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Tiffany Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results; Management Provides Its Financial Outlook For 2013

Outlook for 2013:

For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2014, management’s forecast is based on the following assumptions (which are approximate and may or may not prove valid):
a) Worldwide net sales growth of 6%-8% in U.S. dollars. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, an expected high-single-digit percentage increase in worldwide net sales includes sales growth in all regions, ranging from a mid-teens percentage increase in Asia-Pacific to a low-single-digit increase in Japan.
b) Opening a total of 14 (net) Company-operated stores including five in the Americas, seven in Asia-Pacific, three in Europe and closing one in Japan, as well as refurbishing a number of existing locations around the world.
c) Operating earnings increasing in line with sales growth; a modest improvement in the SG&A expense ratio, due to sales leverage on fixed costs, is expected to be offset by a modestly lower gross margin largely tied to a product sales mix skewed toward higher-priced categories.
d) Interest and other expenses, net of $58 million.
e) An effective income tax rate of 35%.
f) Net earnings from operations increasing 6%-9% to a range of $3.43-$3.53 per diluted share. Net earnings from operations are expected to decline approximately 15%-20% in the first quarter due to gross margin pressure and higher marketing-related costs, to be followed by earnings growth in all subsequent quarters. In addition, this forecast excludes $0.05 per diluted share of expected first quarter charges for staffing and occupancy adjustments.
g) Net inventories increasing 5%; capital expenditures of $230 million; and free cash flow (cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures) of $300 million (see “Non-GAAP Measures” schedule), versus $109 million in 2012.

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 (“Events and Presentations”).

Next Scheduled Announcement:

The Company expects to report its first quarter financial results on Tuesday May 28, 2013. To be notified of future announcements, please register at (“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 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, capital expenditures and free cash flow. 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.

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