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Kontoor Brands Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2020 Results; Provides Outlook for Fiscal 2021

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  • Q4 Reported EPS of $0.74 increased 48 percent compared to the prior year; Adjusted EPS of $1.23 increased 27 percent compared to the prior year; Fiscal Year 2020 Reported EPS of $1.17; Adjusted EPS of $2.61

  • Q4 Reported Revenue of $661 million, increased 1 percent compared to the prior year

  • Q4 Reported Gross Margin increased 180 bps to 42.5 percent compared to the prior year; Adjusted Gross Margin increased 230 bps to 43.2 percent compared to the prior year

  • Strong cash generation supported discretionary debt repayments totaling $125 million in the fourth quarter

  • Based on improving fundamentals, the Company is announcing the early termination of the covenant relief period in its amended credit facility

  • Fiscal 2021 Adjusted EPS is expected to be in the range of $3.50 to $3.60

  • The Company will host a virtual Investor Day on May 24, 2021

Kontoor Brands, Inc. (NYSE: KTB), a global lifestyle apparel company, with a portfolio led by two of the world’s most iconic consumer brands, Wrangler® and Lee®, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 2, 2021.

"We finished 2020 with great momentum, a testament to our teams’ unwavering focus on execution throughout this unprecedented year. We win together, and make no mistake, we are winning in the marketplace by expanding existing leadership positions and extending our reach to new consumers. I want to thank our colleagues around the globe for their perseverance and resolve, helping Kontoor deliver superior returns for all of our stakeholders," said Scott Baxter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kontoor Brands.

"Our strong fourth quarter performance is also a result of the strategic measures we’ve taken over the last two years, allowing us to not only navigate near-term challenges, but also position the company for success in 2021 and beyond. Focused investments in brand-enhancing initiatives, technology and talent are setting the stage for an exciting next phase of our journey in which we expect accelerating long-term sustainable growth," added Baxter.

This release refers to "adjusted" amounts and "constant currency" amounts, which are further described in the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section below. All per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Income Statement Review

Revenue increased to $661 million, a 1 percent increase over the same period in the prior year on a reported basis and flat in constant currency.

Revenue increases were primarily driven by strength in Digital, including own.com and digital wholesale, as well as improved performance across the Wrangler U.S. wholesale business and accelerating trends in International markets. These gains were somewhat offset by COVID-19 impacts on select wholesale distribution. Additionally, the Company made the strategic decision to exit 38 VF Outlet™ stores and discontinue the sale of third-party branded merchandise in all stores, and to transition to a new licensed business model in India. These decisions are consistent with the Company’s ongoing commitment to optimize its distribution strategy, yielding more profitable TSR-accretive growth over time. The impact of these actions was offset by the benefit of sales during the 53rd week in the period.

U.S. revenue was $520 million, increasing 1 percent over the same period in the prior year. The increase was driven by growth in Wrangler wholesale, new business development wins and strength in Digital, with own.com increasing 50 percent and digital wholesale increasing 75 percent. These increases were somewhat offset by impacts of the ongoing headwinds from COVID-19.

International revenue was $141 million, increasing 4 percent over the same period in the prior year on a reported basis, with Wrangler International up 5 percent and Lee International up 3 percent. On a constant currency basis, International revenue was flat compared to the same period in the prior year. The Europe and China businesses experienced continued sequential revenue improvements, with China increasing 11 percent and Europe increasing 7 percent on a reported basis. These increases were somewhat offset by impacts of the ongoing headwinds from COVID-19.

Wrangler brand global revenue increased to $448 million, a 7 percent increase over the same period in the prior year on a reported and constant currency basis. Wrangler U.S. revenue increased 8 percent, driven by increases in Digital and strength in the core U.S. wholesale and Western businesses.

Lee brand global revenue increased to $204 million, a 1 percent increase over the same period in the prior year on a reported basis and flat in constant currency. Lee U.S. revenue was flat in the quarter with strength from improving sell through of new programs and increases in Digital, largely offset by the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on select distribution and quality-of-sales actions during the quarter.

Other global revenue declined 75 percent compared to the same period in the prior year to $9 million driven by impacts from the strategic actions related to VF Outlet stores, as well as planned reductions in the sale of goods manufactured for third parties and the Rock & Republic® brand.

Gross margin increased 180 basis points compared to the same period in the prior year to 42.5 percent of revenue on a reported basis. On an adjusted basis, gross margin increased 230 basis points to 43.2 percent of revenue. Benefits of channel mix, as well as lower distressed sales and favorability in product costs, were the primary drivers of the increase in adjusted gross margin, more than offsetting headwinds from higher input costs.

Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A) expenses were $218 million on a reported basis. On an adjusted basis, SG&A was $187 million, or 28.3 percent of revenue, up 40 basis points compared to the same period in the prior year. Adjustments were due to costs associated with the global ERP implementation and information technology infrastructure build-out, VF Outlet door closures, and the business model change in India. Tight expense control and restructuring benefits helped offset increases in demand creation spending in support of fourth quarter and 2021 revenue.

Operating income on a reported basis was $63 million, increasing 7 percent compared to the same period in the prior year. On an adjusted basis, operating income was $99 million, increasing 16 percent compared to the same period in the prior year. Adjusted operating margin increased 180 basis points to 14.9 percent of revenue, reflecting the benefits of gross margin improvements and tight expense control.

Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) on a reported basis was $72 million. Adjusted EBITDA was $106 million, increasing 14 percent compared to the same period in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 190 basis points to 16.1 percent of revenue.

Earnings per share was $0.74 on a reported basis compared to $0.50 in the prior year. Adjusted earnings per share was $1.23, increasing 27 percent compared to the same period in the prior year.

