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Wolverine Worldwide Announces Record Revenue for Second Quarter 2012; Acquisition of Performance + Lifestyle Group From Collective Brands Remains on Track

ROCKFORD, Mich., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 16, 2012. 

Revenue for the quarter was a record $312.7 million, an increase of 0.8% compared to the prior year's second quarter when revenue grew over 20%.  Foreign exchange negatively impacted revenue by $3.8 million.  As expected, sales growth in the quarter was also hampered by continued macroeconomic uncertainty in Europe, which created challenging trading conditions in that market.

Reported diluted earnings per share in the quarter were $0.42, compared to prior year's earnings per share of $0.48.  Earnings in the quarter were negatively impacted by $0.06 per share due to non-recurring expenses related to the pending acquisition of the Performance + Lifestyle Group of Collective Brands ("PLG acquisition") that the Company announced on May 1, 2012.  Reported earnings benefitted $0.07 per share from a tax benefit recorded in the quarter. 

"We are pleased that despite the softness in certain global markets, most notably Europe, we remain on track to deliver another year of record financial results," said Blake W. Krueger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "Our diverse brand portfolio and a business model that spans geographies and distribution channels help to mitigate risk and smooth out a choppy global retail environment.  Our U.S. business had a solid quarter, and the Company's consumer direct business was also a bright spot, posting a strong double-digit revenue increase from both brick and mortar locations and the eCommerce channel. Our Outdoor Group, consisting of Merrell, Chaco and Patagonia Footwear, delivered a solid revenue increase in the quarter." 

Additional details:

  • Gross margin in the quarter decreased 160 basis points to 37.8%, compared to prior-year gross margin of 39.4%, as higher product costs and unfavorable sales mix (including increased closeout sales of excess fall/winter product as a result of the unseasonably warm winter season) were only partially offset by selling price increases and foreign exchange contract gains.
  • Reported operating expenses were $95.2 million, compared to $88.8 million in the prior year.  The quarter's increase was attributable to $4.9 million of expenses related to the PLG acquisition (primarily third-party advisory fees) and $2.4 million of incremental non-cash pension expense.  The Company continued to demonstrate significant spending discipline, as each branded operating group and Wolverine Retail delivered operating expense leverage in the quarter.
  • The effective tax rate in the quarter benefitted from a favorable court decision in a foreign tax jurisdiction supporting the Company's long-term tax planning strategies that lowered tax expense by $3.3 million, or $0.07 per share.
  • Inventory at the end of the second quarter was down 1.3% compared to the prior year, reflecting aggressive actions taken to manage working capital.  The Company is focused on a "narrow and deep" inventory philosophy as it navigates through the current cycle of retailers being more reliant on wholesalers to supply products on an at-once basis.
  • Continued disciplined working capital management in the quarter contributed to a $38.2 million increase in year-to-date operating free cash flow compared to the prior year.

Based on expectations of strong at-once orders in the second half of the fiscal year, primarily the fourth quarter, the Company is reaffirming its full-year revenue guidance in a range of $1.46 billion to $1.50 billion, representing full-year growth of 3.6% to 6.4% compared to the prior year.  The Company is also maintaining its full-year earnings per share guidance in a range of $2.70 to $2.80, representing growth of 8.9% to 12.9%.  The Company's guidance reflects its expectations prior to any costs or benefits relating to the pending PLG acquisition and, as such, does not include the $4.9 million of non-recurring expenses recorded in the second quarter.  On a reported basis, the Company expects full-year earnings per share to range from $2.64 to $2.74 (6.5% to 10.5% growth over the prior year), which includes the year-to-date impact of the PLG acquisition-related expenses.

Krueger concluded, "Recent feedback from key retailers reinforces our positive outlook for the remainder of 2012, and we fully expect to deliver another year of record financial performance.  We are tremendously excited about adding the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds brands and team members to our already powerful portfolio of global lifestyle brands.  We remain on track to close the transaction in late summer to early fall."    

The Company will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. EDT 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 September 18, 2012.

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 and uniform footwear and apparel.  The Company's portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Bates®, Chaco®, Cushe®, Hush Puppies®, HYTEST®, Merrell®, Sebago®, Soft Style® and Wolverine®.  The Company also is the 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 more than 190 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit our website, www.wolverineworldwide.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. 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. Therefore, actual results and outcomes may materially differ from what may be expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements.  Risk Factors include, among others:  the possibility that the PLG acquisition does not close; the Company's ability to realize the benefits of the PLG acquisition on a timely basis or at all; the Company's ability to combine its businesses and PLG successfully or in a timely and cost-efficient manner; failure to obtain any required financing on favorable terms; the degree of business disruption relating to the PLG acquisition; the Company's ability to successfully develop its brands and businesses; changes in duty structures in countries of import and export including anti-dumping measures and trade defense actions; changes in consumer preferences or spending patterns; cancellation of orders for future delivery, or the failure of the Department of Defense to exercise future purchase options, 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; 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 availability of power, labor and resources in key foreign sourcing countries, including China; 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; weather; and additional factors discussed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and exhibits thereto.  Other Risk Factors exist, and new Risk Factors emerge from time to time that 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)


($000s, except per share data)














