital expenditures related to corporate activities and administration were $40.2 million and $23.5 million in fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012 , respectively. The capital expenditures in each period for corporate activities and administration were for improvements at our head office and other corporate buildings as well as investments in information technology and business systems.
Capital expenditures are expected to range between $105 million and $110 million in fiscal 2014 , including approximately $35 million for approximately 42 new stores and the remainder reflecting renovation capital for existing stores, information technology enhancements and other corporate activities.
Financing Activities
Financing Activities consist primarily of cash received on the exercise of stock options, excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation and cash paid to acquire the remaining non-controlling interest in Australia. Cash provided by financing activities increased $14.4 million , to cash provided of $8.9 million in fiscal 2013 from cash used of $5.5 million in fiscal 2012 . The cash used in financing activities for fiscal 2012 included $26.0 million for the purchase of the non-controlling interest in lululemon australia.

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We believe that our cash from operations and borrowings available to us under our revolving credit facility will be adequate to meet our liquidity needs and capital expenditure requirements for at least the next 24 months. Our cash from operations may be negatively impacted by a decrease in demand for our products as well as the other factors described in "Risk Factors." In addition, we may make discretionary capital improvements with respect to our stores, distribution facilities, headquarters, or other systems, which we would expect to fund through the issuance of debt or equity securities or other external financing sources to the extent we were unable to fund such capital expenditures out of our cash from operations.
Revolving Credit Facility
On November 22, 2013, we entered into unsecured demand revolving credit facilities with HSBC Bank Canada and Bank of America, N.A., Canada Branch, which replaced our 2007 credit facility. The credit facilities provide us with available borrowings in a total amount of $15.0 million. Borrowings under the credit facilities must be repaid in full on demand and are available by way of U.S. or Canadian denominated advances, letters of credit or depository bills. Advances denominate in U.S. Dollars bear interest on the outstanding balance at a rate equal to U.S. LIBOR plus 100 basis points or the U.S. prime rate, at our option. Advances denominated in Canadian Dollars bear interest on the outstanding balance at a rate equal to the Bankers Acceptance Rate plus 100 basis points or the Canadian prime rate, at our option. Borrowings drawn down under standby letters of credit will bear a fee of 100 basis points and borrowings drawn down under commercial letters of credit will bear the banks' standard pricing. We are also required to pay a quarterly commitment fee of 10 basis points on the unused portion of the facility. Our wholly-owned subsidiary, lululemon usa inc., has provided a guarantee to the bank counter-parties under the facilities. The revolving credit facilities are unsecured, with a negative pledge on assets subject to permitted encumbrances, and no financial covenants. As of February 2, 2014 , aside from letters of credit, we had $nil in borrowings outstanding under these credit facilities.
Contractual Obligations and Commitments
Leases.  We lease certain corporate-owned store locations, storage spaces, building and equipment under non-cancelable operating leases. Our leases generally have initial terms of between five and 10 years, and generally can be extended only in five-year increments, if at all. Our leases expire at various dates between one and 10 years, excluding extensions at our option. A substantial number of our leases for corporate-owned store premises include renewal options and certain of our leases include rent escalation clauses, rent holidays and leasehold rental incentives, none of which are reflected in the following table. Most of our leases for corporate-owned store premises also include contingent rental payments based on sales volume, the impact of which also are not reflected in the following table. The following table summarizes our contractual arrangements as of February 2, 2014 , and the timing and effect that such commitments are expected to have on our liquidity and cash flows in future periods:
 
 
Payments Due by Fiscal Year
 
 
Total
 
2014
 
2015
 
2016
 
2017
 
2018
 
Thereafter
 
 
(In thousands)
Operating Leases (minimum rent)
 
$
350,168

 
$
70,913

 
$
69,209

 
$
65,421

 
$
54,261

 
$
37,979

 
$
52,385

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
We enter into standby letters of credit t o secure certain of our obligations, including leases, taxes and duties. As of February 2, 2014 , letters of credit and letters of guarantee totaling $1.1 million have been issued.
Other than these standby letters of credit , we do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements, investments in special purpose entities or undisclosed borrowings or debt. In addition, we have not entered into any derivative contracts or synthetic leases.
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions. Predicting future events is inherently an imprecise activity and, as such, requires the use of judgment. Actual results may vary from estimates in amounts that may be material to the financial statements. An accounting policy is deemed to be critical if it requires an accounting estimate to be made based on assumptions about matters that are highly uncertain at the time the estimate is made, and if different estimates that reasonably could have been used or changes in the accounting estimates that are reasonably likely to occur periodically, could materially impact our consolidated financial statements.

