- Worldwide net sales increased 3% to $960 million, while comparable store sales declined 2%. Management noted an increase in wholesale sales of diamonds, increased wholesale sales in the Asia-Pacific region and strong e-commerce sales growth. Overall, growth in fashion and designer jewelry sales contrasted with softness in other jewelry categories. On a constant-exchange-rate basis that excludes the effect of translating foreign-currency-denominated sales into U.S. dollars (see "Non-GAAP Measures"), worldwide net sales rose 4% and comparable store sales declined 1% due to the factors noted above.
- Net earnings rose 9% to $115 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, from $106 million, or $0.84 per diluted share in the prior year.
- Worldwide net sales of $1.9 billion were 2% higher than the prior year, while comparable store sales were 2% below the prior year, due to similar trends as noted above. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, worldwide net sales rose 3% and comparable store sales declined 1%.
- Net earnings rose 8% to $208 million, or $1.66 per diluted share, from $193 million, or $1.53 per diluted share, a year ago.
Net sales by region were as follows:
- In the Americas, total sales rose 1% to $439 million in the quarter and declined 1% to $830 million in the first half; comparable store sales declined 1% and 2%, respectively. Results were geographically mixed across the region (with no disruptive effect from the New York flagship store), and management attributed sales softness primarily to lower spending by foreign tourists. Currency translation had no effect on reported sales.
- In the Asia-Pacific region, total sales of $235 million in the quarter and $492 million in the first half were 2% and 5%, respectively, above the prior year; comparable store sales declined 7% and 5%, respectively. Total sales growth was due to increased wholesale sales, as well as new stores, while the decline in comparable store sales included strong growth in mainland China that was more than offset by softness in other countries, which management attributed to lower foreign tourist spending. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales increased 2% in the quarter and 5% in the first half, and comparable store sales declined 7% and 4%, respectively.
- In Japan, total sales of $140 million in the quarter were 1% above the prior year while sales of $268 million in the first half were approximately unchanged from the prior year; comparable store sales rose 3% and 1%, respectively. Management attributed retail sales growth to spending by local customers in both periods, while wholesale sales declined. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales rose 7% in the quarter and 2% in the first half, resulting from comparable store sales increasing 9% and 4%, respectively, and lower wholesale sales.
- In Europe, total sales of $114 million in the quarter were 3% above the prior year and sales of $208 million in the first half were equal to the prior year, reflecting increased wholesale sales and the effect of new stores; comparable store sales declined 2% in both periods. Retail sales results were geographically mixed across the region. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales rose 5% in the quarter and 4% in the first half; comparable store sales were unchanged in the quarter and rose 1% in the first half.
- Other sales increased 74% to $32 million in the quarter and rose 51% to $61 million in the first half. The increases were entirely due to increased wholesale sales of diamonds while comparable store sales declined 8% and 3%, respectively.
- Tiffany has opened three Company-operated stores in the first half of the year and closed four. At July 31, 2017, the Company operated 312 stores (124 in the Americas, 85 in Asia-Pacific, 54 in Japan, 44 in Europe, and five in the UAE), versus 311 stores a year ago (125 in the Americas, 83 in Asia-Pacific, 55 in Japan, 43 in Europe, and five in the UAE).
- Gross margins (gross profit as a percentage of net sales) of 62.3% in the second quarter and 62.2% in the first half were higher than 61.9% and 61.6%, respectively, in the prior year. The increases reflected favorable product input costs and a shift in sales mix toward higher-margin jewelry, partly offset by the effect of increased wholesale sales of diamonds.
- SG&A expenses rose 4% in the second quarter and 2% in the first half, due to increased labor and incentive compensation costs and increased marketing spending. SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales were 43.4% in the second quarter, versus 43.2% a year ago, and 44.6% in the first half, unchanged from the prior year.
- Earnings from operations as a percentage of net sales was 18.9% in the second quarter and 17.6% in the first half, versus 18.8% and 17.0%, respectively, in the prior year.
- Interest and other expenses, net declined in both the second quarter and first half due to lower interest expense and a reduction in foreign currency transaction losses.
- The effective income tax rates were 33.3% in the second quarter and 32.6% in the first half, compared with 34.5% and 32.1%, respectively, in the prior year. The rate in both periods of the current year included a benefit from the implementation of a new accounting standard related to the treatment of excess tax benefits from the vesting or exercise of share-based compensation. The rate in the first half of the prior year included a benefit from the conclusion of a tax examination.
