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Guess?, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Q3 Fiscal 2020 Revenues Increased 2% to $616 Million; Increased 4% in Constant Currency

Q3 Fiscal 2020 GAAP EPS of $0.18, Compared to Loss per Share of $0.17 in Q3 Fiscal 2019; Q3 Fiscal 2020 Adjusted EPS of $0.22, Compared to $0.13 in Q3 Fiscal 2019

Guess?, Inc. (GES) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended November 2, 2019.

Carlos Alberini, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “I am very pleased to report that we delivered operating earnings and earnings per share above the high-end of our expectations for the period. Overall, the strength of our businesses in Europe, Americas Wholesale and Licensing, combined with a disciplined and effective approach to manage our costs, enabled us to more than offset softness in our Americas Retail and Asia businesses in the quarter. For the full year, we are maintaining the high-end of our guidance and raising the low-end. This speaks to the strength of our global brand and the power of our diversified business model which provides us with multiple levers to continue to increase revenues and improve profitability.”

Mr. Alberini concluded, “As we previously communicated, we will be hosting an Investor Day on December 3rd in New York City. During the event we will present our strategic business plan and key strategic initiatives for the next five years. I couldn’t be more excited to share our plan and provide an update on our Company’s opportunities for global growth, profit improvement and value creation.”

Adjusted Amounts

This press release contains certain non-GAAP, or adjusted, financial measures. References to “adjusted” results exclude the impact of (i) asset impairment charges, (ii) net gains on lease terminations, (iii) certain professional service and legal fees and related (credits) costs, (iv) charges related to the European Commission fine, (v) non-cash debt discount amortization on our convertible senior notes, (vi) the related tax effects of the foregoing items as well as adjustments to uncertain tax positions excluded from results in prior years and (vii) revisions to provisional amounts previously recorded related to the enactment of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Reform”), in each case where applicable. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables and discussed under the heading “Presentation of Non-GAAP Information” below.

Share Repurchases. The Company has used substantially all of the net proceeds from its $300 million 2% convertible senior notes due 2024 issued during the first quarter of fiscal 2020 (after the related hedge and warrant transactions) to repurchase shares of its common stock. During the three months ended May 4, 2019, the Company used $170 million of such proceeds to enter into an accelerated share repurchase program (“ASR”), pursuant to which it received up-front approximately 5.2 million shares (representing approximately $102 million (or 60%) of the $170 million notional amount of the ASR). The Company received a final delivery of an additional 5.4 million shares under the ASR on September 4, 2019. During the nine months ended November 2, 2019, the Company also repurchased approximately 5.8 million shares of its common stock in open market and privately negotiated transactions totaling $110.6 million, of which approximately 0.7 million shares of its common stock were repurchased at an aggregate cost of $11.0 million during the three months ended August 3, 2019 and approximately 5.1 million shares of its common stock were repurchased at an aggregate cost of $99.6 million during the three months ended May 4, 2019. Combined, these transactions resulted in the repurchase of approximately 16.4 million shares for $280.6 million during the nine months ended November 2, 2019.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

For the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded GAAP net earnings of $12.4 million, a 192.4% increase compared to GAAP net loss of $13.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 205.9% to $0.18 for the third quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to GAAP diluted loss per share of $0.17 for the prior-year quarter. The Company estimates that the convert transaction offset by the share buybacks had a net negative impact of $0.01 on diluted earnings per share and currency had a positive impact of $0.04 on diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded adjusted net earnings of $14.9 million, a 41.2% increase compared to $10.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 69.2% to $0.22, compared to $0.13 for the prior-year quarter. The Company estimates that the share buybacks offset by the convert transaction had a net positive impact of $0.02, or 15.4%, on adjusted diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

Net Revenue. Total net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 increased 1.7% to $615.9 million, compared to $605.4 million in the prior-year quarter. In constant currency, net revenue increased by 4.2%.

  • Americas Retail revenues decreased 4.9% in U.S. dollars and 4.5% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce decreased 3% in U.S. dollars and constant currency.
  • Americas Wholesale revenues increased 7.0% in U.S. dollars and 8.1% in constant currency.
  • Europe revenues increased 9.1% in U.S. dollars and 13.2% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce increased 1% in U.S. dollars and 5% in constant currency.
  • Asia revenues decreased 8.0% in U.S. dollars and 4.6% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce decreased 21% in U.S. dollars and 19% in constant currency.
  • Licensing revenues decreased 0.3% in U.S. dollars.

