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Wolverine Worldwide Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results; Company Raises Estimates for 2013 and 2014 Accretion From Transformative Acquisition of Performance + Lifestyle Group

ROCKFORD, Mich., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 8, 2012.  Revenue and adjusted earnings per share were in line with the Company's expectations communicated on September 6, 2012, and reflected difficult macroeconomic and retail conditions in Europe, mitigated by strength in the United States. 

Revenue for the quarter was $353.1 million, 2.4% lower than the prior year's third quarter when revenue grew approximately 13%.  Foreign exchange negatively impacted reported revenue by $5.4 million

Adjusted for $0.06 per share of non-recurring expenses related to the acquisition of the Performance + Lifestyle Group ("PLG") of Collective Brands, Inc., which the Company completed on October 9, 2012, earnings in the quarter were $0.72 per share compared to prior-year earnings of $0.82 per share.  Reported diluted earnings per share in the quarter were $0.66

"In light of the continued macroeconomic challenges in Europe, we are pleased that the Company's core business, even without contributions from the just-acquired Sperry Top-Sider, Stride Rite, Saucony and Keds brands, is on track to deliver another year of record revenue," said Blake W. Krueger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "Importantly, many of our brands posted strong revenue growth during the quarter, despite the headwinds in Europe.  Our U.S. footwear business had another very solid quarter, with increases from virtually all of our brands and double-digit increases from Hush Puppies, Caterpillar Footwear and Sebago.  Several brands also posted double-digit increases in third-party international markets, including Wolverine, Caterpillar Footwear, Sebago and Harley-Davidson Footwear. The Company's leather business and consumer-direct business also delivered double-digit revenue growth.

"This is an exciting time for Wolverine Worldwide, as just last week we completed the PLG acquisition. We are now a 16-brand, $2.5+ billion organization – representing the largest footwear company in the world, outside of the pure athletic companies.  As we look ahead, we are confident about our brands' ability to deliver a solid finish to the year.  We believe the opportunities for significant domestic and international growth for the newly-expanded portfolio and the addition of more than 3,800 talented associates position us to deliver impressive financial results to Wolverine Worldwide shareholders well into the future."

Additional details:

  • Gross margin in the quarter decreased 140 basis points to 39.2%, compared to prior-year gross margin of 40.6%, with the majority of the decrease driven by negative mix and higher product costs, partially offset by selling price increases and foreign exchange contract gains.
  • Adjusted for non-recurring acquisition-related expenses of $3.0 million in the quarter, operating expenses were $89.2 million, compared to $90.2 million in the prior year, as $2.4 million of incremental non-cash pension expense was more than offset by the Company's continued discipline in managing its discretionary operating expenses.  Reported operating expenses were $92.2 million in the third quarter.  
  • Financing costs of $1.4 million were incurred in the quarter related to the senior secured credit facility that was executed on July 31, 2012.  When added to the $3.0 million of acquisition-related SG&A noted above, total acquisition-related expenses in the quarter were $4.4 million.
  • The effective tax rate in the quarter was 27.1%.  The year-to-date effective tax rate of 17.7% reflects the non-recurring tax benefits recorded in the first half of the fiscal year.
  • Inventory at the end of the third quarter was 2.0% lower than the prior year, as the Company aggressively managed its inventories to appropriate levels in the face of challenging retail conditions, primarily in Europe.  
  • The Company ended the quarter with $144.3 million of cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet.

While still expecting a stronger at-once order environment in its fourth fiscal quarter, the Company expects continued European macroeconomic turmoil to present challenges over the balance of the fiscal year.  The Company's revised full-year revenue guidance is in the range of $1.425 billion to $1.435 billion, an increase of 1.1% to 1.8% over the prior year's record revenue.  The midpoint of this full-year guidance implies fourth quarter revenue of approximately $441 million, or growth of 8.5% vs. the prior year.  Excluding the impact of the PLG acquisition, the Company now expects fully diluted earnings in the range of $2.26 to $2.31 per share.

Including the contribution from PLG from the date of closing forward, full-year revenue is expected to be in the range of $1.645 billion to $1.655 billion.  As disclosed last week, the Company expects the contribution to earnings from the PLG acquisition in the 2012 stub period to be dilutive in the range of $0.25 to $0.30 per share, driven primarily by the transaction closing date and the seasonality of PLG's business.  As also disclosed last week, the estimate of 2013 earnings accretion from the acquisition was raised to a range of $0.35 to $0.50 per share, and the estimate of 2014 earnings accretion was raised to a range of $0.60 to $0.80 per share.

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 December 31, 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, 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. 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 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; the degree of business disruption relating to the PLG acquisition; 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, 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.  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


36 Weeks Ended



September 8,


September 10,


September 8,


September 10,



2012


2011


2012


2011










Revenue


$        353,067


$        361,590


$        988,595


$ 1,002,601

Cost of products sold


214,512


214,907


599,776


596,003

Gross profit


138,555


146,683


388,819


406,598

Gross margin


39.2%


40.6%


39.3%


40.6%










Selling, general and administrative expenses


89,244


90,242


274,753


267,325

Acquisition related costs


2,986


-


7,929


-

Operating expenses


92,230


90,242


282,682


267,325

As a % of revenue


26.1%


25.0%


28.6%


26.7%










Operating profit


46,325


56,441


106,137


139,273

Operating margin


13.1%


15.6%


10.7%


13.9%










Interest expense, net


283


293


1,031


647

Acquisition related interest expense


1,443


-


1,443


-

Other (income) expense, net


(320)


(257)


1,295


136



1,406


36


3,769


783

Earnings before income taxes


44,919


56,405


102,368


138,490










Income taxes


12,153


15,970


18,109


38,216

Effective tax rate


27.1%


28.3%


17.7%


27.6%










Net earnings


32,766


40,435


84,259


100,274










Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests


39


-


(144)


