Mr. Frankfort added, “We launched our new, iconic, dual gender Legacy collection during the quarter. Inspired by our archives, this modern, leather-based collection reinforces our distinctiveness in the marketplace. Legacy has been embraced by consumers across all geographies and demographics, providing us with a major platform for the years to come.”

“We are well positioned for the holiday season and remain confident in our ability to deliver double-digit growth during our planning horizon given the strength of the Coach brand and our increasing global expansion. Further, the announcement today of the authorization of a new buyback program reflects this confidence in Coach’s business outlook as well as our financial strength,” Mr. Frankfort concluded.

Coach will host a conference call to review these results at 8:30 a.m. (ET) today, October 23, 2012. Interested parties may listen to the webcast by accessing on the Internet or dialing into 1-888-405-2080 or 1-210-795-9977 and asking for the Coach earnings call led by Andrea Shaw Resnick, SVP of Investor Relations. A telephone replay will be available starting at 12:00 noon today, for a period of five business days. The number to call is 1-866-352-7723 or 1-203-369-0080. A webcast replay of the earnings conference call will also be available for five business days on the Coach website.

Coach, with headquarters in New York, is a leading American marketer of fine accessories and gifts for women and men, including handbags, men’s bags, women’s and men’s small leathergoods, weekend and travel accessories, footwear, watches, outerwear, scarves, sunwear, fragrance, jewelry and related accessories. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at Coach’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol COH and Coach’s Hong Kong Depositary Receipts are traded on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the symbol 6388.

Neither the Hong Kong Depositary Receipts nor the Hong Kong Depositary Shares evidenced thereby have been or will be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account of, a U.S. Person (within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act), absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. Hedging transactions involving these securities may not be conducted unless in compliance with the Securities Act.

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," “confidence,” “trends,” "intend," "estimate," "on track," "are positioned to," “on course,” “opportunity,” “become,” “forward,” "continue," "project," "guidance," “target,” "forecast,” “achieve,” "anticipated," or comparable terms. Future results may differ materially from management's current expectations, based upon risks and uncertainties such as expected economic trends, the ability to anticipate consumer preferences, the ability to control costs, etc. Please refer to Coach’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K for a complete list of risk factors.



For the Quarters Ended September 29, 2012 and October 1, 2011

(in thousands, except per share data)

September 29, October 1,
  2012     2011  
Net sales $ 1,161,350 $ 1,050,359
Cost of sales   316,182     285,706  
Gross profit 845,168 764,653
Selling, general and
administrative expenses   513,451     442,687  
Operating income 331,717 321,966
Interest income, net 36 114
Other expense   (2,072 )   (1,476 )
Income before provision for income taxes 329,681 320,604
Provision for income taxes   108,300     105,621  
Net income $ 221,381   $ 214,983  
Net income per share
Basic $ 0.78   $ 0.74  
Diluted $ 0.77   $ 0.73  
Shares used in computing
net income per share
Basic   284,569     289,778  
Diluted   288,497     296,068  



At September 29, 2012, June 30, 2012 and October 1, 2011

(in thousands)

September 29, June 30, October 1,
  2012   2012   2011
Cash, cash equivalents and short term investments $ 760,755 $ 917,215 $ 847,975
Receivables 178,307 174,462 153,061
Inventories 598,128 504,490 519,586
Other current assets   231,397   208,361   168,526
Total current assets 1,768,587 1,804,528 1,689,148
Property and equipment, net 687,475 644,449 586,914
Other noncurrent assets   695,316   655,344   602,016
Total assets $ 3,151,378 $ 3,104,321 $ 2,878,078
Accounts payable $ 132,997 $ 155,387 $ 144,244
Accrued liabilities 575,627 540,398 486,329
Current portion of long-term debt   22,279   22,375   800
Total current liabilities 730,903 718,160 631,373
Long-term debt 985 985 23,264
Other liabilities 425,397 392,245 406,938
Stockholders' equity   1,994,093   1,992,931   1,816,503
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,151,378 $ 3,104,321 $ 2,878,078

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