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VFC: FQ1 Report Card

 

Conclusion: Overall, good numbers out of VFC. The company had a headline beat that will get people jazzed, but underlying results are even better. In fact, when you strip out all of the one-times between this year and last, you’re looking at closer to +18% EPS growth vs +7% reported. As it relates to the Timberland acquisition, which appears to be going well, our sense is that it was a penny dilutive ($0.11 in EBIT less $0.12 in interest expense), suggesting that organic earnings were +19% vs last year. In light of Q1 results, the company is taking up full-year expectations by $0.15 to $9.45 ahead of the Street at $9.40, which is sure to promote the first of what we expect to be multiple upward earnings revisions over the course of 2012.

 

What Drove The Beat: Gross Margins were light and investment spending was higher, but the top line trends are encouraging and all non-outdoor businesses picked up on the margin driving a better than expected bottom-line. Jeanswear accounted for 3pts of growth while Contemporary, Imagewear, and Sportswear combined contributed another 3pts to the top-line.

 

VFC: FQ1 Report Card - VFC S

 

Deltas in Forward Looking Commentary (updated view in red):

2012 outlook includes:

 

2012 revenues should increase by approximately +15% (17% in constant dollars) > no change (now excludes $70mm related to sale of John Varvatos = 1% better)

Excluding Timberland, revenues should rise by approximately 6% (8% in constant dollars). > no change

“We're still cautious about the macro environment both here and abroad given the mixed economic data that we're seeing, so we think it's prudent to wait and get another quarter or two under our belts before we consider taking a stronger stand on revenues.”

GM: Gross margin in 2012 should expand by approximately 70 basis points> no change

EBIT%: should expand by approximately 20 basis points (net of a 30 basis point negative impact from higher pension expense)

Timberland’s operating margin should exceed 11% in 2012. Excluding Timberland in both 2011 and 2012, the operating margin in 2012 is expected to improve 40 basis points from 13.6% to 14.0%, including a 40 basis point negative impact from higher pension expense.

EPS: Adjusted earnings per share is expected to rise to approximately $9.30. (raised to $9.45) Included in this guidance is the anticipated negative impact from 1) foreign currency translation, which is expected to reduce earnings by $0.41 per share (now $0.35), and 2) higher pension expense, which will negatively impact earnings by $0.19 per share. Timberland should earn approximately $1.10 per share in 2012 (no Chg) (excluding acquisition-related expenses estimated at $0.20 per share (now $0.23)). On a GAAP basis, earnings per share are expected to increase to approximately $9.10.

 

Solid revenue growth across all coalitions, highlighted by 25-to-30% growth in Outdoor & Action Sports

By Segment:

Outdoor & Action Sports:

  • 25-to-30% growth in Outdoor & Action Sports (incl. a full year of revs from Timberland) > no change
  • The North Face & Vans +mid-teen rev growth each in constant dollars
  • Timberland: expected to add +$1Bn > no change

Jeanswear: planning for mid-single-digit revenue growth in 2012.

Imagewear: planning for mid-single-digit revenue growth in 2012.

Sportswear: planning for mid-single-digit revenue growth in 2012.

Contemporary Brands: planning for mid-single-digit revenue growth in 2012.

Other:

FCF: which could exceed $1.1 billion. > no change

CapEx: of approximately $375 million. > no change

 

 

Highlights from the Call:

  • Mgmt increasingly confident in ability to deliver on updated 2012 guidance (now $9.45 in EPS vs. $9.30 prior; $0.06 from less severe Fx impact)
  • In light of concerns re China, still in its infancy re VFC investment - only four platforms there currently (Jeanswear - Lee, North Face, Vans, and Kipling)
  • DTC - expect to open 110 new stores across all brands (primarily Vans, TBL, North Face) driving +15% growth yy to 20% of total revs by F12
  • $375mm in CapEx to grow the business in F12, nearly 2x historical rate of sales (and VFC still expected to generate $1Bn+ in FCF in F12 as well)
  • Outdoor & Action Sports:
    • Still seeing solid sell-through despite seasonal abnormalities
    • Fall order book is up low-double-digit
    • North Face up 14% in Q1; DTC up +20%; on track to hit $2Bn in revs this yr
    • Up HSD in Europe; 'tremendous growth' in Asia
    • Global rationalization plan to reduce SKUs by 15% by fall 2013
    • e-com now in 5 countries (Italy, Spain, UK, Sweden and France) - Germany Austria, and Netherlands in 2H F12
    • Vans up +25% in Q1; DTC up +18%
    • Up 50%+ in Europe and high-teen in Asia
    • Launched 3 new stores in Q1; and e-com in 7 new countries in May (UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Ireland, Austria and Sweden)
    • Timberland revs down slightly in NA (seasonal impact); Europe up +LSD and Asia up strong double-digit
    • Focused on growing wholesale and DTC distribution
    • Launching apparel next fall 2013 for spring 2014
    • Earthkeepers still running strong
  • Jeanswear:
    • Up HSD in Asia (higher than recent trends due to timing of shipments)
    • Lee Brand up +6%; Europe lower Asia up +HSD
    • Share gains in jeans and total bottom at mid-tier dept stores
    • Riders by Lee launch in dept stores later this year
    • Wrangler: Int'l up +8% (Asia up mid-teen, Europe softened Northern & Eastern Eur offset by Southern Europe)
    • Americas up low- double-digit strong at mass market and Western Business
    • Launching new fleece and easy care shirts later this year
    • Expanding into five-star premium line and footwear as well

 Revs: +31%

  • Organic up 12% (+14% cc)
  • Warm weather drove stronger sales and early shipments
    • Imagewear - 20% growth in both Bulwark and RedKap uniform brands
    • Licensed MLB and NFL apparel business up as well
    • Sportwear - Nautica up both at retail and wholesale; Kipling up over 50%+
    • Contemporary Brands - "feel we are turning the corner here"
      • even posted +18% revenue growth
      • Splendid and Ella Moss both up over 20%

 GM: -150bps (vs discussion of -100bps)

  • Core on plan down ~100bps due to higher jeans product costs, gross margin for TBL was lower than expected
  • Taking aggressive actions to move cold weather product - expect to be clean by 2H

 SG&A: up +30.5%

  • TBL drove SG&A rate by ~100bps

 EBIT: +12.5% vs. 14% last yr

  • TBL impacted EBIT% by 100bps; pension another 30bps
  • Accounting chg boosted last yr by 40bps so on apples to apples OM would have been similar yy

 Adjusted EPS

  • TBL contributed $0.12 in EPS excl $0.03 in acquisition costs
  • Other items….Fx and pension = $0.09 hit; last years $1.82 included +$0.11 from a tax settlement and LIFO acctg chg
  • So, underlying core earnings growth was actually up +$0.32, or 19%

 BS:

  • Cash = $326mm
  • Expect to generate FCF higher than $1.1Bn

 Outlook:

  • No change to TBL, or higher pension expectations
  • Fx impact expectations now $0.06 less
  • Fx = ~$0.10 EPS benefit for every $0.05 move in Fx (upside if rates stay constant)
  • GM = comfortable with guidance
  • Revs = keeping view despite taking out $70mm related to John Varvatos 

Q2:

  • Most challenging due to seasonality re TBL - likely to impact EPS by ~-$30mm, or -$0.20 in EPS
  • Combined impact of TBL, Fx, and pension should impact EPS by -$0.29
  • As such expect a decrease in Q1 EPS growth yy

  

Q&A:

 

Open-to-Buy Positioning in Europe:

  • Expected a bit softer fall bookings, which materialized, but still expect North Face to grow for the full year
  • Don't yet have full visibility on fall bookings yet - expecting very strong year for Vans 

TNF fall bookings

  • Global Bookings up LDD
  • Asia very strong up DD, Europe a bit softer (UK customers had bankruptcies)
  • Neutralizing the bankruptcies is Europe, expect to see a few percent growth in Europe
  • In U.S. seeing fall bookings in-line with prior year

