Coach-owner Tapestry's Q4 sales rise but miss analyst estimate

Tapestry, Inc. reported net sales of 1.51 billion dollars for the fourth quarter, an increase of 2 percent on a reported basis and 4 percent in constant currency. However, according to Reuters it missed the average analyst expectation of 1.53 billion dollars, as per IBES data from Refinitiv. For the full year ended June 29, 2019, the company’s net sales totalled 6.03 billion dollars, an increase of 3 percent on a reported basis and 4 percent in constant currency. The company also announced a quarterly cash dividend of 3375 cents per common share, maintaining an annual rate of 1.35 dollars, payable on September 30, 2019 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 6, 2019.

Commenting on the fourth quarter and full year trading, Victor Luis, Chief Executive Officer of Tapestry, Inc., said in a statement: “We experienced ongoing strength in our business internationally, while navigating a volatile backdrop in North America. Most broadly, we remain steadfast in our strategic vision and focused on maximizing the benefits of our global, multi-brand platform, while continuing to drive strength in our core Coach brand. Our conviction is reflected, in part, by the 1 billion dollars share repurchase program we established and began to implement in the fourth fiscal quarter. Together with our annual dividend, this underscores our confidence in driving long-term, sustainable growth and commitment to returning capital to shareholders.”

Overview of Tapestry’s fourth quarter results

Gross profit for the quarter totalled 999 million dollars on a reported basis, while gross margin of 66 percent compared to 1 billion dollars and 67.5 percent, respectively, in the prior year. On a non-GAAP basis, gross profit totalled 1.02 billion dollars, while gross margin was 67.3 percent compared to 1.01 billion dollars and 67.9 percent, respectively, in the prior year.

Net income was 149 million dollars on a reported basis, with earnings per diluted share of 51 cents compared to 212 million dollars with earnings per diluted share of 73 cents in the prior year period. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the quarter totalled 175 million dollars, with earnings per diluted share of 61 cents compared to 176 million dollars or 60 cents per diluted share in the prior year period.

Net sales for Coach were 1.10 billion dollars, even with the prior year on a reported basis, or an increase of 2 percent on a constant currency basis. Global comparable store sales increased 2 percent, including a benefit of approximately 150 basis points driven by an increase in global e-commerce. Net sales for Kate Spade totalled 332 million dollars, an increase of 6 percent on a reported basis and 7 percent in constant currency, but global comparable store sales declined 6 percent, including the positive impact of approximately 600 basis points from global e-commerce. Net sales for Stuart Weitzman were 85 million dollars, an increase of 17 percent on a reported basis and 20 percent in constant currency.

Highlights of Tapestry’s full year performance

Gross profit for the full year totalled 4.05 billion dollars on a reported basis, while gross margin was 67.3 percent compared to 3.85 billion dollars and 65.5 percent, respectively, in the prior year. On a non-GAAP basis, gross profit was 4.08 billion dollars, while gross margin was 67.7 percent compared to 3.96 billion dollars and 67.4 percent, respectively, in the prior year. Net income was 643 million dollars on a reported basis, with earnings per diluted share of 2.21 dollars compared to 398 million dollars with earnings per diluted share of 1.38 dollars in the prior year period. On a non-GAAP basis, net income totalled 749 million dollars, with earnings per diluted share of 2.57 dollars compared to 760 million dollars with earnings per diluted share of 2.63 dollars in the prior year.

Full year, net sales for Coach totalled 4.27 billion dollars, an increase of 2 percent on a constant currency basis. Global comparable store sales increased 2 percent, including a benefit of approximately 100 basis points driven by an increase in global e-commerce. Net sales for Kate Spade were 1.37 billion dollars, an increase of 6 percent on a reported basis and 7 percent in constant currency, while global comparable store sales declined 7 percent, including the positive impact of approximately 400 basis points from global e-commerce. Net sales for Stuart Weitzman totalled 389 million dollars, an increase of 4 percent on a reported basis and 6 percent in constant currency.

Tapestry expects low-single-digit rise in FY20 net sales

The company expects revenues for fiscal 2020 to increase at a low-single-digit rate from fiscal 2019. In addition, the company projects earnings per diluted share to be approximately even with prior year. The company said, primary change from the prior outlook is the expectation for more modest topline growth at Kate Spade in North America, but it continues to expects top and bottom line growth at Coach and profitability improvements at Stuart Weitzman in fiscal 2020.

For the first quarter, the company projects revenues to be slightly below prior year and earnings per diluted share to decline on a year-over-year basis.

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