Movado Group, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results
~ Net Sales Increased 16.0% to $142.6 Million from $123.0 Million Last Year ~
~ Operating Income of $19.1 Million vs. Adjusted Operating Income of $14.2 Million Last Year
~ ~ Increases Full Year Guidance
~ ~ Board Declares Quarterly Dividend

PARAMUS, N.J., Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) today announced third quarter results for the period ended October 31, 2011.

Efraim Grinberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We continued to build on our momentum during the third quarter, achieving broad-based sales growth again across all of our brand categories.  In particular, we remain pleased with the strong sell-through of our Movado and licensed brands, which continue to resonate very well with consumers and validate our strategic positioning in the marketplace.  Our double-digit top-line growth fueled improvements in profitability, demonstrating the team's successful execution of our strategy and the depth of our brand portfolio."

Third Quarter Fiscal 2012

  • Net sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 16.0% to $142.6 million compared to $123.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 driven by growth in every brand category.  On a constant dollar basis, net sales increased 13.3% compared to the prior year period.
  • Gross profit in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was $81.0 million, or 56.8% of sales, compared to $68.9 million, or 56.0% of sales, in the third quarter last year. The increase in gross margin percentage was primarily the result of a favorable shift in channel and product mix, as well as leverage gained on certain fixed costs. This improvement was partially offset by the unfavorable effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.
  • Operating expenses increased $11.5 million, or 22.8%, to $61.9 million compared to $50.4 million in the third quarter last year.  This increase was primarily the result of higher compensation and benefits expense resulting from salary increases, the reinstatement of certain employee benefits and performance-based compensation and the unfavorable effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.  Additionally, the Company recorded a non-recurring benefit of $4.3 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the prior year period resulting from the reversal of a previously recorded liability for a retirement agreement with the Company's late Chairman.  (See attached table for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.)  There were no special items in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
  • Operating income increased to $19.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to operating income of $18.5 million in the same period last year. Excluding the aforementioned liability reversal, adjusted operating income for the third quarter of the prior year was $14.2 million. (See attached table for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.)  There were no special items in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
  • The Company recorded a tax provision in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 of $2.1 million, which equates to an effective tax rate of 11.0%.  The effective tax rate for the quarter was impacted by the application of guidelines related to accounting for income taxes in interim periods.
  • Both income from continuing operations and net income were $16.4 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to income from continuing operations and net income of $17.1 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Excluding the aforementioned liability reversal, both adjusted income from continuing operations and adjusted net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $12.8 million, or $0.52 per diluted share. (See attached table for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.)  There were no special items in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
  • EBITDA in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 increased to $22.0 million compared to adjusted EBITDA of $17.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, excluding the aforementioned liability reversal. (See attached table for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.)  There were no special items in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  

 

