Michael Kors Holdings Limited Announces Fourth Quarter and Annual Fiscal 2016 Results

June 1, 2016

Fourth Quarter Total Revenue Increased 10.9% (Increased 11.7% on a Constant Currency Basis)
Fourth Quarter Reported Diluted EPS was $0.98 ($1.00 on a Constant Currency Basis)

Completes the Acquisition of its Greater China Licensee

Announces New $1 Billion Stock Repurchase Program

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE:KORS) (the “Company”), a global luxury lifestyle brand, today announced its financial results for the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 2, 2016.

The Company noted that fiscal year 2016 had 53 weeks versus 52 weeks in fiscal year 2015. As a result, the Company’s results for the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 2, 2016, include approximately $34 million in retail sales related to the 53rd week. Comparable sales calculations exclude the 53rd week.

For the fourth quarter ended April 2, 2016:

  • Total revenue increased 10.9% to $1.2 billion from $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. On a constant currency basis, total revenue increased 11.7%.
  • Retail net sales increased 22.0% to $572.6 million, driven primarily by e-commerce sales from the Company's digital flagships and 142 net new store openings since the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Comparable sales increased 0.3%. On a constant currency basis, retail net sales grew 23.4%, and comparable sales increased 1.5%. Wholesale net sales increased 3.5% to $590.5 million and on a constant currency basis, wholesale net sales grew 4.0%. Licensing revenue decreased 13.6% to $35.6 million.
  • Total revenue in the Americas increased 4.6% to $879.1 million on a reported basis, and increased 5.1% on a constant currency basis. European revenue grew 15.6% to $254.1 million on a reported basis, and 18.1% on a constant currency basis. Revenue in Asia increased 216.4% to $65.5 million on a reported basis, and increased 212.1% on a constant currency basis.
  • Gross profit increased 10.5% to $697.2 million, and as a percentage of total revenue was 58.2%. Gross profit margin was reduced by approximately 100 basis points due to the change in foreign currency exchange rates. This compares to gross margin of 58.4% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.
  • Income from operations was $244.1 million, or 20.4% as a percentage of total revenue. This compares to $256.2 million, or 23.7% as a percentage of total revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.
  • Net income attributable to MKHL was $177.0 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, based on a 28.2% tax rate and 180.4 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, which included an unfavorable impact related to foreign currency exchange rates of approximately $0.02 per share. Net income attributable to MKHL for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 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.
  • At April 2, 2016, the Company operated 668 retail stores, including concessions, compared to 526 retail stores, including concessions, at the end of the same prior-year period. The Company had 201 additional retail stores, including concessions, operated through licensing partners. Including licensed locations, there were 869 Michael Kors stores worldwide at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.

John D. Idol, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased with our financial and operational accomplishments during the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016, as we delivered continued growth across regions despite the challenging retail environment. In addition, we elevated our product offerings and refreshed our marketing campaigns, both of which were met with positive response from our customers. We also continued to make strategic investments in our business that will pay meaningful dividends for years to come. As these initiatives began to take hold, we ended the year on a strong note, with revenue and earnings per share ahead of our expectations in the fourth quarter, as well as for the full year. Looking ahead, we see multiple growth opportunities, including the expansion of our international markets, the growth of our digital e-commerce flagships, the build-out of our men’s business, the launch of Michael Kors ACCESS wearable technology line, and the continued design innovation of our luxury fashion product, which we believe will enable us to deliver sustainable earnings growth and continue to return value to our shareholders."

