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VF reports strong Q1 raises guidance

By Press Releases
April 29, 2011 6:06 AM


Press Release:


VF Announces 12% Increase in First Quarter Revenues and 25% Increase in EPS; 2011 Guidance Rai sed


Revenues rise 12% to nearly $2 billion


Strong revenue and operating income growth across all coalit ions


EPS increases 25% to record $1.82


Gross margin expands


2011 guidance raised: revenues expected to rise about 10%; EPS expected to reach approximately $7.25


Information regarding VF's first quarter conference call webcast today at 8:30 a.m. ET can be found at the end of this release.




VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, today announced results for the first quarter of 2011. All per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis.


First Quarter Results Summary


Revenues rose 12% to $1,958.8 million from $1,749.9 million in 2010. All VF coalitions achieved higher revenues in the quarter, with the strongest growth in Outdoor & Action Sports, where revenues increased 16%. Jeanswear revenues grew 9%, Imagewear revenues rose 12%, Sportswear revenues increased 10% and Contemporary Brands revenues were up 8%.


Gross margin reached a record 47.2%, up from 46.7% in the 2010 period. Operating margin reached 14%. Gross and operating margins in the current quarter both include a 40 basis point benefit from a change in inventory accounting.


Net income rose 23% to $200.7 million from $163.5 million, while earnings per share increased 25% to $1.82 per share from $1.46 per share. Earnings per share in the quarter benefited by $.07 per share from a favorable tax settlement and by $.04 per share from the aforementioned change in inventory accounting.


"Our decision last year to increase investments in our brands to drive organic growth is paying dividends in the form of continued top and bottom line momentum that we expect to sustain during 2011," said Eric Wiseman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "During the quarter we achieved higher revenues and operating i ncome across all businesses, with exceptionally strong international growth as we continue to extend the reach of our brands to consumers around the world."


First Quarter Business Review


Outdoor & Action Sports: Our Outdoor & Action Sports businesses achieved record revenues and operating income in the first quarter. Total global revenues in Outdoor & Action Sports rose 16% in the quarter, with revenues of our Americas business rising 12% and international revenues up 21%. The two largest brands - The North Face(R) and Vans(R) - achieved global revenue growth of 17% and 20%, respectively. Reef(R) brand revenues were exceptionally strong in the quarter, with revenue rising 18%. Our Kipling(R) and Napapijri(R) businesses also saw strong revenue gains in the quarter, with revenues up 29% and 9%, respectively. Total direct-to-consumer revenues for Outdoor & Action Sports rose 12% in the quarter, with solid increases in The North Face(R), Vans(R)and Kipling(R) direct-to-consumer businesses.


Operating income for the coalition rose by 13%. Reflecting a higher percentage of advertising to revenues versus the 2010 period, operating margin in the quarter was 18.3% compared with last year's 18.7%. The full year coalition operating margin is still expected to approximate 20%.


Jeanswear: The momentum in Jeanswear continued in the first quarter with revenues rising 9% and operating margin expanding by nearly a full percentage point. Domestic revenues rose 5% with growth across our Mass Market, Lee and Western businesses. International jeans revenues increased 17%; Asia revenues rose 60%, revenues in Mexico, Latin America and Canada each increased by more than 20%, and European revenues were flat with those of last year's quarter.


Operating income increased 15%, with operating margin rising to 18.1% from 17.2% in the prior year's quarter. As anticipated, the domestic jeanswear operating margin declined 130 basis points in the quarter due to higher product costs, which were offset by profitability improvements in our international jeanswear business, primarily resulting from restructuring actions taken in the 2010 period that did not recur.


Imagewear: Imagewear had a tremendous quarter, achieving double-digit growth in both revenues and operating income. Revenues rose 12% in the first quarter, with strong gains in both our Image (uniform) and Licensed Sports businesses.


Operating income rose 62% and operating margin increased to 15.0% from 10.3%, with healthy improvements in both the Image and Licensed Sports businesses during the quarter.


Sportswear: Sportswear achieved a second consecutive quarter of double-digit top line growth, with revenues up 10% over prior year levels. Nautica(R) brand revenues rose 6%, while Kipling(R)brand revenues in the U.S. rose 46%.


Sportswear operating income rose 4% in the quarter, with operating margin down slightly from that in the prior year period.


Contemporary Brands: Revenues of our Contemporary Brands coalition, which consists of the 7 For All Mankind(R), John Varvatos(R), Splendid(R) and Ella Moss(R) brands, grew 8% in the quarter. Global revenues of the 7 For All Mankind(R) brand rose 2% in the quarter, with 19% growth in Europe and a near-doubling of revenues in Asia. These gains drove a 26% increase in international revenues for the coalition. Domestic revenues for the coalition rose 3% driven by double-digit revenue growth in our Splendid(R), Ella Moss(R) and John Varvatos(R) brands. New stores, comp store growth and higher e-commerce revenue drove a 41% increase in global Contemporary Brands' direct-to-consumer revenues.


First quarter operating income for the Contemporary Brands coalition increased 15% while operating margin improved to 8.7% from 8.1%.


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