Inventories - Seasonal Impact:

  • TNF really strong growth and sell-through in seasonal categories similar to 2011
  • TNF Inventories at retail in a good position
  • Some retailers sitting on higher inventory, but fall bookings and sell-through give mgmt confidence in FY outlook
  • TBL, impact of weather tougher than expected, working through this
    • Working on diversifying brand so not so seasonal going forward
    • A few domestic TNF retailers did give back some inventory which is reflecting in current backlog as they have committed to new orders

Vans E-Commerce:

  • Launching Van’s e-commerce in Europe next month
  • Leveraging TNF E-commerce “back half” which includes systems and fulfillment as well as deliveries to supply chain
  • Maintain focus on the brand dynamic so that the sites speaks its relevant parts to the target consumer 

Trip to China:

  • Timberland is the inflection point resulting in the trip to China
  • Making a great deal of progress with the Asia Pacific Business
  • Approaching $1bn mark in that business 

TBL:

  • Don't have full visibility into what fall looks like
  • Expect the $1Bn incremental contribution from TBL on track
  • 10% annual growth still the target still applies - adjusted to single-digits in 2012 due to Fx 

Pricing:

  • Have taken pricing up only 1/2 re to cost increases
  • Current goal is to hold pricing where it is today
  • 15% SKU rationalization reflecting the rightsizing of the collections to really maximize the overall output and creativity with improved margins as a result 

Outlook EPS Upside:

  • $0.15 higher despite revenues the same
  • Varvatos losing $75mm in sales, but profitability across brands higher than expected
  • Pretty well locked in right now (most of 3Q and half of 4Q) for denim
  • Intent is to hold pricing in jeanswear (recall VF only raised prices 1/2 of cost increases)

Jeanswear:

  • Replenishment was a bit softer than expected while booking coming in as expected
  • Int'l have to look at China and India (Jeans is biggest business in both), China is most profitable jeans business in their portfolio in any region

Contemporary Brands:

  • Splendid and Ella Moss up +20% mostly an Int'l opportunity
  • Has been running at a DD rate for a while now
  • Sevens has been the bigger drag here, both wholesale and retail grew in Q1 up +18%
  • Premium denim has been strong last 6-9 months

Seasonality:

  • TBL opportunity to strengthen core FW collection as well as Spring apparel assortment (coming online Fall 2013)
  • Expectation for 10% growth in 2013 driven by addition of apparel, expanded assortment and channel penetration  - also to leverage DTC platform & in Int'l there is still oppy 

Change in Confidence in Europe:

  • Have seen some stabilization recently in weaker markets, haven't seen a deterioration
  • Last year grew +16% in Int'l markets despite turmoil last year
  • Still expect DD growth across Western Europe

TNF International Drivers of Growth:

  • e-commerce, rolling out into new markets
  • DTC opening stores in TNF (40 stores total today)
  • Geographic opportunity in a Pan European market, not just a couple markets
  • Most underpenetrated in Russia, Poland, Czech Rep, also Scandinavia, Germany (only 10 doors vs. competitor that has ~150), and France

TBL Fundamentals:

  • GM right in-line with core average - expected it to be higher

View of VFC Portfolio Strategy:

  • Seasonality is not a primary factor when evaluating deals
  • Mgmt does look at how they can strengthen a brand to drive upside - had this oppy in TBL

Inflation Outlook:

  • Expect a few percentage points in inflation on an annual basis moving forward (From wage and cotton)
  • Investing heavily in brands to offset bottom line pressures
  • Feel the company is well positions from a brand and innovations perspective for the long haul

 


GALAXY BEAT LIKELY BUT IT'S NOT THE STORY

Q1 should be decent but performance past the opening of SCC will be key

 

 

Galaxy should eke out a small beat this quarter.  However, what investors really care about is Galaxy’s ability to hold its own against SCC.  We know that Galaxy’s market share remained high for the first two weeks after the opening of SCC.  If volumes hold up, the stock’s recent momentum should continue, barring a big VIP slowdown.