For the fiscal year ended April 2, 2016:

  • Total revenue increased 7.8% to $4.7 billion from $4.4 billion in fiscal 2015. On a constant currency basis, total revenue increased 11.7%.
  • Retail net sales increased 12.2% to $2.4 billion. Comparable sales decreased 4.2%. On a constant currency basis, retail net sales grew 17.2%, and comparable sales decreased 0.9%. Wholesale net sales increased 3.8% to $2.1 billion and on a constant currency basis, wholesale net sales grew 6.8%. Licensing revenue increased 0.9% to $173.3 million.
  • Gross profit increased 5.6% to $2.8 billion, and as a percentage of total revenue was 59.4%. This compares to 60.6% in fiscal 2015.
  • Income from operations was $1.2 billion and as a percentage of total revenue was 24.9%. For fiscal 2015, income from operations was $1.3 billion, or 28.8% as a percentage of total revenue.
  • Net income attributable to MKHL was $839.1 million, or $4.44 per diluted share, based on 189.1 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding, which included an unfavorable impact related to foreign currency exchange rates of approximately $0.20 per share. Net income attributable to MKHL for fiscal 2015 was $881.0 million, or $4.28 per diluted share, based on 205.9 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding.

Acquisition of Greater China Licensee

The Company completed the acquisition of Michael Kors (HK) Limited, the exclusive licensee of the Company in China and certain other jurisdictions in Asia, on May 31, 2016, for $500 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. The acquisition was approved by the independent members of the Company’s board of directors, upon recommendation of a Special Committee, comprised of solely independent directors, which was responsible for evaluating the terms of the acquisition. The Special Committee retained independent legal and financial advisors to assist in evaluating and negotiating the terms of the acquisition and the Purchase Agreement. The Greater China business generated total revenue of $197 million for the year ended March 31, 2016, and had a network of 91 company operated retail stores and six travel retail locations, across China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. For fiscal year 2017, the Greater China business is expected to contribute approximately $200 million to retail net sales, reflecting sales for the ten month period following the closing of the acquisition. The acquisition is expected to be neutral to earnings per share on a GAAP basis, and accretive to earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis, excluding acquisition costs. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings per share in fiscal 2018 and thereafter.

Mr. Idol continued, "We are very excited about the acquisition of our Greater China licensee. As you know, we have worked diligently over the past several years, with our licensed partner in this region, to build the infrastructure, establish the brand, and grow acceptance of Michael Kors in the Chinese market. We believe that our brand is gaining strong momentum in Greater China, making it the ideal time for us to integrate this territory into our business and capitalize on the enormous growth potential in this region."

Share Repurchase Program

During the fourth quarter, the Company repurchased 3,690,685 of the Company's ordinary shares for approximately $200.0 million in open market transactions. Since the inception of the program in 2014, the Company has repurchased 31,516,857 shares totaling approximately $1.6 billion. As of April 2, 2016, the remaining availability under the Company’s share repurchase program was $358.1 million.

The Company's Board of Directors authorized a new $1 billion share repurchase program, which replaces the remaining balance of the previous program authorized in October 2014. 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.

Joseph B. Parsons, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer, stated, "The Board's authorization of this new share repurchase program further demonstrates the Company's confidence in our long term business outlook and expected cash flows, and underscores our commitment to enhancing shareholder value."

Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company expects total revenue to be between $940 million and $950 million, which includes a planned reduction in wholesale shipments, and comparable sales to decrease in the mid-single digit range. The Company expects an increase in operating expense primarily due to continued global investments in digital flagships, corporate talent, new stores, shop-in-shops, infrastructure and distribution, as well as $15 million of one- time transaction costs and other contingency payments related to the acquisition of the Greater China licensee, and $3 million of one-time costs related to the closure of certain locations in the Company's Latin America operations. Operating expense as a percentage of total revenue is expected to increase 690 to 740 basis points on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the one-time costs described above. On a GAAP basis, including the one-time costs, operating expense as a percentage of total revenue is expected to increase 880 to 930 basis points. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.70 to $0.74 for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the one-time costs, and $0.62 to $0.66 on a GAAP basis, including the one-time costs. This assumes 177 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding and a tax rate of approximately 21%.

