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Michael Kors Holdings Limited Announces Fourth Quarter and Annual Fiscal 2015 Results

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Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE:KORS) (the “Company”), a global luxury lifestyle brand, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 28, 2015.

For the fourth quarter ended March 28, 2015:

  • Total revenue increased 17.8% to $1.1 billion from $917.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. On a constant currency basis, total revenue increased 23.3%.
  • Retail net sales increased 14.9% to $469.4 million driven by 121 net new store openings since the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and e-commerce sales from the recently launched U.S. e-commerce site, partially offset by a 5.8% decrease in comparable store sales. On a constant currency basis, retail net sales grew 21.1%, and comparable store sales decreased 1.7%. Wholesale net sales increased 20.4% to $570.4 million and on a constant currency basis, wholesale net sales grew 25.8%. Licensing revenue increased 16.5% to $41.3 million.
  • Total revenue in North America increased 13.7% to $840.5 million, with a 6.7% decrease in comparable store sales. On a constant currency basis, revenue in North America grew 14.3%, with a 5.8% decrease in comparable store sales. European revenue grew 33.5% to $219.8 million, with comparable store sales decreasing 5.6%. On a constant currency basis, revenue in Europe grew 59.5%, with an 11.0% increase in comparable store sales. Revenue in Japan increased 42.7% to $19.2 million, with comparable store sales growth of 12.4%. On a constant currency basis, revenue in Japan grew 65.0%, with a 30.0% increase in comparable store sales.
  • Gross profit increased 14.8% to $630.8 million, and as a percentage of total revenue was 58.4%. Gross profit margin was reduced by approximately 30 basis points due to the change in foreign currency exchange rates. This compares to 59.9% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.
  • Income from operations was $256.2 million, or 23.7% as a percentage of total revenue. This compares to $245.9 million, or 26.8% as a percentage of total revenue, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.
  • Net income was $182.6 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, based on a 29.4% tax rate and 203.2 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, which included an unfavorable impact related to foreign currency exchange rates of approximately $0.06 per share. Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 was $161.0 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, based on a 34.6% tax rate and 207.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding.
  • At March 28, 2015, the Company operated 526 retail stores, including concessions, compared to 405 retail stores, including concessions, at the end of the same prior-year period. The Company had 202 additional retail stores, including concessions, operated through licensing partners. Including licensed locations, there were 728 Michael Kors stores worldwide at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

John D. Idol, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Fiscal 2015 marked another year of sales and earnings growth in excess of 30%. While we were faced with a number of headwinds in the fourth quarter, we were pleased with the strong performance across our segments and geographies. We believe that our results demonstrate the strength of the Michael Kors brand as our luxury products continue to resonate with consumers worldwide. Looking at Fiscal 2016, this will be a year of strategic investments as we continue to develop our powerful platform to support the numerous growth initiatives that are now underway. We see multiple top line growth opportunities through international expansion, digital e-commerce flagships, new store openings and additional shop-in-shop conversions in our wholesale channel. We plan to expand upon our ready-to-wear and footwear categories and fully develop our global men’s business. In addition, we plan to capitalize on wearable technology in watches and other categories, as innovation and demand in this area continue to advance. Longer term, as we execute on these growth strategies and begin to cycle our strategic investments, we expect to deliver accelerated and sustainable earnings growth and continue to return value to our shareholders.”

For the fiscal year ended March 28, 2015:

  • Total revenue for the year increased 32.0% to $4.4 billion from $3.3 billion in fiscal 2014. On a constant currency basis, total revenue increased 34.3%.
  • Retail net sales increased 34.0% to $2.1 billion. Comparable store sales increased 10.3%. On a constant currency basis, retail net sales grew 36.7%, and comparable store sales increased 11.9%. Wholesale net sales increased 30.9% to $2.1 billion and on a constant currency basis, wholesale net sales grew 33.0%. Licensing revenue increased 22.4% to $171.8 million.
  • Gross profit for the year increased 31.3% to $2.6 billion, and as a percentage of total revenue was 60.6% This compares to 60.9% in fiscal 2014.
  • Income from operations for the year was $1.3 billion and as a percentage of total revenue was 28.8%. For fiscal 2014, income from operations was $1.0 billion, or 30.5% as a percentage of total revenue.
  • Net income for the year was $881.0 million, or $4.28 per diluted share, based on 205.9 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, which included an unfavorable impact related to foreign currency exchange rates of approximately $0.10 per share. Net income for fiscal 2014 was $661.5 million, or $3.22 per diluted share, based on 205.6 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding.

