- Company Posts 28% Sales Gain Over LY, Including Ebel Acquisition -
PARAMUS, N.J., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Movado Group, Inc.
(NYSE: MOV), today announced second quarter results for the period ended
July 31, 2004. These results include the Ebel business, which was acquired on
March 1, 2004. All share data has been adjusted to reflect a two-for-one
stock split distributed to shareholders on June 25, 2004.
Second Quarter Fiscal 2005
* Net sales increased 27.8% to $97.8 million from $76.5 million last
year. The acquisition of Ebel accounted for net sales of $9.4 million.
* Comparable store sales increased 11.8% at the Company's Movado
* Gross margin was 59.3% this year compared to 61.7% last year. The
acquisition of Ebel had a negative effect on gross margins in the
second quarter of fiscal 2005 of approximately 0.7%.
* Operating profit was $8.7 million versus $8.8 million in the year-ago
period. The acquisition of Ebel resulted in a $1.7 million decrease in
operating profit in the second quarter of fiscal 2005.
* Net income was $7.1 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, compared to
net income of $5.8 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the prior
year period. Second quarter net income includes the dilutive impact of
Ebel, which was partially offset by the previously announced gain of
$835,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, associated with a legal
settlement the Company reached with Swiss Army Brands. The combined
effect of these two items reduced net income in the second quarter of
fiscal 2005 by approximately $500,000, or $0.02 per diluted share.
First Half Fiscal 2005
* Net sales increased 25.8% to $172.0 million from $136.7 million last
year. The acquisition of Ebel accounted for net sales of
* Comparable store sales increased 18.4% at the Company's Movado
* Gross margin was 58.9% compared to 61.2%. The acquisition of Ebel had
a negative effect on gross margins in the first half of fiscal 2005 of
* Operating profit was $10.5 million versus $10.8 million in the year-ago
period. The acquisition of Ebel resulted in a $4.1 million decrease in
operating profit in the first half of fiscal 2005.
* Net income was $7.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to
net income of $6.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the prior
year period. Net income for the first half of fiscal 2005 includes the
dilutive impact of Ebel, which was partially offset by the
aforementioned gain associated with a legal settlement the Company
reached with Swiss Army Brands during the second quarter of fiscal
2005. The combined effect of these two items reduced net income in the
first half of fiscal 2005 by approximately $2.3 million, or $0.09
per diluted share.
Efraim Grinberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented,
"Our solid results during the second quarter reflect strength across our
brands, geographic regions, and channels of business. Movado boutiques
continue to gain traction, with double-digit comparable store sales increases
posted in the second quarter. Our overall success continues to be driven by
the execution of our strategy to support our brands with innovative
advertising campaigns, to deliver unique and compelling product assortments,
and to maintain an intense focus on our customers."
Mr. Grinberg continued, "The integration and revitalization of the Ebel
brand continues and we are encouraged by our progress thus far. We are
looking forward to the important second half of the year when our customers
will begin to see the impact of our efforts to-date. On the advertising
front, we have launched a powerful image-building global campaign featuring
internationally recognized supermodel, Claudia Schiffer. This campaign, along
with a new Ebel men's campaign, has a prominent presence in the key fall
fashion publications. We also expect Ebel to benefit from exciting new
products and refined marketing programs we have planned for the second half of
the year, which represent a return to the successful roots of the brand and
truly convey the luxury image and rich heritage of Ebel."
Rick Cote, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, stated,
"Our business is strong, and we are poised for growth across all areas of our
organization. We continue to be focused on the fundamentals of our business
and our investments are bearing fruit. Throughout the first half of this
year, top line initiatives including product development efforts, marketing
and advertising, drove consumer interest and translated into strong sales
gains. These efforts were supported and enhanced by our efficient operating
structure, allowing us to generate strong bottom line results, despite the
planned dilutive impact of the Ebel acquisition. Additionally, our strong
balance sheet and focus on cash flow management ensure we have the ability to
continue to appropriately invest across all of our businesses and capitalize
on growth initiatives."