2020 Income Statement Review

Revenue decreased to $2.10 billion, an 18 percent decline year-over-year on a reported and constant currency basis. Revenue declines were primarily the result of temporary wholesale and owned door closures and stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19. The 53rd week contributed approximately 1 point to full-year revenue.

U.S. revenue was $1.64 billion, a 14 percent decline year-over-year on a reported basis primarily driven by COVID-19 impacts. Full year declines were partially offset by new business development wins and growth in Digital, with U.S. own.com increasing 38 percent and U.S. digital wholesale increasing 59 percent year-over-year.

International revenue was $456 million, down 29 percent year-over-year on a reported and constant currency basis. Declines were driven primarily by COVID-19, partially offset by growth in owned digital, which grew 12 percent on a reported basis.

Wrangler brand global revenue decreased to $1.35 billion, an 11 percent decline year-over-year on a reported and constant currency basis due to COVID-19 impacts. U.S. revenue declined 7 percent, with 2020 second half Wrangler U.S. revenues increasing 5 percent compared to the same period in the prior year. Impacts from COVID-19 were partially offset by strength in the Western business and digital.

Lee brand global revenue decreased to $688 million, a 22 percent decline year-over-year on a reported and constant currency basis. Impacts from COVID-19 primarily drove the full-year decline. U.S. revenue declined 18 percent compared to the prior year. 2020 second half Lee U.S. revenues increased 5 percent compared to the same period in the prior year, reflecting new business development wins and strength in digital.

Other global revenue decreased 59 percent year-over-year to $61 million driven by COVID-19 impacts, the strategic actions related to VF Outlet stores, as well as planned reductions in sales of product manufactured for third parties and Rock & Republic.

Gross margin increased 180 basis points year-over-year to 41.2 percent on a reported basis. On an adjusted basis, gross margin increased 40 basis points to 41.2 percent. Benefits from restructuring, quality-of-sales initiatives, pricing, product costs as well as favorable channel mix were the primary drivers of the increase in adjusted gross margin. These benefits more than offset the impacts associated with downtime in owned manufacturing and provisions for inventory losses due to COVID-19. In 2020, second half adjusted gross margin increased 230 basis points over the same period in 2019, compared with first half declines of 240 basis points over the same period in 2019 due to the aforementioned factors.

Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A) expenses were $740 million on a reported basis. On an adjusted basis, SG&A was $635 million, down $84 million compared with 2019 driven by benefits of restructuring and cost savings initiatives and tight expense control. Adjusted SG&A, as a percentage of revenue, was up 180 basis points year-over-year to 30.3 percent, driven primarily by fixed cost de-leverage due to revenue declines driven by COVID-19. Adjustments were largely due to costs associated with the global ERP implementation and information technology infrastructure build-out, as well as VF Outlet door closures and the business model change in India.

Operating income on a reported basis was $124 million. On an adjusted basis, operating income was $229 million. Operating margin on a reported basis declined to 5.9 percent of revenue. Adjusted operating margin decreased 140 basis points year-over-year to 10.9 percent of revenue.

Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) on a reported basis was $156 million. Adjusted EBITDA was $258 million, down 24 percent compared to the prior year. EBITDA margin on a reported basis declined to 7.4 percent of revenue. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased 120 basis points to 12.3 percent.

Earnings per share was $1.17 on a reported basis. Adjusted earnings per share was $2.61.

January 2, 2021, Balance Sheet and Liquidity Review

The Company ended 2020 with $248 million in cash and equivalents, and approximately $0.9 billion in long-term debt. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company achieved its lowest net debt level and strongest liquidity position since becoming a standalone public company in May 2019.

Due to the Company's strong cash generation, during the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company made additional discretionary repayments on its revolver totaling $125 million. As of December 2020, the Company had no outstanding borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility and $493 million available for borrowing against this facility. The Company was in compliance with the terms of its amended credit facility at the end of the fourth quarter. Based on improving fundamentals, the Company is announcing the early termination of the covenant relief period in its amended credit facility.

As previously announced, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per share payable on March 19, 2021, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 9, 2021.

Inventory at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020 was $341 million, down $117 million or 26 percent compared to the prior-year period.

2021 Fiscal Outlook

While the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and macroeconomic factors remain uncertain, the Company is providing its fiscal 2021 guidance, including the following:

  • The Company continues to take the necessary, proactive steps to accommodate a prolonged COVID-19 operating environment.

  • Revenue is expected to increase in the low-double digit range over 2020 levels, including a mid-single digit impact from the VF Outlet actions and India business model changes.

  • Adjusted Gross Margin is expected to increase 150 to 200 basis points above the 41.2 percent achieved in 2020, reflecting continued benefits from ongoing restructuring and quality-of-sales initiatives, as well as higher anticipated growth in more accretive channels such as Digital and International.

  • SG&A investments will continue to be made in our brands and capabilities. In addition to incremental volume-related items, SG&A investments are expected to be amplified in demand creation, Digital, and International expansion. These increases will be partially mitigated by ongoing tight expense controls and sustained, structural post-pandemic cost containment initiatives.

  • Adjusted EPS is expected to be in the range of $3.50 to $3.60, including the accretive impacts of actions taken with the VF Outlet and India businesses.

  • Capital Expenditures are expected to be in the range of $40 million to $50 million, including $25 million to $30 million associated with the implementation of the Company’s new global ERP system.

  • An effective tax rate of approximately 22 percent is expected for 2021. Interest expense is expected to be approximately $40 million to $45 million in 2021.

  • The Company will host a virtual Investor Day on May 24, 2021.