- Net inventories of $2.2 billion at July 31, 2017 were 4% lower than a year ago primarily due to a reduction in finished goods inventories.
- In the second quarter and first half, the Company repurchased approximately 230,000 and 353,000 shares, respectively, of its Common Stock at average prices of approximately $91 and $92 per share, respectively, and total costs of $21 million and $32 million, respectively. At July 31, 2017, $278 million remained available for repurchases under the program that authorizes the repurchase of up to $500 million of the Company's Common Stock that expires on January 31, 2019.
- Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments at July 31, 2017 rose to $1.0 billion from $720 million a year ago. Total debt (short-term and long-term) as a percentage of stockholders' equity was 35% at July 31, 2017, versus 37% a year ago.
Management also expects for fiscal 2017: (i) net cash provided by operating activities of approximately $700 million and (ii) free cash flow (see "Non-GAAP Measures") of approximately $450 million. These expectations are approximations and are based on the Company's plans and assumptions, including: (i) net inventories unchanged from the prior year, (ii) capital expenditures of $250 million and (iii) net earnings in line with management's expectations, as described above.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"). Next Scheduled Announcement: The Company expects to report its financial results for the three and nine months ending October 31, 2017 on Wednesday November 29 th before the market opens. To be notified of future announcements, please register at http://investor.tiffany.com ("E-Mail Alerts"). Tiffany is the internationally-renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. Please visit www.tiffany.com for additional information. Forward-Looking Statements: The historical trends and results reported in this document and on our second quarter earnings conference call should not be considered an indication of future performance. Further, statements contained in this document and made on such call that are not statements of historical fact, including those that refer to plans, assumptions and expectations for the current fiscal year and future periods, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the statements under "Fiscal 2017 Outlook" as well as statements that can be identified by the use of words such as 'expects,' 'projects,' 'anticipates,' 'assumes,' 'forecasts,' 'plans,' 'believes,' 'intends,' 'estimates,' 'pursues,' 'scheduled,' 'continues,' 'outlook,' 'may,' 'will,' 'can,' 'should' and variations of such words and similar expressions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements we make regarding the Company's plans, assumptions, expectations, beliefs and objectives with respect to store openings and closings; product introductions; sales; sales growth; sales trends; store traffic; the Company's strategy and initiatives and the pace of execution thereon; the Company's objectives to compete in the global luxury market and to improve financial performance; retail prices; gross margin; operating margin; expenses; interest and other expenses, net; effective income tax rate; net earnings and net earnings per share; share count; inventories; capital expenditures; cash flow; liquidity; currency translation; macroeconomic conditions; growth opportunities; litigation outcomes and recovery related thereto; contributions to Company pension plans; and certain ongoing or planned real estate, product, marketing, retail, customer experience, manufacturing, supply chain, information systems development, upgrades and replacement, and other operational and strategic initiatives. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current views and plans of management, speak only as of the date on which they are made and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of our control. Actual results could therefore differ materially from the planned, assumed or expected results expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. While we cannot predict all of the factors that could form the basis of such differences, key factors include, but are not limited to: global macroeconomic and geopolitical developments; changes in interest and foreign currency rates; changes in taxation policies and regulations; shifting tourism trends; regional instability; violence (including terrorist activities); political activities or events; weather conditions that may affect local and tourist consumer spending; changes in consumer confidence, preferences and shopping patterns, as well as our ability to accurately predict and timely respond to such changes; shifts in the Company's product and geographic sales mix; variations in the cost and availability of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals; adverse publicity regarding the Company and its products, the Company's third-party vendors or the diamond or jewelry industry more generally; any non-compliance by third-party vendors and suppliers with the Company's sourcing and quality standards, codes of conduct, or contractual requirements as well as applicable laws and regulations; changes in our competitive landscape; disruptions impacting the Company's business and operations; failure to successfully implement or make changes to the Company's information systems; gains or losses in the trading value of the Company's stock, which may impact the amount of stock repurchased; the Company's ability to successfully control costs and execute on, and achieve the expected benefits from, the operational and strategic initiatives; and any adverse developments or delays encountered by the Company in securing work authorization for, or otherwise onboarding, its next chief executive officer. Developments relating to these and other factors may also warrant changes to the Company's operating and strategic plans, including with respect to store openings, closings and renovations, capital expenditures, information systems development, inventory management, and continuing execution on, or timing of, the aforementioned initiatives. Such changes could also cause actual results to differ materially from the expected results expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements.
