Coach Reports First Quarter Earnings of $0.41, up 32% on a 28% Sales Increase.Maintains FY08 Guidance at $2.06; Up 22% from FY07
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COH Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation ), a leading marketer of modern classic American accessories, today announced an increase of 32% in earnings per diluted share on a continuing operations continuing operations
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This amount is calculated by subtracting the following items from gross sales: merchandise returned for credit, allowances for damaged or missing goods, freight combined with operating margin Operating Margin
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In the first quarter, net sales were $677 million compared with the $529 million reported in the same period of the prior year. Net income rose 34% to $155 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared with $115 million, or $0.31 per diluted share in the prior year.
Lew Frankfort, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coach, Inc., said, "Our excellent quarterly performance against a weakening retail landscape reflects the strength of our brand and consumers' embrace of our new products and categories. Within our own stores, it is also reflective of our ability to execute service initiatives to drive conversion improvements."
"While we're well positioned for the holiday season, we are however concerned with recent traffic trends in our North American North American
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"Given the vitality of the Coach brand, category strength and our diversified multi-channel, international business model, we're confident that the sales and earnings guidance for the year, originally provided in July, can still be achieved. In addition, our ability to act quickly and nimbly to curb spending during a period of uncertain sales trends will ensure continued expense leverage."
For the first fiscal quarter, operating income Operating Income
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This would not include income from things such as investments in other firms. Also referred to as operating profit or recurring profit. totaled $239 million, up 32% from the $181 million reported in the comparable year ago period, while operating margin rose to 35.3%, a 120 basis point improvement from the 34.1% reported for the prior year. During the quarter, gross profit rose 28% to $518 million from $406 million a year ago. Gross margin was 76.6% versus 76.7% a year ago. SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales declined 130 basis points to 41.3%, compared to the 42.6% reported in the year-ago quarter.
First fiscal quarter sales results in each of Coach's primary channels of distribution grew as follows:
* Direct-to-consumer sales increased 26% to $508 million from $404 million last year. U.S. comparable store sales for the quarter rose 19.3%, with retail stores up 10.8% and factory store sales up 27.3%. In Japan, sales rose 17% on a constant-currency basis, while dollar sales rose 15% adjusted for a weaker yen. As projected, comparable location sales in Japan rose at a low-single-digit rate for the quarter.
* Indirect sales increased 35% to $169 million in the first quarter from the $125 million reported for the prior year. Coach enjoyed excellent gains at POS (1) See point of sale and packet over SONET.
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During the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the company opened 13 retail stores and three factory stores in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , bringing the total to 272 retail stores and 96 factory stores as of September 29, 2007. In addition, nine retail stores and four factory stores were expanded. In Japan, Coach opened four locations and expanded one, taking the total to 146 at the end of the quarter.
Mr. Frankfort continued, "Our first quarter results were fueled by innovative transitional and new fall product. Each of our monthly introductions was well received, starting in July with Chelsea, in a tiered offering. This was followed by Hamptons and Legacy in August, and by a fresh group of belted Ergo Latin, therefore; hence; because.
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"For Holiday, our Bleecker collection will remain a key focus, along with our best-selling Carly handbag group, in multiple fabrics and colors. In addition, a compelling assortment of handbags priced over $400, our fastest-growing price segment, will be important in attracting the higher-end consumer. Rounding out our holiday offering will be jewelry, fragrance and a wide variety of gifts priced under $100."
"As mentioned, we have recently experienced weak traffic trends in our U.S. retail stores, especially during the last several weeks. Importantly however, improvements in conversion are offsetting these trends. In addition, our new retail store volumes continue to surpass our initial projections both in existing markets, such as Glendale, Arizona Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 218,812. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 239,435. It is a major suburb of Phoenix. and in new markets, such as Rochester, Minnesota."
"Although our Holiday quarter sales are back-end loaded, we believe that it's appropriate to target comparable store sales of low single digits for our North American retail stores, while we believe that our factory stores will generate comps at least in the mid-teens, given the relative strength of traffic in premium outlet centers."
For the fiscal year 2008 the company expects to generate sales of about $3.17 billion, an increase of over 21% from prior year, and earnings per diluted share of about $2.06, representing an increase of about 22%. The company estimates second fiscal quarter sales of about $970 million, representing a year-over-year increase of about 20% and earnings per diluted share of $0.68.
The company also announced that during the first fiscal quarter, it repurchased and retired three million shares of its common stock at an average cost of $43.72. At the end of the period, $368 million was available under the company's current repurchase authorization.
Coach will host a conference call to review first fiscal quarter results at 8:30 a.m. (ET) today, October 23, 2007. Interested parties may listen to the webcast by accessing www.coach.com/investors on the Internet or dialing into 1-888-405-2080 and asking for the Coach earnings call led by Andrea Shaw Resnick, SVP SVP S'il Vous Plaît (French: Please)
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