 

As we wrote about on April 24, 2012 in "SCC NOT IMPACTING LVS SHARE YET," SCC has not yet boosted LVS’s share. Meanwhile, Galaxy’s share is chugging along at 20-21%, in-line with their share in March.  To be fair, it’s still too early to tell what kind of impact SCC will ultimately have on Cotai.

 

 

Q4 DETAIL

 

We project that Galaxy will report HK $2,028BN of EBITDA and gross revenue of $13.2BN with Galaxy Macau holding a little high and Starworld a little low.

 

Galaxy Macau

We are estimating Q1 revenue of HK$7.143BN and Adjusted EBITDA of HK$1.204BN.  

  • Gross gaming revenue of $6.9BN
    • HK$5.05BN of gross VIP win
      • RC Volume of HK$170.7BN
      • Hold:  2.96%
      • During the first 3 quarters of operations, Galaxy Macau’s average hold rate was 3.2%.  Therefore, we consider this quarter's hold rate normal.  
    • Mass win of HK$1,530MM
    • Slot win of HK$296MM
  • Net non-gaming revenue of $265MM
  • Rebate & commission rate of 1.28% or 43.3% or HK$2.19BN
    • We assume 60% of VIP business is revenue share-based and 40% is RC-based
  • Gaming premium of HK$32MM
  • HK$119MM of non-gaming related direct expenses
  • Fixed costs of HK$918MM

Starworld

We estimate that Starworld will report revenue of HK$5,580MM and Adjusted EBITDA of HK$786MM 

  • Gross gaming revenue of $5.46BN
    • HK$4.8BN of gross VIP win
      • RC Volume of HK$176.4BN
      • Hold:  2.74% compared to a hold of 2.91% (excluding this last quarter) since opening
      • Using Starworld’s historical hold rate, gross VIP win would be HK$325MM higher and EBITDA would have been HK$46MM higher
    • Mass win of HK$562MM
    • Slot win of HK$70MM
  • Net non-gaming revenue of $117MM
  • Rebate & commission rate of 1.25% or 45.5% or HK$2.2BN
  • Gaming premium of HK$15.5MM
  • HK$29MM of non-gaming related direct expenses
  • Fixed costs of HK$420MM

Other stuff

  • City Club contribution of HK$42MM
  • Construction materials revenue of HK$423MM and EBITDA of HK$105MM
  • Net corporate costs of HK$110MM

Tough Spot: SP500 Levels, Refreshed

POSITIONS: Long Utilities (XLU), Short Industrials (XLI), Basic Materials (XLB), and SPY

 

Any time I’m short and the market is remotely against me, I get questions. Right now, I’m getting the most questions I’ve ever had. With Growth Slowing and the US Dollar in free fall again (down 6 of the last 7 weeks), that makes sense. This is a tough spot.

 

The other big short-term reasons why this is a tough spot are: 

  1. Month-end markups – that can last until midday on Monday when the fun cops start watching (last day of April)
  2. iQe4 expectations – at this point, I really have no idea what the next product upgrade looks like, or if it’s coming
  3. Immediate-term TRADE resistance is higher at 1409 

In other words, we can easily take the elevator up, every hour, on no volume, up to 1409 and make lower-highs. And then take the windows, again, on the way down.

 

Tough spot. Such is life for those of us who still expect to win and lose.

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

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WMS YOUTUBE

In preparation for WMS's FQ3 2012 earnings release Monday afternoon, we’ve put together the recent pertinent forward looking company commentary.

