Wolverine Worldwide Announces Record 2013 Financial Results And Provides Full-year 2014 Guidance

Feb 18, 2014, 06:30 ET from Wolverine Worldwide

ROCKFORD, Mich., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW) today reported financial results for both the fourth quarter and full year ended December 28, 2013.  Full-year results include a full 52-week contribution from the Company's October 2012 acquisition of the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite, and Keds brands (the "PLG Acquisition"). 

On July 11, 2013, the Company's Board of Directors declared a two-for-one stock split, which was paid in the form of a stock dividend on November 1, 2013.  All references to the Company's share and per share data are presented on a split-adjusted basis.  Additionally, references to adjusted financial results exclude transaction and integration expenses related to the PLG Acquisition, restructuring charges related to the Company's manufacturing operations, non-cash retail store impairment charges, and expenses related to the October 2013 debt refinancing, where applicable.

Highlights from the year and fourth quarter 2013 include:

  • Consolidated full-year revenue increased to a record $2.69 billion, representing growth of 5.6% versus prior year pro forma revenue of $2.55 billion and growth of 64.0% versus prior year reported revenue of $1.64 billion.  All three of the Company's branded operating groups contributed to the 2013 record revenue results, with the most significant contributions to revenue growth coming from the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Keds, and Merrell brands.  
  • Consolidated fourth quarter revenue was a record $740.8 million, growth of 0.6% vs. prior year pro forma revenue of $736.4 million and growth of 13.6% versus prior year reported revenue of $652.2 million.
  • Adjusted full-year gross margin increased 120 basis points to 39.8%.  The strong gross margin improvement was driven by a mix shift towards higher margin consumer-direct channels, select price increases taken at the beginning of the year, efficiency gains in our owned manufacturing operations and lower LIFO expense.  These were partially offset by higher product costs and unfavorable variances on FX forward contracts.  Reported gross margin was 39.6%.
  • Adjusted full-year earnings increased 25.4% to a record $1.43 per fully diluted share.  Reported earnings for the full year were $0.99 per fully diluted share.
  • In the fourth quarter, adjusted fully diluted earnings were $0.22 per share.  As noted during the Company's previous earnings call, fourth quarter earnings were negatively impacted by incremental pension and incentive compensation expense and a higher tax rate and share count.  Reported earnings in the fourth quarter were $(0.02) per fully diluted share.
  • Operating free cash flow for the full fiscal year was a record $157.6 million.  The Company ended the year with cash of $214.2 million and net debt of $935.8 million, with the latter down $142.8 million from the prior year end.    

"Fiscal 2013 was a year of many milestones for the Company, highlighted by record earnings per share and our fourth consecutive year of record revenue," said Blake W. Krueger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "We integrated the newly acquired brands into our business and successfully executed numerous global growth initiatives across our brand portfolio while also expanding and strengthening our direct-to-consumer platform.  Even as a sluggish retail environment and very cold weather in the U.S. tempered growth for our Sperry Top-Sider and Stride Rite brands during the fourth quarter, many of our other brands, including Merrell, delivered excellent results.  For the year, nearly every geographic region grew nicely, with the only exception being the EMEA region that still delivered results consistent with our expectations.  In addition, we were particularly pleased with the accelerated momentum in the Latin America and Asia Pacific regions during the back half of 2013, important regions for future growth across our portfolio and, particularly, for our newly acquired brands.

"As we begin fiscal 2014, we are pleased with the tremendous progress we have made over the past few years to position the Company for continued success around the world.  Our fanatical focus on product creation and innovation is delivering exciting products to our global consumers, and we continue to tell compelling marketing stories each season – all while our talented and motivated teams deliver revenue growth and increased profitability across the portfolio.  We remain steadfastly focused on achieving impressive returns for our shareholders in any macroeconomic environment."

Don Grimes, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "The Company delivered exceptional financial results in fiscal 2013, and we couldn't be more pleased with our strong cash flow generation and debt retirement since the close of the PLG Acquisition in October 2012.  Our focus remains on growing our wonderful collection of lifestyle brands and driving continued excellent cash flow."