Nine-Month Results Fiscal 2012                              

  • Net sales in the nine-month period of fiscal 2012 increased 22.9% to $345.7 million compared to $281.2 million in the same period of fiscal 2011 driven by growth in every brand category.  On a constant dollar basis, net sales increased by 18.8% compared to the prior year period.
  • Gross profit was $190.6 million, or 55.1% of sales, compared to $151.8 million, or 54.0% of sales in the same period last year.  The increase in gross margin percentage was primarily the result of a favorable shift in channel and product mix, as well as leverage gained on certain fixed costs. This improvement was partially offset by the unfavorable effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.
  • Operating expenses increased $24.2 million, or 17.2%, to $164.9 million versus $140.7 million in the same period last year.  This increase was primarily the result of higher marketing expense to drive sales growth, higher compensation and benefits expense resulting from salary increases, the reinstatement of certain employee benefits and performance-based compensation and the unfavorable effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.  Additionally, the Company recorded a non-recurring benefit of $4.3 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the prior year third quarter resulting from the reversal of a previously recorded liability for a retirement agreement with the Company's late Chairman. 
  • Operating income increased to $25.7 million in the nine-month period of fiscal 2012 compared to operating income of $11.2 million in the same period last year. Excluding the aforementioned liability reversal in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, adjusted operating income for the nine-month period of fiscal year 2011 was $6.8 million.  (See attached table for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.)
  • The Company recorded a tax provision in the nine-month period of fiscal 2012 of $3.7 million, which equates to an effective tax rate of 14.3%.   The effective tax rate for the nine-month period was impacted by the application of guidelines related to accounting for income taxes in interim periods.
  • Income from continuing operations was $21.3 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, in the nine-month period of fiscal 2012 compared to income from continuing operations of $7.5 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Income from continuing operations for the nine-month period of fiscal 2012 included a $0.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, pre-tax gain from the sale of a building in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Excluding the aforementioned liability reversal in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, adjusted income from continuing operations was $3.2 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the nine-month period of the prior year. (See attached table for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.)
  • Net income for the nine-month period of fiscal 2012 was $21.3 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, compared to net loss for the nine-month period of fiscal 2011 of $16.2 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, including the loss from discontinued operations of $23.7 million, or $0.96 per diluted share. The Company completed the closure of its boutiques on June 30, 2010 and results for the boutiques for all periods are reported as discontinued operations.  Excluding the aforementioned liability reversal and discontinued operations, adjusted net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 was $3.2 million, or $0.13 per diluted share.  (See attached table for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.)
  • EBITDA in the nine-month period of fiscal 2012 was $34.5 million compared to adjusted EBITDA of $17.3 million in the same period of fiscal 2011, excluding the aforementioned liability reversal.  (See attached table for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.)  There were no special items in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  

Rick Cote, President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "Our robust performance during the third quarter underscores the progress we have made year-to-date, even in light of the challenging environment and rising costs.  Strong double-digit top-line growth allowed us to deliver an increase in adjusted operating income of approximately 35% for the third quarter compared to the same period last year, and grow EBITDA to $22 million. Additionally, our ongoing focus on cash generation allowed us to further strengthen our balance sheet, as we ended the quarter with $138 million in cash and no debt. We continue to be encouraged by the consistency we are seeing in our business."

Fiscal 2012 Guidance

Based on strong performance in the third quarter, the Company raised its financial expectations for fiscal 2012.   Adjusted EBITDA is now expected to range between $40.5 million and $42.0 million compared to its previously expected range of $31.5 million to $33.5 million. The Company now anticipates adjusted net income in the range of $23.3 million to $24.5 million, or $0.93 to $0.98 per diluted share, compared to its previously anticipated range of $15.0 million to $16.5 million, or $0.60 to $0.65 per diluted share. The effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 15%.  The Company's guidance assumes no unusual items for the remainder of fiscal 2012.

Quarterly Dividend

The Company also announced that on December 1, 2011 the board of directors approved the payment on December 27, 2011 of a cash dividend in the amount of $0.03 for each share of the Company's outstanding common stock and class A common stock held by shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 13, 2011.

Conference Call

The Company's management will host a conference call today, December 1st 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® by Movado, COACH®, TOMMY HILFIGER®, HUGO BOSS®, JUICY COUTURE® and LACOSTE® watches worldwide, and operates Movado 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").  Specifically, the Company is presenting adjusted operating income which is operating income under GAAP, adjusted to eliminate the effect of a reversal of a retirement liability (which occurred in fiscal 2011).  The Company is also presenting adjusted EBITDA which is calculated as the sum of the Company's GAAP operating income, adjusted to eliminate the effect of a reversal of a retirement liability plus the amount of the Company's depreciation and amortization. The Company is also presenting adjusted income, which is income under GAAP, adjusted to eliminate the gain from the reversal of a retirement liability. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA, adjusted operating income and adjusted income are useful as performance measures since they give investors information regarding the Company's ability to generate cash to service its debt and other cash expenditures. These non-GAAP financial measures are designed to complement the GAAP financial information presented in this release.  The non-GAAP financial measures presented should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP financial measures.