Operating Earnings. GAAP earnings from operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 increased 205.3% to $22.6 million (including a $0.9 million unfavorable currency translation impact), compared to GAAP loss from operations of $21.5 million in the prior-year quarter. GAAP operating margin in the third quarter increased 730 basis points to 3.7%, compared to negative 3.6% in the prior-year quarter, driven primarily by the European Commission fine that was incurred in the same prior-year quarter. The negative impact of currency on operating margin for the quarter was approximately 10 basis points.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2020, adjusted earnings from operations increased 3.6% to $23.1 million, compared to $22.3 million in the same prior-year quarter. Adjusted operating margin was flat at 3.7%, compared to the same prior-year quarter.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Americas Retail segment decreased 110 basis points to 0.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, from 2.0% in the prior-year quarter, driven primarily by the unfavorable impact from higher markdowns and negative comparable sales, partially offset by higher initial markups.
  • Operating margin for the Company’s Americas Wholesale segment increased 20 basis points to 19.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to 19.7% in the prior-year quarter.
  • Operating margin for the Company’s Europe segment increased 410 basis points to 7.0% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to 2.9% in the prior-year quarter, driven primarily by higher initial markups, lower logistics costs, lower markdowns and overall leveraging of expenses.
  • Operating margin for the Company’s Asia segment deteriorated 520 basis points to negative 3.0% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, from 2.2% in the prior-year quarter, driven primarily by deleveraging of expenses due mainly to negative comparable sales and higher markdowns.
  • Operating margin for the Company’s Licensing segment decreased 20 basis points to 87.2% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, from 87.4% in the prior-year quarter.

Other expense, net, was $0.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020, an improvement of $5.7 million, compared to $5.8 million in the same prior-year quarter. The improvement was driven primarily by net unrealized gains on non-operating assets as well as net unrealized mark-to-market revaluation gains on foreign currency balances compared to net unrealized and realized losses in the same prior-year quarter, partially offset by our proportionate share of net losses related to our minority investment in a privately-held apparel company.

Nine-Month Period Results

For the nine months ended November 2, 2019, the Company recorded GAAP net earnings of $16.4 million, a 279.3% increase compared to GAAP net loss of $9.1 million for the nine months ended November 3, 2018. GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 283.3% to $0.22 for the nine months ended November 2, 2019, compared to GAAP diluted loss per share of $0.12 in the same prior-year period. The Company estimates that the convert transaction offset by the share buybacks had a net negative impact on diluted earnings per share of $0.06 and currency had a negative impact of $0.01 on GAAP diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended November 2, 2019.

For the nine months ended November 2, 2019, the Company recorded adjusted net earnings of $22.7 million, a 2.4% increase compared to $22.2 million for the nine months ended November 3, 2018. Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 14.8% to $0.31, compared to $0.27 for the same prior-year period. The Company estimates that the convert transaction offset by the share buybacks had a minimal impact on adjusted diluted earnings per share in the first nine months of fiscal 2020.

Net Revenue. Total net revenue for the first nine months of fiscal 2020 increased 3.6% to $1.84 billion, compared to $1.77 billion in the same prior-year period. In constant currency, net revenue increased by 7.1%.

  • Americas Retail revenues decreased 0.4% in U.S. dollars and increased 0.1% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce increased 1% in U.S. dollars and constant currency.
  • Americas Wholesale revenues increased 13.2% in U.S. dollars and 14.3% in constant currency.
  • Europe revenues increased 7.3% in U.S. dollars and 13.3% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce decreased 1% in U.S. dollars and increased 4% in constant currency.
  • Asia revenues decreased 2.2% in U.S. dollars and increased 2.2% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce decreased 16% in U.S. dollars and 12% in constant currency.
  • Licensing revenues decreased 3.6% in U.S. dollars.