 

 

YOUTUBE FROM FQ2 CONFERENCE CALL

  • “We expect to build additional product momentum that will generate further quarterly sequential growth in the second half of our fiscal 2012”
  • “We signed a sales agreement with a major multi-site customer with 1,500 new units to be shipped through the calendar of 2012 to replace and upgrade a portion of their slot floors.”
  • “We continue to gain traction in our growing network gaming business as we've successfully expanded our unique WAGE-NET networking gaming solutions to approximately 900 gaming machines at more than 50 casinos around the world…and our goal remains to have installations in 100 locations worldwide by the end of our current fiscal year.”
  • “Player's Life Web Services recently surpassed 800,000 unique user log-ins.”
  • “With additional jurisdictional approvals on a number of new Participation games, including THE WIZARD OF OZ Journey to Oz, BATTLESHIP, and the Pirate Battle, as noted in our last quarterly call, combined with initial approvals for our new Epic MONOPOLY game, which we received approval right at the end of December quarter, as well as the expected commercialization of additional new Participation products in the second half of fiscal 2012, we expect to install a number of these new themes consistent with our previous expectations, which should enable us to improve both our install base and our average daily rate in the second half of fiscal 2012.”
  • “We remain focused on taking additional costs out of the Bluebird xD and the Bluebird2 cabinets through continuous improvement actions and we expect to realize margin improvements in the second half of fiscal 2012 through these ongoing initiatives. “
  • “We expect to achieve expected cost savings in the second half of fiscal 2012 consistent with our previous expectations, which will result in improved operating leverage in the second half of fiscal 2012.”
  • “We have approximately $161 million remaining on our repurchase program and just over 55 million shares outstanding.”
  • “Overall, we anticipate that customers' capital budgets will continue to result in only limited improvements in industry replacement cycle in calendar 2012, but we will benefit from an increased demand from new casino openings and expansion.”
  • “We expect to realize additional improvement in ship share in the second half of our fiscal 2012 as we continue to introduce new products with differentiated gaming experiences and new math models.”
  • “We expect to generally receive a fair share in these new openings, likely averaging in the high-teens.”
  • “We also expect additional incremental demand in fiscal 2013 from VLTs in Illinois, at racetracks in Illinois and Italy, coupled with the replacement cycle for VLTs in the Canadian provinces.”
  • “ In Alberta, the lottery authorities expect to replace and upgrade their entire installed base of 7,000 VLTs. They've begun this process by announcing their intent to replace an initial 2,000 VLTs, and WMS was selected to replace 25% of these units. We currently expect to ship these units in the first half of our fiscal 2013, and in addition, we'll earn software revenues for future development and game sets. Other Canadian provinces, including Manitoba and Saskatchewan, are also in the process of evaluating VLT replacement initiatives, and we look forward to hearing their final decision within the coming months.”
  • “In our Gaming Operations business, we expect to see improvement in our installed base and daily average revenue in the second half of fiscal 2012 through further jurisdictional approvals and the commercialization of additional new Participation products. I believe our product development pipeline for the second half of fiscal 2012 is among the broadest and most competitive that we've brought to market and includes unique and differentiated new games, such as CLUE, Life of Luxury Deluxe, Aladdin & The Magic Quest, GONE WITH THE WIND, Super Team and Monster Jackpots featuring the classic Universal Studio's monsters, along with several additional game themes for refreshing existing series and form factors.”
  • “With the CLUE game, we will be partnering with Caesar's for the game's planned launch anticipated at the end of the March 2012 quarter.”
  • “We've got about 1,900 games in our queue right now in our backlog, which is about a quarter and a half – we install about 85 to 100 a week.”
  • Gaming operations: “We would like to end the year kind of flattish where we were – where we ended the last year. And that would be a good thing heading into 2013 with momentum and product, again coming out in the first part of 2013.”
  • “We're likely to spend about the same that we did last year because we really started the process of changing out the Bluebird1s to Bluebird2s and Bluebird xDs in earnest in our fiscal 2011. So that number is going to be somewhere in the $65 million to $70 million range. Next year, that number should go down a bit, because we'll have changed out the brunt of it in fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2012.”
  • “So continue to look for additional cost reductions” [in SGA]

 


SBUX: STILL CAFFEINE IN THIS ESPRESSO

We thought that the quarter was strong ex-EMEA which was clearly a significant disappointment given -1% comps for that division versus 2.3% consensus.  The two-year average trend for Starbucks' comps declining in all geographies corroborates Keith's recent view that growth is slowing. Given that the stock was up 34% YTD versus the S&P 500 up 11% when the number hit the tape, the sell-off was merited in our view.  Management is, in our view, trying to manage investor expectations for the remainder of the year, raising FY12 guidance but failing to lift it in line with the Street's expectations.