Webcast Information

Kontoor Brands will host its fourth quarter and fiscal 2020 conference call beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today, March 2, 2021. The conference will be broadcast live via the Internet, accessible at https://www.kontoorbrands.com/investors. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, an archived version will be available at the same location.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted Amounts - This release refers to "adjusted" amounts. Adjustments during 2020 primarily represent costs associated with the Company’s global ERP implementation and information technology infrastructure build-out. Adjustments during 2019 primarily represent restructuring and separation costs, a non-cash impairment charge related to our Rock & Republic trademark during the third quarter of 2019 and other adjustments. Additional information regarding adjusted amounts is provided in notes to the supplemental financial information included with this release.

Constant Currency - This release refers to "reported" amounts in accordance with GAAP, which include translation and transactional impacts from changes in foreign currency exchange rates. This release also refers to "constant currency" amounts, which exclude the translation impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

Net Debt - This release refers to "net debt" which represents total long-term debt, including current portion, less cash and equivalents.

Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are presented in the supplemental financial information included with this release that identifies and quantifies all reconciling adjustments and provides management's view of why this non-GAAP information is useful to investors. While management believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating the business, this information should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternate for, reported results under GAAP. The non-GAAP measures used by the Company in this release may be different from similarly titled measures used by other companies. A reconciliation of non-GAAP forward looking information to the corresponding GAAP measures cannot be provided without unreasonable efforts due to the challenge in quantifying various items including, but not limited to, the effects of foreign currency movements, ERP implementation expenses, gains or losses on sales of assets, taxes, and any future restructuring or impairment charges.

About Kontoor Brands

Kontoor Brands, Inc. (NYSE: KTB) is a global lifestyle apparel company, with a portfolio led by two of the world’s most iconic consumer brands: Wrangler® and Lee®. Kontoor designs, manufactures and distributes superior high-quality products that look good and fit right, giving people around the world the freedom and confidence to express themselves. Kontoor Brands is a purpose-led organization focused on leveraging its global platform, strategic sourcing model and best-in-class supply chain to drive brand growth and deliver long-term value for its stakeholders. For more information about Kontoor Brands, please visit www.KontoorBrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this release and attachments are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are made based on our expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting the Company and therefore involve several risks and uncertainties. You can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as "will," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "should," "may" and other words and terms of similar meaning or use of future dates. We caution that forward-looking statements are not guarantees and that actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. We do not intend to update any of these forward-looking statements or publicly announce the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, other than as required under the U.S. federal securities laws. Potential risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results of operations or financial condition of the Company to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements in this release include, but are not limited to: risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, which could continue to result in closed factories and stores, reduced workforces, supply chain interruption, and reduced consumer traffic and purchasing; the level of consumer demand for apparel; intense industry competition; the Company’s ability to gauge consumer preferences and product trends, and to respond to constantly changing markets; the ability to accurately forecast demand for products; the Company’s ability to maintain the images of its brands; increasing pressure on margins; e-commerce operations through the Company’s direct-to-consumer business; the financial difficulty experienced by the retail industry; possible goodwill and other asset impairment; reliance on a small number of large customers; the ability to implement the Company’s business strategy; the stability of manufacturing facilities and foreign suppliers; fluctuations in wage rates and the price, availability and quality of raw materials and contracted products; the reliance on a limited number of suppliers for raw material sourcing and the ability to obtain raw materials on a timely basis or in sufficient quantity or quality; disruption to distribution systems; seasonality; unseasonal or severe weather conditions; operational difficulties and additional expenses related to the Company’s design and implementation of its enterprise resource planning software system; the Company's and its vendors’ ability to maintain the strength and security of information technology systems; the risk that facilities and systems and those of third-party service providers may be vulnerable to and unable to anticipate or detect data security breaches and data or financial loss; ability to properly collect, use, manage and secure consumer and employee data; foreign currency fluctuations; the impact of climate change and related legislative and regulatory responses; legal, regulatory, political and economic risks; changes to trade policy, including tariff and import/export regulations; compliance with anti-bribery, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws by the Company and third-party suppliers and manufacturers; changes in tax laws and liabilities; the costs of compliance with or the violation of national, state and local laws and regulations for environmental, consumer protection, employment, privacy, safety and other matters; the Company’s ability to maintain effective internal controls; continuity of members of management; labor relations; the ability to protect trademarks and other intellectual property rights; the ability of the Company’s licensees to generate expected sales and maintain the value of the Company’s brands; disruption and volatility in the global capital and credit markets and its impact on the Company’s ability to obtain short-term or long-term financing on favorable terms; the Company maintaining satisfactory credit ratings; restrictions on the Company’s business relating to its debt obligations; volatility in the price and trading volume of the Company’s common stock; anti-takeover provisions in the Company’s organizational documents; the failure to declare future cash dividends; and the Company's spin-off from VF Corporation, including not realizing all of the expected benefits from the spin-off; the representativeness of the historical financial information for the periods prior to the spin-off; the significant costs to the Company to perform certain functions (currently being performed by VF Corporation for the Company on a transitional basis) following the transition period; indemnification obligations related to the spin-off; having limited access to the insurance policies maintained by VF Corporation for events occurring prior to the spin-off; the actual or potential conflicts of interest of the Company’s directors and officers because of their equity ownership in VF Corporation; the tax treatment of the spin-off; and the significant restrictions on the Company’s actions in order to avoid triggering tax-related liabilities. Many of the foregoing risks and uncertainties will continue to be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and any continued worsening of the global business and economic environment as a result. More information on potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results are described in detail in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other reports and statements that the Company files with the SEC.

