Movado Group, Inc. Announces First Quarter Results

May 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM EDT

~ Operating Income Increased 17.9% to $10.0 Million vs. $8.5 Million Last Year ~

~ EPS of $0.32, included $0.04 per share gain, vs. $0.26 Last Year ~

~ Reiterates Full Year Guidance ~

~ Board Declares Quarterly Dividend ~

PARAMUS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 29, 2013-- Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) today announced first quarter results for the period ended April 30, 2013.

Efraim Grinberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We began the year strong, continuing our positive sales momentum from fiscal 2013 and delivering operating income growth of nearly 18%, validating our ability to leverage our infrastructure as we grow. In April, we introduced our new Ferrari watch collection and our repositioned Coach product line at Baselworld in Switzerland, and expect the enthusiastic response to each of our brands to lead to accelerated sales growth in the second quarter and throughout the year. We continue to see broad based strength across our business, with strong consumer demand and sell-through."

During the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a $1.5 million pre-tax gain, or $0.04 per diluted share, related to the sale of a Company-owned building in Switzerland, which is reflected in other income for the quarter.

First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

  • Net sales increased 6.1% to $110.0 million compared to $103.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 driven primarily by growth in the accessible luxury category.
  • Gross profit was $59.9 million, or 54.5% of sales, compared to $59.0 million, or 56.9% of sales, in the first quarter last year. The decrease in gross margin percentage was primarily the result of channel and product mix, partially offset by the favorable impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates.
  • Operating expenses were $49.9 million as compared to $50.5 million in the first quarter last year. This decrease was primarily the result of a decrease in compensation, benefits and performance based compensation offset by an increase in the transactional impact of foreign currency exchange rates.
  • Operating income increased 17.9% to $10.0 million compared to $8.5 million in the same period last year.
  • The Company recorded a tax provision of $3.3 million, which equates to an effective tax rate of 28.8% as compared to an effective tax rate of 19.1% in the first quarter last year. The effective tax rate for first quarter of fiscal 2013 included the effects of the application of guidelines related to accounting for income taxes in interim periods, as well as accounting for valuation allowances.
  • Net income was $8.2 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to net income of $6.6 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • EBITDA was $12.8 million compared to EBITDA of $11.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. (See attached table for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.)

Rick Coté, President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "We are pleased with our first quarter results which position us well to achieve our previously issued full year guidance. In combination with our growth strategies, we continue to focus on our balance sheet which remains exceptionally strong, as evidenced by our accounts receivable and inventory levels increasing only 3% on a combined basis while sales increased over 6%."

Fiscal 2014 Guidance

As reported in the Company's multi-year strategic plan issued on March 21, 2013, the Company is reiterating guidance for fiscal 2014 which is on a comparable basis to non-GAAP fiscal 2013 results adjusted for unusual items and reflecting a 28% tax rate. In fiscal 2014, the Company anticipates that net sales will increase approximately 12% to a range of $570 million to $575 million, gross margin will be approximately 54%, operating income will increase approximately 20% to $68 million and EBITDA will be approximately $80 million. The Company anticipates net income in fiscal 2014 to increase to approximately $48 million or $1.80 per diluted share, reflecting a 28% anticipated effective tax rate. The Company's guidance also assumes no unusual charges for fiscal 2014 and excludes the gain on the sale of the Swiss building in the first quarter.

Quarterly Dividend

The Company also announced that on May 29, 2013 the Board of Directors approved the payment on June 21, 2013 of a cash dividend in the amount of $0.05 for each share of the Company's outstanding common stock and class A common stock held by shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 10, 2013.

Conference Call

The Company's management will host a conference call and audio webcast to discuss its results today, May 29th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (888) 220-8451. Additionally, a live webcast of the call can be accessed at The webcast will be archived on the Company's website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call. Additionally, a telephonic re-play of the call will be available at 12:00 p.m. ET on May 29, 2013 until 11:59 p.m. ET on June 5, 2013 and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 and entering replay pin number 1960113.

Movado Group, Inc. designs, sources, and distributes MOVADO®, EBEL®, CONCORD®, ESQ® Movado, COACH®, TOMMY HILFIGER®, HUGO BOSS®, JUICY COUTURE®, LACOSTE® and SCUDERIA FERRARI® watches worldwide, and operates Movado company stores in the United States.

