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Lululemon Athletica Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter And Full Year Fiscal 2012 Results

Christine Day, lululemon’s CEO, stated: “The fundamentals of our business are strong, we delivered excellent results in 2012, and we plan to continue to earn the loyalty of our customers and shareholders every day going forward. As previously announced on March 18 th, we pulled a selection of our black Luon pants from our stores. Delivering the top quality our guests expect is a critical factor in our differentiation in the market place. Our proprietary fabric, black Luon, is a very technical and sensitive product to manufacture. We have a long history with our manufacturers and as we have in the past, we are working closely with them to resolve the current issues. We have a team on site collaborating with them to identify the root cause. We have recently added strong leadership in Quality Control, our Liason Office and our commercialization and development teams, and expect these people and other investments to solidify our quality consistency and our delivery capabilities.”

Updated Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $333 million to $343 million based on a comparable-store sales percentage increase between 5% and 8% on a constant-dollar basis. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.28 to $0.30 for the quarter. This outlook reflects our current expectations of the impact from the black Luon issue, including lost revenue in the range of $12 million to $17 million, additional costs expected to be incurred and the write down of affected product on hand and expected to be received during the first half of 2013, resulting in a negative impact on EPS of $0.11 to $0.12. This guidance also assumes 146 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 30% tax rate.

For fiscal 2013, we expect net revenue to be in the range of $1.615 billion to $1.640 billion and diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $1.95 to $1.99 for the full year. This outlook reflects our current expectations of the impact from the black Luon issue, including lost revenue in the range of $57 million to $67 million, additional costs expected to be incurred and the write down of affected product on hand and expected to be received during the first half of 2013, resulting in a negative impact on EPS of $0.25 to $0.27. This guidance also assumes a tax rate of 30% and 146.6 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding.

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