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We believe that the following critical accounting policies affect our more significant estimates and judgments used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements:
Revenue Recognition.  Net revenue is comprised of corporate-owned store net revenue, direct to consumer sales through www.lululemon.com , www.ivivva.com and other country and region specific websites, and other net revenue, which includes, sales to wholesale accounts, warehouse sales, franchise royalties as well as sales of products to franchisees, and sales from company-operated showrooms, in each case, net of an estimated allowance for sales returns and discounts. Sales to customers through corporate-owned stores and company-operated showrooms are recognized at the point of sale, net of an estimated allowance for sales returns. Direct to consumer sales are recognized when goods are shipped and collection is reasonably assured, net of an estimated allowance for sales returns. Other net revenue related to franchise royalties are recognized when earned, in accordance with the terms of the franchise/license agreements. Royalties are based on a percentage of the franchisees' sales and recognized when those sales occur. Other net revenue related to warehouse sales is recognized when these sales occur. Amounts billed to customers for shipping and handling are recognized at the time of shipment.
Sales are reported on a net revenue basis, which is computed by deducting from our gross sales the amount of sales taxes, actual product returns received, discounts and an amount established for anticipated sales returns. Our estimated allowance for sales returns is a subjective critical estimate that has a direct impact on reported net revenue. This allowance is calculated based on a history of actual returns, estimated future returns and any significant future known or anticipated events. Consideration of these factors results in an estimated allowance for sales returns. Our standard terms for retail sales limit returns to approximately 14 days after the sale of the merchandise. For our wholesale sales, we allow returns from our wholesale customers if properly requested and approved. Employee discounts are classified as a reduction of net revenue.
Revenue from our gift cards are recognized when tendered for payment, or upon redemption. Outstanding customer balances are included in "Unredeemed gift card liability" on the consolidated balance sheets. There are no expiration dates on our gift cards, and lululemon does not charge any service fees that cause a decrement to customer balances.
While we will continue to honor all gift cards presented for payment, management may determine the likelihood of redemption to be remote for certain card balances due to, among other things, long periods of inactivity. In these circumstances, to the extent management determines there is no requirement for remitting card balances to government agencies under unclaimed property laws, card balances may be recognized in the consolidated statements of operations in "Net revenue."
Inventory.  Inventory is valued at the lower of cost and market. Cost is determined using weighted-average costs. For finished goods, market is defined as net realizable value, and for raw materials, market is defined as replacement cost. Cost of inventories includes acquisition and production costs including raw material and labor, as applicable, and all costs incurred to deliver inventory to our distribution centers including freight, non-refundable taxes, duty and other landing costs.
We periodically review our inventories and make provisions as necessary to appropriately value obsolete or damaged goods. The amount of the provision is equal to the difference between the book cost of the inventory and its estimated market value based upon assumptions about future demands, selling prices and market conditions. In addition, as part of inventory valuations, we provide for inventory shrinkage based on historical trends from actual physical inventories. Inventory shrinkage estimates are made to reduce the inventory value for lost or stolen items. We perform physical inventory counts throughout the year and adjust the shrink provision accordingly. In fiscal 2013 , we wrote-off $30.2 million of inventory, including $17.5 million related to the pull-back of black Luon pants, and in fiscal 2012 we wrote-off $6.4 million  of inventory.
Property and Equipment.  Property and equipment are recorded at cost less accumulated depreciation. Direct internal and external costs related to software used for internal purposes which are incurred during the application development stage or for upgrades that add functionality are capitalized. All other costs related to internal use software are expensed as incurred. Buildings are depreciated on a straight-line basis over the expected useful life of the asset, which ranges from 10 to 20 years. Leasehold improvements are depreciated on a straight-line basis over the lesser of the length of the lease, without consideration of option renewal periods and the estimated useful life of the assets, up to a maximum of five years. All other property and equipment are depreciated using the declining balance method as follows:  
Furniture and fixtures
20
%
Computer hardware and software
30
%
Equipment and vehicles
30
%
We recognize a liability for the fair value of a required asset retirement obligation, or ARO, when such obligation is incurred. Our AROs are primarily associated with leasehold improvements which, at the end of a lease, we are contractually obligated to remove in order to comply with the lease agreement. At the inception of a lease with such conditions, we record an ARO liability and a corresponding capital asset in an amount equal to the estimated fair value of the obligation. The liability is