The Company anticipates diluted earnings per share for the full year to
range between $0.95 and $1.00, including the dilutive impact of Ebel and the
legal settlement gain. The Company plans fiscal year 2005 sales to be
approximately $410 million, an increase in excess of 20% from last year,
including sales from Ebel which are now projected to range between $40 million
and $45 million.
The Company's management will host a conference call today, September 8th
at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live broadcast of the call will be available on
the Company's website: http://www.movadogroupinc.com. This call will be
archived online within one hour of the completion of the conference call.
Movado Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, Ebel,
Concord, ESQ, Coach and Tommy Hilfiger watches worldwide, and operates Movado
boutiques and Company stores in the United States.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company
has tried, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements
using words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "targets," "goals,"
"projects," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "estimates," "projects," "may,"
"will," "should" and similar expressions. Similarly, statements in this press
release that describe the Company's business strategy, outlook, objectives,
plans, intentions or goals are also forward-looking statements. Accordingly,
such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties
and other factors that could cause the Company's actual results, performance
or achievements and levels of future dividends to differ materially from those
expressed in, or implied by, these statements. These risks and uncertainties
may include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to successfully
introduce and sell new products, the Company's ability to successfully
integrate the operations of Ebel without disruption to its other business
activities, changes in consumer demand for the Company's products, risks
relating to the retail industry, import restrictions, competition, seasonality
and the other factors discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K
and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These
statements reflect the Company's current beliefs and are based upon
information currently available to it. Be advised that developments
subsequent to this press release are likely to cause these statements to
become outdated with the passage of time.
MOVADO GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
July 31, July 31,
2004 2003 2004 2003
Net sales $97,788 $76,545 $171,975 $136,715
Cost of sales 39,810 29,306 70,612 53,036
Gross profit 57,978 47,239 101,363 83,679
Selling, general and
administrative expenses 49,230 38,426 90,908 72,894
Operating profit 8,748 8,813 10,455 10,785
Interest expense 783 825 1,508 1,608
Income before litigation
settlement 7,965 7,988 8,947 9,177
Litigation settlement 1,444 -- 1,444 --
Income before taxes 9,409 7,988 10,391 9,177
Income tax 2,352 2,237 2,598 2,570
Net income $7,057 $5,751 $7,793 6,607
Net income per diluted share $0.28 $0.23 $0.31 $0.27
Shares used in per share
computation 25,484 25,140 25,416 24,906
MOVADO GROUP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share data)
July 31, January 31, July 31,
2004 2004 2003
Cash and cash equivalents $27,438 $82,083 $47,737
Trade receivables, net 95,841 88,800 99,192
Inventories 181,784 121,678 125,325
Other 30,818 26,693 22,767
Total current assets 335,881 319,254 295,021
Property, plant and equipment, net 48,193 42,112 39,127
Other assets 38,902 29,601 27,631
$422,976 $390,967 $361,779
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Loans payable to banks $25,000 $0 $14,000
Current portion of long-term debt 5,000 10,000 5,000
Accounts payable 30,965 23,631 21,836
Accrued liabilities 29,264 25,781 23,812
Deferred and current taxes payable 16,989 18,111 14,962
Total current liabilities 107,218 77,523 79,610
Long-term debt 25,000 25,000 30,000
Deferred and non-current
income taxes 800 2,282 2,835
Other liabilities 13,322 11,449 9,568
Shareholders' equity 276,636 274,713 239,766
$422,976 $390,967 $361,779
SOURCE Movado Group, Inc.
/CONTACT: Rick Cote, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer, +1-201-267-8000, or Investor Relations: Suzanne Michalek
Director of Corporate Communications, +1-201-267-8000, both of Movado Group,
or Melissa Myron of Financial Dynamics, +1-212-850-5600 for Movado Group/
/Web site: http://www.movadogroupinc.com /
CO: Movado Group, Inc.
ST: New Jersey
IN: REA FAS
SU: ERN CCA
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