Takeaways:

*         Europe is a problem and the company's actions - sending Michelle Glass to London - indicate that they are taking all steps possible to turn things around. It will not happen overnight and the macro environment will likely remain a headwind for some time given deep recession in U.K. referenced by management.

*         Looking into FY13 and the company's position of strength in single serve, its new concepts and beverage lines, and the strong returns being generated by capital investment, there is plenty of fodder to construct a compelling bull case

*         Commodity costs turning from a headwind to a tailwind in FY13 should be a meaningful benefit, particularly in CPG where in 2QFY12, commodity pressure accounted for 620bps of 740bps total margin


UGG: Does The Punishment Fit The Crime?

 

There’s a lot wrong with DECK right now, but we don’t think it’s terminal.  Revenues were weak and they missed. Bad news. We get it. We’re not trying to gloss over the issues. But 24% of the float is short, and it still is giving up $650mm in market cap today – or about a quarter of equity value and 32% of Enterprise Value? Seems pretty steep.

 

The question with UGG (over 90% of cash flow) is always ‘is the brand dead?’ And yes, this is always the (seasonally weak) time of year people ask it. No doubt, with inventories up an average of 100% over the past 2 quarters, there’s clearly more weight to the question today than in past years. But consider the following…

1)      Do these stories ALWAYS have to be binary? Why do people view them as either the greatest thing since Nike, or dead in the reincarnation of Heely’s? Can there be something in between where good brands can exist for a long time? Yes. Especially those that have already proven that they can successfully grow beyond US borders.

2)      As it relates to inventory, we need to account for about an incremental $100mmm yy.

  1. $10mm for new stores. Keep in mind that inventory will naturally accelerate as UGG grows its consumer direct model.
  2. $20mm to grow its new European business. Inventories will be heavier up front.
  3. $10mm in cold weather product that has been sold for delivery in later quarters.
  4. $40mm in higher sheepskin costs. UGG is likely to recoup at least some of this in pricing.
  5. $20mm in spring inventory – supporting new product rollouts (i.e. some of which are using alternative materials).  

3)      Let’s put this in perspective. In looking at retailers for the better part of 15-years, if there’s one thing I’ve learned is to rarely beleive a management team’s reasons as to why they have too much inventory.  It’s an easy (and unverifiable) spot to make excuses. But as it relates to leftover inventory from this (aberrational) winter, as well as higher product costs – I am willing to give them a pass right there on over half of the inventory growth.

4)      They’re 95% done with pre-orders – especially strong in men’s and kids (ie less dependent on the sheepskin-laden classic) and are introducing more alternative fabrics without (reportedly) shifting away from identity.

5)      When all is said and done, let’s say that you squarely believe that the UGG brand IS on a decline. We’d challenge you to talk to any wholesaler, and find someone tell you that they’re comfortable not placing reorders on UGGs for this fall and winter. If the brand is still in demand, and a wholesale buyer does not have the goods, then they’re probably out there looking for a job.

 

We’re coming out at $4.85, $6.05 and $7.10 for 2012, ’13, and ’14, respectively. With $6.80 in cash on hand, we’re looking at 9.4x, 7.5x and 6.4x earnings over those durations. Valuation is by no means a catalyst. But sentiment is low (24% of the short is float), seasonality is out of favor, and you have to wait to fall in order to get a reacceleration in the business. But keep in mind that the ‘there’s no catalyst for 2-3 quarters’ argument is the top bear case I hear. From a risk management perspective, we’ll rarely be early on a name like this. But for someone that wants to stomach near-term noise and look out a year, this looks like a good risk/reward. Sometimes, herd mentality that there is no catalyst is, in itself, a catalyst.