Additional details:

  • Adjusted full-year operating expenses were $830.0 million, or 30.8% of revenue, which compares to 29.4% of revenue in the prior year.  The increase in operating expense as a percentage of revenue was driven by incremental pension and incentive compensation expenses, incremental amortization expense related to purchase price accounting for the PLG Acquisition, a higher mix of consumer direct activities, and investments in key brand-building initiatives.  Reported operating expenses were $872.2 million.
  • Inventory at year end was meaningfully lower than the prior year, decreasing 8.2%.  The Company employs a "narrow and deep" inventory philosophy that ensures its brands are in stock on key styles, and the normalized fall/winter weather patterns in the fourth quarter led to early product sell-outs for several of the brands in the portfolio.

Grimes concluded, "A more challenging 2013 holiday selling season and lingering uncertainty in the U.S. are balanced with 2014 expectations for continued double-digit growth from our brands in Latin America and Asia Pacific.  International efforts for our newly acquired brands will begin showing results in the back half of the year and are expected to gain meaningful momentum into 2015." 

In light of these expectations, the Company is offering the following guidance for fiscal 2014 (excluding carryover expenses related to the final integration activities related to the PLG Acquisition and remaining restructuring charges related to the Company's owned manufacturing operations):

  • Full-year consolidated revenue in the range of $2.775 to $2.85 billion, representing growth in the range of 3% to 6% versus reported fiscal 2013 revenue of $2.69 billion.
  • Slight full-year gross margin expansion.
  • Modest full-year operating expense leverage, driven partially by lower year-over-year pension expense.
  • Full-year interest expense of approximately $47 million.
  • Full-year effective tax rate of approximately 28%. 
  • Fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding of approximately 100 million.
  • Adjusted fully diluted earnings per share in the range of $1.57 to $1.63, representing growth of 10% to 14% versus the fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings per share of $1.43.  Reported fully diluted earnings per share are expected in the range of $1.52 to $1.58

The Company will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. EST today to discuss these results and current business trends.  To listen to the call at the Company's website, go to www.wolverineworldwide.com, click on "Investor Relations" in the navigation bar, and then click on "Webcasts & Presentations" from the side navigation bar of the "Investor Relations" page.  To listen to the webcast, your computer must have a streaming media player, which can be downloaded for free at www.wolverineworldwide.com.  In addition, the conference call can be heard at www.streetevents.com. A replay of the call will be available at the Company's website through April 11, 2014.

With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is one of the world's leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children's, and uniform footwear and apparel.  The Company's portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Merrell®, Sperry Top-Sider®, Hush Puppies®, Saucony®, Wolverine®, Keds®, Stride Rite®, Sebago®, Cushe®, Chaco®, Bates®, HYTEST®, and Soft Style®.  The Company also is the global footwear licensee of popular brands including Cat®, Harley-Davidson®, and Patagonia®. The Company's products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in approximately 200 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit our website, www.wolverineworldwide.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding expected 2014 financial performance, statements regarding shareholder returns, and statements regarding future growth and international expansion. In addition, words such as "estimates," "anticipates," "believes," "forecasts," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "is likely," "expects," "intends," "should," "will," variations of such words, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions ("Risk Factors") that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood, and degree of occurrence.  Risk Factors include, among others:  the Company's ability to continue to integrate and realize the benefits of the PLG Acquisition on a timely basis or at all; the Company's ability to successfully develop its brands and businesses; changes in interest rates, tax laws, duty structures, tariffs, quotas, or applicable assessments in countries of import and export including anti-dumping measures and trade defense actions; changes in consumer preferences, spending patterns, buying patterns, or price sensitivity; changes in future pension funding requirements and pension expenses; the ability to secure and protect owned intellectual property or use licensed intellectual property; cancellation of orders for future delivery, or the failure of the Department of Defense to exercise future purchase options or award new contracts, or the cancellation of existing contracts by the Department of Defense or other military purchasers; changes in planned customer demand, re-orders, or at-once orders; changes in relationships with, including the loss of, significant customers; the availability and pricing of footwear manufacturing capacity; reliance on foreign sourcing; failure of international licensees and distributors to meet sales goals or to make timely payments on amounts owed; disruption of technology systems; regulatory or other changes affecting the supply or price of materials used in manufacturing; the impact of regulatory or legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; the availability of power, labor, and resources in key foreign sourcing countries, including China; the cost, availability, and management of raw materials, inventories, services, and labor for owned and contract manufacturers; the impact of competition and pricing; the impact of changes in the value of foreign currencies; the development of new initiatives; the risks of doing business in developing countries and politically or economically volatile areas; retail buying patterns; consolidation in the retail sector; changes in economic and market conditions; acts and effects of war and terrorism; seasonality and weather; problems affecting the Company's distribution system, including service interruptions at shipping and receiving ports; the failure to maintain the security of personally identifiable and other information of customers, stockholders, and employees; and additional factors discussed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and exhibits thereto.  The foregoing Risk Factors, as well as other existing Risk Factors and new Risk Factors that emerge from time to time, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results.  Furthermore, the Company undertakes no obligation to update, amend, or clarify forward-looking statements.

WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(in millions, except per share data)

16 Weeks Ended

52 Weeks Ended

December 28,

December 29,

December 28,

December 29,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Revenue

$             740.8

$             652.2

$          2,691.1

$      1,640.8

Cost of goods sold

457.8

408.3

1,619.0

1,008.1

Acquisition-related transaction and integration costs

-

4.5

-

4.5

Restructuring costs

7.6

-

7.6

-

Gross profit

275.4

239.4

1,064.5

628.2

Gross margin

37.2%

36.7%

39.6%

38.3%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

246.4

207.2

830.7

482.0

Acquisition related transaction and integration costs

11.0

24.6

41.5

32.5

Operating expenses

257.4

231.8

872.2

514.5

Operating expenses as a % of revenue

34.8%

35.5%

32.4%

31.4%

Operating profit

18.0

7.6

192.3

113.7

Operating margin

2.4%

1.2%

7.1%

6.9%

Interest expense, net

14.7

13.0

52.0

14.0

Acquisition-related interest expense

-

3.8

-

5.2

Debt extinguishment costs

13.1

-

13.1

-

Other expense (income), net

(2.5)

(1.0)

(0.5)

0.3

25.3

15.8

64.6

19.5

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

(7.3)

(8.2)

127.7

94.2

Income taxes expense (benefit)

(6.0)

(4.7)

26.7

13.4

Effective tax rate

81.4%

57.3%

20.9%

14.2%

Net earnings (loss)

(1.3)

(3.5)

101.0

80.8

Net (earnings) attributable to non-controlling interests

(0.4)

(0.2)

(0.6)

(0.1)

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

$                (1.7)

$                (3.7)

$             100.4

$           80.7

Diluted earnings per share

$              (0.02)

$              (0.04)

$               0.99

$           0.81

Supplemental information:

Net earnings used to calculate diluted earnings per share

$                (1.7)

$                (3.7)

$               98.2

$           79.1

Shares used to calculate earnings per share

97.3

95.6

98.9

97.0

Weighted average shares outstanding

100.6

98.3

100.3

97.6

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

December 28,

December 29,

2013

2012

ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents

$             214.2

$         171.4

Receivables

398.1

353.6

Inventories

428.2

466.2

Other current assets

77.5

83.7

Total current assets

1,118.0

1,074.9

Property, plant and equipment, net

151.9

149.7

Goodwill and other non-amortizable intangibles

1,135.8

1,139.7

Other non-current assets

216.5

250.1

Total Assets

$          2,622.2

$      2,614.4

LIABILITIES & EQUITY:

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

$             276.0

$         288.6

Current maturities on long-term debt

53.3

30.7

Total current liabilities

329.3

319.3

Long-term debt

1,096.7

1,219.3

Other non-current liabilities

354.8

432.1

Stockholders' equity

841.4

643.7

Total Liabilities and Equity

$          2,622.2

$      2,614.4

 

WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

52 Weeks Ended

December 28,

December 29,

2013

2012

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net earnings

$             101.0

$           80.8

Adjustments necessary to reconcile 

net earnings to net cash provided by 

operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

56.2

27.7

Deferred income taxes

(27.8)

(4.2)

Stock-based compensation expense, net of tax benefits

24.8

5.1

Pension contribution

(2.4)

(26.7)

Pension expense

37.3

27.9

Debt extinguishment costs

13.1

-

Restructuring costs

7.6

-

Other

(5.0)

4.8

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(2.5)

(23.8)

Net cash provided by operating activities

202.3

91.6

INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

-

(1,225.9)

Investment in joint ventures

(2.5)

(2.9)

Additions to property, plant and equipment

(41.7)

(14.9)

Other

(0.5)

(2.4)

Net cash used in investing activities

(44.7)

(1,246.1)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Net repayments under revolver

-

(11.0)

Borrowings of long-term debt

775.0

1,275.0

Payments of long term debt

(875.0)

(25.5)

Payments of debt issuance costs

(2.3)

(40.1)

Cash dividends paid

(23.7)

(23.6)

Purchase of common stock for treasury

(0.8)

(14.1)

Other

14.0

22.7

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(112.8)

1,183.4

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

(2.0)

2.5

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

42.8

31.4

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

171.4

140.0

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year

$             214.2

$         171.4

 

WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE, INC.

