Outlook for 2012:
For the full year ending January 31, 2013, management expects net earnings of $454-$473 million, or $3.55-$3.70 per diluted share, compared with the previous forecast of $3.70-$3.80 per diluted share. Management continues to expect an earnings decline in the third quarter followed by a resumption of growth in the fourth quarter. This expectation is based on the following assumptions (which are approximate and may or may not prove valid):
a) Worldwide net sales (in U.S. dollars) increasing 6-7% versus the previous expectation calling for 7-8% growth, due to a moderation in assumed fourth quarter sales growth.
b) Adding a total of 28 Company-operated stores including 13 in the Americas, eight in Asia-Pacific, two in Europe, and commencing operation of five stores in the United Arab Emirates. This includes 13 stores that were already added in the first half of the year.c) The operating margin below the 20.6% achieved in 2011 (excluding nonrecurring costs) due to a decline in the gross margin. d) Interest and other expenses, net of approximately $52-54 million. e) An effective income tax rate of 34-35%. f) In addition, management expects net inventories to increase 10% in the full year, unchanged from the previous forecast, and expects capital expenditures of $230 million, versus a previous forecast of $240 million. Today’s Conference Call: The Company will conduct a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) to review actual results and the outlook. Please click on http://investor.tiffany.com (“Events and Presentations”). Next Scheduled Announcement: The Company expects to report its third quarter results on Thursday November 29, 2012. To be notified of future announcements, please register at http://investor.tiffany.com (“E-Mail Alerts”). Tiffany & Co. operates jewelry stores and manufactures products through its subsidiary corporations. Its principal subsidiary is Tiffany and Company. The Company operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Europe and the United Arab Emirates, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. For more information, visit www.tiffany.com or call the shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110. This document contains certain “forward-looking” statements concerning the Company’s objectives and expectations with respect to sales, products, store openings, operating margin, interest and other expenses, the effective income tax rate, net earnings, inventories, growth opportunities and capital expenditures. Actual results might differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Information concerning risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially is set forth in the Company’s Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.