Movado Group, Inc. Announces First Quarter Results

PARAMUS, N.J., June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV), today announced first quarter results for the period ended April 30, 2009.

First Quarter Fiscal 2010
  • Net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $67.6 million compared to $101.4 million. Net sales for the quarter included $4.3 million of sales of excess discontinued product.

  • Gross profit was $37.0 million, or 54.8% of sales, compared to $65.0 million, or 64.2% of sales last year. Excluding excess discontinued product sales, adjusted gross margin in the first quarter was 59.7% of sales.

  • Operating expenses decreased $15.3 million, or 24.1%, to $48.1 million versus $63.4 million last year.

  • A net loss of $9.0 million, or $0.37 per fully diluted share, was recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 versus net income of $1.2 million, or $0.05 per fully diluted share, last year.

Efraim Grinberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Considering the ongoing difficult economic environment, we are pleased with our first quarter performance. In our seasonally smallest quarter, we experienced a sales decline but maintained a solid gross margin. We also took advantage of opportunities to convert excess discontinued product into cash. This coupled with cost reduction initiatives and stringent expense management led to better than expected results for the quarter. While we continue to be challenged by our retail customers' relentless focus on lowering their inventory, we expect to see an improvement in these trends beginning in the second half of this year as our customers start to replenish inventory ahead of the holiday season. We remain confident that our strong portfolio of brands provides a compelling value proposition to our consumer base at all levels, from the high end of the luxury watch market to the more affordable fashion watch category. The strength of our brands, along with a well-diversified global business, strongly positions Movado Group to gain market share and to benefit from improvements in the marketplace."

Rick Cote, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "The decisive cost savings initiatives we embarked upon last year are clearly materializing in our results, as first quarter operating expenses declined 24% from the year-ago period. We continue to execute these programs, which are expected to generate annualized cost savings of between $50 million and $60 million, most of which we expect to realize this year. Additionally, as expected, we have secured a new $50 million asset-based loan agreement with Bank of America. This three year facility replaces our current domestic debt outstanding and we expect that, together with cash from operations, it will be sufficient to finance our business on an ongoing basis. At the same time, we remain focused on cash flow management and are taking significant actions to lower our inventory, the benefits of which we believe we will begin to see during the second half of the year. Importantly, we expect to return to being free cash flow positive this year."

Fiscal 2010 Guidance

While the economic environment remains uncertain, Movado Group now estimates fiscal 2010 fully diluted earnings per share to be approximately $0.50 compared to fully diluted earnings per share of $0.09 recorded in fiscal 2009. This guidance is predicated on an improvement in sales trends during the second half of fiscal 2010, as retailers purchase inventory in preparation for the holiday season, resulting in an expected high single-digit sales decline for the full year.

The Company's management will host a conference call today, June 9th 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.




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

                                                       Three Months Ended
                                                            April 30,
                                                       ------------------
                                                         2009      2008
                                                         ----      ----

    Net sales                                          $67,575  $101,353

    Cost of sales                                       30,552    36,333
                                                        ------    ------

    Gross profit                                        37,023    65,020

    Selling, general and administrative expenses        48,142    63,407
                                                        ------    ------

    Operating (loss) / income                          (11,119)    1,613

    Interest expense                                      (545)     (706)
    Interest income                                         51       957
                                                            --       ---

    (Loss) / income before income taxes
     and noncontrolling interests                      (11,613)    1,864

    (Benefit) / provision for income taxes              (2,703)      567
    Net income attributed to noncontrolling interest        50        48
                                                            --        --

    Net (loss) / income                                $(8,960)   $1,249
                                                       =======    ======

    Net (loss) / income per diluted share               $(0.37)    $0.05
    Number of shares outstanding                        24,464    26,565



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

                                            April 30,  January 31, April 30,
                                              2009        2009       2008
                                              ----        ----       ----
    ASSETS
    ------

      Cash and cash equivalents             $74,568     $86,621   $127,475
      Trade receivables, net                 66,110      76,710     89,510
      Inventories                           241,603     228,884    231,402
      Other current assets                   55,185      47,863     51,417
                                             ------      ------     ------
        Total current assets                437,466     440,078    499,804
                                            -------     -------    -------

      Property, plant and equipment, net     62,903      66,749     71,115
      Deferred income taxes                  23,215      23,449     19,908
      Other non-current assets               31,357      33,714     38,825
                                             ------      ------     ------
        Total assets                       $554,941    $563,990   $629,652
                                           ========    ========   ========

    LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
    ----------------------

      Loans payable to banks                $40,000     $40,000         $-
      Current portion of long-term debt      25,000      25,000     10,000
      Accounts payable                       19,408      20,794     27,651
      Accrued liabilities                    46,092      47,686     44,698
      Deferred and current income taxes
       payable                                  433         430          7
                                                ---         ---        ---
        Total current liabilities           130,933     133,910     82,356
                                            -------     -------     ------

      Long-term debt                              -           -     61,435
      Deferred and non-current income taxes
       payable                                6,527       6,856      7,078
      Other non-current liabilities          19,975      22,459     25,121
      Noncontrolling interest                 1,855       1,805      1,913
      Shareholders' equity                  395,651     398,960    451,749
                                            -------     -------    -------
        Total liabilities and equity       $554,941    $563,990   $629,652
                                           ========    ========   ========


SOURCE Movado Group, Inc. CONTACT: Leigh Parrish, or Stephanie Rich, both of Financial Dynamics,
for Movado Group, Inc., +1-212-850-5600
Web Site: http://www.movadogroup.com
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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.