 

Brian P. McGough
Managing Director

 

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(F12 Outlook post Q4)

Full-Year 2012 Outlook

  • Based upon current visibility, the Company expects full year revenues to increase approximately 15% over 2011 levels. (now +14%)
  • The Company expects full year diluted earnings per share to be approximately flat with 2011 levels (now down 9%-10%) due primarily to the increase in sheepskin costs in 2012 compared to 2011, which the Company projects to adversely impact profitability by approximately $1.40 per diluted share. This guidance assumes a gross profit margin decline of 200 basis points (now -250bps) from 2011 levels due to an increase in costs of goods sold, partially offset by selective price increases, an increased contribution from retail sales, and the addition of the Sanuk brand for the full year. This guidance also assumes SG&A as a percentage of sales of approximately 29%.
  • Fiscal 2012 guidance assumes approximately $13 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, associated with the amortization and accretion expenses related to the Sanuk acquisition.
  • Fiscal 2012 guidance also assumes that the Company’s effective tax rate will be approximately 31%. 
    • UGG up +10% (was 11%)
    • Teva +low-to-mid single-digit (was +10%)
    • Other down -15%
    • Sanuk still expected to be ~$90mm

Highlights:

  • Sanuk continues to outperform - strong sell-in of the spring line equally strong in March/April
    • Brand making progress building distro with retailers incl JWN, Zappos, Journeys, & DDS
  • UGG spring styles were up meaningfully yy
  • Cold-weather boot sales the big offset
  • Sheepskin up 40% in 2012 yy, but coming down from highs
  • Spring styles up 20% in domestic wholesale channel
  • Fall close to closing pre-book, pleased with level of commitment from domestic wholesale
  • Open to buy dollar pool has contracted, but based on conversations with retailers, mgmt believes UGG maintaining share
  • Consumers will see new fall collection as early as June/July (new sneakers, casuals and boots)
  • Closing some accounts that can't display full offering, increased net independent door counts in 2011
  •  Int'l sales of UGG in Europe lower than expected - UK DECK's biggest int'l mkt
  • Still ramping marketing spend in Europe to build awareness and expand product line
  • Goal to develop slippers, cold weather, casuals, men's and kids like in the U.S.
  • Benelux (2nd biggest mkt) had very good Q1 - difference to UK is more mature distributor partners that can offer broader assortment
  •  Asia UGG business grew at a fairly rapid pace in Q1 - wholesale cont. to rebound in Japan vs. tsumani yy
  • Have recently taken minority interest in JV to capitalize on China opportunity
  • Total store comps flat vs. Domestic comp up HSD in Q1 offset by down Int'l comps
    • US regional comps:  Northeast hit hardest
  • e-commerce down -7.5%: Teva up strong offset by HSD decline in UGG
  • Teva posted strong domestic wholesale growth + dom. e-com. Offset by Int'l down
    • Closed-toe product up 38%
    • Due to over-inventoried position at retail, not seeing orders in near-term impacting fall demand = taking down projections for the year.

 

 

"UGG Brand's primary selling season at retail typically doesn't get underway until later in the year, hitting peak velocity in November and December."

 

Sheepskin:

  • Will not know what 2013 prices look like until they lock in prices for fall '13 line in October
  • Skeepskin is a by-product of the meat industry
  • Sourced primarily from Australia with some from the UK and US
  • Decline in herd sizes driving up price
  • Drought in Australia also a factor
  • Fx also a headwind
  • Are seeing prices starting to decline
  • Believe other companies have shifted to other materials (out of the market)
  • Published price of skins not only factor in DECK's cost:
    • Use higher grade skins
    • Tanneries in China another factor that carry additional costs
  • Trying to offset this to some extent with non-sheepskin product

 

GM: -403bps

  • ~300bps due to higher product costs
  • ~200bps due to markdowns, closeouts, discounts and DTC mix
  • Offset in part by Sanuk and increased pricing
  • Increased closeouts attributable to discontinued Spring/Fall styles
  • Teva and Other brands and UGG closeouts cause for results below expectations (~-200bps)
  • Sanuk brand margins came in ahead of expectations

