Brown Shoe Company, Inc. (NYSE: BWS, brownshoe.com) today reported fourth quarter 2012 financial results, with net sales of $640.2 million versus fourth quarter 2011 net sales of $628.9 million. Results for both the fourth quarter of 2012 and 2011 included sales of $2.8 million and $16.5 million, respectively, from brands and businesses the company has exited. Excluding exited brands, year-over-year net sales were up 4.8% in the quarter.
Net earnings were $4.0 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012 versus a loss of ($8.2) million, or ($0.21) per diluted share, in the prior year. Fourth quarter 2012 results included portfolio realignment costs of $2.9 million, while earnings for the fourth quarter of 2011 included portfolio realignment and integration related costs of $18.5 million. On an adjusted * basis, net earnings of $5.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, improved 43.0% compared to $4.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the prior year.
For full year 2012, net sales of $2,598.1 million compared to $2,582.8 million in 2011. Results for both 2012 and 2011 included sales from exited brands and businesses of $42.5 million and $92.5 million, respectively. Excluding exited brands, 2012 sales were up 2.6% over 2011. Full year 2012 includes 53 weeks, compared to 52 weeks in 2011, with the additional week occurring in the fourth quarter. The 53 rd week increased net sales by $21.2 million and had an immaterial impact on fourth quarter 2012 earnings.
Net earnings for 2012 were $27.5 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, versus $24.6 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, in 2011. Earnings for 2012 included portfolio realignment, organization change and integration related costs of $32.9 million, while earnings for 2011 included portfolio realignment and integration related costs of $30.8 million, which were partially offset by a $20.6 million gain on the sale of AND 1. On an adjusted basis, 2012 net earnings of $48.6 million, or $1.13 per diluted share, improved 60.4% compared to $30.3 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, in 2011.