In this release, the Company presents certain adjusted financial measures that are not calculated according to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). Specifically, the Company is presenting EBITDA which is calculated as the sum of the Company's operating income under GAAP plus the amount of the Company's depreciation and amortization. The Company believes that EBITDA is useful as a performance measure since it gives investors a measure of the Company's ability to generate cash to service its debt and other cash expenditures. The Company believes this information is useful to investors to facilitate comparisons of operating results. This non-GAAP financial measure is designed to complement the GAAP financial information presented in this release. The non-GAAP financial measure presented should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP financial measure, and the methods of its calculation may differ substantially from similarly titled measures used by other companies.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company has tried, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements using words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "targets," "goals," "projects," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should" and similar expressions. Similarly, statements in this press release that describe the Company's business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals are also forward-looking statements. Accordingly, such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements and levels of future dividends to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. These risks and uncertainties may include, but are not limited to general economic and business conditions which may impact disposable income of consumers in the United States and the other significant markets (including Europe) where the Company's products are sold, uncertainty regarding such economic and business conditions, trends in consumer debt levels and bad debt write-offs, general uncertainty related to possible terrorist attacks, natural disasters, the stability of the European Union and defaults on or downgrades of sovereign debt and the impact of any of those events on consumer spending, changes in consumer preferences and popularity of particular designs, new product development and introduction, competitive products and pricing, seasonality, availability of alternative sources of supply in the case of the loss of any significant supplier or any supplier's inability to fulfill the Company's orders, the loss of or curtailed sales to significant customers, the Company's dependence on key employees and officers, the ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquired businesses without disruption to other business activities, the continuation of licensing arrangements with third parties, the ability to secure and protect trademarks, patents and other intellectual property rights, the ability to lease new stores on suitable terms in desired markets and to complete construction on a timely basis, potential effects of economic and currency instability in Europe and countries using the Euro as their functional currency, the ability of the Company to successfully manage its expenses on a continuing basis, the continued availability to the Company of financing and credit on favorable terms, business disruptions, disease, general risks associated with doing business outside the United States including, without limitation, import duties, tariffs, quotas, political and economic stability, and success of hedging strategies with respect to currency exchange rate fluctuations, and the other factors discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements reflect the Company's current beliefs and are based upon information currently available to it. Be advised that developments subsequent to this press release are likely to cause these statements to become outdated with the passage of time. The Company assumes no duty to update its forward looking statements and this release shall not be construed to indicate the assumption by the Company of any duty to update its guidance in the future.

(Tables to follow)

(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
April 30,



Net sales $ 110,010 $ 103,655
Cost of sales   50,091     44,630  
Gross profit 59,919 59,025
Selling, general and administrative   49,914     50,537  
Operating income 10,005 8,488
Other income 1,526 -
Interest expense (65 ) (145 )
Interest income   23     16  
Income before income taxes 11,489 8,359
Provision for income taxes   3,310     1,598  
Net income 8,179 6,761
Less: Net (loss) / income attributed to noncontrolling interests   (31 )   128  
Net income attributed to Movado Group, Inc. $ 8,210   $ 6,633  
Per Share Information:
Net income attributed to Movado Group, Inc. $ 0.32 $ 0.26
Weighted diluted average shares outstanding 25,873 25,475
GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures
(In thousands)

   Three Months Ended   

   April 30,   




Operating income (GAAP) $ 10,005 $ 8,488
Depreciation and amortization   2,756   3,051
EBITDA (non-GAAP) $ 12,761 $ 11,539
(In thousands)
April 30, January 31, April 30,





Cash and cash equivalents $ 141,484 $ 167,889 $ 158,750
Trade receivables 69,545 64,300 62,262
Inventories 172,266 164,354 172,041
Other current assets   36,571   37,556   27,909
Total current assets   419,866   434,099   420,962
Property, plant and equipment, net 46,289 44,501 33,567
Deferred income taxes 22,434 22,749 15,106
Other non-current assets   26,790   25,013   23,405
Total assets $ 515,379 $ 526,362 $ 493,040


Accounts payable $ 24,421 $ 22,075 $ 23,130
Accrued liabilities 34,358 51,136 35,834
Dividends payable - - 12,570
Deferred and current income taxes payable   1,412   275   1,493
Total current liabilities   60,191   73,486   73,027
Deferred and non-current income taxes payable 5,689 5,637 6,825
Other non-current liabilities 22,626 21,547 19,497
Noncontrolling interests 1,933 2,002 2,899
Shareholders' equity   424,940   423,690   390,792
Total liabilities and equity $ 515,379 $ 526,362 $ 493,040
(In thousands)

Three Months Ended

April 30,




Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income from operations $ 8,179 $ 6,761
Depreciation and amortization 2,756 3,051
Other non-cash adjustments (684 ) 840
Changes in working capital (27,304 ) (34,835 )
Changes in non-current assets and liabilities   (727 )   (210 )
Net cash (used in) operating activities   (17,780 )   (24,393 )
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (6,469 ) (837 )
Proceeds from sale of an asset held for sale 2,196 -
Trademarks   (86 )   -  
Net cash (used in) investing activities   (4,359 )   (837 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Dividends paid (1,272 ) (1,256 )
Other financing   (1,070 )   450  
Net cash (used in) financing activities   (2,342 )   (806 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,924 ) 2,585
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (26,405 ) (23,451 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   167,889     182,201  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 141,484   $ 158,750  

Source: Movado Group, Inc.

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