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KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Condensed Consolidated and Combined Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

December

%

Twelve Months Ended

December

%

(Dollars in thousands)

2020

2019

Change

2020

2019

Change

Net revenues

$

660,865

$

652,611

1%

$

2,097,839

$

2,548,839

(18)%

Costs and operating expenses

Cost of goods sold

380,016

387,082

(2)%

1,234,150

1,544,465

(20)%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

217,920

206,982

5%

739,855

803,448

(8)%

Non-cash impairment of intangible asset

*

32,636

*

Total costs and operating expenses

597,936

594,064

1%

1,974,005

2,380,549

(17)%

Operating income

62,929

58,547

7%

123,834

168,290

(26)%

Interest income from former parent, net

*

3,762

*

Interest expense

(12,684)

(13,911)

(9)%

(49,992)

(35,787)

40%

Interest income

353

388

(9)%

1,608

3,931

(59)%

Other expense, net

(804)

(1,205)

(33)%

(2,514)

(5,002)

(50)%

Income before income taxes

49,794

43,819

14%

72,936

135,194

(46)%

Income taxes

6,682

15,066

(56)%

5,013

38,540

(87)%

Net income

$

43,112

$

28,753

50%

$

67,923

$

96,654

(30)%

Earnings per common share

Basic

$

0.75

$

0.51

$

1.19

$

1.71

Diluted

$

0.74

$

0.50

$

1.17

$

1.69

Weighted average shares outstanding

Basic

57,151

56,760

56,994

56,688

Diluted

58,413

57,867

57,858

57,209

* Calculation not meaningful.

Basis of presentation for all financial tables within this release: The Company operates and reports using a 52/53 week fiscal year ending on the Saturday closest to December 31 each year. For presentation purposes herein, all references to periods ended December 2020 and December 2019 relate to the 14-week and 53-week fiscal period ended January 2, 2021 and the 13-week and 52-week fiscal period ended December 28, 2019, respectively. References to December 2020 and December 2019 relate to the balance sheets as of January 2, 2021 and December 28, 2019, respectively. Amounts herein may not recalculate due to the use of unrounded numbers.

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Condensed and Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

December 2020

December 2019

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and equivalents

$

248,138

$

106,808

Accounts receivable, net

231,397

228,459

Inventories

340,732

458,101

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

81,413

84,235

Total current assets

901,680

877,603

Property, plant and equipment, net

118,897

132,192

Operating lease assets

60,443

86,582

Intangible assets, net

15,991

17,293

Goodwill

213,392

212,836

Deferred income taxes

85,221

79,551

Other assets

150,192

111,099

TOTAL ASSETS

$

1,545,816

$

1,517,156

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities

Short-term borrowings

$

1,114

$

1,070

Current portion of long-term debt

25,000

Accounts payable

167,240

147,347

Accrued liabilities

192,952

194,744

Operating lease liabilities, current

27,329

35,389

Total current liabilities

413,635

378,550

Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent

39,806

54,746

Deferred income taxes

4,436

2,459

Other liabilities

115,341

98,875

Long-term debt

887,957

913,269

Commitments and contingencies

Total liabilities

1,461,175

1,447,899

Total equity

84,641

69,257

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

1,545,816

$

1,517,156

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Condensed Consolidated and Combined Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended December

(In thousands)

2020

2019

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net income

$

67,923

$

96,654

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

34,491

30,760

Stock-based compensation

15,948

23,844

Non-cash impairment of intangible asset

32,636

Due from former parent

548,301

Due to former parent

(16,065)

Other

123,608

61,658

Cash provided by operating activities

241,970

777,788

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Property, plant and equipment expenditures

(18,182)

(22,679)

Capitalized computer software

(44,207)

(14,807)

Collection of notes receivable from former parent

517,940

Proceeds from sales of assets

18,155

4,955

Other

(4,833)

(1,462)

Cash (used) provided by investing activities

(49,067)

483,947

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Borrowings under revolving credit facility

512,500

65,000

Repayments under revolving credit facility

(512,500)

(65,000)

Proceeds from issuance of term loans

1,050,000

Payment of deferred financing costs

(4,346)

(12,993)

Repayments of term loans

(127,000)

Repayment of notes payable to former parent

(269,112)

Net transfers to former parent

(1,814,682)

Dividends paid

(54,768)

(63,555)

Proceeds from issuance of Common Stock, net of shares withheld for taxes

1,389

1,035

Other

38

(15,787)

Cash used by financing activities

(57,687)

(1,252,094)

Effect of foreign currency rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

6,114

391

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

141,330

10,032

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period

106,808

96,776

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

$

248,138

$

106,808

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Supplemental Financial Information

Business Segment Information

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December

% Change

% Change

Constant

Currency (a)

(Dollars in thousands)

2020

2019

Segment revenues:

Wrangler

$

447,744

$

416,978

7%

7%

Lee

204,458

201,616

1%

—%

Total reportable segment revenues

652,202

618,594

5%

5%

Other revenues (b)

8,663

34,017

(75)%

(74)%

Total net revenues

$

660,865

$

652,611

1%

—%

Segment profit:

Wrangler

$

105,183

$

73,293

...

43%

Lee

14,388

6,678

115%

111%

Total reportable segment profit

$

119,571

$

79,971

50%

...