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 general economic and business conditions which may impact disposable income of consumers in the United States and the other significant markets where the Company's products are sold, uncertainty regarding such economic and business conditions, trends in consumer debt levels and bad debt write-offs, general uncertainty related to possible terrorist attacks, natural disasters, the stability of the European Union and defaults on or downgrades of sovereign debt and the impact of those events on consumer spending, changes in consumer preferences and popularity of particular designs, new product development and introduction, competitive products and pricing, seasonality, availability of alternative sources of supply in the case of the loss of any significant supplier or any supplier's inability to fulfill the company's orders, the loss of or curtailed sales to significant customers, the  Company's dependence on key employees and officers, the ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquired businesses without disruption to other business activities, the continuation of licensing arrangements with third parties, the ability to secure and protect trademarks, patents and other intellectual property rights, the ability to lease new stores on suitable terms in desired markets and to complete construction on a timely basis, the ability of the Company to successfully manage its expenses on a continuing basis, the continued availability to the Company of financing and credit on favorable terms, business disruptions, disease, general risks associated with doing business outside the United States including, without limitation, import duties, tariffs, quotas, political and economic stability, and success of hedging strategies with respect to currency exchange rate fluctuations, 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. The Company assumes no duty to update its forward looking statements and this release shall not be construed to indicate the assumption by the Company of any duty to update its guidance in the future.

(Tables to follow)

MOVADO GROUP, INC.

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

 

 

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

October 31,

 

October 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

 

2010 (1)

 

2011

 

2010 (1)

Continuing Operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

$142,622

 

$123,002

 

$345,707

 

$281,194

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

61,588

 

54,112

 

155,104

 

129,394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

81,034

 

68,890

 

190,603

 

151,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (2) 

61,906

 

50,400

 

164,881

 

140,649

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income 

19,128

 

18,490

 

25,722

 

11,151

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (3)

-

 

-

 

747

 

-

Interest expense

(290)

 

(460)

 

(988)

 

(1,808)

Interest income

21

 

175

 

67

 

229

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes 

18,859

 

18,205

 

25,548

 

9,572

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes 

2,071

 

781

 

3,661

 

1,573

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations 

16,788

 

17,424

 

21,887

 

7,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued Operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

-

 

-

 

-

 

(23,675)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income / (loss)

16,788

 

17,424

 

21,887

 

(15,676)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less: income attributed to noncontrolling interests

384

 

279

 

584

 

486

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income / (loss) attributed to Movado Group, Inc. 

$16,404

 

$17,145

 

$21,303

 

($16,162)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income / (loss) attributable to Movado Group, Inc.:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations, net of tax

$16,404

 

$17,145

 

$21,303

 

$7,513

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

-

 

-

 

-

 

(23,675)

Net income / (loss)

$16,404

 

$17,145

 

$21,303

 

($16,162)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per Share Information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income / (loss) from continuing operations attributed to Movado Group Inc.

$0.65

 

$0.69

 

$0.85

 

$0.30

Loss from discontinued operations

$-

 

$-

 

$-

 

($0.96)

Net income / (loss) attributed to Movado Group, Inc.

$0.65

 

$0.69

 

$0.85

 

($0.65)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted diluted average shares outstanding

25,108

 

24,907

 

25,105

 

24,988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)  Effective February 1, 2011, the Company changed its method of valuing its U.S. inventory to the average cost method.  The comparative consolidated

 

      financial statements of the prior year have been adjusted to apply the new accounting method retroactively.

(2)  The three and nine months ended October 31, 2010 included a reversal of a previously recorded liability for a retirement agreement 

       with the Company's former Chairman.  The liability was a $4.3 million reduction of selling, general and administrative expenses.

(3)  The Company recorded a pre-tax gain for the sale of a building in the period ending July 31, 2011.

MOVADO GROUP, INC.

