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|lululemon athletica inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2013 Results|
VANCOUVER, Canada--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 2, 2014.
For the fourth quarter ended February 2, 2014:
For the fiscal year ended February 2, 2014:
The Company ended fiscal 2013 with $698.6 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $590.2 million at the end of fiscal 2012. Inventory at the end of fiscal 2013 was $186.1 million compared to $155.2 million at the end of fiscal 2012. The Company ended the quarter with 254 stores in North America and Australia.
Laurent Potdevin, lululemon's CEO, stated: "In my first days as CEO, I have been inspired by the people at lululemon, and the passion that lies behind our product and our brand." Mr. Potdevin continued: "As we move into 2014, we are reflecting on our learnings with humility, and are entirely focused on our future. 2014 is an investment year with an emphasis on strengthening our foundation, reigniting our product engine, and accelerating sustainable and controlled global expansion. lululemon's magic has been built by creating technical beautiful product and sharing our distinct culture with our communities. The emotional connection that lululemon creates is at the heart of what we stand for, and we are being relentless in our commitment to delivering a distinct and authentic experience that is unlike any other."
For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $377 million to $382 million based on flat total combined comparable sales on a constant dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.31 to $0.33 for the quarter. This guidance assumes 146.2 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 30.0% tax rate.
For fiscal 2014, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $1.770 billion to $1.820 billion based on a total combined comparable sales increase in the low to mid-single digits on a constant dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.80 to $1.90 for the full year. This guidance assumes 146.3 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 30.0% tax rate.
Conference Call Information
A conference call to discuss fiscal 2013 results is scheduled for today, March 27, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. EST. Those interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 1-877-303-3203 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at www.lululemon.com. The webcast will be accessible on our website for approximately 30 days after the call.
About lululemon athletica inc.
lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company that creates components for people to live longer, healthier, fun lives. By producing products that help keep people active and stress free, lululemon believes that the world will be a better place. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. For more information, visit www.lululemon.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Measure
Constant-dollar net revenue changes, which exclude the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, is not a United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principle ("GAAP") performance measure. We provide constant-dollar net revenue changes because we use the measure to understand the underlying growth rate of revenue excluding the impact on a quarter-by-quarter basis of changes in foreign exchange rates, which are not under management's direct control. We believe that disclosing net revenue changes on a constant-dollar basis is useful to investors because it enables them to better understand the level of growth of our business.
The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on this non-GAAP financial measure, please see the table captioned "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure - Constant dollar changes" included in the accompanying financial tables, which includes more detail on the GAAP financial measure that is most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding our future financial condition or results of operations and our prospects and strategies for future growth. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "outlook," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations but they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: our ability to maintain the value and reputation of our brand, including any negative publicity regarding our products or the production methods of our suppliers or manufacturers; the acceptability of our products to our guests, including receiving products that comply with our technical specifications and quality standards; our reliance on and limited control over third-party suppliers to provide fabrics for and to produce our products; an economic downturn or economic uncertainty in our key markets; our exposure to various types of litigation; increasing product costs and decreasing selling prices; our ability to anticipate consumer preferences and successfully develop and introduce new, innovative and updated products; our ability to accurately forecast customer demand for our products; any unforeseen disruption of our information systems; any material disruption of our information systems; our ability to manage our growth and the increased complexity of our business effectively; the fluctuating costs of raw materials; our ability to expand internationally in light of our limited operating experience and limited brand recognition in new international markets; our highly competitive market and increasing competition; our ability to deliver our products to the market and to meet customer expectations if we have problems with our distribution system; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; our ability to cancel store leases if an existing or new store is not profitable; increasing labor costs and other factors associated with the production of our products in China; our ability to successfully open new store locations in a timely manner; our ability to comply with trade and other regulations; the continued service of our senior management; seasonality; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the operations of many of our suppliers are subject to international and other risks; our ability to source our merchandise profitably or at all; and other risks and uncertainties set out in filings made from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov, including, without limitation, our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.
1The fourteenth week's sales of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 are not included in the calculation of the comparable store sales changes.
1The fourteenth week's sales of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 are not included in the calculation of the total comparable sales changes.
1Store count and square footage summary includes corporate-owned stores which are branded lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica.
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