- On a constant-exchange-rate basis (see "Non-GAAP Measures"), worldwide net sales rose 2% due to higher sales in Asia-Pacific, Japan and Europe and comparable store sales were equal to the prior year. Reported in U.S. dollars, worldwide net sales declined 3% to $4.1 billion.
- Net earnings of $493.8 million, or $3.83 per diluted share (excluding pre-tax charges of $37.9 million for two impairments of a loan made to a diamond mining company and $8.8 million for staffing and occupancy reductions) were 9% lower than last year's $545.1 million, or $4.20 per diluted share, which had excluded a debt extinguishment charge (see "Non-GAAP Measures"); the decline was due to lower sales and higher selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses partly offset by a higher gross margin. On a reported basis, which included the charges in both years, net earnings per diluted share of $3.59 were 4% below the prior year.
- On a constant-exchange-rate basis (see "Non-GAAP Measures"), worldwide net sales declined 2%, reflecting lower sales in the Americas and Asia-Pacific and sales growth in Japan and Europe and comparable store sales declined 5%. Reported in U.S. dollars, worldwide net sales of $1.2 billion were 6% lower than the prior year.
- Net earnings of $186.8 million, or $1.46 per diluted share (excluding pre-tax charges of $28.3 million for impairment of a loan made to a diamond mining company and $8.8 million for staffing and occupancy reductions - see "Non-GAAP Measures"), declined from $196.2 million, or $1.51 per diluted share in the prior year; the decline reflected a lack of sales leverage on higher selling, general and administrative expenses partly offset by a higher gross margin. On a reported basis, net earnings were $1.28 per diluted share.
Net sales highlights by region were as follows:
- In the Americas, on a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales and comparable store sales in the full year were 2% and 4%, respectively, below the prior year while total and comparable store sales in the fourth quarter declined 6% and 8%, respectively. These declines in both periods reflected lower foreign tourist spending in the U.S., which management attributes to the strong U.S. dollar, as well as varying degrees of softness in sales to U.S. customers. Elsewhere in the region, total sales on a constant-exchange-rate basis rose in Canada and Latin America. Reported in U.S. dollars, total sales of $1.9 billion (47% of worldwide net sales) in the full year and $604 million in the fourth quarter were 4% and 8%, respectively, below the prior year.
- In the Asia-Pacific region, on a constant-exchange-rate basis, in the full year total sales rose 3% and comparable store sales were unchanged from the prior year while in the fourth quarter total sales declined 3% and comparable store sales declined 8%. In both periods, sales on a constant-exchange-rate basis rose in China and Australia, which contrasted with continued weakness in Hong Kong. Reported in U.S. dollars, total sales of $1 billion (24% of worldwide net sales) in the full year and $260 million in the fourth quarter were 2% and 8%, respectively, below the prior year.
- In Japan, on a constant-exchange-rate basis, full year total sales and comparable store sales rose 10% and 5%, respectively, and in the fourth quarter total sales rose 12% and comparable store sales rose 10%. The majority of this sales growth in both periods reflected higher sales to foreign tourists. Reported in U.S. dollars, total sales declined 2% in the full year to $541 million (13% of worldwide net sales) and rose 9% to $161 million in the fourth quarter.
- In Europe, on a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales and comparable store sales in the full year rose 12% and 9%, respectively, due to geographically broad-based sales growth that reflected higher spending by local customers and foreign tourists; on that same basis, total sales in the fourth quarter increased 2% and comparable store sales declined 3% due to varying performance across the region, including sales growth in the U.K. and a noteworthy decline in France. Reported in U.S. dollars, total sales in Europe of $506 million (12% of worldwide net sales) in the full year and $157 million in the fourth quarter were 1% and 6%, respectively, below the prior year.
- Other sales of $108 million in the full year and $31 million in the fourth quarter declined 13% and 6%, respectively, while comparable store sales declined 15% and 21%, respectively, reflecting lower sales in the United Arab Emirates ("UAE") as well as lower wholesale sales of diamonds in the year.
- Tiffany opened 16 Company-operated stores in the full year and closed four locations. At January 31, 2016, the Company operated 307 stores (124 in the Americas, 81 in Asia-Pacific, 56 in Japan, 41 in Europe, and five in the UAE), compared with 295 stores a year ago (122 in the Americas, 73 in Asia-Pacific, 56 in Japan, 39 in Europe, and five in the UAE).