49%

Corporate and other expenses

(52,148)

(25,885)

101%

101%

Interest expense

(12,684)

(13,911)

(9)%

(9)%

Interest income

353

388

(9)%

(10)%

(Loss) profit related to other revenues (b)

(5,298)

3,256

*

*

Income before income taxes

$

49,794

$

43,819

14%

13%

Twelve Months Ended December

% Change

% Change

Constant

Currency (a)

2020

2019

Segment revenues:

Wrangler

$

1,349,414

$

1,518,112

(11)%

(11)%

Lee

687,620

882,276

(22)%

(22)%

Total reportable segment revenues

2,037,034

2,400,388

(15)%

(15)%

Other revenues (b)

60,805

148,451

(59)%

(59)%

Total net revenues

$

2,097,839

$

2,548,839

(18)%

(18)%

Segment profit:

Wrangler

$

244,892

$

215,008

14%

14%

Lee

37,912

68,214

(44)%

(46)%

Total reportable segment profit

$

282,804

$

283,222

0%

(1)%

Non-cash impairment of intangible asset (c)

(32,636)

*

*

Corporate and other expenses

(143,065)

(90,117)

59%

59%

Interest income from former parent, net

3,762

*

*

Interest expense

(49,992)

(35,787)

40%

40%

Interest income

1,608

3,931

(59)%

(59)%

(Loss) profit related to other revenues (b)

(18,419)

2,819

*

*

Income before income taxes

$

72,936

$

135,194

(46)%

(47)%

(a) Refer to constant currency definition on the following pages.

(b) We report an "Other" category in order to reconcile segment revenues and segment profit to the Company's operating results, but the Other category is not considered a reportable segment based on evaluation of aggregation criteria. Other includes sales of third-party branded merchandise at VF Outlet™ stores, sales and licensing of Rock & Republic® branded apparel, and sales of products manufactured for third-parties. In 2020, we made the strategic decision to exit certain VF Outlet™ stores and discontinue selling third-party branded merchandise in all stores. Sales of Wrangler® and Lee® branded products at VF Outlet™ stores are not included in Other and are reported in their respective segments. Prior to 2020, the Other category also included transactions with VF for pre-Separation activities, none of which continued in 2020. These transactions included sales of VF-branded products at VF Outlet™ stores, as well as sales to VF for products manufactured in our plants, use of our transportation fleet and fulfillment of a transition services agreement related to VF’s sale of its Nautica® brand business in mid-2018.

(c) Represents an impairment charge recorded during the third quarter of 2019 related to the Rock & Republic® trademark.

* Calculation not meaningful.

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Supplemental Financial Information

Business Segment Information – Constant Currency Basis (Non-GAAP)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 2020

As Reported

Adjust for Foreign

(In thousands)

under GAAP

Currency Exchange

Constant Currency

Segment revenues:

Wrangler

$

447,744

$

(1,896)

$

445,848

Lee

204,458

(3,331)

201,127

Total reportable segment revenues

652,202

(5,227)

646,975

Other revenues

8,663

24

8,687

Total net revenues

$

660,865

$

(5,203)

$

655,662

Segment profit:

Wrangler

$

105,183

$

(135)

$

105,048

Lee

14,388

(314)

14,074

Total reportable segment profit

$

119,571

$

(449)

$

119,122

Corporate and other expenses

(52,148)

20

(52,128)

Interest expense

(12,684)

2

(12,682)

Interest income

353

(3)

350

Loss related to other revenues

(5,298)

2

(5,296)

Income before income taxes

$

49,794

$

(428)

$

49,366

Twelve Months Ended December 2020

As Reported

Adjust for Foreign

under GAAP

Currency Exchange

Constant Currency

Segment revenues:

Wrangler

$

1,349,414

$

(747)

$

1,348,667

Lee

687,620

(727)

686,893

Total reportable segment revenues

2,037,034

(1,474)

2,035,560

Other revenues

60,805

59

60,864

Total net revenues

$

2,097,839

$

(1,415)

$

2,096,424

Segment profit:

Wrangler

$

244,892

$

(552)

$

244,340

Lee

37,912

(1,171)

36,741

Total reportable segment profit

$

282,804

$

(1,723)

$

281,081

Corporate and other expenses

(143,065)

(34)

(143,099)

Interest expense

(49,992)

17

(49,975)

Interest income

1,608

15

1,623

Loss related to other revenues

(18,419)

18

(18,401)

Income before income taxes

$

72,936

$

(1,707)

$

71,229

Constant Currency Financial Information

The Company is a global company that reports financial information in U.S. dollars in accordance with GAAP. Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations affect the amounts reported by the Company from translating its foreign revenues and expenses into U.S. dollars. These rate fluctuations can have a significant effect on reported operating results. As a supplement to our reported operating results, we present constant currency financial information, which is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes the impact of translating foreign currencies into U.S. dollars. We use constant currency information to provide a framework to assess how our business performed excluding the effects of changes in the rates used to calculate foreign currency translation. Management believes this information is useful to investors to facilitate comparison of operating results and better identify trends in our businesses.

To calculate foreign currency translation on a constant currency basis, operating results for the current year period for entities reporting in currencies other than the U.S. dollar are translated into U.S. dollars at the average exchange rates in effect during the comparable period of the prior year (rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during the current year period).

