Christine Day, lululemon’s CEO stated: “I am very proud of the team for achieving yet another strong quarter coming in ahead of our expectations. Our stellar results were driven by first-rate execution, strong community engagement, beautiful product and continued strength in our ecommerce business.”
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $475 million to $480 million based on a comparable-store sales percentage increase in the high single digits on a constant-dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.71 to $0.73 for the quarter. This assumes 145.9 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 29.4% tax rate.
For the full fiscal 2012, we now expect net revenue to be in the range of $1.360 billion to $1.365 billion and diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.81 to $1.83 for the full year. This assumes 145.8 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a tax rate of 29.0%.Conference Call Information A conference call to discuss third quarter results is scheduled for today, December 6, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. EST. Those interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 1-877-303-3203 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at www.lululemon.com. The webcast will be accessible on our website for approximately 30 days after the call. About lululemon athletica inc. lululemon athletica (NASDAQ:LULU; TSX:LLL) is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company that creates components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives. By producing products that help keep people active and stress free, lululemon believes that the world will be a better place. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. For more information, visit www.lululemon.com. Non-GAAP Financial Measure Constant-dollar net revenue changes, which exclude the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, is not a United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (“GAAP”) performance measure. We provide constant-dollar net revenue changes because we use the measure to understand the underlying growth rate of revenue excluding the impact on a quarter-by-quarter basis of changes in foreign exchange rates, which are not under management’s direct control. We believe that disclosing net revenue changes on a constant-dollar basis is useful to investors because it enables them to better understand the level of growth of our business.