Tiffany Reports Second Quarter Results: Full Year Earnings Outlook is Maintained
In the second quarter:
Worldwide net sales declined 6% to
$932 millionand comparable store sales declined 8%. On a constant-exchange-rate basis that excludes the effect of translating foreign-currency-denominated sales into U.S.dollars (see "Non-GAAP Measures"), worldwide net sales and comparable store sales declined 6% and 9%, respectively.
Net earnings rose 1% to
$106 million, or $0.84per diluted share, from $105 million, or $0.81, in the prior year. Net earnings declined 5% from the prior-year period's $111 million, or $0.86per diluted share, which excludes a specific charge in that period (see "Non-GAAP Measures").
In the first half:
Worldwide net sales of
$1.8 billionwere 7% below the prior year and comparable store sales declined 9%. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, worldwide net sales and comparable store sales declined 6% and 9%, respectively.
Net earnings of
$193 million, or $1.53per diluted share, included a tax benefit of $0.05per diluted share in the first quarter related to the settlement of a tax examination. This compared with the prior year's $210 million, or $1.62per diluted share, as reported, and $216 million, or $1.67per diluted share, when adjusted for the charge referenced above (see "Non-GAAP Measures").
Net sales by region were as follows:
Americas, total sales of $434 millionin the second quarter and $837 millionin the first half were both 9% below last year, with declines of 9% and 10%, respectively, in comparable store sales. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales and comparable store sales declined 8% and 9%, respectively, in both the second quarter and first half. Management attributed the declines to lower spending by U.S.customers as well as by Chinese and other foreign tourists.
Asia-Pacific region, total sales of $230 millionin the second quarter and $469 millionin the first half were 6% and 7%, respectively, lower than the prior year, and comparable store sales declined 12% and 13%, respectively. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales and comparable store sales declined 3% and 9%, respectively, in the second quarter and 4% and 11%, respectively, in the first half. Sales growth in Chinaand Koreawas offset by a continuation of significant declines in Hong Kongand more moderate declines in most other markets.
Japan, total sales increased 10% to $138 millionin the second quarter and rose 9% to $269 millionin the first half due to comparable store sales growth of 13% and 12%, respectively. However, on a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales and comparable store sales declined 5% and 3%, respectively, in the second quarter and declined 2% and rose 1%, respectively, in the first half. Management noted lower spending by Chinese tourists in both periods.
Europe, total sales declined 12% to $111 millionin the second quarter and 11% to $208 millionin the first half, due to respective declines of 17% and 16% in comparable store sales. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales and comparable store sales declined 8% and 13%, respectively, in the second quarter and 7% and 13%, respectively, in the first half. Lower sales in continental Europewere attributed by management to weak demand by foreign tourists and local customers, in contrast to better performance in the United Kingdom.
Other sales declined 3% to
$18 millionin the second quarter and 20% to $40 millionin the first half, reflecting comparable store sales declines of 22% and 21%, respectively. Management noted lower retail sales in the United Arab Emirates("UAE") and an increase in wholesale sales of diamonds.
Tiffany opened four Company-operated stores in the second quarter and
closed one existing location. At
July 31, 2016, the Company operated 311 stores (125 in the Americas, 83 in Asia-Pacific, 55 in Japan, 43 in Europe, and five in the UAE), compared with 304 stores a year ago (124 in the Americas, 79 in Asia-Pacific, 56 in Japan, 40 in Europe, and five in the UAE).
Other financial highlights:
- Gross margin (gross profit as a percentage of net sales) increased to 61.9% in the second quarter and 61.6% in the first half, from 59.9% and 59.5% in the respective prior-year periods. The increases were due to lower product input costs, changes in product sales mix and price increases taken in the past year.
- SG&A expenses declined 4% in the second quarter and 1% in the first half, reflecting lower variable labor-related costs, lower sales-related variable costs, lower marketing expenses and higher store-related costs. Excluding the effect of a specific charge in the prior year period, SG&A expenses declined 2% in the second quarter and increased less than one percent in the first half.
- The effective tax rates were 34.5% in the second quarter and 32.1% in the first half, compared with 34.2% and 34.4%, respectively, in the comparable prior-year periods. The decline in the first half rate was due to a benefit related to the conclusion of a tax examination.
Net inventories at
July 31, 2016were 1% lower than at July 31, 2015.
Capital expenditures of
$101 millionin the first half were slightly higher than $98 millionin last year's first half.
The Company maintained an active pace of share repurchases in the
second quarter, buying approximately 1.1 million shares of its Common
Stock at an average cost of approximately
$63per share; in the first half the Company bought approximately 2.3 million shares at an average cost of approximately $65per share. At July 31, 2016, $344 millionremained available for repurchases under a program that authorizes the repurchase of up to $500 millionof the Company's Common Stock and that expires on January 31, 2019.
Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled
$720 millionat July 31, 2016, versus $771 millionat July 31, 2015. Total short-term and long-term debt as a percentage of stockholders' equity was 37% at both July 31, 2016and 2015.