Operating Earnings. GAAP operating earnings from operations for the first nine months of fiscal 2020 increased 404.3% to $44.2 million (including a $1.0 million unfavorable currency translation impact), compared to GAAP loss from operations of $14.5 million in the same prior-year period. GAAP operating margin in the first nine months of fiscal 2020 increased 320 basis points to 2.4%, compared to negative 0.8% in the same prior-year period, driven primarily by the European Commission fine that was incurred in the same prior-year period and the favorable impact from higher initial markups in Europe and Americas Retail. The impact of currency on operating margin for the first nine months of fiscal 2020 was minimal.

For the nine months ended November 2, 2019, adjusted earnings from operations increased 25.5% to $48.6 million, compared to $38.7 million for the nine months ended November 3, 2018. Adjusted operating margin was 2.6% for the nine months ended November 2, 2019, an increase of 40 basis points compared to the same prior-year period, driven primarily by the favorable impact from higher initial markups in Europe and Americas Retail.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Americas Retail segment increased 30 basis points to 1.0% in the first nine months of fiscal 2020, compared to 0.7% in the same prior-year period, driven primarily by the favorable impact from higher initial markups, partially offset by higher markdowns and wage pressures.
  • Operating margin for the Company’s Americas Wholesale segment increased 200 basis points to 19.0% in the first nine months of fiscal 2020, compared to 17.0% in the same prior-year period. The increase in operating margin was due primarily to higher initial markups, lower markdowns and overall leveraging of expenses.
  • Operating margin for the Company’s Europe segment increased 430 basis points to 6.6% in the first nine months of fiscal 2020, compared to 2.3% in the same prior-year period. This increase was driven primarily by higher initial markups, overall leveraging of expenses, lower markdowns and lower logistics costs.
  • Operating margin for the Company’s Asia segment deteriorated 720 basis points to negative 4.2% in the first nine months of fiscal 2020, from 3.0% in the same prior-year period, driven primarily by deleveraging of expenses due mainly to negative comparable sales and higher markdowns.
  • Operating margin for the Company’s Licensing segment decreased 150 basis points to 86.6% in the first nine months of fiscal 2020, from 88.1% in the same prior-year period.

Other expense, net, was $4.3 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2020, an improvement of $2.8 million, compared to $7.1 million in the same prior-year period. The improvement was due primarily to net unrealized gains on non-operating assets compared to unrealized losses in the same prior-year period and lower net unrealized mark-to-market revaluations losses on foreign currency balances, partially offset by our proportionate share of net losses related to our minority investment in a privately-held apparel company and lower net mark-to-market gains on revaluation of foreign exchange currency contracts.

Dividends

The Company’s Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1125 per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable on January 2, 2020 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 11, 2019.

Outlook

The Company’s expectations and updated outlook for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending February 1, 2020 are as follows:

Outlook for Total Company1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2020

 

Fiscal Year 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated net revenue in U.S. dollars

 

increase between 1.0% and 2.0%

 

increase between 2.7% and 3.0%

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated net revenue in constant currency2

 

increase between 2.5% and 3.5%

 

increase between 5.7% and 6.0%

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP operating margin

 

11.5% to 12.0%

 

5.2% to 5.4%

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating margin3

 

11.5% to 12.0%

 

5.4% to 5.6%

 

 

 

 

 

Currency impact included in operating margin4

 

(20) basis points

 

(10) basis points

 

 

 

 

 

Cash interest expense, and amortization of debt issuance costs related to convertible senior notes

 

$1.7 million

 

$5.3 million

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of debt discount related to convertible senior notes

 

$2.4 million

 

$7.5 million

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated diluted shares outstanding

 

66.3 million

 

71.4 million

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP EPS5

 

$1.04 to $1.09

 

$1.20 to $1.25

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EPS3,5

 

$1.07 to $1.12

 

$1.31 to $1.36

 

 

 

 

 

Currency impact included in EPS4

 

$(0.05)

 

$(0.06)

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated impact of convertible senior notes and share repurchases included in GAAP EPS6

 

$0.18

 

$0.05

 

 

 

 

Estimated impact of convertible senior notes and share repurchases included in adjusted EPS7

 

$0.21

 

$0.13

 
Notes:

1

The Company’s outlook for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending February 1, 2020 assumes that foreign currency exchange rates remain at prevailing rates and includes the estimated impact of known tariffs on imports into the U.S.