These constant currency performance measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, reported results under GAAP. The constant currency information presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Supplemental Financial Information

Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures - Quarter-to-Date (Non-GAAP)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December

(In thousands, except for per share amounts)

2020

2019

Net revenues - as reported under GAAP

$

660,865

$

652,611

Cost of goods sold - as reported under GAAP

$

380,016

$

387,082

Restructuring & separation costs (a)

(4,888)

(1,670)

Adjusted cost of goods sold

$

375,128

$

385,412

Selling, general and administrative expenses - as reported under GAAP

$

217,920

$

206,982

Restructuring & separation costs (a)

(30,953)

(12,734)

Other adjustments (b)

(12,301)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses

$

186,967

$

181,947

Other expense, net - as reported under GAAP

$

(804)

$

(1,205)

Other adjustments (b)

496

1,201

Adjusted other expense, net

$

(308)

$

(4)

Diluted earnings per share - as reported under GAAP

$

0.74

$

0.50

Restructuring & separation costs (a)

0.50

0.19

Other adjustments (b)

0.28

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

1.23

$

0.97

Net income - as reported under GAAP

$

43,112

$

28,753

Income taxes

6,682

15,066

Interest expense

12,684

13,911

Interest income

(353)

(388)

EBIT

$

62,125

$

57,342

Depreciation and amortization - as reported under GAAP

$

10,107

$

7,740

Restructuring & separation costs (a)

(2,162)

Adjusted depreciation and amortization

$

7,945

$

7,740

EBITDA

$

72,232

$

65,082

Restructuring & separation costs (a)

33,679

14,404

Other adjustments (b)

496

13,502

Adjusted EBITDA

$

106,407

$

92,988

Non-GAAP Financial Information: The financial information above has been presented on a GAAP basis and on an adjusted basis. These adjusted presentations are non-GAAP measures. See "Notes to Supplemental Financial Information - Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures" within the following pages. Amounts herein may not recalculate due to the use of unrounded numbers.

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Supplemental Financial Information

Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures - Year-to-Date (Non-GAAP)

(Unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended December

(In thousands, except for per share amounts)

2020

2019

Net revenues - as reported under GAAP

$

2,097,839

$

2,548,839

Business model changes (b)

(25,805)

Adjusted net revenues

$

2,097,839

$

2,523,034

Cost of goods sold - as reported under GAAP

$

1,234,150

$

1,544,465

Restructuring & separation costs (a)

(467)

(24,191)

Business model changes (b)

(24,194)

Other adjustments (c)

(1,804)

Adjusted cost of goods sold

$

1,233,683

$

1,494,276

Selling, general and administrative expenses - as reported under GAAP

$

739,855

$

803,448

Restructuring & separation costs (a)

(105,088)

(58,912)

Business model changes (b)

(6,134)

Other adjustments (c)

(19,541)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses

$

634,767

$

718,861

Other expense, net - as reported under GAAP

$

(2,514)

$

(5,002)

Business model changes (b)

(143)

Other adjustments (c)

2,044

5,276

Adjusted other expense, net

$

(470)

$

131

Diluted earnings per share - as reported under GAAP

$

1.17

$

1.69

Restructuring & separation costs (a)

1.44

1.21

Business model changes (b)

0.08

Non-cash impairment of intangible asset (d)

0.44

Other adjustments (c)

0.41

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

2.61

$

3.84

Net income - as reported under GAAP

$

67,923

$

96,654

Income taxes

5,013

38,540

Interest income from former parent, net

(3,762)

Interest expense

49,992

35,787

Interest income

(1,608)

(3,931)

EBIT

$

121,320

$

163,288

Depreciation and amortization - as reported under GAAP

$

34,491

$

30,760

Restructuring & separation costs (a)

(5,180)

Adjusted depreciation and amortization

$

29,311

$

30,760

EBITDA

$

155,811

$

194,048

Restructuring & separation costs (a)

100,375

83,103

Business model changes (b)

4,380

Non-cash impairment of intangible asset (d)

32,636

Other adjustments (c)

2,044

26,621

Adjusted EBITDA

$

258,230

$

340,788

Non-GAAP Financial Information: The financial information above has been presented on a GAAP basis and on an adjusted basis. These adjusted presentations are non-GAAP measures. See "Notes to Supplemental Financial Information - Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures" within the following pages. Amounts herein may not recalculate due to the use of unrounded numbers.

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.
Supplemental Financial Information
Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures - (Non-GAAP)
(Unaudited)

Notes to Supplemental Financial Information - Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures

Management uses the above non-GAAP financial measures internally in its budgeting and review process and, in some cases, as a factor in determining compensation. In addition, adjusted EBITDA is a key financial measure for the Company's shareholders and financial leaders, as the Company's debt financing agreements require the measurement of adjusted EBITDA, along with other measures, in connection with the Company's compliance with debt covenants. While management believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating the business, this information should be considered supplemental in nature and should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternate for, reported results under GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP measures may be different from similarly titled measures used by other companies.

(a) During 2020, restructuring and separation costs primarily related to the Company's global ERP system and information technology infrastructure build-out as well as strategic actions taken by the Company, including charges resulting from the Company's decision to exit certain VF OutletTM stores, transition the India business to a licensed model and respond to COVID-19. These costs were partially offset by the benefit of a $6.6 million gain on the sale of manufacturing assets during the third quarter of 2020. During 2019, restructuring and separation costs primarily related to the spin-off from VF Corporation and establishment of Kontoor as a standalone public company, including the implementation of the Company's global ERP system and information technology infrastructure build-out. These restructuring and separation costs resulted in a corresponding tax impact of $6.8 million and $(3.4) million for the three months ended December 2020 and December 2019, respectively, and $22.2 million and $13.8 million for the twelve months ended December 2020 and December 2019, respectively.

(b) Business model changes primarily related to the transition of our former Central and South America region to a licensed model and the discontinuation of manufacturing for VF Corporation. These business model changes resulted in an insignificant corresponding tax impact for the twelve months ended December 2019.

(c) Other adjustments have been made for the three and twelve months ended December 2020 and December 2019 to remove the funding fees related to the accounts receivable sale arrangement, as they are treated as interest expense in the calculation of adjusted EBITDA for debt compliance purposes.