Share Repurchase Program

During the quarter, the Company repurchased 1,409,682 shares of the Company’s ordinary shares for approximately $92.0 million in open market transactions. In addition, in connection with the November 14, 2014 accelerated share repurchase program, 280,819 additional shares were delivered to the Company in January 2015. The Company also announced today that the Board of Directors approved an amendment to its share repurchase program on May 20, 2015, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, authorizing the repurchase of up to an additional $500 million of the Company’s ordinary shares and extending the program through May 2017. This increases the initial repurchase authorization previously announced in November 2014 to $1.5 billion, of which approximately $1.0 billion is available for future repurchases over the next two years. Share repurchases may be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions, subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements, trading restrictions under the Company’s insider trading policy, and other relevant factors. The program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company expects total revenue to be in the range of $930 million to $950 million. On a constant currency basis, total revenue is expected to increase in the high single digit range assuming a $60 million impact from the change in foreign currency rates. The Company expects a low double digit comparable store sales decrease on a reported basis and a mid-single digit decrease on a constant currency basis. Operating expense as a percentage of total revenue is expected to increase 550 to 600 basis points primarily due to global investments in our digital flagship, corporate talent, new stores, shop-in-shops, infrastructure and distribution. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.74 to $0.78 for the first quarter of fiscal 2016. This assumes 202.5 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding and a tax rate of approximately 29%. The Company expects foreign currency to impact net income by approximately $14.0 million and EPS by approximately $0.07.

For fiscal 2016, the Company expects total revenue of approximately $4.7 billion to $4.8 billion. On a constant currency basis total revenue is expected to increase in the low to mid-teens range assuming a $200 million impact from the change in foreign currency rates. The Company expects flat comparable store sales on a reported basis, and a low single digit comparable store sales increase on a constant currency basis. Operating expense as a percentage of total revenue is expected to increase 110 to 140 basis points due to the above mentioned investments with less deleverage assumed in the second half than in the first half of fiscal 2016. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $4.40 to $4.50 for fiscal 2016. This assumes 200.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding and a tax rate of approximately 29%. The Company expects foreign currency to impact net income by approximately $39.0 million and EPS by approximately $0.20.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss fourth quarter results is scheduled for today, May 27, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET. A replay of the call will be available today at 11:00 a.m. ET; to access the replay, dial 1-877-870-5176 for domestic callers or dial 1-858-384-5517 for international callers and enter access code 5969710. The conference call will also be webcast live in the investor relations section of www.michaelkors.com. The webcast will be accessible on the website for approximately 90 days after the call.

About Michael Kors

Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready to wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products through his Michael Kors and MICHAEL Michael Kors labels, including accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, men’s and women’s ready to wear, and a full line of fragrance products. Michael Kors stores are operated, either directly or through licensing partners, in some of the most prestigious cities in the world, including New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, London, Milan, Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on such statements because they are subject to numerous uncertainties and factors relating to the Company’s operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning the Company’s possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of its business strategy. These statements often include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate” or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that the Company has made in light of management’s experience in the industry as well as its perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors that it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. You should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although the Company believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect its actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in these forward-looking statements. These factors are more fully discussed in the “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 2014 (File No. 001-35368), filed on May 28, 2014 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Use of Non-GAAP Constant Currency Financial Measures

Constant currency effects are non-GAAP financial measures, which are provided to supplement our reported operating results to facilitate comparisons of our operating results and trends in our business, excluding the effects of foreign currency rate fluctuations. Because we are a global Company, foreign currency exchange rates may have a significant effect on our reported results. We calculate constant currency measures and the related foreign currency impacts by translating the current-year’s reported amounts into comparable amounts using prior year’s foreign exchange rates for each currency. All constant currency performance measures discussed below should be considered a supplement to and not in lieu of our operating performance measures calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“U.S. GAAP.”)

