NEW YORK (TheStreet) - VF Corp. (VFC) shares were surging 4% as the market opened Monday, after it reported net income that jumped 14% year over year and announced a four-for-one stock split and dividend hike.
The parent company behind North Face, Vans and Timberland said third-quarter profit rose 13.7% to $433.7 million, or $3.89 a share, from the year-earlier period. Adjusted earnings per share, which excludes 2 cents a share related to the acquisition of Timberland, rose 11% to $3.91 a share. Last year's third-quarter adjusted earnings of $3.52 a share excluded 10 cents a share of acquisition-related expenses.
Revenue, which includes net sales and royalty income, rose 4.7% to $3.26 billion.
Wall Street was looking for $3.78 a share on $3.34 billion of revenue, according to Yahoo! Finance.
The company's gross margin improved 90 basis points in the quarter from a year earlier to 47.6%.
VF Corp. also announced a four-for-one split of the company's common shares to be payable in the form of a stock dividend. Shareholders of record as of the close of business on Dec. 10, will receive three additional shares of common stock for each share of common stock they own, payable on Dec. 20, 2013.
VF Corp. also increased its quarterly dividend by 21% to $1.05 a share.
Shares were rising 3.9% to $212.30.
"VF is at its best when we empower our brands to deliver innovative products, connect with consumers, and operate with efficiency and discipline," Eric Wiseman, VF Chairman and CEO, said in an earnings release. "Our third-quarter results validate our growth strategy and our ability to deliver strong results in a challenging economic environment."