Gildan Activewear 4Q results miss Street's view

Gildan Activewear 4Q results miss Street's view; 1Q, fiscal 2014 forecasts also fall short

Associated Press

NEWS: Gildan Activewear Inc.'s fiscal fourth-quarter rose 9 percent, helped by lower cotton costs and double-digit revenue growth. But its adjusted profit and revenue missed analysts' expectations, and its first-quarter and fiscal 2014 forecasts also fell short.

The clothing company's stock declined before the opening bell on Thursday.

DETAILS: Gildan —which owns brands such as Gold Toe and Anvil — boosted its quarterly dividend by 20 percent to 10.8 cents from 9 cents. The dividend is payable on Jan. 6 to shareholders of record on Dec. 12.

NUMBERS: For the three months ended Sept. 29, Gildan earned $96.8 million, or 79 cents per share. That's up from $89 million, or 73 cents per share, last year.

Excluding a cost related to unwinding interest rate swaps and restructuring and acquisition-related costs, earnings were 83 cents per share.

Analysts, on average, expected earnings of 87 cents per share, according to FactSet.

Revenue for the Canadian company increased 12 percent to $626.2 million from $561.7 million. Wall Street forecast $631.6 million in revenue.

For the full fiscal year, Gildan earned $320.2 million, or $2.61 per share. In the previous year it earned $148.4 million, or $1.22 per share.

Adjusted profit was $2.69 per share.

Annual revenue climbed 12 percent to $2.18 billion from $1.95 billion.

FUTURE: Gildan anticipates fiscal 2014 adjusted earnings in a range of $3 to $3.10 per share, with revenue of about $2.35 billion.

Analysts predict full-year earnings of $3.30 per share on revenue of $2.49 billion.

For the first quarter, the company foresees adjusted earnings of 33 cents to 35 cents per share on revenue of approximately $450 million. Wall Street predicts earnings of 44 cents per share on revenue of $469.1 million.

STOCK: The shares fell $2.02, or 4.1 percent, to $47.07 in morning trading. The stock is up 41 percent since the start of the year.

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