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estimated based on a number of assumptions requiring management's judgment, including store closing costs, cost inflation rates and discount rates, and is accreted to its projected future value over time. The capitalized asset is depreciated using the convention for depreciation of leasehold improvement assets. Upon satisfaction of the ARO conditions, any difference between the recorded ARO liability and the actual retirement costs incurred is recognized as an operating gain or loss in the consolidated statements of operations.
We recognize a liability for a cost associated with a lease exit activity when such obligation is incurred. A lease exit activity is measured initially at its fair value in the period in which the liability is incurred. We estimate fair value at the cease-use date of its operating leases as the remaining lease rentals, reduced by estimated sublease rentals that could be reasonably obtained for the property, even where we do not intend to enter into a sublease. Estimating the cost of certain lease exit costs involves subjective assumptions, including the time it would take to sublease the leased location and the related potential sublease income. The estimated accruals for these costs could be significantly affected if future experience differs from that used in the initial estimate. Lease exit costs are included in provision for impairment and lease exit costs.
Long-Lived Assets.  Long-lived assets, including intangible assets with finite useful lives, held for use are evaluated for impairment when the occurrence of events or changes in circumstances indicates that the carrying value of the assets may not be recoverable as measured by comparing their net book value to the estimated future cash flows generated by their use and eventual disposition. Impaired assets are recorded at fair value, determined principally by the estimated future cash flows expected from their use and eventual disposition. Reductions in asset values resulting from impairment valuations are recognized in income in the period that the impairment is determined. Long-lived assets, including intangible assets with finite useful lives, held for sale are reported at the lower of the carrying value of the asset and fair value less cost to sell. Any write-downs to reflect fair value less selling cost is recognized in income when the asset is classified as held for sale. Gains or losses on assets held for sale and asset dispositions are included in provision for impairment and lease exit costs.
Income Taxes.  We follow the liability method with respect to accounting for income taxes. Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are determined based on temporary differences between the carrying amounts and the tax basis of assets and liabilities. Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates that are expected to be in effect when these differences are anticipated to reverse. Deferred income tax assets are reduced by a valuation allowance, if based on the weight of available positive and negative evidence, it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.
The recognition of a deferred income tax asset is based upon several assumptions and management forecasts, including current and proposed tax legislation, current and anticipated taxable income, utilization of previously unrealized non-operating loss carry forwards and regulatory reviews of tax filings. Given the judgments and estimates required and the sensitivity of the results to the significant assumptions used, we believe the accounting estimates used in relation to the recognition of deferred income tax assets are subject to measurement uncertainty and are susceptible to a material change if the underlying assumptions change.
For financial reporting purposes, we generally provide taxes at the rate applicable for the appropriate tax jurisdiction. Because our present intention is to reinvest the unremitted earnings in our foreign operations, we do not provide U.S. income taxes on unremitted earnings of foreign subsidiaries. Management periodically assesses the need to utilize these unremitted earnings to finance our foreign operations. This assessment is based on cash flow projections that are the result of estimates of future production, fiscal requirements by tax jurisdiction of our operations and operational and fiscal objectives by tax jurisdiction for our operations. Such estimates are inherently imprecise since many assumptions utilized in the cash flow projections are subject to revision in the future.
We file income tax returns in the United States, Canada and various foreign and state jurisdictions. The 2011 to 201 3 tax years remain subject to examination by the U.S. federal and state tax authorities. The 2008 tax year is still open for certain state tax authorities. The 2008 to 201 3 tax years remain subject to examination by tax authorities in certain foreign jurisdictions. Our policy is to recognize interest expense and penalties related to income tax matters as a selling, general and administrative expense. At February 2, 2014 , we do not have any significant accruals for interest related to unrecognized tax benefits or tax penalties. Our intercompany transfer pricing policies are currently subject to audits by various foreign tax jurisdictions. Although we believe that our intercompany transfer pricing policies and tax positions are reasonable, the final determination of tax audits or potential tax disputes may be materially different from that which is reflected in our income tax provisions and accruals.
Goodwill and Intangible Assets.  Intangible assets are recorded at cost. Reacquired franchise rights are amortized on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives of 10 years. Goodwill represents the excess of the purchase price over the fair market value of identifiable net assets acquired and is not amortized. Goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite useful lives are tested for impairment annually or more frequently when an event or circumstance indicates that goodwill or indefinite

