Wolverine World Wide Inc.
) posted strong third-quarter 2013 results, driven by the
continuous impressive performance of its newly acquired brands.
Wolverine's quarterly earnings per share of $1.16 handily
surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.05 and rose 61.1%
year over year.
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Including one-time items, the company reported earnings per share
of $1.08 compared with 66 cents in the year-ago quarter.
Benefiting largely from the acquisition of Collective Brands'
Performance + Lifestyle Group (PLG) group, Wolverine reported net
sales of $716.7 million that more than doubled on a
year-over-year basis and came ahead of the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of $711 million. Moreover, on a pro-forma basis,
revenues increased 9.0% in the quarter.
Wolverine acquired the PLG unit for $1.25 billion. The PLG unit
sells footwear and related products, both wholesale and retail,
for children and adults under popular brands including Stride
Rite, Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony and Keds.
As regards the company's operating groups, revenues at its
Lifestyle group came in at $295.8 million, a whopping rise from
$38.0 million in the year-ago quarter. The Performance group's
revenues rose 67.0% to $254.1 million, while Heritage group's
revenues nudged up 0.8% to $144.6 million. Revenues derived from
the company's other brands rose14.4% to $22.2 million in the
On account of top-line improvement, the company's gross profit
rose more than twofold to $286.0 million, while gross margin
expanded 70 basis points (bps) to 39.9%. The improvement in both
these cases reflected an encouraging channel mix, partly offset
by foreign exchange contract losses.
Operating profit came in at $86.3 million, rising 86.4% year over
year. However, operating margin contracted 110 bps to 12.0%.
Other Financial Aspects
Wolverine, which competes with
Deckers Outdoor Corporation
), ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $147.8
million, net debt of $994.3 million and shareholders' equity of
$768.0 million. Operating free cash flow came in at $22.8 million
for the quarter.
This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company raised its earnings guidance
based on robust year-to-date performance. Adjusted earnings per
share are now expected to be in the range of $2.73-$2.83, up from
its earlier projection of $2.60-$2.75, and reflecting
year-over-year growth of 19.2% to 23.6%.
Revenues are expected to be in the range of $2.71-$2.73 billion,
up 6.4% to 7.1% year over year on a pro-forma basis. For fiscal
fourth-quarter 2013, the company anticipates revenues in the band
of $750-$780 million, reflecting growth of 3.2% to 6%.
Other Stocks to Consider
Apart from Wolverine, other stocks in the consumer discretionary
sector worth considering include
Brown Shoe Co. Inc.
Skechers USA Inc.
). Both of these carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).