During 2019, other adjustments were made to revise historical corporate allocations, primarily attributable to the carve-out basis of accounting, so that adjusted EBITDA reflects the anticipated cost structure of a separate public company. Other adjustments also included the impact of actions taken to exit certain points of distribution in India during 2019. These other adjustments resulted in a corresponding tax impact of $(2.1) million for the three months ended December 2019 and $(0.3) million for the twelve months ended December 2019.

Additionally, the three and twelve months ended December 2019 included $(1.9) million of tax impact related to adjustments to tax balances transferred from former parent at the Separation.

(d) Non-cash impairment of intangible asset related to a write-down of the Rock & Republic® trademark intangible asset to reflect fair value during the third quarter of 2019. The $32.6 million impairment charge resulted in a tax impact of $(7.4) million for 2019.

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Supplemental Financial Information

Summary of Select GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December

2020

2019

(Dollars in thousands)

GAAP

Adjusted

GAAP

Adjusted

Net revenues

$

660,865

$

660,865

$

652,611

$

652,611

Gross profit

$

280,849

$

285,737

$

265,529

$

267,199

As a percentage of total net revenues

42.5

%

43.2

%

40.7

%

40.9

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

$

217,920

$

186,967

$

206,982

$

181,947

As a percentage of total net revenues

33.0

%

28.3

%

31.7

%

27.9

%

Operating income

$

62,929

$

98,770

$

58,547

$

85,252

As a percentage of total net revenues

9.5

%

14.9

%

9.0

%

13.1

%

Earnings per common share - diluted

$

0.74

$

1.23

$

0.50

$

0.97

EBIT

$

62,125

$

98,462

$

57,342

$

85,248

EBITDA

$

72,232

$

106,407

$

65,082

$

92,988

As a percentage of total net revenues

10.9

%

16.1

%

10.0

%

14.2

%

Twelve Months Ended December

2020

2019

(Dollars in thousands)

GAAP

Adjusted

GAAP

Adjusted

Net revenues

$

2,097,839

$

2,097,839

$

2,548,839

$

2,523,034

Gross profit

$

863,689

$

864,156

$

1,004,374

$

1,028,758

As a percentage of total net revenues

41.2

%

41.2

%

39.4

%

40.8

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

$

739,855

$

634,767

$

803,448

$

718,861

As a percentage of total net revenues

35.3

%

30.3

%

31.5

%

28.5

%

Non-cash impairment of intangible asset

$

$

$

32,636

$

Operating income

$

123,834

$

229,389

$

168,290

$

309,897

As a percentage of total net revenues

5.9

%

10.9

%

6.6

%

12.3

%

Earnings per common share - diluted

$

1.17

$

2.61

$

1.69

$

3.84

EBIT

$

121,320

$

228,919

$

163,288

$

310,028

EBITDA

$

155,811

$

258,230

$

194,048

$

340,788

As a percentage of total net revenues

7.4

%

12.3

%

7.6

%

13.5

%

Non-GAAP Financial Information: The financial information above has been presented on a GAAP basis and on an adjusted basis. These adjusted presentations are non-GAAP measures. See "Notes to Supplemental Financial Information - Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures" within the previous pages.

Management uses the above financial measures internally in its budgeting and review process and, in some cases, as a factor in determining compensation. In addition, adjusted EBITDA is a key financial measure for the Company's shareholders and financial leaders, as the Company's debt financing agreements require the measurement of adjusted EBITDA, along with other measures, in connection with the Company's compliance with debt covenants. While management believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating the business, this information should be considered supplemental in nature and should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternate for, reported results under GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP measures may be different from similarly titled measures used by other companies.

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Supplemental Financial Information

Disaggregation of Revenue

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 2020

Revenues - As Reported Under GAAP

(In thousands)

Wrangler

Lee

Other

Total

Channel revenues

U.S. Wholesale

$

362,044

$

87,818

$

1,421

$

451,283

Non-U.S. Wholesale

47,826

57,080

596

105,502

Branded Direct-to-Consumer

37,874

59,560

11

97,445

Other

6,635

6,635

Total

$

447,744

$

204,458

$

8,663

$

660,865

Geographic revenues

U.S.

$

396,398

$

115,312

$

8,067

$

519,777

International

51,346

89,146

596

141,088

Total

$

447,744

$

204,458

$

8,663

$

660,865

Twelve Months Ended December 2020

Net Revenues - As Reported Under GAAP

(In thousands)

Wrangler

Lee

Other

Total

Channel revenues

U.S. Wholesale

$

1,101,148

$

319,347

$

10,244

$

1,430,739

Non-U.S. Wholesale

147,738

214,493

2,024

364,255

Branded Direct-to-Consumer

100,528

153,780

22

254,330

Other

48,515

48,515

Total

$

1,349,414

$

687,620

$

60,805

$

2,097,839

Geographic revenues

U.S.

$

1,189,060

$

394,311

$

58,781

$

1,642,152

International

160,354

293,309

2,024

455,687

Total

$

1,349,414

$

687,620

$

60,805

$

2,097,839

Three Months Ended December 2019

Revenues - As Reported Under GAAP

(In thousands)

Wrangler

Lee

Other

Total

Channel revenues

U.S. Wholesale

$

338,821

$

88,340

$

4,732

$

431,893

Non-U.S. Wholesale

44,158

57,755

612

102,525

Branded Direct-to-Consumer

33,999

55,521

4

89,524

Other

28,669

28,669

Total

$

416,978

$

201,616

$

34,017

$

652,611

Geographic revenues

U.S.

