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LuLulemon reports third quarter financial results

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December 09, 2010 8:31 AM

Press Release:

 

- Third Quarter Net Revenue Increases 56% to $175.8 million

 

- Third Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.36

 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- lululemon athletica inc. today announced financial results for the third quarter ended October 31, 2010.

 

For the thirteen weeks ended October 31, 2010:

 

• Net revenue for the quarter increased 56% to $175.8 million from $112.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Net revenue from corporate-owned stores was $143.2 million for the quarter, an increase of 46% from $98.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009, and comparable-store sales increased by 29% on a constant-dollar basis.

• Gross profit for the quarter increased by 72% to $96.8 million, and as a percentage of net revenue gross profit increased to 55% for the quarter from 50% in the third quarter of fiscal 2009.

• Income from operations for the quarter increased by 103% to $42.4 million, and as a percentage of net revenue was 24% compared to 19% of net revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2009.

• Diluted earnings per share for the quarter was $0.36 on net income of $25.7 million, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.20 on net income of $14.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009.

• The tax rate for the quarter was 39% versus 33% a year ago. The tax rate has been increased to take into account the additional deferred income tax liability for estimated future taxes attributable to undistributed earnings of the Canadian operating subsidiary.

 

For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 31, 2010:

• Net revenue for the first three quarters increased 60% to $466.3 million from $292.3 million in the same period of fiscal 2009. Net revenue from corporate-owned stores was $388.2 million for the first three quarters of fiscal 2010, an increase of 52% from $256.1 million in the first three quarters of fiscal 2009. Year to date comparable-store sales increased by 31% on a constant-dollar basis.

• Gross profit for the first three quarters increased by 84% to $251.5 million from $136.5 million in the same period of fiscal 2009. As a percentage of net revenue, gross profit increased to 54% for the first three quarters of fiscal 2010 from 47% in the same period of fiscal 2009.

• Income from operations for the first three quarters increased by 142% to $109.1 million, and as a percentage of net revenue was 23% compared to 15% of net revenue in the same period of fiscal 2009.

• Diluted earnings per share on a year to date basis was $0.93 on net income of $67.1 million, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.42 on net income of $29.8 million in the same period of fiscal 2009.

• The tax rate for the first three quarters of fiscal 2010 was 40% versus 34% for the same period in the prior year. The tax rate has been increased to take into account the additional deferred income tax liability for estimated future taxes attributable to undistributed earnings of the Canadian operating subsidiary.

 

The Company ended the third quarter of fiscal 2010 with $224.8 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $101.8 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Inventory at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2010 totaled $73.0 million compared to $52.1 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2009. The Company ended the quarter with 134 stores in North America and Australia.

 

Christine Day, lululemon's CEO stated: "We are very pleased with our strong third quarter results. Our technical product continues to drive our top line growth, cementing our position as an innovative athletic wear company with yoga at our core. Looking ahead, we remain excited about the potential for lululemon and will continue to execute on our strategies and invest in our future for the significant growth opportunities still ahead of us."

 

Updated Outlook

 

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $210 million to $215 million based on a comparable-store sales percentage increase in the high teens on a constant-dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.46 to $0.48 for the quarter. This assumes 72.2 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 40% tax rate.

 

Conference Call Information

 

A conference call to discuss third quarter results is scheduled for today, December 9, 2010, at 9:00 am Eastern Time. Those interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (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 is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company that creates components for people to live longer, healthier and more 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.

 


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