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lululemon athletica inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results and $450 Million Share Buyback Program

June 12, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended May 4, 2014 and that its board of directors has approved a stock repurchase program to buy back up to $450 million of its common shares in the open market at prevailing market prices. The timing and actual number of common shares to be repurchased will depend upon market conditions and other factors, in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission requirements.

The share buyback program is intended to create shareholder value by making opportunistic repurchases during periods of favorable market conditions and is expected to be completed in two years. Shares may be repurchased from time to time on the open market, through block trades or otherwise. Purchases may be started or stopped at any time without prior notice depending on market conditions and other factors.

For the first quarter ended May 4, 2014:

  • Net revenue for the quarter increased 11% to $384.6 million from $345.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Total comparable sales on a combined basis increased 1% for the first quarter on a constant dollar basis. Comparable corporate-store sales for the first quarter decreased by 4% on a constant dollar basis and direct to consumer revenue increased 25% on a constant dollar basis.
  • Direct to consumer revenue increased to $66.0 million, or 17.2% of total Company revenues, in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, an increase from 15.6% of total Company revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Gross profit for the quarter increased 15% to $195.7 million, and as a percentage of net revenue gross profit increased to 50.9% for the quarter from 49.4% in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 included a provision of $17.5 million related to the pull-back of black Luon pants.
  • Income from operations for the quarter increased 6% to $69.8 million, and as a percentage of net revenue was 18.2% compared to 19.1% of net revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Tax expense for the quarter was $52.5 million, which included a one-time adjustment of $30.9 million for the planned repatriation of foreign earnings that will be used to fund the share buyback program. The normalized tax rate before the $30.9 million non-recurring adjustment would have been 30.1%, compared to 29.8% a year ago. The tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, including the one-time adjustment, was 73.4%.
  • Excluding the one-time adjustment, diluted earnings per share were $0.34 in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Including the non-recurring adjustment, diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.13, which included a $0.21 per share impact from the planned repatriation of foreign earnings.

    The Company ended the first quarter of fiscal 2014 with $752.0 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $588.4 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Inventory at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014 totaled $177.4 million compared to $143.7 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013. The Company ended the quarter with 263 stores.

    Laurent Potdevin, lululemon’s CEO, stated: "We are pleased that Q1 results were slightly ahead of our expectations. 2014 is very much a transitional year for lululemon, and we are on track with the improvements we have set out to achieve. We are focused on building a scalable foundation to further elevate our North American business and pursue the brand's incredible international potential." Mr. Potdevin continued: "Despite a reduced outlook, I am confident that the work we are doing today will only enhance our premium positioning as we continue to lead as the market innovator."

    Updated Outlook

    For the second quarter of fiscal 2014, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $375 million to $380 million based on a total combined comparable sales decrease in the low to mid single digits on a constant-dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.28 to $0.30 for the quarter. This guidance assumes 146.0 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 30.2% tax rate. The guidance does not reflect the potential repurchase of shares.

    For the full fiscal 2014, we now expect net revenue to be in the range of $1.770 billion to $1.800 billion based on a total combined comparable sales increase in the low single digits on a constant-dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.50 to $1.55 for the full year, or $1.71 to $1.76 normalized for the one-time tax adjustment related to the planned repatriation. This guidance assumes 146.3 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 38.6% tax rate, which includes the tax adjustment for the planned repatriation, or 30.2% before the tax adjustment. The guidance does not reflect the potential repurchase of shares.

    Conference Call Information

    A conference call to discuss first quarter results is scheduled for today, June 12, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. EDT. Those interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 1-877-303-3203 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at www.lululemon.com. The webcast will be accessible on our website for approximately 30 days after the call.

    About lululemon athletica inc.

    lululemon athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company that creates components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives. By producing products that help keep people active and stress free, lululemon believes that the world will be a better place. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. For more information, visit www.lululemon.com.

    Non-GAAP Financial Measure

    Constant-dollar net revenue changes, which exclude the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, is not a United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (“GAAP”) performance measure. We provide constant-dollar net revenue changes because we use the measure to understand the underlying growth rate of revenue excluding the impact on a quarter-by-quarter basis of changes in foreign exchange rates, which are not under management’s direct control. We believe that disclosing net revenue changes on a constant-dollar basis is useful to investors because it enables them to better understand the level of growth of our business.

    The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on this non-GAAP financial measure, please see the table captioned “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure – Constant dollar changes” included in the accompanying financial tables, which includes more detail on the GAAP financial measure that is most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.

    Forward-Looking Statements:

    This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding our future financial condition or results of operations and our prospects and strategies for future growth. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "outlook," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations but they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: our ability to maintain the value and reputation of our brand, including any negative publicity regarding our products or the production methods of our suppliers or manufacturers; the acceptability of our products to our guests, including receiving products that comply with our technical specifications and quality standards; our reliance on and limited control over third-party suppliers to provide fabrics for and to produce our products; an economic downturn or economic uncertainty in our key markets; our exposure to various types of litigation; increasing product costs and decreasing selling prices; our ability to anticipate consumer preferences and successfully develop and introduce new, innovative and updated products; our ability to accurately forecast customer demand for our products; any unforeseen disruption of our information systems; any material disruption of our information systems; our ability to manage our growth and the increased complexity of our business effectively; the fluctuating costs of raw materials; our ability to expand internationally in light of our limited operating experience and limited brand recognition in new international markets; our highly competitive market and increasing competition; our ability to deliver our products to the market and to meet customer expectations if we have problems with our distribution system; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; our ability to cancel store leases if an existing or new store is not profitable; increasing labor costs and other factors associated with the production of our products in China; our ability to successfully open new store locations in a timely manner; our ability to comply with trade and other regulations; the continued service of our senior management; seasonality; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the operations of many of our suppliers are subject to international and other risks; our ability to source our merchandise profitably or at all; and other risks and uncertainties set out in filings made from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov, including, without limitation, our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