For fiscal 2017, the Company expects total revenue to be flat versus the prior year and comparable sales to decrease in the low single digit range. Operating margin is expected to be approximately 21.5% on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the one-time costs described above, and approximately 21% on a GAAP basis, including the one-time costs. For fiscal 2017, diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $4.56 to $4.64 on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the one-time costs, and $4.47 to $4.55 on a GAAP basis, including the one-time costs. This assumes 171 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding and a tax rate of approximately 21%.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss fourth quarter results is scheduled for today, June 1, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET. A replay of the call will be available today at 11:30 a.m. ET; to access the replay, dial (877) 870-5176 for domestic callers or (858) 384-5517 for international callers and enter access code 2409211. 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.

Use of Non-GAAP 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.”)

Additionally, this earnings release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures relating to certain one-time costs associated with the acquisition of the Greater China licensee and closure of certain locations in Latin America. The Company uses non-GAAP financial measures, among other things, to evaluate its operating performance and in order to represent the manner in which the Company conducts and views its business. The Company believes that excluding non-recurring items helps its management and investors compare operating performance based on its ongoing operations. While the Company considers the non-GAAP measures to be useful supplemental measures in analyzing its results, they are not intended to replace, nor act as a substitute for, any amounts presented in its consolidated financial statements prepared in conformity with U.S. GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures reported by other companies.

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 under Michael Kors Collection, MICHAEL Michael Kors and Michael Kors Mens, including accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, 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 28, 2015 (File No. 001-35368), filed on May 27, 2015 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
 

SCHEDULE 1

MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In millions, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

       
Three Months Ended Fiscal Years Ended
April 2,
2016
  March 28,
2015
April 2,
2016
  March 28,
2015
Net sales $ 1,163.1 $ 1,039.8 $ 4,538.8 $ 4,199.7
Licensing revenue 35.6   41.2   173.3   171.8  
Total revenue 1,198.7 1,081.0 4,712.1 4,371.5
Cost of goods sold 501.5   450.1   1,914.9   1,723.8  
Gross profit 697.2 630.9 2,797.2 2,647.7
Total operating expenses 453.1   374.7   1,622.1   1,390.7  
Income from operations 244.1 256.2 1,175.1 1,257.0
Other income, net (4.5 ) (0.5 ) (3.7 ) (1.6 )
Interest expense, net 0.6 0.1 1.7 0.2
Foreign currency loss (gain) 2.5   (2.1 ) 4.8   2.6  
Income before provision for income taxes 245.5 258.7 1,172.3 1,255.8
Provision for income taxes 69.2   76.1   334.6   374.8  
Net income $ 176.3 $ 182.6 $ 837.7 $ 881.0
Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (0.7 )   (1.4 )  
Net income attributable to MKHL $ 177.0   $ 182.6   $ 839.1   $ 881.0  
Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding:
Basic 177,814,521 199,828,293 186,293,295 202,680,572
Diluted 180,439,102 203,195,838 189,054,289 205,865,769
Net income per ordinary share:
Basic $ 1.00 $ 0.91 $ 4.50 $ 4.35
Diluted $ 0.98 $ 0.90 $ 4.44 $ 4.28
 
 

SCHEDULE 2

MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions, except share data)

(Unaudited)

       
April 2,
2016
March 28,
2015
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 702.0 $ 978.9
Receivables, net 307.9 363.4
Inventories 546.8 519.9
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 113.1   127.5  
Total current assets 1,669.8 1,989.7
Property and equipment, net 758.2 562.9
Intangible assets, net 67.4 61.5
Goodwill 23.2 14.0
Deferred tax assets 24.5 23.0
Other assets 23.7   33.5  
Total assets $ 2,566.8   $ 2,684.6  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 131.4 $ 114.1
Accrued payroll and payroll related expenses 59.7 62.9
Accrued income taxes 51.6 25.5
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 192.8   123.8  
Total current liabilities 435.5 326.3
Deferred rent 106.4 88.3
Deferred tax liabilities 3.5 7.0
Long-term debt 2.3
Other long-term liabilities 19.6   22.0  
Total liabilities 567.3 443.6
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders’ equity