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useful live intangible assets might be impaired. We use our best estimates and judgment based on available evidence in conducting the impairment testing. When the carrying amount exceeds the fair value, an impairment loss is recognized in an amount equal to the excess of the carrying value over its fair market value.
Stock-Based Compensation.  We account for stock-based compensation using the fair value method. The fair value of awards granted is estimated at the date of grant and recognized as employee compensation expense on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period with the offsetting credit to additional paid-in capital. Our calculation of stock-based compensation requires us to make a number of complex and subjective estimates and assumptions, including future forfeitures, stock price volatility, expected life of the options and related tax effects. The estimation of stock awards that will ultimately vest requires judgment, and to the extent actual results differ from our estimates, such amounts will be recorded as a cumulative adjustment in the period estimates are revised. We consider several factors when estimating expected forfeitures, such as types of awards, size of option holder group and anticipated employee retention. Actual results may differ substantially from these estimates. Expected volatility of the stock is based on our review of companies we believe of similar growth and maturity and our peer group in the industry in which we do business because we do not have sufficient historical volatility data for our own stock. The expected term of options granted is derived from the output of the option valuation model and represents the period of time that options granted are expected to be outstanding. In the future, as we gain historical data for volatility in our own stock and the actual term employees hold our options, expected volatility and expected term may change which could substantially change the grant-date fair value of future awards of stock options and, ultimately, the expense we record. For awards with service and/or performance conditions, the total amount of compensation expense to be recognized is based on the number of awards that are expected to vest and is adjusted to reflect those awards that do ultimately vest. For awards with performance conditions, we recognize the compensation expense over the requisite service period as determined by a range of probability weighted outcomes. For awards with market and or performance conditions, all compensation expense is recognized if it is probable that the underlying market or performance conditions will be fulfilled.
ITEM  7A.  QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
Market risk represents the risk of loss that may impact our financial position due to adverse changes in financial market prices and rates. Our market risk exposure is primarily a result of fluctuations in interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates. We do not hold or issue financial instruments for trading purposes.
Foreign Currency Exchange Risk.  We currently generate a significant portion of our net revenue in Canada. The reporting currency for our consolidated financial statements is the U.S. dollar. Historically, our operations were based largely in Canada. As of February 2, 2014 , we operated 54 stores in Canada. As a result, we have been impacted by changes in exchange rates and may be impacted materially for the foreseeable future. As we recognize net revenue from sales in Canada in Canadian dollars, and the U.S. dollar has strengthened during fiscal 2013 , it has had a negative impact on our Canadian operating results upon translation of those results into U.S. dollars for the purposes of consolidation. However, the loss in net revenue was partially offset by lower cost of sales and lower selling, general and administrative expenses that are generated in Canadian dollars. A 10% depreciation in the relative value of the Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. dollar would have resulted in lost income from operations of approximately $0.8 million in fiscal 2013 and approximately $5.5 million in fiscal 2012 . To the extent the ratio between our net revenue generated in Canadian dollars increases as compared to our expenses generated in Canadian dollars, we expect that our results of operations will be further impacted by changes in exchange rates. A portion of our net revenue is generated in Australia. A 10% depreciation in the relative value of the Australian dollar compared to the U.S. dollar would have resulted in lost income from operations of approximately $0.3 million in fiscal 2013 and approximately $0.9 million in fiscal 2012 . We do not currently hedge foreign currency fluctuations. However, in the future, in an effort to mitigate losses associated with these risks, we may at times enter into derivative financial instruments, although we have not historically done so. We do not, and do not intend to, engage in the practice of trading derivative securities for profit.
Interest Rate Risk.  In November 2013, we entered into unsecured demand revolving credit facilities with HSBC Bank Canada and Bank of America, N.A., Canada Branch. The revolving credit facilities provide us with available borrowings in amount up to $15.0 million total. Because our revolving credit facilities bear interest at a variable rate, we will be exposed to market risks relating to changes in interest rates, if we have a meaningful outstanding balance. As of February 2, 2014 we had no outstanding balances under our revolving facilities. We currently do not engage in any interest rate hedging activity and currently have no intention to do so in the foreseeable future. However, in the future, if we have a meaningful outstanding balance under our revolving facility, in an effort to mitigate losses associated with these risks, we may at times enter into derivative financial instruments, although we have not historically done so. These may take the form of forward contracts, option contracts, or interest rate swaps. We do not, and do not intend to, engage in the practice of trading derivative securities for profit.

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Inflation
Inflationary factors such as increases in the cost of our product and overhead costs may adversely affect our operating results. Although we do not believe that inflation has had a material impact on our financial position or results of operations to date, a high rate of inflation in the future may have an adverse effect on our ability to maintain current levels of gross margin and selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenue if the selling prices of our products do not increase with these increased costs.