Additional information about potential risks and uncertainties that could affect the Company's business and financial results is included under "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017 and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Company's most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Readers of these documents should consider the risks, uncertainties and factors outlined above and in the Form 10-K in evaluating, and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on, the forward-looking statements contained herein. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by applicable law or regulation.TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Unaudited) NON-GAAP MEASURES The Company reports information in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). Internally, management also monitors and measures its performance using certain sales and earnings measures that include or exclude amounts, or are subject to adjustments that have the effect of including or excluding amounts, from the most directly comparable GAAP measure ("non-GAAP financial measures"). The Company presents such non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with useful supplemental information that will allow them to evaluate the Company's operating results using the same measures that management uses to monitor and measure its performance. 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. These 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"). Sales on a constant-exchange-rate basis are calculated by taking the current year's sales in local currencies and translating them into U.S. dollars using the prior year's foreign currency exchange rates. Management believes this constant-exchange-rate basis provides a useful supplemental basis for the assessment of sales performance and of comparability between reporting periods. The following table reconciles the sales percentage increases (decreases) from the GAAP to the non-GAAP basis versus the previous year:
|Second Quarter 2017 vs. 2016||First Half 2017 vs. 2016|
|GAAPReported||TranslationEffect||Constant-Exchange-Rate Basis||GAAPReported||TranslationEffect||Constant-Exchange-Rate Basis|
|Comparable Store Sales:|
|(in millions, except per share amounts)||GAAP||Impairmentcharges a||Non-GAAP|
|Year Ended January 31, 2017|
|As a % of sales||44.2||%||43.3||%|
|Earnings from operations||721.2||38.0||759.2|
|As a % of sales||18.0||%||19.0||%|
|Provision for income taxes b||230.5||14.0||244.5|
|Diluted earnings per share *||3.55||0.19||3.75|
|*||Amounts may not add due to rounding.|
|a||Expenses associated with the following:|
|•||$25.4 million of pre-tax expense ($16.0 million after tax expense, or $0.13 per diluted share) associated with an asset impairment charge related to software costs capitalized in connection with the development of a new finished goods inventory management and merchandising information system; and|
|•||$12.6 million of pre-tax expense ($8.0 million after tax expense, or $0.06 per diluted share) associated with impairment charges related to financing arrangements with diamond mining and exploration companies.|
|b||The income tax effect resulting from the adjustments has been calculated as both current and deferred tax benefit (expense), based upon the tax laws and statutory income tax rates applicable in the tax jurisdiction(s) of the underlying adjustment.|
|TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS(Unaudited, in millions, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months EndedJuly 31,||Six Months EndedJuly 31,|
|Cost of sales||361.5||354.5||703.5||700.3|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||416.9||402.2||828.9||813.1|
|Earnings from operations||181.3||174.9||326.9||309.5|
|Interest and other expenses, net||8.8||13.4||18.2||24.8|
|Earnings from operations before income taxes||172.5||161.5||308.7||284.7|
|Provision for income taxes||57.5||55.8||100.8||91.5|
|Net earnings per share:|
|Weighted-average number of common shares:|
|TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Unaudited, in millions)|
|July 31, 2017||January 31,2017||July 31,2016|
|Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments||$||1,043.5||$||985.8||$||720.1|
|Accounts receivable, net||223.3||226.8||216.4|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||218.3||203.4||215.4|
|Total current assets||3,722.0||3,573.6||3,476.7|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||939.6||931.8||944.8|
|Other assets, net||608.0||592.2||681.4|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Current portion of long-term debt||—||—||94.8|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||301.4||312.8||300.7|
|Income taxes payable||32.8||22.1||30.5|
|Merchandise credits and deferred revenue||78.6||69.2||64.5|
|Total current liabilities||647.8||632.8||697.6|
|Pension/postretirement benefit obligations||326.1||318.6||442.1|
|Other long-term liabilities||213.3||193.5||190.8|
|Deferred gains on sale-leasebacks||43.3||45.9||53.2|