REPORTED REVENUE BY OPERATING GROUP

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

4th Quarter Ended

December 28, 2013

December 29, 2012

Change

Revenue

% of Total

Revenue

% of Total

$

%

Lifestyle Group

$         265.3

35.8%

$         210.7

32.3%

$         54.6

25.9%

Performance Group

251.3

33.9%

220.9

33.9%

30.4

13.8%

Heritage Group

193.7

26.1%

189.6

29.1%

4.1

2.2%

Other

30.5

4.2%

31.0

4.7%

(0.5)

-1.6%

Total Revenue

$         740.8

100.0%

$         652.2

100.0%

$         88.6

13.6%

REPORTED FISCAL Q4 2013 REVENUE BY OPERATING GROUP COMPARED TO FISCAL Q4 2012 PRO FORMA REVENUE BY OPERATING GROUP*

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

4th Quarter Ended

December 28, 2013

December 29, 2012

Change

Revenue

% of Total

Revenue

% of Total

$

%

Lifestyle Group

$         265.3

35.8%

$         274.7

37.3%

$          (9.4)

-3.4%

Performance Group

251.3

33.9%

241.9

32.8%

9.4

3.9%

Heritage Group

193.7

26.1%

189.6

25.7%

4.1

2.2%

Other

30.5

4.2%

30.2

4.2%

0.3

1.0%

Total Revenue

$         740.8

100.0%

$         736.4

100.0%

$           4.4

0.6%

*2012 revenues are presented as if the Company acquired PLG on January 1, 2012.  The adjusted financial results are used by management to, and allow investors to, evaluate the operating performance of the Company on a comparable basis.  

 

As required by the Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G, the following tables contain information regarding the non-GAAP adjustments used by the Company in the presentation of its financial results: 

WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL 2012 FULL-YEAR REPORTED REVENUE TO REVENUE ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE PLG FULL-YEAR 2012 REVENUE*

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

GAAP Basis

PLG Pre "Stub Period"

As Adjusted

Full-Year 2012

Revenue (a)

Full-Year 2012

Revenue

$                    1,640.8

$                                          906.7

$                        2,547.5

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL Q4 2012 REPORTED REVENUE TO FISCAL Q4 2012 PRO FORMA REVENUE*

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

GAAP Basis 

PLG Pre "Stub Period"

Pro Forma 

Fiscal Q4 2012

Revenue (a)

Fiscal Q4 2012

Lifestyle Group

$                        210.7

$                                            64.0

$                            274.7

Performance Group

220.9

21.0

241.9

Heritage Group

189.6

-

189.6

Other

31.0

(0.8)

30.2

Total Revenue

$                        652.2

$                                            84.2

$                            736.4

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL 2013 FULL-YEAR REPORTED GROSS PROFIT TO GROSS PROFIT  ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE RESTRUCTURING COSTS*

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

GAAP Basis

As Adjusted

Full-Year 2013

Restructuring Costs

Full-Year 2013

Gross Profit

$                    1,064.5

$                                              7.6

$                        1,072.1

Percentage of revenue

39.6%

39.8%

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL 2012 FULL-YEAR REPORTED GROSS PROFIT TO GROSS PROFIT  ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE ACQUISITION-RELATED TRANSACTION AND INTEGRATION COSTS*

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

Acquisition-Related

GAAP Basis

Transaction and

As Adjusted

Full-Year 2012

Integration Costs

Full-Year 2012

Gross Profit

$                        628.2

$                                              4.5

$                            632.7

Percentage of revenue

38.3%

38.6%

 

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL 2013 FULL-YEAR 2013 REPORTED EPS TO EPS ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE ACQUISITION-RELATED TRANSACTION AND INTEGRATION, RESTRUCTURING, IMPAIRMENT AND DEBT EXTINGUISHMENT COSTS*

(Unaudited)

Acquisition-Related

Transaction and Integration,

GAAP Basis

 Restructuring, Impairment

As Adjusted

Full-Year 2013

 and Debt Extinguishment Costs

Full-Year 2013

Diluted earnings per share

$                          0.99

$                                                0.44

$                           1.43

Percentage change vs. 2012

22.2%

25.4%

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL 2012 FULL-YEAR REPORTED EPS TO EPS ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE ACQUISITION-RELATED TRANSACTION AND INTEGRATION COSTS*