12 Weeks Ended


24 Weeks Ended




June 16,


June 18,


June 16,


June 18,




2012


2011


2012


2011












Revenue


$ 312,720


$ 310,139


$ 635,526


$ 641,012


Cost of products sold


194,650


188,022


385,264


381,096


Gross profit


118,070


122,117


250,262


259,916


Gross margin


37.8%


39.4%


39.4%


40.5%












Selling, general and administrative expenses


90,277


88,751


185,507


177,080


Acquisition related costs


4,944


-


4,944


-


Operating expenses


95,221


88,751


190,451


177,080


As a % of revenue


30.4%


28.6%


30.0%


27.6%












Operating profit


22,849


33,366


59,811


82,836


Operating margin


7.3%


10.8%


9.4%


12.9%












Interest expense, net


329


129


748


354


Other expense, net


668


973


1,614


393




997


1,102


2,362


747


Earnings before income taxes


21,852


32,264


57,449


82,089












Income taxes


1,540


8,301


5,955


22,246


Effective tax rate


7.0%


25.7%


10.4%


27.1%












Net earnings


20,312


23,963


51,494


59,843












Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests


(184)


-


(184)


-












Net earnings attributable to Wolverine Worldwide


$   20,496


$   23,963


$   51,678


$   59,843












Diluted earnings per share


$        0.42


$        0.48


$        1.05


$        1.20












Supplemental information:










Net earnings used to calculate diluted earnings per share


$   20,164


$   23,572


$   50,796


$   58,882


Shares used to calculate diluted earnings per share


48,421


49,292


48,301


49,243


Weighted average shares outstanding


48,694


49,440


48,564


49,366












 

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

($000s)










June 16,


June 18,




2012


2011

ASSETS:






Cash and cash equivalents


$ 156,627


$ 118,478

Receivables


235,170


226,739

Inventories


243,912


247,234

Other current assets


39,615


28,620

Total current assets


675,324


621,071

Property, plant and equipment, net

75,809


76,739

Other assets



141,188


135,687

Total Assets


$ 892,321


$ 833,497







LIABILITIES & EQUITY:





Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

$ 132,476


$ 141,930

Current maturities on long-term debt

-


539

Revolving credit agreement

28,000


20,000

Total current liabilities

160,476


162,469

Other non-current liabilities

103,234


76,765

Stockholders' equity

627,570


594,263

Noncontrolling interest

1,041


-

Total Liabilities and Equity

$ 892,321


$ 833,497








 

WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE, INC.


REVENUE BY OPERATING GROUP

(Unaudited)

($000s)
















2nd Quarter Ended



June 16, 2012


June 18, 2011


Change



Revenue


% of Total


Revenue


% of Total


$


%














Outdoor Group


$    130,659


41.8%


$    127,258


41.0%


$       3,401


2.7%

Heritage Group


99,395


31.8%


102,859


33.2%


(3,464)


-3.4%

Lifestyle Group


41,289


13.2%


41,506


13.4%


(217)


-0.5%

Other


3,541


1.1%


3,655


1.2%


(114)


-3.1%

Total branded footwear, apparel

 and licensing revenue


274,884


87.9%


275,278


88.8%


(394)


-0.1%

Other business units


37,836


12.1%


34,861


11.2%


2,975


8.5%














Total Revenue


$    312,720


100.0%


$    310,139


100.0%


$       2,581


0.8%















 

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

($000s)














24 Weeks Ended






June 16,


June 18,






2012


2011

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:







Net earnings




$   51,494


$   59,843

Adjustments necessary to reconcile net cash 





(used in) provided by operating activities:






Depreciation and amortization



7,619


7,555

Deferred income taxes



421


(1,093)

Stock-based compensation expense


7,858


7,377

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation expense

(3,698)


(1,770)

Pension expense



12,948


8,078

Pension contribution



(26,657)


(31,800)

Other



(2,094)


(1,230)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities



(32,358)


(66,679)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


15,533


(19,719)









INVESTING ACTIVITIES:






Investment in joint venture



(1,604)


-

Additions to property, plant and equipment



(4,678)


(9,182)

Other





(1,318)


(1,410)

Net cash used in investing activities



(7,600)


(10,592)









FINANCING ACTIVITIES:







Net borrowings under revolver



17,000


20,000

Cash dividends paid



(11,800)


(11,194)

Purchase of common stock for treasury



(2,399)


(23,146)

Surrender of common stock for treasury



(5,599)


(1,675)

Other



10,684


11,011

Contributions from noncontrolling interests



1,225


-

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities



9,111


(5,004)









Effect of foreign exchange rate changes



(429)


3,393

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


16,615


(31,922)









Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


140,012


150,400

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the quarter


$ 156,627


$ 118,478

















  















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 EPS GUIDANCE TO ADJUSTED EPS GUIDANCE, EXCLUDING
ACQUISITION RELATED COSTS*

(Unaudited)





Full-Year 2012




Full-Year 2012










Guidance


Acquisition


Guidance










(GAAP Basis)


Related Costs (a)


As Adjusted





















Diluted earnings per share



 $2.64  -  $2.74 


$      0.06


 $2.70  -   $2.80 



































RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED CASH FLOW TO OPERATING FREE CASH FLOW*

(Unaudited)

($000s, except per share data)
































Twelve Weeks Ended


Twelve Weeks Ended












June 16, 2012


June 18, 2011


Change (b)





















Net cash provided by (used in) 














    operating activities



$15,533


($19,719)


$35,252





















Net cash used in investing 














   activities



($7,600)


($10,592)


$2,992





















Operating free cash flow



$7,933


($30,311)


$38,244

















































(a)  These adjustments present the Company's results of operations on a continuing basis without the effects
of fluctuations in acquisition related costs.  The adjusted financial results are used by management to,
and allow investors to, evaluate the operating performance of the Company on a comparable basis.  





(b)  Represents the year to date 2012 incremental operating free cash flow generated compared to the prior year period. 
Management believes this information is useful to investors to facilitate comparisons of operating results and better identify
trends in the business and identify cash available for debt service and other financing needs.








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 in the absence of acquisition related costs.  In addition, to supplement our reported operating results, we present operating free cash flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure.  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 the business.  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.



















SOURCE Wolverine Worldwide



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