Total revenue for the Heritage Brands business decreased 7% to $489.5 million as compared to $526.3 million in the prior year’s third quarter due to a $50 million, or 10%, negative impact related to the exit from the Izod women’s and Timberland wholesale sportswear businesses. Excluding the impact of exited businesses, revenue for the Heritage Brands business increased 3%, principally attributable to strong growth in the Company’s ongoing wholesale sportswear businesses. Comparable store sales for the Heritage Brands retail business were relatively flat to the prior year.
Earnings before interest and taxes for the Heritage Brands business was $47.4 million, an increase of 3% as compared to the prior year’s third quarter of $46.1 million on a non-GAAP basis and an increase of 4% as compared to the prior year’s third quarter of $45.6 million on a GAAP basis. The increase in earnings before interest and taxes was due principally to strength in the wholesale dress furnishings and wholesale sportswear businesses, partially offset by continued weakness in the retail business, particularly Bass. The increase in earnings before interest and taxes on a GAAP basis was also attributable to the absence of $0.5 million of costs incurred in 2011 in connection with the Company’s termination of its license to market sportswear under the Timberland brand.
Third Quarter Consolidated Earnings:On a non-GAAP basis, earnings before interest and taxes increased 10% to $250.4 million from $227.3 million in the prior year’s third quarter, including the negative impact of approximately $10 million related to foreign currency translation and a $3.3 million increase in corporate expenses due principally to an increase in pension expense resulting from a decrease in discount rates. Driving the overall increase in non-GAAP earnings before interest and taxes was (i) an increase of $18.9 million in the Tommy Hilfiger business, inclusive of approximately $10 million negative impact due to foreign currency translation; (ii) an increase of $6.3 million in the Calvin Klein business; and (iii) an increase of $1.3 million in the Heritage Brands business.