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ITEM  8.  FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
lululemon athletica inc. and Subsidiaries
INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS  
 
 
Consolidated Financial Statements:
 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of lululemon athletica inc.
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of lululemon athletica inc. and its subsidiaries as of February 2, 2014 and February 3, 2013 and the related consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income, stockholders' equity and cash flows for the 52, 53, and 52 week periods ended February 2, 2014, February 3, 2013, and January 29, 2012, respectively. In addition, we have audited the financial statement schedule listed in the index appearing under Item 15(a)(2). We also have audited lululemon athletica inc.'s and its subsidiaries' internal control over financial reporting as of February 2, 2014, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management's Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements, the financial statement schedule and the company's internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements and the financial statement schedule are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the consolidated financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall consolidated financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.
A company's internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company's internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that: (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements. Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of lululemon athletica inc. and its subsidiaries as of February 2, 2014 and February 3, 2013 and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the 52, 53, and 52 week periods ended February 2, 2014, February 3, 2013, and January 29, 2012, respectively, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the index appearing under Item 15(a)(2) presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also, in our opinion, lululemon athletica inc. and its subsidiaries maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of February 2, 2014, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (1992) issued by COSO.
/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Chartered Accountants
Vancouver, BC
March 26, 2014

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lululemon athletica inc. and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
 
February 2,
2014
 
February 3,
2013
 
 
(Amounts in thousands,
except per share amounts)
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
698,649

 
$
590,179

Accounts receivable
 
11,903

 
6,351

Inventories
 
186,090

 
155,222

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
46,197

 
35,301

 
 
942,839

 
787,053

Property and equipment, net
 
255,603

 
214,639

Goodwill and intangible assets, net
 
28,201

 
30,201

Deferred income tax asset
 
18,300

 
15,033

Other non-current assets
 
4,745

 
4,152

 
 
$
1,249,688

 
$
1,051,078

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
12,647

 
$
1,045

Accrued liabilities
 
42,310

 
30,032

Accrued compensation and related expenses
 
19,445

 
27,530

Income taxes payable
 
769

 
39,637

Unredeemed gift card liability
 
38,343

 
35,113

 
 
113,514

 
133,357

Non-current liabilities
 
39,492

 
30,422

 
 
153,006

 
163,779

Stockholders' equity
 
 
 
 
Undesignated preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 5,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding
 

 

Exchangeable stock, no par value, 60,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding 29,955 and 32,065
 

 

Special voting stock, $0.000005 par value, 60,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding 29,955 and 32,065
 

 

Common stock, $0.005 par value, 400,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding 115,342 and 112,371
 
577

 
562

Additional paid-in capital
 
240,351

 
221,372

Retained earnings
 
923,822

 
644,275

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income
 
(68,068
)
 
21,090

 
 
1,096,682

 
887,299

 
 
$
1,249,688

 
$
1,051,078

 
 


See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements

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lululemon athletica inc. and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
 
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
 
 
February 2,
2014
 
February 3,
2013
 
January 29,
2012
 
 
(Amounts in thousands,
except per share amounts)
Net revenue
 
$
1,591,188

 
$
1,370,358

 
$
1,000,839

Cost of goods sold
 
751,112

 
607,532

 
431,488

Gross profit
 
840,076

 
762,826

 
569,351

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
448,718

 
386,387

 
282,393

Income from operations
 
391,358

 
376,439

 
286,958

Other income (expense), net
 
5,768

 
4,957

 
2,500

Income before provision for income taxes
 
397,126

 
381,396

 
289,458

Provision for income taxes
 
117,579

 
109,965

 
104,494

Net income
 
279,547

 
271,431

 
184,964

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest
 

 
875

 
901

Net income attributable to lululemon athletica inc.
 
$
279,547

 
$
270,556

 
$
184,063

Basic earnings per share
 
$
1.93

 
$
1.88

 
$
1.29

Diluted earnings per share
 
$
1.91

 
$
1.85

 
$
1.27

Basic weighted-average number of shares outstanding
 
144,913

 
144,000

 
143,196

Diluted weighted-average number of shares outstanding
 
146,043

 
145,806

 
145,278

Other comprehensive (loss) income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustment
 
(89,158
)
 
(459
)
 
1,220

Comprehensive income
 
$
190,389

 
$
270,097

 
$
185,283

 
 

See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements

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lululemon athletica inc. and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  
 
 
Exchangeable
Stock
 
Special Voting
Stock
 
Common
Stock
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shares
 
Par
Value
 
Shares
 
Par
Value
 
Shares
 
Par
Value
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
 
Total
 
Non-
Controlling
Interest
 
Total
 
 
(Amounts in thousands)
Balance at January 30, 2011
 
35,636

 
$

 
35,636

 
$

 
106,756

 
$
534

 
$
179,870

 
$
189,656

 
$
20,329

 
$
390,389

 
$
3,904