2

Eliminates the impact of expected foreign currency translation to give investors a better understanding of the underlying trends within the business.

3

The guidance for adjusted operating margin and adjusted EPS for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2020 reflect the exclusion of certain items which the Company believes are not indicative of the underlying performance of its business. Refer to the table below for a reconciliation of our GAAP and adjusted outlook.

4

Represents the estimated translational and transactional gains (losses) of foreign currency rate fluctuations within operating margin and EPS measures presented.

5

EPS amounts for the sum of the quarters may not equal full year amounts due to differences in average common shares outstanding during each period as well as losses in individual quarters which are not allocated to participating security holders.

6

Represents the estimated net impact of share repurchases, cash interest expense, and amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs (related to the $300 million convertible senior notes issued during the first quarter of fiscal 2020) on our GAAP EPS outlook.

7

Represents the estimated net impact of share repurchases, cash interest expense and amortization of debt issuance costs (related to the $300 million convertible senior notes issued during the first quarter of fiscal 2020) on our adjusted EPS outlook.

A reconciliation of the Company’s outlook for GAAP operating margin to adjusted operating margin and GAAP earnings per share to adjusted earnings per share for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending February 1, 2020 is as follows:

Reconciliation of GAAP Outlook to Adjusted Outlook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Quarter of
Fiscal 2020

 

Fiscal Year 2020

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP operating margin

 

11.5% to 12.0%

 

5.2% to 5.4%

Certain professional service and legal fees and related costs1

 

—%

 

0.0%

Asset impairment charges2

 

—%

 

0.2%

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating margin

 

11.5% to 12.0%

 

5.4% to 5.6%

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP earnings per share

 

$1.04 to $1.09

 

$1.20 to $1.25

Certain professional service and legal fees and related costs1

 

$—

 

$(0.01)

Asset impairment charges2

 

$—

 

$0.06

Amortization of debt discount3

 

$0.03

 

$0.08

Adjustments to uncertain tax positions excluded in prior years4

 

$—

 

$(0.02)

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share

 

$1.07 to $1.12

 

$1.31 to $1.36

 
Notes:

1

Amounts for the full fiscal year include certain professional service and legal fees and related (credits) costs recognized during the nine months ended November 2, 2019 which the Company otherwise would not have incurred as part of its business operations. The Company is unable to predict future amounts as these expenditures are inconsistent in amount and frequency and certain elements used to estimate such items have not yet occurred or are out of the Company’s control. As such, the Company has not considered any future charges in the accompanying GAAP outlook.

2

Amounts for the full fiscal year include asset impairment charges for certain retail locations recognized during the nine months ended November 2, 2019 that resulted from store under-performance and expected store closures. The adjusted results do not assume any additional asset impairment charges as the Company has recorded amounts currently anticipated under GAAP.

3

Amounts for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year represent amortization of the debt discount related to the $300 million convertible senior notes issued during the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

4

Amounts for the full fiscal year represent adjustments of uncertain tax positions during the nine months ended November 2, 2019 which related to items excluded from adjusted results in prior years. The adjusted results do not assume any other changes to specified uncertain tax positions as the Company’s current accrual reflects its best estimate of amounts that will eventually be realized.

On a segment basis, the Company expects the following ranges for percentage changes for comparable sales including e-commerce (“comps”) and net revenue in U.S. dollars and constant currency compared to the same prior-year period:

Outlook by Segment1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2020

 

Fiscal Year 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Dollars

 

Constant Currency2

 

U.S. Dollars

 

Constant Currency2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Americas Retail:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comps

 

__

 

down MSD to LSD

 

__

 

down LSD to flat

Net Revenue

 

down MSD to LSD

 

down MSD to LSD

 

down LSD

 

down LSD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Americas Wholesale:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Revenue

 

down LSD

 

down LSD

 

up HSD

 

up HSD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comps

 

__

 

up LSD

 

__

 

up LSD

Net Revenue

 

up LDD

 

up mid-teens

 

up HSD

 

up low-teens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comps

 

__

 

down high-teens to mid-teens

 

__

 

down low-teens

Net Revenue

 

down mid-teens

 

down low-teens

 

down MSD

 

down LSD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Licensing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Revenue

 

down LSD

 

__

 

down LSD

 

__

 

Notes:

1

As used in the table above, “LSD” is used to refer to the range of Low-Single-Digits, “MSD” is used to refer to the range of Mid-Single-Digits, “HSD” is used to refer to the range of High-Single-Digits, and “LDD” is used to refer to the range of Low-Double-Digits.