For the full 2016 fiscal year, management is maintaining its outlook to
expect: (i) worldwide net sales declining by a low single-digit
percentage from the prior year and (ii) earnings per diluted share
declining by a mid-single-digit percentage from 2015's adjusted earnings
Management also expects for the full 2016 fiscal year: (i) net cash
provided by operating activities of at least
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The historical trends and results reported in this document and on our second quarter earnings call should not be considered an indication of future performance. Further, statements contained in this document and made on such call that are not statements of historical fact, including those that refer to plans, assumptions and expectations for the current fiscal year and future periods, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the statements under "Outlook" as well as statements that can be identified by the use of words such as ‘expects,' ‘projects,' ‘anticipates,' ‘assumes,' ‘forecasts,' ‘plans,' ‘believes,' ‘intends', ‘estimates,' ‘pursues,' ‘continues,' ‘outlook,' ‘may,' ‘will,' ‘can,' ‘should' and variations of such words and similar expressions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements we make regarding the Company's plans, assumptions, expectations, beliefs and objectives with respect to store openings and closings; product introductions; sales; sales growth; retail prices; gross margin; operating margin; expenses; interest and other expenses, net; effective income tax rate; net earnings and net earnings per share; share count; inventories; capital expenditures; cash flow; liquidity; currency translation; growth opportunities; the collectability of amounts due under financing arrangements with diamond mining and exploration companies; and certain ongoing or planned product, marketing, retail, manufacturing and other operational and strategic initiatives.
These forward-looking statements are based upon the current views and plans of management, speak only as of the date on which they are made and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of our control. Actual results could therefore differ materially from the planned, assumed or expected results expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. While we cannot predict all of the factors that could form the basis of such differences, key factors include, but are not limited to: global macroeconomic and geopolitical developments; changes in interest and foreign currency rates; shifting tourism trends; regional instability, violence (including terrorist activities) and weather conditions that may affect local and tourist consumer spending; changes in consumer confidence, preferences and shopping patterns, as well our ability to accurately predict and timely respond to such changes; shifts in the Company's product and geographic sales mix; variations in the cost and availability of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals; changes in our competitive landscape; disruptions impacting the Company's business and operations; gains or losses in the trading value of the Company's stock, which may impact the amount of stock repurchased; and our ability to successfully control costs and execute on, and achieve the expected benefits from, the operational and strategic initiatives referenced above. Developments relating to these and other factors may also warrant changes to the Company's operating and strategic plans, including with respect to store openings, closings and renovations, capital expenditures, inventory management, and continuing execution on, or timing of, the aforementioned initiatives. Such changes could also cause actual results to differ materially from the expected results expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements.
Additional information about potential risks and uncertainties that
could affect the Company's business and financial results is included
under "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended
The Company reports information in accordance with
The Company's reported net sales reflect either a translation-related
benefit from strengthening foreign currencies or a detriment from a
|Second Quarter 2016 vs. 2015||First Half 2016 vs. 2015|
Comparable Store Sales:
Internally, management monitors and measures its earnings performance excluding certain items listed below. Management believes excluding such items provides a useful supplemental basis for the assessment of the Company's results relative to the corresponding period in the prior year. The following tables reconcile certain GAAP amounts to non-GAAP amounts:
|(in millions, except per share amounts)||GAAP||Impairment charge a||Non-GAAP|
Three months ended
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||$||420.2||$||(9.6||)||$||410.6|
|As a % of net sales||42.4||%||41.5||%|
|Earnings from operations||172.8||9.6||182.4|
|As a % of net sales||17.4||%||18.4||%|
|Provision for income taxes c||54.3||3.3||57.6|
|Diluted earnings per share||0.81||0.05||0.86|
Six months ended
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||$||819.2||$||(9.6||)||$||809.6|
|As a % of net sales||41.9||%||41.5||%|
|Earnings from operations||342.8||9.6||352.4|
|As a % of net sales||17.6||%||18||%|
|Provision for income taxes c||110.2||3.3||113.5|
|Diluted earnings per share||1.62||0.05||1.67|
|(in millions, except per share amounts)||GAAP||
|As a % of net sales||42.2||%||41.0||%|
|Earnings from operations||760.1||37.9||8.8||806.8|
|As a % of net sales||18.5||%||19.7||%|
|Provision for income taxes c||246.0||13.6||3.2||262.8|
|Diluted earnings per share||3.59||0.19||0.05||3.83|
Expenses associated with impairment charges related to a financing
|b||Expenses associated with specific cost-reduction initiatives which included severance related to staffing reductions and subleasing of certain office space for which only a portion of the Company's future rent obligations will be recovered.|
|c||The income tax effect has been calculated as both current and deferred tax benefit (expense), based upon the tax laws and statutory income tax rates applicable in the tax jurisdiction(s) of the underlying item.|
TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
|Cost of sales||354.5||397.5||700.3||791.0|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||402.2||420.2||813.1||819.2|
|Earnings from operations||174.9||172.8||309.5||342.8|
|Interest and other expenses, net||13.4||13.6||24.8||22.9|
|Earnings from operations before income taxes||161.5||159.2||284.7||319.9|
|Provision for income taxes||55.8||54.3||91.5||110.2|
|Net earnings per share:|
|Weighted-average number of common shares:|
TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES
|Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments||$||720.1||$||886.6||$||771.4|
|Accounts receivable, net||216.4||206.4||180.3|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||215.4||190.4||202.9|
|Total current assets||3,476.7||3,508.4||3,512.3|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||944.8||935.8||898.4|
|Other assets, net||681.4||677.4||761.3|
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
|Current portion of long-term debt||94.8||84.2||—|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||300.7||329.1||310.2|
|Income taxes payable||30.5||27.1||38.3|
|Merchandise credits and deferred revenue||64.5||67.9||73.9|
|Total current liabilities||697.6||729.9||619.2|
|Pension/postretirement benefit obligations||442.1||428.1||538.9|
|Other long-term liabilities||190.8||189.0||189.6|
|Deferred gains on sale-leasebacks||53.2||55.1||59.5|
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