The maker of iconic jeans and other clothing raised its fiscal first-half 2021 reported net revenues outlook to 24% to 25% growth vs. the first half of 2020. It raised its first-half adjusted earnings-per-share estimate to 41 cents to 42 cents. It also increased its quarterly dividend to 6 cents a share.
"We've started the year strong, beating our internal expectations even as we are lapping a particularly good quarter in the prior year," said Chip Bergh, CEO, in a statement. “As the vaccine rollout continues and consumer excitement returns, I am more confident than ever that we will emerge from the pandemic a stronger business and drive sustainable, profitable growth," he added.
For the fiscal first quarter, ended Feb. 28, the company said net revenue fell 13% to $1.3 billion, ahead of analyst estimates of around $1.25 billion. It cited reduced foot traffic and forced closures of stores due to the continuing pandemic, as well as the absence of Black Friday sales in the quarter, which began on Monday Nov. 30. Levi reported adjusted diluted earnings per share of 34 cents.
Levi said global digital net revenues grew 41% year over year, and made up 26% of first-quarter 2021 net revenues, vs. 16% a year earlier.
Shares of Levi Strauss & Co. rose 79 cents, or 3.2%, to $25.81 in after-hours trading. The stock gained 2.3% in the regular session.