Guess?, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results
Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended August 3, 2019.
Carlos Alberini, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “I am very pleased with our second quarter financial performance, which delivered strong operating profit growth. This performance exceeded our expectations and was driven by a solid top line increase, strong margin performance and effective expense management. During the quarter we increased revenues by 6% in U.S. dollars and 9% in constant currency. Overall, our direct-to-consumer businesses, which include stores and e-commerce, performed in line with our expectations in all regions and our wholesale businesses in the Americas and Europe delivered a very strong performance compared to our expectations. Based on our second quarter performance, our strong inventory position and our expectations for the Fall and Holiday seasons, we are raising our guidance for the full year.”
Mr. Alberini concluded, “As we previously communicated, our team is finalizing our strategic business planning process and we plan to share our findings and key strategic initiatives by the end of October. I look forward to sharing these findings and I couldn’t be more excited to update you on our Company’s opportunities for global growth, profit improvement and value creation.”
This press release contains certain non-GAAP, or adjusted, financial measures. References to “adjusted” results exclude the impact of (i) asset impairment charges, (ii) net gains on lease terminations, (iii) certain professional service and legal fees and related costs, (iv) non-cash debt discount amortization on our convertible senior notes and (v) the related tax effects of the foregoing items as well as adjustments to uncertain tax positions excluded from results in prior years, in each case where applicable. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables and discussed under the heading “Presentation of Non-GAAP Information” below.
Share Repurchases. The Company has used substantially all of the net proceeds from its $300 million 2% convertible senior notes due 2024 issued during the first quarter of fiscal 2020 (after the related hedge and warrant transactions) to repurchase shares of its common stock. During the three months ended May 4, 2019, the Company used $170 million of such proceeds to enter into an accelerated share repurchase program (“ASR”), pursuant to which it received up-front approximately 5.2 million shares (representing approximately $102 million (or 60%) of the $170 million notional amount of the ASR), with the remaining portion expected to be completed by the beginning of September 2019. During the six months ended August 3, 2019, the Company also repurchased approximately 5.8 million shares of its common stock in open market and privately negotiated transactions totaling $110.6 million, of which approximately 0.7 million shares of its common stock were repurchased at an aggregate cost of $11.0 million during the three months ended August 3, 2019 and approximately 5.1 million shares of its common stock were repurchased at an aggregate cost of $99.6 million during the three months ended May 4, 2019. Combined, these transactions resulted in the repurchase of approximately 11.0 million shares for $212.6 million during the six months ended August 3, 2019, with the remaining portion of the ASR to be determined based on the average volume-weighted price of the Company’s shares during the term of the ASR (less an agreed discount).