- Gross margin (gross profit as a percentage of net sales) in the full year rose to 60.7%, from 59.7% in the prior year, reflecting favorable product input costs and price increases partly offset by sales mix. Gross margin in the fourth quarter was 63.0%, versus 60.8% in the prior year, due to favorable product input costs and price increases.
- SG&A expenses rose 5% in the full year and 6% in the fourth quarter as reported. SG&A expenses include charges recorded in the second and fourth quarters related to the impairment of a loan to a diamond mining company in Sierra Leone, as well as a charge recorded in the fourth quarter for staffing and occupancy reductions (see "Non-GAAP Measures"). Excluding these charges, SG&A expenses rose 2% in the full year due to higher marketing spending and store-related and pension costs, partly offset by a benefit from the translation effect of the strong U.S. dollar. Excluding the fourth quarter charges, SG&A expenses declined 2% in the fourth quarter, benefitting from the strong U.S. dollar, as well as lower marketing and variable labor costs. Management continues to evaluate the collectability of the remaining $6 million of the loan to the diamond mining company. Management believes that it is possible that ongoing developments could require the Company to impair some or all of that amount.
- Interest and other expenses, net declined in the full year as a result of lower interest expense on long-term debt (reflecting the October 2014 redemption of long-term debt using proceeds from the issuance of lower-rate long-term debt in September 2014) as well as lower average credit facility borrowings. Interest and other expenses, net were virtually unchanged in the fourth quarter. Both periods were also affected by increased foreign currency transaction losses.
- The effective tax rate was 34.7% in the full year, versus 34.4% in the prior year, and was 34.4% in the fourth quarter, compared with 32.9% in the prior year.
- Net inventories of $2.2 billion at January 31, 2016 were 6% lower than the prior year, which included a 2% benefit from the translation effect of the strong U.S. dollar.
- Capital expenditures were $253 million in the full year, compared with $247 million in the prior year.
- The Company spent $220 million in the full year (at an average cost of $78 per share), including $104 million in the fourth quarter (at an average cost of $73 per share) to repurchase shares of its Common Stock. On January 21, 2016, the Company's Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program, authorizing the repurchase of up to $500 million of the Company's Common Stock; this new program immediately replaced the Company's previously-existing program that had authorized the repurchase of up to $300 million of its Common Stock, and which had $59 million remaining available for repurchases at the time of termination. At January 31, 2016, $494 million remained available for repurchases under the new program that expires on January 31, 2019.
- Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $887 million at January 31, 2016, up from $731 million a year ago. Total debt (short-term and long-term) as a percentage of stockholders' equity was 38% and 39% at January 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Outlook:Management currently forecasts that full year earnings per diluted share in 2016 will range from unchanged to a mid-single-digit decline compared with 2015's $3.83 per diluted share (excluding the loan impairment and staffing and occupancy charges - see "Non-GAAP Measures"). Based on sales trends in the current quarter-to-date and an assumption of gradual improvement over the course of the year, management expects that earnings per diluted share in the first quarter may decline by 15-20%, followed by a 5-10% decline in the second quarter and a resumption of growth in the second half. This annual forecast is based on the following assumptions, which are approximate and may or may not prove valid: (i) worldwide net sales on a constant-exchange-rate basis increasing by a low-single-digit percentage, but approximately equal to the prior year when translated into U.S. dollars; (ii) increasing worldwide gross retail square footage by 2%, net through 11 openings, 6 relocations and 9 closings; (iii) operating margin below the prior year's 19.7% (excluding the prior year's charges) due to an expected increase in gross margin but with SG&A expense growth (despite some benefit from lower pension costs) exceeding sales growth; (iv) interest and other expenses, net unchanged from 2015; (v) an effective income tax rate slightly lower than the prior year; (vi) net inventories unchanged from the prior year; (vii) capital expenditures of $260 million; and (viii) free cash flow of at least $400 million. Mr. Cumenal further added, "We are focused on returning to stronger financial performance, at sustainable rates, which we believe is achievable as we execute on our strategic initiatives and as challenging external conditions abate. Therefore, our longer-term objective calls for reaching high-single-digit net earnings growth, driven by mid-single-digit worldwide net sales growth on a constant-exchange-rate basis, while also continuing to generate strong free cash flow."
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 http://investor.tiffany.com ("Events and Presentations"). Upcoming Announcements and Events:
- The Company will host an Analyst/Investor Day on April 12 th at its corporate office in New York during which members of Company management will provide overviews of their respective areas of responsibility and strategic direction. A live webcast of the presentations will be available on the Company's website at http://investor.tiffany.com. Due to space restrictions, a limited number of in-person invitations have been issued. For those unable to attend or to listen to the live webcast, a replay will be available on the Company's website for 90 days following the event.