 

SG&A: +36% ($35mm)

  • +$8.7 related to Sanuk acquisition
  • +$4.7mm in marketing (UGG men's and classic campaigns)
  • Addition of 19 new stores LTM

 

Store Growth:

  • Expect to have 70 at year end vs 46 now
  • 27 stores in comp (18 in US, 4 in UK, 4 in China, 1 in Japan)
    • Of 19 non-comp stores many in Asia and are 1/3 smaller with lower sales/store
    • In addition to infrastructure investments behind store rollouts, this is why store productivity appears to be declinnings
    • Sales/sq.ft. comparable in Asia
  • Additions: 24 store opening left in 2012; 4 in U.S. and 10 each in Eur and Asia

 

Inventory:

  • Up +95% yy to $209mm due to:
  • Primarily fall UGG product ($90mm), product costs, and addition of Sanuk brand ($12mm)
  • Of $90mm increase in UGG inventory:
    • $65mm fall inventory ($50mm in classics and slippers) have orders for this at full price
    • $10mm in cold weather product that has been sold for delivery in later quarters
  • Can also look at by:
    • $40mm in inventory product cost increases
    • $20mm in European inv to support direct business
    • $20mm spring inventory
    • $10mm new store inventory

BS:

  • Cash position $228.6mm

 

Outlook:

FY12:

  • Lower projections for Int'l wholesale and Teva domestic sales
  • Total revs now +14% (was +15%)
    • UGG up +10% (was 11%)
    • Teva +low-to-mid single-digit (was +10%)
    • Other down -15%
    • Sanuk still expected to be ~$90mm

 

  • GM: -250bps (was -200bps) - lower int'l sales and increasing Q1 closeouts
  • SG&A: ~30% of sales (was 29%)
  • Tax rate: ~31%
  • CapEx: ~$80mm (was ~$90mm) - $32mm to new HQs, $26mm new stores, $10mm IT & maintenance, $4mm retail operating systems, $8mm corp infrastructure

 

Q2:

  • Revs +8% - added pressure from European business
  • GM: ~43%
  • SG&A 63% as % of sales
  • EPS: -$0.60

 

 

Q&A:

 

UGG Inventory Levels:

  • Most inventory on-hand has been committed for fall - mostly classic product no fashion element

 

Biggest Changes since last Qtr:

  • Seasonality, weather has profoundly impacted how retailers are buying cold weather product - from one extreme to the other
  • Kid's and men's has done very well, really seasonal product weakness

 

Gross Margins:

  • Closeout impact fairly equally split between Teva & Other brands and UGGs
  • Channel mix also impacted margin

 

Order Book:

  • ~95% done with prebook
  • Especially strong in men's and kids - less dependence on traditional classic
  • Have done a good job mitigating sheepskin impact with alternate designs - shifting to more fashion
    • Has allowed DECK to offer lower price points, retailers receptive
  • RED FLAG: no longer offering Fall/Winter backlog (was up +15% last qtr), now just reporting full-year due to addition of Sanuk
  • ASPs up slightly in order book

 

International Business Outlook:

  • "Feel really strong where we're headed with our retail business and where that's going to end up for the year"
  • Int'l expectations have come down from up over 20% and 33% of sales - now more like +15% (Domestic expectations up)
  • China is all direct, no wholesale.
  • Seeing improvement in Japanese business
  • Have good visibility now with most of European orders pre-booked. Reduced expectations to a level believe achievable.

 

Spring Product:

  • Typical split between carryover product vs. spring product roughly 40/60 (ballpark)
  • Spring up close to +20%

 

Outlook:

  • More growth expected in Q4 than Q3
  • European distributor disruptions lowering expectations in Q3

 

Cost of Skins:

  • Not fully locked in for 2013 yet, waiting for killing season in Q3

 

Sanuk:

  • ~60% of business in 1H
  • Expect good growth in Sanuk in Q2

 

 

 


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