 

 

 

RECONCILIATION TABLES

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

October 31,

 

October 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

 

2010 (1)

 

2011

 

2010 (1)

Continuing Operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income (GAAP)  

$19,128

 

$18,490

 

$25,722

 

$11,151

Retirement liability reversal (2)

-

 

(4,305)

 

-

 

(4,305)

Adjusted operating income (non-GAAP) 

$19,128

 

$14,185

 

$25,722

 

$6,846

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

2,891

 

3,187

 

8,791

 

10,408

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)

$22,019

 

$17,372

 

$34,513

 

$17,254

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

October 31,

 

October 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

 

2010 (1)

 

2011

 

2010 (1)

Continuing Operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income attributed to Movado Group, Inc. (GAAP)  

$16,404

 

$17,145

 

$21,303

 

$7,513

Retirement liability reversal (2)

-

 

(4,305)

 

-

 

(4,305)

Adjusted income attributed to Movado Group, Inc. (non-GAAP)

$16,404

 

$12,840

 

$21,303

 

$3,208

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted income per share (non-GAAP)

$0.65

 

$0.52

 

$0.85

 

$0.13

Weighted diluted average shares outstanding

25,108

 

24,907

 

25,105

 

24,988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)  Effective February 1, 2011, the Company changed its method of valuing its U.S. inventory to the average cost method.  The comparative consolidated

       financial statements of the prior year have been adjusted to apply the new accounting method retroactively.

(2)  Reversal of a previously recorded liability for a retirement agreement with the Company's former Chairman.  The liability was reversed and

       recorded as a reduction of selling, general and administrative expenses.

 
 
 

MOVADO GROUP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 31,

 

January 31,

 

October 31,

 

2011

 

2011 (1)

 

2010 (1)

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$138,028

 

$103,016

 

$63,243

 

Trade receivables

94,309

 

59,768

 

92,220

 

Inventories

176,092

 

181,265

 

207,987

 

Other current assets

25,413

 

30,541

 

26,628

 

    Total current assets

433,842

 

374,590

 

390,078

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

35,585

 

38,525

 

39,956

 

Deferred income taxes

7,426

 

8,220

 

14,209

 

Other non-current assets

22,120

 

22,522

 

23,618

 

    Total assets

$498,973

 

$443,857

 

$467,861

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$26,462

 

$21,487

 

$19,950

 

Accrued liabilities

52,690

 

39,734

 

44,979

 

Deferred and current income taxes payable

1,617

 

1,328

 

631

 

    Total current liabilities

80,769

 

62,549

 

65,560

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred and non-current income taxes payable

6,548

 

6,960

 

8,068

 

Other non-current liabilities

17,807

 

17,869

 

16,973

 

Noncontrolling interests

2,774

 

2,280

 

2,367

 

Shareholders' equity

391,075

 

354,199

 

374,893

 

    Total liabilities and equity

$498,973

 

$443,857

 

$467,861

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)  Effective February 1, 2011, the Company changed its method of valuing its U.S. inventory to the average cost method.  The comparative consolidated

       financial statements of the prior year have been adjusted to apply the new accounting method retroactively.

 
 

MOVADO GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income / (loss) from continuing operations

 

 

 

$21,887

 

$7,999

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

8,791

 

10,408

 

Other non-cash adjustments

 

 

 

607

 

(166)

 

Changes in working capital

 

 

 

1,710

 

(1,580)

 

Changes in non-current assets and liabilities

 

 

 

(226)

 

1,190

 

Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations

                 32,769

 

              17,851

 

Net cash (used in) operating activities from discontinued operations

 

(33)

 

(12,923)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

                 32,736

 

                4,928

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

 

 

(4,535)

 

(4,903)

 

Proceeds from sale of an asset held for sale

 

 

 

1,165

 

-

 

Trademarks

 

 

 

(179)

 

(230)

 

Net cash (used in) investing activities from continuing operations

                  (3,549)

 

              (5,133)

 

Net cash (used in) investing activities from discontinued operations

 

                           -

 

(100)

 

Net cash (used in) investing activities

 

 

 

                  (3,549)

 

              (5,233)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (repayment) of bank borrowings

 

 

 

-

 

(10,000)

 

Dividends paid

 

 

 

(2,237)

 

-

 

Other financing

 

 

 

454

 

468

 

Net cash (used in) financing activities

 

 

 

                  (1,783)

 

              (9,532)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

7,608

 

2,105

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

35,012

 

(7,732)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 

103,016

 

70,975

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

 

$138,028

 

$63,243

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE Movado Group, Inc.

CONTACT: FTI Consulting, Leigh Parrish or Stephanie Rich, +1-212-850-5600

"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.