Movado Group, Inc. Announces First Quarter Results

PARAMUS, N.J., May 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV), today announced first quarter results for the period ended April 30, 2008.

First Quarter Fiscal 2009
  • Net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 were $101.4 million. Fiscal 2008 first quarter net sales of $101.4 million included $2.7 million of sales of excess discontinued product. Excluding the sales of discontinued product, net sales increased 2.7% from last year.
  • On a constant-exchange-rate basis, which excludes the effect of translating foreign-currency-denominated sales into U.S. dollars, and excluding the previously mentioned discontinued product sales recorded in fiscal 2008, net sales decreased 2.6%.
  • Gross profit was $65.0 million, or 64.2% of sales, compared to $61.7 million, or 60.8% of sales last year. Excluding excess discontinued product sales, adjusted gross profit in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 was $62.0 million, or 62.9% of sales.
  • Operating expenses were $63.4 million versus $58.9 million last year. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, operating expenses were $61.2 million.
  • Operating profit was $1.6 million this year compared to $2.8 million in the year-ago period.
  • Income tax expense of $0.6 million reflects a 30.4% tax rate in the first quarter compared to income tax expense of $0.6 million, or a 20.6% tax rate, recorded last year. Income tax expense this year included a charge of $0.2 million versus a net benefit of $0.2 million included in last year's income tax expense resulting from adjustments recorded in the respective quarters.
  • Net income was $1.2 million, or $0.05 per fully diluted share, versus $2.4 million, or $0.09 per fully diluted share last year.

Efraim Grinberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "In our seasonally smallest quarter, the strength of our international business -- which generates approximately half of our wholesale watch revenue -- offset the continued effects of a challenging retail and economic environment in the United States. New product introductions remain an important driver to our business, particularly in the current U.S. consumer spending environment, and we continue to support each of our brands with compelling advertising campaigns."

Mr. Grinberg continued, "We continue to take a long-term view of our business and as such, our team is steadily executing our comprehensive Movado brand strategy announced earlier this year. To date, we've made significant headway in the targeted reduction of wholesale doors. There are significant opportunities to embrace the power of Movado across all channels of distribution and to continue to build on the aspirational nature of the brand."

Rick Cote, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "Our balance sheet remains strong and we are well positioned to support our brands and businesses around the world. During the first quarter, we continued to be mindful of the current economic environment and took appropriate actions to limit our credit exposure. We are also cognizant of our expense infrastructure and expect to appropriately manage costs during these uncertain times."

Share Repurchase Program

During the first quarter of fiscal 2009, the Company initiated a share repurchase program to buyback up to one million shares of the Company's common stock. As of April 30, 2008, the Company had repurchased 238,115 shares of its common stock at an average cost of $20.26 per share. As of May 27, 2008, the Company had repurchased 489,331 shares of its common stock at an average cost of $20.92 per share.

Fiscal 2009 Guidance

Movado Group continues to project fiscal 2009 net sales to range between $555 million to $565 million. The Company maintains its diluted earnings per share guidance of approximately $1.65 to $1.72, based on a projected tax rate of 24%. The Company's guidance continues to reflect a cautious outlook on the U.S. economic environment and favorable foreign exchange rates. This guidance also continues to include an approximate $0.20 per fully diluted share negative impact related to expected wholesale door closings, certain expenses related to the Company's ERP implementation, and severance costs to be paid as part of the Company's previously announced Movado brand strategy. In fiscal 2008, the Company reported adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.71, which excluded a net realized tax benefit and an accrual for product returns recorded in the fourth quarter.

The Company's management will host a conference call today, May 29th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live broadcast of the call will be available on the Company's website: www.movadogroup.com. This call will be archived online within one hour of the completion of the conference call.

Movado Group, Inc. designs, sources, and distributes Movado, Ebel, Concord, ESQ, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, HUGO BOSS, Juicy Couture and Lacoste watches worldwide, and operates Movado boutiques and company stores in the United States.

In this release, the Company presents certain adjusted financial measures that are not calculated according to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). These non-GAAP financial measures are designed to complement the GAAP financial information presented in this release and management believes they present information regarding the Company that is useful to investors. The non-GAAP financial measures presented should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP financial measure.

The Company is presenting net sales and gross margin excluding sales of excess discontinued product because the Company believes that it is useful to investors to eliminate the effect of these unusual items in order to improve the comparability of the Company's results for the periods presented.

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," "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: actual or perceived weakness in the U.S. and global economy and fluctuations in consumer spending and disposable income, the Company's ability to successfully implement the new Movado brand strategy, the ability of the new Movado brand strategy to improve the Company's net sales, profitability and other results of operations, the Company's ability to successfully introduce and sell new products, the Company's ability to successfully integrate the operations of newly acquired and/or licensed brands without disruption to its other business activities, changes in consumer demand for the Company's products, risks relating to the fashion and retail industry, import restrictions, competition, seasonality, commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations, changes in local or global economic conditions, 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.

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                          MOVADO GROUP, INC.
                   Consolidated Statements of Income
                 (in thousands, except per share data)
                              (Unaudited)

                                                          Three Months Ended
                                                               April 30,

                                                           2008        2007

    Net sales                                            $101,353    $101,363

    Cost of sales                                          36,333      39,711

    Gross profit                                           65,020      61,652

    Selling, general and administrative expenses           63,407      58,880

    Operating profit                                        1,613       2,772

    Interest expense                                         (706)       (879)
    Interest income                                           957       1,247

    Income before income taxes and minority interests       1,864       3,140

    Provision for income taxes                                567         647
    Minority interests                                         48          93

    Net income                                             $1,249      $2,400

    Net income per diluted share                            $0.05       $0.09
    Number of shares outstanding                           26,565      27,175



                               MOVADO GROUP, INC.
                           CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                 (in thousands)
                                   (Unaudited)

                                            April 30,  January 31,  April 30,
                                               2008        2008        2007
    ASSETS


       Cash and cash equivalents             $127,475    $169,551    $101,769
       Trade receivables, net                  89,510      94,328     105,753
       Inventories, net                       231,402     205,129     212,106
       Other current assets                    51,417      50,317      39,510
           Total current assets               499,804     519,325     459,138

       Property, plant and equipment, net      71,115      68,513      58,297
       Deferred income taxes                   19,908      20,024      26,152
       Other non-current assets                38,825      38,354      37,445
           Total assets                      $629,652    $646,216    $581,032

    LIABILITIES AND EQUITY


       Current portion of long-term debt      $10,000     $10,000      $5,000
       Accounts payable                        27,651      38,397      26,304
       Accrued liabilities                     44,698      42,770      39,946
       Deferred and current taxes payable           7       8,526       2,039
           Total current liabilities           82,356      99,693      73,289

       Long-term debt                          61,435      50,895      71,454
       Deferred and non-current income taxes    7,078       6,363      33,086
       Other liabilities                       25,121      24,205      24,130
       Minority interests                       1,913       1,865         536
       Shareholders' equity                   451,749     463,195     378,537
           Total liabilities and equity      $629,652    $646,216    $581,032

SOURCE Movado Group, Inc.
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Movado Group, Inc., +1-201-267-8000; or Leigh Parrish, or Stephanie Rich,
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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Movado Group Inc's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.