2

Eliminates the impact of expected foreign currency translation to give investors a better understanding of the underlying trends within the business.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Information

The financial information presented in this release includes non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted results, constant currency financial information and free cash flow measures. For the three and nine months ended November 2, 2019, the adjusted results exclude the impact of asset impairment charges, certain professional service and legal fees and related (credits) costs, non-cash amortization of debt discount on our convertible senior notes, and the applicable tax effects of these adjustments as well as adjustments to uncertain tax positions excluded from results in prior years, where applicable. For the three and nine months ended November 3, 2018, the adjusted results exclude the impact of asset impairment charges, net gains on lease terminations, charges related to the European Commission fine, certain professional service and legal fees and related costs, the applicable tax effects of these adjustments, and revisions to provisional amounts previously recorded related to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Reform”), where applicable. These non-GAAP measures are provided in addition to, and not as alternatives for, the Company’s reported GAAP results.

The Company has excluded these items from its adjusted financial measures primarily because it believes these items are not indicative of the underlying performance of its business and that the adjusted financial information provided is useful for investors to evaluate the comparability of the Company’s operating results and its future outlook (when reviewed in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financial statements). A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables.

This release also includes certain constant currency financial information. Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations affect the amount reported from translating the Company’s foreign revenue, expenses and balance sheet amounts into U.S. dollars. These rate fluctuations can have a significant effect on reported operating results under GAAP. The Company provides constant currency information to enhance the visibility of underlying business trends, excluding the effects of changes in foreign currency translation rates. To calculate net revenue, comparable sales and earnings (loss) from operations on a constant currency basis, actual or forecasted results for the current-year period are translated into U.S. dollars at the average exchange rates in effect during the comparable period of the prior year. The constant currency calculations do not adjust for the impact of revaluing specific transactions denominated in a currency that is different to the functional currency of that entity when exchange rates fluctuate. However, in calculating the estimated impact of currency on our earnings (loss) per share for our actual and forecasted results, the Company estimates gross margin (including the impact of merchandise-related hedges) and expenses using the appropriate prior-year rates, translates the estimated foreign earnings at the comparable prior-year rates, and excludes the year-over-year earnings impact of gains or losses arising from balance sheet remeasurement and foreign currency contracts not designated as merchandise hedges. The constant currency information presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The Company also includes information regarding its free cash flows in this release. The Company calculates free cash flows as cash flows from operating activities less (i) purchases of property and equipment and (ii) payments for property and equipment under finance leases. Free cash flows are not intended to be an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity, but rather provides additional visibility to investors regarding how much cash is generated for discretionary and non-discretionary items after deducting purchases of property and equipment and payments for property and equipment under finance leases. Free cash flow information presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. A reconciliation of reported GAAP cash flows from operating activities to the comparable non-GAAP free cash flow measure is provided in the accompanying tables.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call at 4:45 pm (ET) on November 26, 2019 to discuss the news announced in this press release. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible at www.guess.com via the “Investor Relations” link. The webcast will be archived on the website for 30 days.

About Guess?

