) posted second-quarter fiscal 2014 earnings of $1.06 per share
that missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.11, and tumbled
13.8% from $1.23 delivered in the prior-year quarter.
The New York-based Coach said that net sales for the quarter
came in at $1,419.6 million, down about 6% from the year-ago
quarter and also fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of
$1,501 million due to softness in North American market. On a
constant currency basis, sales decreased 3%.
Management stated that sluggishness in North American women's
bag and accessories business offset sturdy growth witnessed in
Men's, footwear and strong results across Asian and European
Investors do not appear impressed with Coach's results, thus
shares of this designer and marketer of fine accessories and
gifts fell 6.8% or $3.55 to $49.00 during pre-market trading
Behind the Headline
Total North American sales fell 9% to $983 million.
Direct-to-consumer sales decreased 8%, while comparable-store
sales dropped 13.6%. At POS, North American department stores
sales remained marginally below compared with prior-year quarter,
whereas shipments into department stores also dropped.
International sales rose 2% to $425 million in the year-ago
quarter. On a constant currency basis, International sales jumped
approximately 11%. China business sustained its strong
performance as sales surged about 25% with a double-digit rate
increase in comparable-store sales.
In China, the company remains on track to meets its sales
guidance of about $530 million for the year. International
wholesale shipments increased considerably, whereas sales trends
across POS rose marginally. Sales in Japan dipped 2% on a
constant currency basis, whereas in dollar terms, sales tumbled
21% from the year-ago quarter due to softer yen.
Gross profit fell 9.5% to $982.7 million, whereas gross profit
margin contracted 300 basis points to 69.2%. Operating income
came in at $435.9 million, down 17.2% from the prior-year
quarter, while operating margin shriveled 430 basis points to
During the quarter, Coach, the maker of handbags, wallets,
shoes and other accessories, opened 8 stores in North America,
thereby taking the count to 556. In Japan, total number of
locations remained at 196.
In China, addition of 10 new locations during the quarter took
the total to 142. Across Asia (Other) the company opened 4
locations taking the total to 98. Coach also acquired the
remainder stake in the company's European joint venture, and
opened 4 stores resulting in total count of 24 stores.
Other Financial Details
Coach maintains a healthy balance sheet with a significant
cash balance and a negligible debt load. The company also has
been proactively managing its cash flows by making prudent
capital investments and enhancing shareholders' return. The
company's strong liquidity, positions it to drive future
The company ended the quarter with cash, cash equivalents and
short-term investments of $798.8 million and current portion of
long-term debt of $485,000 with shareholders' equity of $2,430.7
During the quarter, the company bought back 3.3 million shares
at a cost of $52.99 per share, aggregating $175 million. The
company still has approximately $1 billion remaining at its
disposal under its current share buyback program.
Other Stocks Worth Considering
Currently, Coach holds Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Other stocks
worth considering in the retail sector are
G-III Apparel Group, Ltd.
) holding a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and
Columbia Sportswear Co.
Gildan Activewear Inc.
) both sporting Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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