SCHEDULE 1
MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Fiscal Years Ended
March 28, March 29, March 28, March 29,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net sales $ 1,039,734 $ 882,043 $ 4,199,666 $ 3,170,522
Licensing revenue 41,250 35,409 171,803 140,321
Total revenue 1,080,984 917,452 4,371,469 3,310,843
Cost of goods sold 450,136 368,026 1,723,818 1,294,773
Gross profit 630,848 549,426 2,647,651 2,016,070
Total operating expenses 374,681 303,517 1,390,678 1,007,899
Income from operations 256,167 245,909 1,256,973 1,008,171
Other income (1,721 ) (3,117 )
Interest expense, net 68 (16 ) 215 393
Foreign currency (gain) loss (894 ) (148 ) 4,052 131
Income before provision for income taxes 258,714 246,073 1,255,823 1,007,647
Provision for income taxes 76,072 85,035 374,800 346,162
Net income $ 182,642 $ 161,038 $ 881,023 $ 661,485
Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding:
Basic 199,828,293 203,387,343 202,680,572 202,582,945
Diluted 203,195,838 206,973,550 205,865,769 205,638,107
Net income per ordinary share:
Basic $ 0.91 $ 0.79 $ 4.35 $ 3.27
Diluted $ 0.90 $ 0.78 $ 4.28 $ 3.22
Statements of Comprehensive Income:
Net income $ 182,642 $ 161,038 $ 881,023 $ 661,485
Foreign currency translation adjustments (44,469 ) (3,262 ) (91,293 ) (34 )
Net gains (losses) on derivatives 17,535 831 30,862 (2,878 )
Comprehensive income $ 155,708 $ 158,607 $ 820,592 $ 658,573
SCHEDULE 2
MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)
March 28, March 29,
Assets 2015 2014
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 978,922 $ 971,194
Receivables, net 363,419 298,006
Inventories 519,908 426,938
Deferred tax assets 27,739 30,539
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 127,443 50,492
Total current assets 2,017,431 1,777,169
Property and equipment, net 562,934 350,678
Intangible assets, net 61,541 48,034
Goodwill 14,005 14,005
Deferred tax assets 2,484 3,662
Other assets 33,498 23,425
Total assets $ 2,691,893 $ 2,216,973
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 142,818 $ 143,563
Accrued payroll and payroll related expenses 62,869 54,703
Accrued income taxes 25,507 47,385
Deferred tax liabilities 3,741
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 95,146 62,719
Total current liabilities 330,081 308,370
Deferred rent 88,320 76,785
Deferred tax liabilities 10,490 5,887
Other long-term liabilities 22,037 19,800
Total liabilities 450,928 410,842
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders’ equity
Ordinary shares, no par value; 650,000,000 shares authorized, and 206,486,699 shares
issued and 199,656,833 outstanding at March 28, 2015; 204,291,345 shares issued and
204,261,580 outstanding at March 29, 2014
Treasury shares, at cost (6,829,866 shares at March 28, 2015, and 29,765 at March 29, 2014) (497,724 ) (2,447 )
Additional paid-in capital 636,732 527,213
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (66,804 ) (6,373 )
Retained earnings 2,168,761 1,287,738
Total shareholders’ equity 2,240,965 1,806,131
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 2,691,893 $ 2,216,973
SCHEDULE 3
MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED SEGMENT DATA
($ in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Fiscal Years Ended
March 28, March 29, March 28, March 29,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue by Segment and Region:

Retail net sales: North America

$ 359,697 $ 325,425 $ 1,656,095 $ 1,318,887

Europe

90,505 69,527 412,063 235,571

Japan

19,167 13,428 66,420 38,547
Total Retail Net Sales 469,369 408,380 2,134,578 1,593,005

Wholesale net sales: North America

458,580 395,323 1,662,540 1,335,545

Europe

110,305 78,340 401,068 241,972

Asia

1,480 1,480
Total Wholesale Net Sales 570,365 473,663 2,065,088 1,577,517

Licensing revenue: North America

22,251 18,620 100,289 117,386

Europe

18,999 16,789 71,514 22,935
Total Licensing Revenue 41,250 35,409 171,803 140,321
Total Revenue $ 1,080,984 $ 917,452 $ 4,371,469 $ 3,310,843
Income from Operations:
Retail $ 72,211 $ 89,720 $ 557,162 $ 467,248
Wholesale 166,075 139,512 610,886 459,774
Licensing 17,881 16,677 88,925 81,149
Total Income from Operations $ 256,167 $ 245,909 $ 1,256,973 $ 1,008,171
Operating Margin:
Retail 15.4 % 22.0 % 26.1 % 29.3 %
Wholesale 29.1 % 29.5 % 29.6 % 29.1 %
Licensing 43.3 % 47.1 % 51.8 % 57.8 %
Total Operating Margin 23.7 % 26.8 % 28.8 % 30.5 %
As of
March 28, 2015 March 29, 2014

Store Count and Square Footage
by Region:

Store Count Square Footage Store Count Square Footage
North America 343 984,095 288 739,844
Europe 133 329,903 80 159,254
Japan 50 62,662 37 45,242
Total 526 1,376,660 405 944,340
SCHEDULE 4
MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSTANT CURRENCY DATA
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Total Revenue
Three Months Ended % Change
March 28, March 29, As Constant
2015 2014 Reported Currency
Retail net sales $ 469,369 $ 408,380 14.9% 21.1%
Wholesale net sales 570,365 473,663 20.4% 25.8%
Licensing revenue 41,250 35,409 16.5% 16.5%
Total revenue $ 1,080,984 $ 917,452 17.8% 23.3%
Fiscal Years Ended % Change
March 28, March 29, As Constant
2015 2014 Reported Currency
Retail net sales $ 2,134,578 $ 1,593,005 34.0% 36.7%
Wholesale net sales 2,065,088 1,577,517 30.9% 33.0%
Licensing revenue 171,803 140,321 22.4% 22.4%
Total revenue $ 4,371,469 $ 3,310,843 32.0% 34.3%
Comparable Store Sales Data
Three Months Ended Fiscal Year Ended
March 28, 2015 March 28, 2015
As Reported Constant Currency As Reported Constant Currency
North America -6.7% -5.8% 6.9% 7.7%
Europe -5.6% 11.0% 25.1% 29.4%
Japan 12.4% 30.0% 33.9% 47.0%
Global -5.8% -1.7% 10.3% 11.9%

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