Ordinary shares, no par value; 650,000,000 shares authorized; 208,084,175 shares issued
and 176,441,891 outstanding at April 2, 2016; 206,486,699 shares issued and 199,656,833
outstanding at March 28, 2015

Treasury shares, at cost (31,642,284 shares at April 2, 2016 and 6,829,866 shares at
March 28, 2015)

(1,650.1 ) (497.7 )
Additional paid-in capital 718.9 636.7
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (80.9 ) (66.8 )
Retained earnings 3,007.8   2,168.8  
Total shareholders’ equity of MKHL 1,995.7 2,241.0
Noncontrolling interest 3.8    
Total shareholders’ equity 1,999.5   2,241.0  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 2,566.8   $ 2,684.6  
 
 

SCHEDULE 3

MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED SEGMENT DATA

($ in millions)

(Unaudited)

       
Three Months Ended Fiscal Years Ended
April 2,
2016
  March 28,
2015
April 2,
2016
  March 28,
2015
Revenue by Segment and Region:

 

Retail net sales: The Americas $ 407.9 $ 359.7 $ 1,779.0 $ 1,656.1
Europe 125.9 90.5 509.6 412.1
Asia 38.8   19.2   106.3   66.4  
Total Retail Net Sales 572.6 469.4 2,394.9 2,134.6
Wholesale net sales: The Americas 453.3 458.6 1,628.6 1,662.5
Europe 110.5 110.3 406.4 401.1
Asia 26.7   1.5   108.9   1.5  
Total Wholesale Net Sales 590.5 570.4 2,143.9 2,065.1
Licensing revenue: The Americas 17.9 22.2 99.0 100.3
Europe 17.7   19.0   74.3   71.5  
Total Licensing Revenue 35.6 41.2 173.3 171.8
Total Revenue $ 1,198.7   $ 1,081.0   $ 4,712.1   $ 4,371.5  
 
Income from Operations:
Retail $ 67.7 $ 72.2 $ 501.4 $ 557.2
Wholesale 160.7 166.1 584.1 610.9
Licensing 15.7   17.9   89.6   88.9  
Total Income from Operations $ 244.1   $ 256.2   $ 1,175.1   $ 1,257.0  
 
Operating Margin:
Retail 11.8 % 15.4 % 20.9 % 26.1 %
Wholesale 27.2 % 29.1 % 27.2 % 29.6 %
Licensing 44.1 % 43.3 % 51.7 % 51.8 %
Total Operating Margin 20.4 % 23.7 % 24.9 % 28.8 %
 
April 2, 2016 March 28, 2015
Store Count and Square Footage by Region: Store Count Square Footage Store Count Square Footage
The Americas 390 1,180,785 343 984,095
Europe 177 458,114 133 329,903
Asia 101   138,451   50   62,662  
Total 668   1,777,350   526   1,376,660  
 
 

SCHEDULE 4

MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSTANT CURRENCY DATA

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

         
Three Months Ended % Change
April 2,
2016
  March 28,
2015
As

Reported

  Constant

Currency

Retail net sales $ 572.6 $ 469.4 22.0 % 23.4 %
Wholesale net sales 590.5 570.4 3.5 % 4.0 %
Licensing revenue 35.6 41.2 (13.6 )% (13.6 )%
Total revenue $ 1,198.7 $ 1,081.0 10.9 % 11.7 %
 
Fiscal Years Ended % Change
April 2,
2016
March 28,
2015
As

Reported

Constant

Currency

Retail net sales $ 2,394.9 $ 2,134.6 12.2 % 17.2 %
Wholesale net sales 2,143.9 2,065.1 3.8 % 6.8 %
Licensing revenue 173.3 171.8 0.9 % 0.9 %
Total revenue $ 4,712.1 $ 4,371.5 7.8 % 11.7 %

Source: Michael Kors Holdings Limited

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