- The Company expects to report its first quarter results on Wednesday May 25 th before the market opens. To be notified of future announcements, please register at http://investor.tiffany.com ("E-Mail Alerts").
TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES(Unaudited) NON-GAAP MEASURES The Company reports information in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). The Company's management does not, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company presents such non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate the Company's operating results. The non-GAAP financial measures presented here may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures used by other companies. Net Sales The Company's reported net sales reflect either a translation-related benefit from strengthening foreign currencies or a detriment from a strengthening U.S. dollar. Internally, management monitors and measures its sales performance on a non-GAAP basis that eliminates the positive or negative effects that result from translating sales made outside the U.S. into U.S. dollars ("constant-exchange-rate basis"). Management believes this constant-exchange-rate basis provides a more representative assessment of sales performance and provides better comparability between reporting periods. The following table reconciles sales percentage increases (decreases) from the GAAP to the non-GAAP basis versus the previous year:
|Fourth Quarter 2015 vs. 2014||Full Year 2015 vs. 2014|
|Reported||Effect||Rate Basis||Reported||Effect||Rate Basis|
|Comparable Store Sales:|
Net EarningsThe accompanying press release presents net earnings and highlights expenses tied to certain items in the text. Management believes excluding such items presents the Company's results on a more comparable basis to the corresponding period in the prior year, thereby providing investors with an additional perspective to analyze the results of operations of the Company at January 31, 2016. The following tables reconcile certain GAAP amounts to non-GAAP amounts:
|(in millions, except per share amounts)||GAAP||charge a||initiatives b||Non-GAAP|
|Quarter Ended January 31, 2016|
|Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses||$||503.9||(28.3||)||$||(8.8||)||$||466.8|
|As a % of sales||41.5||%||38.5||%|
|Earnings from operations||260.9||28.3||8.8||298.0|
|As a % of sales||21.5||%||24.6||%|
|Diluted earnings per share||1.28||0.14||0.04||1.46|
|(in millions, except per share amounts)||GAAP||charges a||initiatives b||Non-GAAP|
|Year Ended January 31, 2016|
|As a % of sales||42.2||%||41.0||%|
|Earnings from operations||760.1||37.9||8.8||806.8|
|As a % of sales||18.5||%||19.7||%|
|Diluted earnings per share||3.59||0.19||0.05||3.83|
|a||Expenses associated with impairment charges related to a financing arrangement with Koidu Limited.|
|b||Expenses associated with specific cost-reduction initiatives which included severance related to staffing reductions and subleasing of certain office space for which only a portion of the Company's future rent obligations will be recovered.|
|(in millions, except per share amounts)||GAAP||extinguishment c||Non-GAAP|
|Year Ended January 31, 2015|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||$||93.8||$||(93.8||)||$||-|
|Provision for income taxes||253.4||32.8||286.2|
|Diluted earnings per share||3.73||0.47||4.20|
|Years Ended January 31,|
|( in millions)||2016||2015|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||$||813.6||$||615.1|
|Less: Capital expenditures||(252.7||)||(247.4||)|
|Free cash inflow||$||560.9||$||367.7|
|TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (Unaudited, in millions, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended|
|January 31,||Years Ended January 31,|
|Cost of sales||448.8||503.7||1,613.6||1,712.7|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||503.9||477.0||1,731.2||1,645.8|
|Earnings from operations||260.9||304.6||760.1||891.4|
|Interest and other expenses, net||12.1||12.3||50.2||60.1|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||-||-||-||93.8|
|Earnings from operations before income taxes||248.8||292.3||709.9||737.5|
|Provision for income taxes||85.6||96.1||246.0||253.3|
|Net earnings per share:|
|Weighted-average number of common shares:|
|TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited, in millions)|
|January 31, 2016||January 31, 2015|
|Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments||$||886.6||$||731.5|
|Accounts receivable, net||206.4||195.2|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||190.4||220.0|
|Total current assets||3,508.4||3,508.8|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||935.8||899.5|
|Other assets, net||685.5||772.3|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Current portion of long-term debt||84.2||-|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||329.1||318.0|
|Income taxes payable||27.1||39.9|
|Merchandise credits and deferred revenue||67.9||66.1|
|Total current liabilities||729.9||658.0|
|Pension/postretirement benefit obligations||428.1||524.2|
|Other long-term liabilities||189.0||200.7|
|Deferred gains on sale-leasebacks||55.1||64.5|