       

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    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

    Expressed in thousands, except per share amounts

     
    Thirteen Weeks EndedThirteen Weeks Ended
    May 4, 2014May 5, 2013
    (unaudited) (unaudited)
    Net revenue $ 384,618 $ 345,782
    Costs of goods sold 188,874   175,057  
    Gross profit 195,744 170,725
    As a percent of net revenue50.9%49.4%
    Selling, general and administrative expenses 125,943 104,836

    As a percent of net revenue

    32.7%30.3%
    Income from operations 69,801 65,889
    As a percent of net revenue18.2%19.1%
    Other income (expense), net 1,643   1,501  
    Income before provision for income taxes 71,444 67,390
    Provision for income taxes 52,463   20,111  
    Net income $ 18,981   $ 47,279  
    Basic earnings per share $ 0.13 $ 0.33
    Diluted earnings per share $ 0.13 $ 0.32
    Basic weighted-average shares outstanding 145,383 144,482
    Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding 145,861 145,849
     
     
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    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    Expressed in thousands

       
    May 4, 2014February 2, 2014
    (unaudited)
    ASSETS
    Current assets
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 751,965 $ 698,649
    Inventories 177,375 186,090
    Other current assets 52,043   58,100
    Total current assets 981,383 942,839
    Property and equipment, net 271,370 255,603
    Goodwill and intangible assets, net 28,107 28,201
    Deferred income taxes and other non-current assets 10,097   23,045
    Total assets $ 1,290,957   $ 1,249,688
    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
    Current liabilities
    Accounts payable $ 6,960 $ 12,647
    Other current liabilities 97,990 100,098
    Income taxes payable 533   769
    Total current liabilities 105,483 113,514
    Non-current liabilities 57,093 39,492
    Stockholders’ equity 1,128,381   1,096,682
    Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,290,957   $ 1,249,688
     
       
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    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

    Expressed in thousands

     
    Thirteen Weeks Ended

    May 4, 2014
    Thirteen Weeks Ended

    May 5, 2013
    (unaudited) (unaudited)
    Cash flows from operating activities
    Net income $ 18,981 $ 47,279
    Items not affecting cash 43,649 32,888
    Other, including net changes in other non-cash balances 8,345   (55,032 )
    Net cash provided by operating activities 70,975 25,135
    Net cash used in investing activities (25,447 ) (20,976 )
    Net cash used in financing activities (1,649 ) (4,358 )
    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 9,437   (1,562 )
    Increase in cash and cash equivalents 53,316 (1,761 )
    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period $ 698,649   $ 590,179  
    Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 751,965   $ 588,418  
     
       
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    Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

    Constant-dollar changes in total comparable sales

    (unaudited)

     
    Thirteen Weeks EndedThirteen Weeks Ended
    May 4, 2014May 5, 2013
    % Change
    Total comparable sales (GAAP)1 (2)% 11%
    Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 3% 1%
    Total comparable sales in constant dollars1 1% 12%
       
     


    1 Total comparable sales includes comparable corporate-store sales and direct to consumer sales.

       

    Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

    Constant-dollar changes in comparable corporate-store sales

    (unaudited)

     
    Thirteen Weeks EndedThirteen Weeks Ended
    May 4, 2014May 5, 2013
    % Change
    Comparable corporate-store sales (GAAP) (7)% 6%
    Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 3% 1%
    Comparable corporate-store sales in constant dollars (4)% 7%
       
     
       

    Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

    Constant-dollar changes in direct to consumer revenue

    (unaudited)

     
    Thirteen Weeks EndedThirteen Weeks Ended
    May 4, 2014May 5, 2013
    % Change
    Change in direct to consumer revenue (GAAP) 22% 40%
    Adjustments due to foreign exchange rate changes 3% 1%
    Change in direct to consumer revenue in constant dollars 25% 41%
       
           
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    Store Count and Square Footage1

    Thirteen Weeks Ended May 4, 2014

    Square Footage Expressed in Thousands

     
    Number ofNumber ofNumber of
    Stores OpenStoresStoresNumber of
    at theOpenedClosedStores Open
    Beginning ofDuring theDuring theat the End of
    the Quarter

    Quarter2

    Quarterthe Quarter

    1st Quarter

    254

    9

    -

    263
     
    Total Gross
    Square FeetGross SquareGross SquareTotal Gross
    at theFeet AddedFeet LostSquare Feet
    Beginning ofDuring theDuring theat the End of
    the Quarter

    Quarter2,3

    Quarter3

    the Quarter

    1st Quarter

    740 24

    -

    764
     


    1 Store count and square footage summary includes corporate-owned stores which are branded lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica.

    2 Number of stores opened during the quarter that are branded lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica.

    3 Gross square feet added/lost during the quarter includes net square foot additions for corporate-owned stores which have been renovated or relocated in the quarter.




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