(Unaudited)

Acquisition-Related

GAAP Basis

Transaction and

As Adjusted

Full-Year 2012

Integration Costs

Full-Year 2012

Diluted earnings per share

$                          0.81

$                                                0.33

$                           1.14

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL Q4 2013 REPORTED EPS TO EPS ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE ACQUISITION-RELATED TRANSACTION AND INTEGRATION, RESTRUCTURING, IMPAIRMENT AND DEBT EXTINGUISHMENT COSTS*

(Unaudited)

Acquisition-Related

Transaction and Integration,

GAAP Basis

 Restructuring, Impairment

As Adjusted

Fiscal Q4 2013

 and Debt Extinguishment Costs

Fiscal Q4 2013

Diluted earnings per share

$                        (0.02)

$                                                0.24

$                           0.22

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL Q4 2012 REPORTED EPS TO EPS ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE ACQUISITION-RELATED TRANSACTION AND INTEGRATION COSTS*

(Unaudited)

Acquisition-Related

GAAP Basis

Transaction and

As Adjusted

Fiscal Q4 2012

Integration Costs

Fiscal Q4 2012

Diluted earnings per share

$                        (0.04)

$                                                0.28

$                           0.24

 

OPERATING FREE CASH FLOW*

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

52 Weeks Ended

December 28, 2013

Net cash provided by

    operating activities

$                                           202.3

Net cash used in investing 

   activities

(44.7)

Operating free cash flow

$                                           157.6

RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED DEBT TO NET DEBT

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

 Fiscal Year Ended 2013 

 Fiscal Year Ended 2012 

GAAP reported debt

$                              1,150.0

$                                       1,250.0

Cash & cash equivalents

(214.2)

(171.4)

Net debt

$                                 935.8

$                                       1,078.6

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL 2013 FULL-YEAR REPORTED OPERATING EXPENSES TO OPERATING EXPENSES ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE ACQUISITION-RELATED TRANSACTION AND INTEGRATION AND IMPAIRMENT COSTS*

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

Acquisition-Related

GAAP Basis

Transaction and Integration

As Adjusted

Full-Year 2013

and Impairment Costs

Full-Year 2013

Operating expenses

$                                 872.2

$                                           (42.2)

$                         830.0

Percentage of revenue

32.4%

30.8%

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL 2012 FULL-YEAR REPORTED OPERATING EXPENSES TO OPERATING EXPENSES ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE ACQUISITION-RELATED TRANSACTION AND INTEGRATION COSTS*

(Unaudited)

(in millions)

Acquisition-Related

GAAP Basis

Transaction and 

As Adjusted

Full-Year 2012

Integration Costs

Full-Year 2012

Operating expenses

$                                 514.5

$                                           (32.5)

$                         482.0

Percentage of revenue

31.4%

29.4%

 

RECONCILIATION OF FISCAL 2014 FULL-YEAR REPORTED EPS GUIDANCE TO EPS ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE ACQUISITION-RELATED TRANSACTION AND INTEGRATION AND RESTRUCTURING COSTS*

(Unaudited)

GAAP Basis

Acquisition-Related

 As Adjusted 

Full-Year 2014

Transaction and Integration

Full-Year 2014

Guidance

and Restructuring Costs

Guidance

Diluted earnings per share

 $     1.52      -       1.58 

$                                   0.05

 $     1.57      -       1.63 

(a)

This adjustment presents the Company's revenue as if PLG was acquired on January 1, 2012.  The adjusted financial results are used by management to, and allow investors to, evaluate the operating performance of the Company on a comparable basis.  

*

To supplement the consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), the Company describes what certain financial measures would have been if PLG had been acquired on January 1, 2012 and excluded acquisition-related transaction and integration costs, impairment costs, early extinguishment of debt costs and manufacturing restructuring costs.  The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to both management and investors to increase comparability to the prior period by adjusting for certain items that may not be indicative of core operating measures and to better identify trends in our business.  The adjusted financial results are used by management to, and allow investors to, evaluate the operating performance of the Company on a comparable basis.  Management does not, nor should investors, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitution for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.  A reconciliation of all non-GAAP measures included in this press release, to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, are found in the financial tables above.

 

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