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07/30 CARTER : Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results
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07/29 CARTER : Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results
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Carter : Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

07/30/2015 | 07:37am US/Eastern

Release date- 29072015 - Carter's Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results.

Highlights:

Net Sales $613 Million, Up 7%

Operating Margin 10.1%, Up 190 Basis Points; Adjusted Operating Margin 10.7%, Up 50 Basis Points

Diluted EPS $0.68, Up 42%; Adjusted Diluted EPS $0.73, Up 19%

Company Raises Fiscal 2015 Adjusted Diluted EPS Guidance Range To Growth Of 12% - 15%; Previously 10% - 14%

ATLANTA - Carter's, Inc. (NYSE:CRI), the largest branded marketer in the United States and Canada of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, today reported its second quarter fiscal 2015 results.

'We continued to see strong demand for our brands in the second quarter with sales growth in all of our business segments,' said Michael D. Casey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. 'We're encouraged by our consumers' response to our new fall marketing and product offerings. Given our progress in the first half, and outlook for the balance of the year, we are raising our earnings forecast for fiscal 2015.'

Consolidated Results

Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 compared to Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014

Consolidated net sales increased $38.7 million, or 6.7%, to $612.8 million, reflecting growth in all business segments. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2014 negatively impacted consolidated net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 by $5.6 million, or 1.0%. On a constant currency basis, consolidated net sales increased 7.7% in the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

Operating income in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 increased $14.6 million, or 30.8%, to $62.0 million, compared to $47.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. Operating margin in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 increased 190 basis points to 10.1%, compared to 8.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. Adjusted operating income (a non-GAAP measure) in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 increased $6.6 million, or 11.2%, to $65.4 million, compared to $58.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. Adjusted operating margin (a non-GAAP measure) in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 increased 50 basis points to 10.7%, compared to 10.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, principally driven by expense leverage.

Net income in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 increased $10.2 million, or 39.4%, to $36.1 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared to $25.9 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure) in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 increased $5.7 million, or 17.2%, to $38.8 million, compared to $33.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. Adjusted earnings per diluted share (a non-GAAP measure) in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 increased 19.4% to $0.73, compared to $0.61 in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The Company estimates that changes in foreign currency exchange rates in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2014 had an immaterial effect on adjusted earnings per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

First Half of Fiscal 2015 compared to First Half of Fiscal 2014

Consolidated net sales increased $71.8 million, or 5.9%, to $1,297.5 million, principally driven by growth in the Company's U.S. Carter's and OshKosh direct-to-consumer businesses. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates in the first half of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first half of fiscal 2014 negatively impacted consolidated net sales in the first half of fiscal 2015 by $11.1 million, or 0.9%. On a constant currency basis, consolidated net sales increased 6.8% in the first half of fiscal 2015.

Operating income in the first half of fiscal 2015 increased $37.6 million, or 34.5%, to $146.5 million, compared to $108.9 million in the first half of fiscal 2014. Operating margin in the first half of fiscal 2015 increased 240 basis points to 11.3%, compared to 8.9% in the first half of fiscal 2014. Adjusted operating income in the first half of fiscal 2015 increased $23.8 million, or 18.4%, to $152.7 million, compared to $128.9 million in the first half of fiscal 2014. Adjusted operating margin in the first half of fiscal 2015 increased 130 basis points to 11.8%, compared to 10.5% in the first half of fiscal 2014, reflecting improved gross margin and expense leverage.

Net income in the first half of fiscal 2015 increased $25.7 million, or 42.7%, to $85.9 million, or $1.62 per diluted share, compared to $60.2 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, in the first half of fiscal 2014. Adjusted net income in the first half of fiscal 2015 increased $17.5 million, or 24.0%, to $90.5 million, compared to $73.0 million in the first half of fiscal 2014. Adjusted earnings per diluted share in the first half of fiscal 2015 increased 26.6% to $1.70, compared to $1.35 in the first half of fiscal 2014. The Company estimates that changes in foreign currency exchange rates in the first half of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first half of fiscal 2014 negatively affected adjusted earnings per diluted share in the first half of fiscal 2015 by approximately $0.05.

Cash flow from operations in the first half of fiscal 2015 was $27.1 million compared to $33.1 million in the first half of fiscal 2014. The decrease reflects higher earnings that were more than offset by changes in net working capital.

See the 'Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Results' section of this release for additional disclosures and reconciliations regarding non-GAAP measures.

Note on Net Sales vs. Comparable Sales (52 vs. 53 Week Calendars)

The Company's fiscal 2015 results will include 52 weeks compared to 53 weeks in fiscal 2014. This change in weeks will impact the comparability of results in 2015. In the following segment discussions the net sales amounts and related comparisons are based on the Company's reported fiscal 2015 and 2014 calendars. However, direct-to-consumer ('DTC'), retail store, and eCommerce comparable sales are based on adjusted 2014 periods that have been aligned to the corresponding 13 and 26 week periods in fiscal 2015.