Guess?, Inc. designs, markets, distributes and licenses a lifestyle collection of contemporary apparel, denim, handbags, watches, eyewear, footwear and other related consumer products. Guess? products are distributed through branded Guess? stores as well as better department and specialty stores around the world. As of November 2, 2019, the Company directly operated 1,174 retail stores in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The Company’s partners and distributors operated 569 additional retail stores worldwide. As of November 2, 2019, the Company and its partners and distributors operated in approximately 100 countries worldwide. For more information about the Company, please visit www.guess.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information contained herein, certain matters discussed in this press release or the related conference call and webcast, including statements concerning the Company’s expectations, future prospects, business strategies and strategic initiatives; statements expressing optimism or pessimism about future operating results, growth opportunities and projected sales (including comparable sales), earnings, capital expenditures, operating margins, cost reduction opportunities and cash needs; and guidance for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2020, are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, which are frequently indicated by terms such as “expect,” “will,” “should,” “goal,” “strategy,” “believe,” “estimate,” “continue,” “outlook,” “plan,” “create,” “see,” and similar terms, are only expectations, and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from what is currently anticipated. Factors which may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from current expectations include, among others: our ability to maintain our brand image and reputation; domestic and international economic or political conditions, including economic and other events that could negatively impact consumer confidence and discretionary consumer spending; changes in the competitive marketplace and in our commercial relationships; our ability to anticipate and adapt to changing consumer preferences and trends; our ability to manage our inventory commensurate with customer demand; risks related to the timing and costs of delivering merchandise to our stores and our wholesale customers; unexpected or unseasonable weather conditions; our ability to effectively operate our various retail concepts, including securing, renewing, modifying or terminating leases for store locations; our ability to successfully and/or timely implement our growth strategies and other strategic initiatives; our ability to expand internationally and operate in regions where we have less experience, including through joint ventures; risks related to our convertible senior notes issued in April 2019, including our ability to settle the liability in cash; our ability to successfully or timely implement plans for cost reductions; our ability to effectively and efficiently manage the volume and costs associated with our European distribution centers without incurring shipment delays; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; changes to our short or long-term strategic initiatives, including those that may be initiated by our new Chief Executive Officer; obligations or changes in estimates arising from new or existing litigation, tax and other regulatory proceedings; risks related to the complexity of the Tax Reform, future clarifications and legislative amendments thereto, as well as our ability to accurately interpret and predict its impact on our cash flows and financial condition; the risk of economic uncertainty associated with the pending exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (“Brexit”) or any other similar referendums that may be held; changes in U.S. or foreign tax or tariff policy, including changes to tariffs on imports into the U.S.; accounting adjustments identified after issuance of this release; risk of future store asset and/or goodwill impairments or restructuring charges; our ability to adapt to new regulatory compliance and disclosure obligations; risks associated with our foreign operations, such as violations of laws prohibiting improper payments and the burdens of complying with a variety of foreign laws and regulations (including global data privacy regulations); risks associated with the acts or omissions of our third party vendors, including a failure to comply with our vendor code of conduct or other policies; risks associated with cyber-attacks and other cyber security risks; risks associated with our ability to properly collect, use, manage and secure consumer and employee data; risks associated with our vendors’ ability to maintain the strength and security of information technology systems; and changes in economic, political, social and other conditions affecting our foreign operations and sourcing, including the impact of currency fluctuations, global tax rates and economic and market conditions in the various countries in which we operate. In addition to these factors, the economic, technological, managerial, and other risks identified in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the risk factors discussed therein, could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. The current global economic climate and uncertainty surrounding potential changes in U.S. policies and regulations may amplify many of these risks. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

November 2, 2019

 

November 3, 2018

 

November 2, 2019

 

November 3, 2018

 

$

%

 

$

%

 

$

%

 

$

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product sales

$

593,736

 

96.4

%

 

$

583,121

 

96.3

%

 

$

1,776,287

 

96.8

%

 

$

1,710,788

 

96.5

%

Net royalties

22,208

 

3.6

%

 

22,286

 

3.7

%

 

59,568

 

3.2

%

 

61,779

 

3.5

%

Net revenue

615,944

 

100.0

%

 

605,407

 

100.0

%

 

1,835,855

 

100.0

%

 

1,772,567

 

100.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of product sales

386,445

 

62.7

%

 

385,264

 

63.6

%

 

1,158,741

 

63.1

%

 

1,139,055

 

64.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

229,499

 

37.3

%

 

220,143

 

36.4

%

 

677,114

 

36.9

%

 

633,512

 

35.7

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

205,003

 

33.3

%

 

197,943

 

32.8

%

 

627,823

 

34.2

%

 

600,731

 

33.8

%

European Commission fine

%

42,428

7.0

%

%

42,428

2.4

%

Asset impairment charges

1,847

 

0.3

%

 

1,277

 

0.2

%

 

5,126

 

0.3

%

 

5,017

 

0.3

%

Net gains on lease terminations

 

