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

  • Revenues rise 12% to nearly $2 billion
  • Strong revenue and operating income growth across all coalitions
  • 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.

GREENSBORO, N.C.-- 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 income 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%.

Expansion in International Revenues

International revenues increased 20%, with double-digit growth across our Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear and Contemporary Brands' international businesses. Revenues in Asia were up 52% in the quarter, with our The North Face(R), Vans(R), 7 For All Mankind and Kipling(R) and jeanswear businesses all growing in excess of 30%. Our business in India continued to show great momentum, with revenues rising by over 80% in the quarter.

Growth in Direct-to-Consumer Revenues

Direct-to-consumer revenues grew 10% in the quarter, driven by new store openings, a 31% increase in e-commerce revenues, and comp store growth. The direct-to-consumer businesses of The North Face(R), Vans(R), 7 For All Mankind(R) and Kipling(R) brands each achieved solid revenue gains in the period. A total of 15 stores were opened across our brands in the quarter, bringing the total number of owned stores to 788.

2011 Guidance Increased

"VF's formula for success continues to produce outstanding results," said Mr. Wiseman. "That formula includes the combination of powerful brands supported by targeted investments to drive profitable growth, rapidly expanding international and direct to consumer platforms, and new tools and processes designed to spur even greater innovation across VF."

Revenues are now expected to rise approximately 10% in 2011, up from previous guidance for an increase of 8 to 9%, due largely to the impact of a weaker dollar in translating foreign currencies, as well as broad-based strength across our businesses.

Earnings per share are now anticipated to increase to $7.25, up from our previous guidance of $7.00 to $7.10 per share. The new guidance includes the $.11 in special items reported in the first quarter, as well as an increase of $.10 per share from foreign currency translation.

We continue to look forward to another strong year of cash flow from operations, which should again reach $1 billion in 2011.

Dividend Declared

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.63 per share, payable on June 20, 2011 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 10, 2011.

Statement on Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are made based on our expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting VF and therefore involve a number of risks and uncertainties. We caution that forward-looking statements are not guarantees and that actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results of operations or financial condition of VF to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements in this release include the overall level of consumer spending on apparel; the level of consumer confidence; fluctuations in the price, availability and quality of raw materials and contracted products; disruption and volatility in the global capital and credit markets; VF's reliance on a small number of large customers; the financial strength of VF's customers; changing fashion trends and consumer demand; increasing pressure on margins; VF's ability to implement its growth strategy; VF's ability to grow its international and direct-to-consumer businesses; VF's ability to successfully integrate and grow acquisitions; VF's ability to maintain the strength and security of its information technology systems; stability of VF's manufacturing facilities and foreign suppliers; continued use by VF's suppliers of ethical business practices; VF's ability to accurately forecast demand for products; continuity of members of VF's management; VF's ability to protect trademarks and other intellectual property rights; maintenance by VF's licensees and distributors of the value of VF's brands; foreign currency fluctuations; and legal, regulatory, political and economic risks in international markets. More information on potential factors that could affect VF's financial results is included from time to time in VF's public reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including VF's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

About VF

VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel with more than 30 brands, including Wrangler(R), The North Face(R), Lee(R), Vans(R), Nautica(R), 7 For All Mankind(R), Eagle Creek(R), Eastpak(R), Ella Moss(R), JanSport(R), John Varvatos(R), Kipling(R), lucy(R), Majestic(R), Napapijri(R), Red Kap(R), Reef(R), Riders(R) and Splendid(R).

Webcast Information

VF will hold its first quarter conference call and webcast today at 8:30 a.m. ET. Interested parties should call 1-888-634-7543 domestic, or 1-719-457-2655 international, to access the call. You may also access this call via the Internet at www.vfc.com. A replay will be available through May 6, 2011 and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 domestic, and 1-858-384-5517 international. The pass code is 3018793. A replay also can be accessed at the Company's web site at www.vfc.com.


Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

                                                   Three Months Ended March

                                                     2011           2010

Net Sales                                          $ 1,937,124    $ 1,730,086

Royalty Income                                       21,675         19,793

Total Revenues                                       1,958,799      1,749,879

Costs and Operating Expenses

 Cost of goods sold                                  1,033,856      932,203

 Marketing, administrative and general               650,300        594,416

                                                     1,684,156      1,526,619

Operating Income                                     274,643        223,260

Other Income (Expense)

 Interest income                                     966            494

 Interest expense                                    (15,940   )    (20,499   )

 Miscellaneous, net                                  (1,931    )    6,423

                                                     (16,905   )    (13,582   )

Income Before Income Taxes                           257,738        209,678

Income Taxes                                         56,318         46,219

Net Income                                           201,420        163,459

Net (Income) Loss Attributable to                    (717      )    57
Noncontrolling Interests

Net Income Attributable to VF                      $ 200,703      $ 163,516

Earnings Per Share Attributable to VF Corporation
Common Stockholders

 Basic                                             $ 1.85         $ 1.48

 Diluted                                             1.82           1.46

Weighted Average Common Shares

 Basic                                               108,222        110,259

 Diluted                                             110,040        111,629

Cash Dividends Per Common Share                    $ 0.63         $ 0.60

Fiscal Periods:VF operates and reports using a 52/53 week fiscal year ending on
the Saturday closest to December 31 of each year. Similarly, the fiscal first
quarter ends on the Saturday closest to March 31. For presentation purposes
herein, all references to periods ended March 2011, December 2010 and March
2010 relate to the fiscal periods ended as of April 2, 2011, January 1, 2011
and April 3, 2010, respectively.


Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

                                    March          December       March

                                      2011           2010           2010


Current Assets

 Cash and equivalents               $ 672,963      $ 792,239      $ 718,634

 Accounts receivable, net             892,294        773,083        787,682

 Inventories                          1,183,314      1,070,694      952,182

 Other current assets                 201,457        190,044        192,275

  Total current assets                2,950,028      2,826,060      2,650,773

Property, Plant and Equipment         615,372        602,908        601,859

Intangible Assets                     1,556,791      1,490,925      1,529,538

Goodwill                              1,187,107      1,166,638      1,363,059

Other Assets                          383,840        371,025        326,979

                                    $ 6,693,138    $ 6,457,556    $ 6,472,208


Current Liabilities

 Short-term borrowings              $ 40,052       $ 36,576       $ 48,525

 Current portion of long-term debt    2,722          2,737          202,690

 Accounts payable                     429,541        510,998        296,437

 Accrued liabilities                  564,531        559,164        512,415

  Total current liabilities           1,036,846      1,109,475      1,060,067

Long-term Debt                        935,244        935,882        937,826

Other Liabilities                     594,601        550,880        649,449

Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders' Equity

 Common Stock                         109,014        107,938        109,981

 Additional paid-in capital           2,159,204      2,081,367      1,938,184

 Accumulated other comprehensive      (202,203  )    (268,594  )    (246,241  )
 income (loss)

 Retained earnings                    2,059,492      1,940,508      2,024,856

 Total equity attributable to VF      4,125,507      3,861,219      3,826,780

 Noncontrolling interests             940            100            (1,914    )

  Total stockholders' equity          4,126,447      3,861,319      3,824,866

                                    $ 6,693,138    $ 6,457,556    $ 6,472,208


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

                                                    Three Months Ended March

                                                      2011          2010

Operating Activities

 Net income                                         $ 201,420     $ 163,459

 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash
 provided (used)

  by operating activities:

  Depreciation                                        30,096        27,396

  Amortization of intangible assets                   9,776         9,978

  Other amortization                                  5,069         3,695

  Stock-based compensation                            13,702        14,774

  Pension funding under expense                       10,817        10,324

  Other, net                                          2,615         27,410

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net
  of acquisitions:

   Accounts receivable                                (101,628 )    (25,230  )

   Inventories                                        (101,511 )    3,867

   Other current assets                               726           (4,373   )

   Accounts payable                                   (94,167  )    (74,409  )

   Accrued compensation                               (64,313  )    (31,548  )

   Accrued income taxes                               14,651        26,213

   Accrued liabilities                                8,922         58,312

   Other assets and liabilities                       30,960        (25,714  )

  Cash provided (used) by operating activities        (32,865  )    184,154

Investing Activities

 Capital expenditures                                 (33,607  )    (17,339  )

 Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired          -             (29,111  )