-










Net earnings attributable to Wolverine Worldwide


$           32,727


$           40,435


$           84,403


$    100,274










Diluted earnings per share


$               0.66


$               0.82


$               1.71


$           2.01










Supplemental information:









Net earnings used to calculate diluted earnings per share


$           32,212


$           39,790


$           82,999


$       98,669

Shares used to calculate diluted earnings per share


48,615


48,731


48,401


49,073

Weighted average shares outstanding


48,872


48,935


48,667


49,222










 

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

($000s)
















September 8,


September 10,







2012


2011

ASSETS:









Cash and cash equivalents






$        144,346


$       97,902

Receivables






280,457


278,360

Inventories






269,676


275,248

Other current assets






32,883


30,149

Total current assets






727,362


681,659

Property, plant and equipment, net






75,949


77,299

Other assets






144,735


136,591

Total Assets






$        948,046


$    895,549










LIABILITIES & EQUITY:









Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities






$        143,977


$    154,153

Current maturities on long-term debt






-


531

Revolving credit agreement






27,000


59,500

Total current liabilities






170,977


214,184

Other non-current liabilities






109,372


80,399

Stockholders' equity






666,616


600,966

Noncontrolling interest






1,081


-

Total Liabilities and Equity






$        948,046


$    895,549










 

WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE, INC.


REVENUE BY OPERATING GROUP

(Unaudited)

($000s)
















12 Weeks Ended



September 8, 2012


September 10, 2011


Change



Revenue


% of Total


Revenue


% of Total


$


%














Outdoor Group


$    133,962


37.9%


$    145,375


40.2%


$   (11,413)


-7.9%

Heritage Group


129,579


36.7%


127,975


35.4%


1,604


1.3%

Lifestyle Group


52,650


14.9%


55,472


15.3%


(2,822)


-5.1%

Other


2,071


0.6%


3,874


1.1%


(1,803)


-46.5%

Total branded footwear, apparel













  and licensing revenue


318,262


90.1%


332,696


92.0%


(14,434)


-4.3%

Other business units


34,805


9.9%


28,894


8.0%


5,911


20.5%














Total Revenue


$    353,067


100.0%


$    361,590


100.0%


$     (8,523)


-2.4%














 

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

($000s)
















36 Weeks Ended







September 8,


September 10,







2012


2011

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:









Net earnings






$           84,259


$    100,274

Adjustments necessary to reconcile net cash 









provided by (used in) operating activities:









Depreciation and amortization






11,454


11,413

Deferred income taxes






(3,557)


(1,893)

Stock-based compensation expense






10,977


10,160

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation expense




(6,042)


(2,271)

Pension expense






19,423


12,117

Pension contribution






(26,657)


(31,800)

Other






(4,981)


1,686

Changes in operating assets and liabilities






(76,227)


(138,799)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities






8,649


(39,113)










INVESTING ACTIVITIES:









Investment in joint venture






(2,484)


-

Additions to property, plant and equipment






(8,340)


(13,470)

Other






(1,831)


(1,858)

Net cash used in investing activities






(12,655)


(15,328)










FINANCING ACTIVITIES:









Net borrowings under revolver






16,000


59,500

Cash dividends paid






(17,605)


(17,018)

Purchase of common stock for treasury






(2,399)


(55,795)

Surrender of common stock for treasury






(5,668)


(1,828)

Other






14,651


14,276

Contributions from noncontrolling interests






1,225


-

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities






6,204


(865)










Effect of foreign exchange rate changes






2,136


2,808

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents






4,334


(52,498)










Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year






140,012


150,400

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the quarter






$        144,346


$       97,902










 

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 REPORTED EPS TO ADJUSTED EPS, 

EXCLUDING NON-RECURRING ACQUISITION RELATED COSTS*

(Unaudited)













As Reported


Non-recurring


As Adjusted




Twelve Weeks Ended


Acquisition


Twelve Weeks Ended




September 8, 2012


Related Costs


September 8, 2012









Diluted earnings per share


$                          0.66


$                      0.06


$                             0.72

























RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED FINANCIAL RESULTS TO ADJUSTED FINANCIAL RESULTS, 

EXCLUDING NON-RECURRING ACQUISITION RELATED COSTS*

(Unaudited)

($ millions)













As Reported


Non-recurring


As Adjusted




Twelve Weeks Ended


Acquisition


Twelve Weeks Ended




September 8, 2012


Related Costs


September 8, 2012









Operating Expenses


$                           92.2


$                         3.0


$                               89.2

Percentage of Revenue


26.1%




25.3%

























RECONCILIATION OF REVENUE GUIDANCE INCLUDING THE PLG ACQUISITION TO ADJUSTED
REVENUE GUIDANCE, EXCLUDING PLG*

(Unaudited)

($ millions)













Full-Year 2012




Full-Year 2012




Guidance, Including




Guidance




PLG (GAAP Basis)


PLG Revenue 


as Adjusted









Revenue


 $1,645      -      $1,655 


$                       220


 $1,425      -      $1,435 

























RECONCILIATION OF EPS GUIDANCE INCLUDING THE PLG ACQUISITION TO ADJUSTED EPS
GUIDANCE, EXCLUDING PLG*

(Unaudited)













Full-Year 2012


PLG Diluted


Full-Year 2012




Guidance, Including


Earnings


Guidance




PLG (GAAP Basis)


Per Share 


as Adjusted









Diluted earnings per share


 $1.96      -      $2.06 


 $0.25     -     $0.30 


 $2.26      -      $2.31 

























*

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  revenues, costs and earnings.  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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