%

 

 

%

 

 

%

 

(152

)

(0.0

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) from operations

22,649

 

3.7

%

 

(21,505

)

(3.6

%)

 

44,165

 

2.4

%

 

(14,512

)

(0.8

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

(4,946

)

(0.8

%)

 

(784

)

(0.1

%)

 

(11,156

)

(0.6

%)

 

(2,386

)

(0.1

%)

Interest income

492

 

0.1

%

 

783

 

0.1

%

 

1,166

 

0.1

%

 

2,892

 

0.2

%

Other expense, net

(62

)

(0.1

%)

 

(5,810

)

(0.9

%)

 

(4,346

)

(0.3

%)

 

(7,064

)

(0.5

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) before income tax expense (benefit)

18,133

 

2.9

%

 

(27,316

)

(4.5

%)

 

29,829

 

1.6

%

 

(21,070

)

(1.2

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

4,548

 

0.7

%

 

(14,500

)

(2.4

%)

 

10,649

 

0.6

%

 

(13,001

)

(0.7

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

13,585

 

2.2

%

 

(12,816

)

(2.1

%)

 

19,180

 

1.0

%

 

(8,069

)

(0.5

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,162

 

0.2

%

 

626

 

0.1

%

 

2,809

 

0.1

%

 

1,064

 

0.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc.

$

12,423

 

 

2.0

%

 

$

(13,442

)

 

(2.2

%)

 

$

16,371

 

 

0.9

%

 

$

(9,133

)

 

(0.5

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss) per common share attributable to common stockholders:

Basic

$

0.19

 

 

 

$

(0.17

)

 

 

$

0.22

 

 

 

$

(0.12

)

 

Diluted

$

0.18

 

 

 

$

(0.17

)

 

 

$

0.22

 

 

 

$

(0.12

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:

Basic

66,393

 

 

 

80,189

 

 

 

72,275

 

 

 

80,067

 

 

Diluted

67,314

 

 

 

80,189

 

 

 

73,211

 

 

 

80,067

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effective tax rate

25.1

%

 

 

53.1

%

 

 

35.7

%

 

 

61.7

%

 

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses1:

$

206,417

 

33.6

%

 

$

197,864

 

32.7

%

 

$

628,560

 

34.3

%

 

$

594,817

 

33.6

%

Adjusted earnings from operations1:

$

23,082

 

3.7

%

 

$

22,279

 

3.7

%

 

$

48,554

 

2.6

%

 

$

38,695

 

2.2

%

Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.1:

$

14,902

 

2.4

%

 

$

10,552

 

1.7

%

 

$

22,700

 

1.2

%

 

$

22,175

 

1.3

%

Adjusted diluted earnings per common share attributable to common stockholders1:

$

0.22

 

 

 

$

0.13

 

 

 

$

0.31

 

 

 

$

0.27

 

 

Adjusted effective tax rate1:

23.6

%

 

 

32.1

%

 

 

35.1

%

 

 

27.7

%

 

 
Notes:

1

The adjusted results for the three and nine months ended November 2, 2019 reflect the exclusion of certain professional service and legal fees and related (credits) costs, asset impairment charges, amortization of debt discounts on the Company’s convertible senior notes and the related tax impacts of these adjustments as well as adjustments to uncertain tax positions excluded from results in prior years, where applicable. The adjusted results for the three and nine months ended November 3, 2018 reflect the exclusion of certain professional service and legal fees and related costs, asset impairment charges, net gains on lease terminations, charges related to the European Commission fine, and the related tax impacts of these adjustments, where applicable, as well as revisions to the provisional amounts previously recorded related to the Tax Reform. A complete reconciliation of actual results to adjusted results is presented in the table entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Adjusted Results.”

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Adjusted Results

(dollars in thousands)

The following table provides reconciliations of reported GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses to adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses, reported GAAP earnings (loss) from operations to adjusted earnings from operations, reported GAAP net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc. to adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc. and reported GAAP income tax expense (benefit) to adjusted income tax expense for the three and nine months ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018.