 Trademark acquisition                                (55,500  )    -

 Software purchases                                   (7,256   )    (701     )

 Other, net                                           53            (2,486   )

  Cash used by investing activities                   (96,310  )    (49,637  )

Financing Activities

 Net increase in short-term borrowings                3,427         2,837

 Payments on long-term debt                           (550     )    (1,061   )

 Purchase of Common Stock                             (2,453   )    (118,001 )

 Cash dividends paid                                  (68,475  )    (66,224  )

 Proceeds from issuance of Common Stock, net          46,036        52,394

 Tax benefits of stock option exercises               8,384         1,669

  Cash used by financing activities                   (13,631  )    (128,386 )

Effect of Foreign Currency Rate Changes on Cash       23,530        (19,046  )

Net Change in Cash and Equivalents                    (119,276 )    (12,915  )

Cash and Equivalents - Beginning of Year              792,239       731,549

Cash and Equivalents - End of Period                $ 672,963     $ 718,634


Supplemental Financial Information

Business Segment Information

(In thousands)

                              Three Months Ended March

                                2011           2010

Coalition Revenues:

 Outdoor & Action Sports      $ 788,215      $ 678,562

 Jeanswear                      679,243        622,065

 Imagewear                      246,808        221,298

 Sportswear                     111,894        102,177

 Contemporary Brands            111,916        104,089

 Other                          20,723         21,688

 Total coalition revenues     $ 1,958,799    $ 1,749,879

Coalition Profit:

 Outdoor & Action Sports      $ 143,905      $ 127,027

 Jeanswear                      123,126        106,808

 Imagewear                      36,898         22,812

 Sportswear                     7,430          7,168

 Contemporary Brands            9,684          8,452

 Other                          (2,074    )    (1,225    )

 Total coalition profit         318,969        271,042

Corporate and Other Expenses    (46,257   )    (41,359   )

Interest, net                   (14,974   )    (20,005   )

Income Before Income Taxes    $ 257,738      $ 209,678


Supplemental Financial Information

Business Segment Information - Constant Currency Basis

(In thousands)

                              Three Months Ended March 2011

                                             Impact of


                              As             Currency   Constant

                              Reported       Exchange   Currency

Coalition Revenues:

 Outdoor & Action Sports      $ 788,215      $ 2,870    $ 785,345

 Jeanswear                      679,243        3,557      675,686

 Imagewear                      246,808        688        246,120

 Sportswear                     111,894        -          111,894

 Contemporary Brands            111,916        193        111,723

 Other                          20,723         -          20,723

 Total coalition revenues     $ 1,958,799    $ 7,308    $ 1,951,491

Coalition Profit:

 Outdoor & Action Sports      $ 143,905      $ 928      $ 142,977

 Jeanswear                      123,126        1,203      121,923

 Imagewear                      36,898         175        36,723

 Sportswear                     7,430          -          7,430

 Contemporary Brands            9,684          (9    )    9,693

 Other                          (2,074    )    -          (2,074    )

 Total coalition profit         318,969        2,297      316,672

Corporate and Other Expenses    (46,257   )    -          (46,257   )

Interest, net                   (14,974   )    -          (14,974   )

Income Before Income Taxes    $ 257,738      $ 2,297    $ 255,441

Constant Currency Financial Information

VF is a global company that reports financial information in U.S.
dollars in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations affect the amounts
reported by VF from translating its foreign revenues and expenses
into U.S. dollars. These rate fluctuations can have a significant
effect on reported operating results. As a supplement to our reported
operating results, we present constant currency financial
information, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. We use constant
currency information to provide a framework to assess how our
businesses performed excluding the effects of changes in foreign
currency translation rates. Management believes this information is
useful to investors to facilitate comparisons of operating results
and better identify trends in our businesses.

To calculate coalition revenues and profits on a constant currency
basis, operating results for the current year period for entities
reporting in currencies other than the U.S. dollar are translated
into U.S. dollars at the average exchange rates in effect during the
comparable period of the prior year (rather than the actual exchange
rates in effect during the current year period).

These constant currency performance measures should be viewed in
addition to, and not in lieu of or superior to, our operating
performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The constant
currency information presented may not be comparable to similarly
titled measures reported by other companies.

    Source: VF Corporation