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Gildan Activewear's CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

On the call with me today, I'm joined by Glenn Chamandy, our President and Chief Executive Officer; and Laurence Sellyn, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Laurence will first be providing an overview of our second quarter financial results and our business outlook. After which, Glenn and Laurence will be taking your questions.

Before we begin, I will remind everyone that certain statements included in this conference call may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve unknown and known risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. We refer you to the company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian Securities Regulatory Authority that may affect the company’s future results.

I would now like to turn the call over to Laurence Sellyn.

Laurence G. Sellyn

Thank you, Sophie. Good morning. This morning we announced our results for the second fiscal quarter, which were slightly ahead of our previous guidance, and reconfirmed our sales and EPS guidance for the full year. Also, we announced the acquisition of Anvil, which further solidifies our leadership position in the printwear market, creates potential new growth opportunities to build in relationships with consumer brands supplied by Anvil and provides attractive returns and capital and EPS accretion. We also announced plans to proceed with the modernization and refurbishment of Rio Nance I, which will begin in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 and be completed by the end of fiscal 2013.

Adjusted EPS of $0.23 for the quarter were down from $0.53 per share in the second quarter last year, as the results continue to be significantly impacted by the consumption of inventories previously manufactured with high-cost cotton. The average cost of cotton in cost of goods sold in the second quarter was approximately $1.60 per pound compared with approximately $0.85 per pound a year ago, which negatively impacted year-over-year EPS by close to $0.70 per share and impacted gross margins by close to 2,000 basis points.

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