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

November 2,
2019

 

November 3,
2018

 

November 2,
2019

 

November 3,
2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reported GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses

$

205,003

 

 

$

197,943

 

 

$

627,823

 

 

$

600,731

 

Certain professional service and legal fees and related credits (costs)1

1,414

 

 

(79

)

 

737

 

 

(5,914

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses

$

206,417

 

 

$

197,864

 

 

$

628,560

 

 

$

594,817

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reported GAAP earnings (loss) from operations

$

22,649

 

 

$

(21,505

)

 

$

44,165

 

 

$

(14,512

)

Certain professional service and legal fees and related (credits) costs1

(1,414

)

 

79

 

 

(737

)

 

5,914

 

Europe Commission fine2

 

 

42,428

 

 

 

 

42,428

 

Asset impairment charges3

1,847

 

 

1,277

 

 

5,126

 

 

5,017

 

Net gains on lease terminations4

 

 

 

 

 

 

(152

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings from operations

$

23,082

 

 

$

22,279

 

 

$

48,554

 

 

$

38,695

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reported GAAP net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc.

$

12,423

 

 

$

(13,442

)

 

$

16,371

 

 

$

(9,133

)

Certain professional service and legal fees and related (credits) costs1

(1,414

)

 

79

 

 

(737

)

 

5,914

 

Europe Commission fine2

 

 

42,428

 

 

 

 

42,428

 

Asset impairment charges3

1,847

 

 

1,277

 

 

5,126

 

 

5,017

 

Net gains on lease terminations4

 

 

 

 

 

 

(152

)

Amortization of debt discount5

2,447

 

 

 

 

5,109

 

 

 

Change in provisional Tax Reform adjustment6

 

 

(19,551

)

 

 

 

(19,551

)

Income tax adjustments7

(401

)

 

(239

)

 

(3,169

)

 

(2,348

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total adjustment affecting net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc.

2,479

 

 

23,994

 

 

6,329

 

 

31,308

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted net earnings attributable to Guess?, Inc.

$

14,902

 

 

$

10,552

 

 

$

22,700

 

 

$

22,175

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reported GAAP income tax expense (benefit)

$

4,548

 

 

$

(14,500

)

 

$

10,649

 

 

$

(13,001

)

Change in provisional Tax Reform adjustment6

 

 

19,551

 

 

 

 

19,551

 

Income tax adjustments7

401

 

 

239

 

 

3,169

 

 

2,348

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted income tax expense

$

4,949

 

 

$

5,290

 

 

$

13,818

 

 

$

8,898

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted effective tax rate

23.6

%

 

32.1

%

 

35.1

%

 

27.7

%

 

Notes:

1

During the three and nine months ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, the Company recorded certain professional service and legal fees and related (credits) costs, which it otherwise would not have incurred as part of its business operations.

2

During the quarter ended November 3, 2018, the Company recognized a charge of €37.0 million ($42.4 million) related to an estimated fine expected to be imposed on the Company by the European Commission related to its inquiry concerning potential violations of European Union competition rules by the Company.

3

During the three and nine months ended November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2018, the Company recognized asset impairment charges for certain retail locations resulting from under-performance and expected store closures.

4

During the nine months ended November 3, 2018, the Company recorded net gains on lease terminations related primarily to the early termination of certain lease agreements. The net gains on lease terminations were recorded during the three months ended May 5, 2018.

5

In April 2019, the Company issued $300 million principal amount of 2.00% convertible senior notes due 2024 (the “Notes”) in a private offering. The Company has separated the Notes into liability (debt) and equity (conversion option) components. The debt discount, which represents an amount equal to the fair value of the equity component, will be amortized as non-cash interest expense over the term of the Notes.

6

During the quarter ended November 3, 2018, the Company revised the provisional amounts previously recorded related to the impact of the Tax Reform, and recorded income tax benefits of $19.6 million.

7

The income tax effect of certain professional service and legal fees and related (credits) costs, the European Commission fine, asset impairment charges, net gains on lease terminations and the amortization of debt discount was based on the Company’s assessment of deductibility using the statutory tax rate (inclusive of the impact of valuation allowances) of the tax jurisdiction in which the charges were incurred. The income tax adjustment for the nine months ended November 2, 2019 also includes adjustments to uncertain tax positions excluded from results in prior years.

...

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Segment Data

(dollars in thousands)