$

367,909

$

115,435

$

33,326

$

516,670

International

49,069

86,181

691

135,941

Total

$

416,978

$

201,616

$

34,017

$

652,611

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Supplemental Financial Information

Disaggregation of Revenue

(Unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended December 2019

Net Revenues - As Reported Under GAAP

(In thousands)

Wrangler

Lee

Other

Total

Channel revenues

U.S. Wholesale

$

1,198,303

$

391,887

$

22,137

$

1,612,327

Non-U.S. Wholesale

213,905

314,882

1,585

530,372

Branded Direct-to-Consumer

105,904

175,507

27

281,438

Other

124,702

124,702

Total

$

1,518,112

$

882,276

$

148,451

$

2,548,839

Geographic revenues

U.S.

$

1,282,428

$

481,050

$

146,469

$

1,909,947

International

235,684

401,226

1,982

638,892

Total

$

1,518,112

$

882,276

$

148,451

$

2,548,839

Adjustments for Business Model Changes (a)

Wrangler

Lee

Other

Total

Channel revenues

U.S. Wholesale

$

$

$

$

Non-U.S. Wholesale

(5,408)

(1,390)

(6,798)

Branded Direct-to-Consumer

(4,152)

(793)

(4,945)

Other

(14,062)

(14,062)

Total

$

(9,560)

$

(2,183)

$

(14,062)

$

(25,805)

Geographic revenues

U.S.

$

$

$

(14,062)

$

(14,062)

International

(9,560)

(2,183)

(11,743)

Total

$

(9,560)

$

(2,183)

$

(14,062)

$

(25,805)

Adjusted Net Revenues

Wrangler

Lee

Other

Total

Channel revenues

U.S. Wholesale

$

1,198,303

$

391,887

$

22,137

$

1,612,327

Non-U.S. Wholesale

208,497

313,492

1,585

523,574

Branded Direct-To-Consumer

101,752

174,714

27

276,493

Other

110,640

110,640

Total

$

1,508,552

$

880,093

$

134,389

$

2,523,034

Geographic revenues

U.S.

$

1,282,428

$

481,050

$

132,407

$

1,895,885

International

226,124

399,043

1,982

627,149

Total

$

1,508,552

$

880,093

$

134,389

$

2,523,034

Non-GAAP Financial Information: The financial information above has been presented on a GAAP basis and on an adjusted basis. These adjusted presentations are non-GAAP measures.

Notes to Supplemental Financial Information - Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures

Management uses the above non-GAAP financial measures internally in its budgeting and review process and, in some cases, as a factor in determining compensation. While management believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating the business, this information should be considered supplemental in nature and should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternate for, reported results under GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP measures may be different from similarly titled measures used by other companies.

(a) Business model changes for the twelve months ended December 2019 primarily related to the transition of our former Central and South America region to a licensed model and the discontinuation of manufacturing for VF Corporation.

KONTOOR BRANDS, INC.

Supplemental Financial Information

Additional Information about Liquidity (Non-GAAP)

(Unaudited)

(In millions)

September

2019

December

2019

March

2020

June

2020

September

2020

December

2020

Outstanding Borrowings under the Credit Facilities: (1)

Revolving Credit Facility

$

$

$

475

$

225

$

125

$

Term Loan A (2)

695

695

695

693

694

694

Term Loan B (2)

293

218

218

218

218

219

Total long-term debt, including current portion

$

988

$

913

$

1,388

$

1,136

$

1,037

$

913

Less: cash and equivalents

41

107

479

256

285

248

Net debt at quarter-end (3)

$

947

$

806

$

909

$

880

$

752

$

665

Available borrowing capacity under the Revolving Credit Facility (4)

$

499

$

499

$

24

$

273

$

368

$

493

Cash and equivalents

41

107

479

256

285

248

Available liquidity at quarter-end (5)

$

540

$

606

$

503

$

529

$

653

$

741

Non-GAAP Financial Information: The Company's primary sources of liquidity are cash generated from global operations and cash available under our Revolving Credit Facility. Management reviews net debt and available liquidity at quarter-end, as defined below, in its budgeting and review process. While management believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating the business, this information should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternate for, reported results under GAAP. The non-GAAP measures used by the Company in this release may be different from similarly titled measures used by other companies.

(1) On May 17, 2019, the Company entered into a $1.55 billion senior secured credit facility (the "Credit Agreement") under which it incurred $1.05 billion of indebtedness. At inception, this facility consisted of a five-year $750.0 million term loan A facility ("Term Loan A"), a seven-year $300.0 million term loan B facility ("Term Loan B") and a five-year $500.0 million revolving credit facility (the "Revolving Credit Facility") (collectively, the "Credit Facilities") with the lenders and agents party thereto. The Company entered into an amendment to the Credit Agreement on May 5, 2020 (the "Amendment") that established a temporary relief period for certain provisions regarding certain financial covenants, including the addition of a minimum liquidity floor as defined in the Amendment, which differs from the liquidity calculation presented in the table above.

(2) As of December 2020, Term Loan A and Term Loan B had remaining outstanding principal balances of $700.0 million and $223.0 million, respectively, and are recorded net of unamortized original issue discount and deferred financing costs.

(3) Net debt at quarter-end is calculated as total long-term debt, including current portion, outstanding under the Credit Facilities less the Company's cash and equivalents balance.

(4) Available borrowing capacity under the Revolving Credit Facility is calculated as the total borrowing limit under the Revolving Credit Facility less outstanding borrowings and standby letters of credit issued on behalf of the Company under the facility.

(5) Available liquidity at quarter-end is defined as the sum of the Company's available borrowing capacity under the Revolving Credit Facility plus the Company's cash and equivalents balance.

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