Carter's Retail Segment Results

Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 compared to Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014

Carter's retail segment sales increased $13.3 million, or 5.7%, to $247.0 million. Carter's DTC comparable sales increased 1.1%, comprised of eCommerce comparable sales growth of 26.5%, partially offset by a retail stores comparable sales decline of 4.0%.

In the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company opened 13 Carter's retail stores in the United States. The Company operated 562 Carter's retail stores in the United States as of July 4, 2015.

First Half of Fiscal 2015 compared to First Half of Fiscal 2014

Carter's retail segment sales increased $40.7 million, or 8.8%, to $504.7 million. Carter's DTC comparable sales increased 0.9%, comprised of eCommerce comparable sales growth of 16.0%, partially offset by a retail stores comparable sales decline of 2.6%.

In the first half of fiscal 2015, the Company opened 33 Carter's retail stores in the United States and closed two stores.

Carter's Wholesale Segment Results

Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 compared to Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014

Carter's wholesale segment sales increased $11.7 million, or 5.8%, to $211.7 million, reflecting strong product demand, a new playwear initiative, and fall product launches.

First Half of Fiscal 2015 compared to First Half of Fiscal 2014

Carter's wholesale segment sales increased $9.4 million, or 2.0%, to $481.0 million, reflecting greater product demand, a new playwear initiative, and fall product launches.

OshKosh Retail Segment Results

Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 compared to Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014

OshKosh retail segment sales increased $5.9 million, or 8.8%, to $73.5 million. OshKosh DTC comparable sales increased 3.3%, comprised of eCommerce comparable sales growth of 36.2%, partially offset by a retail stores comparable sales decline of 2.6%.

In the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company opened 15 OshKosh retail stores in the United States and closed two stores. The Company operated 221 OshKosh retail stores in the United States as of July 4, 2015.

First Half of Fiscal 2015 compared to First Half of Fiscal 2014

OshKosh retail segment sales increased $15.4 million, or 11.8%, to $146.5 million. OshKosh DTC comparable sales increased 4.2%, comprised of eCommerce comparable sales growth of 27.2%, partially offset by a decline in retail stores comparable sales of 0.6%.

In the first half of fiscal 2015, the Company opened 24 OshKosh retail stores in the United States and closed three stores.

OshKosh Wholesale Segment Results

Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 compared to Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014

OshKosh wholesale segment sales increased $2.7 million, or 22.8%, to $14.3 million, reflecting favorable timing of demand.

First Half of Fiscal 2015 compared to First Half of Fiscal 2014

OshKosh wholesale segment sales increased $3.1 million, or 11.5%, to $30.4 million, reflecting favorable timing of demand.

International Segment Results

Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 compared to Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014

International segment sales increased $5.1 million, or 8.4%, to $66.3 million. This increase reflects growth in the Company's direct-to-consumer businesses in Canada and increased wholesale demand in other international markets. This growth was partially offset by the impact of the Target Canada bankruptcy in January 2015 and unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates.

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2014 negatively impacted international segment net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 by $5.6 million, or 9.1%. On a constant currency basis, international segment net sales increased 17.5%.

Canadian comparable retail stores sales increased 0.2%. In the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company opened six retail stores in Canada. The Company operated 133 retail stores in Canada as of July 4, 2015.

First Half of Fiscal 2015 compared to First Half of Fiscal 2014

International segment sales increased $3.2 million, or 2.5%, to $134.9 million. This increase reflects growth in the Company's direct-to-consumer businesses in Canada and increased wholesale demand in other international markets. This growth was partially offset by the impact of the Target Canada bankruptcy in January 2015, the Company's exit of retail operations in Japan in fiscal 2014, and unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates. The Company's former retail operations in Japan contributed $4.4 million to segment sales in the first half of fiscal 2014.

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates in the first half of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first half of fiscal 2014 negatively impacted international segment net sales in the first half of fiscal 2015 by $11.1 million, or 8.5%. On a constant currency basis, international segment net sales increased 10.9%.

Canadian comparable retail stores sales increased 3.3% in the first half of fiscal 2015. In the first half of fiscal 2015, the Company opened nine retail stores in Canada.

Dividends

During the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company paid a cash dividend of $0.22 per share totaling $11.5 million. The Company paid cash dividends totaling $23.1 million in the first half of fiscal 2015. Future declarations of quarterly dividends and the establishment of related record and payment dates will be at the discretion of the Company's Board of Directors based on a number of factors, including the Company's future financial performance and other considerations.

Stock Repurchase Activity

During the second quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased and retired 346,325 shares of its common stock for $34.8 million at an average price of $100.40 per share. In the first half of fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased and retired 504,225 shares for $48.9 million at an average price of $96.97 per share. Year-to-date through July 28, 2015, the Company repurchased and retired a total of 602,425 shares for $59.4 million at an average price of $98.60 per share. All shares were repurchased in open market transactions pursuant to applicable regulations for such transactions.

As of July 28, 2015, the total remaining capacity under the Company's previously-announced repurchase authorizations was $126 million.

2015 Business Outlook

For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company projects net sales to increase approximately 7% over the third quarter of fiscal 2014 and adjusted diluted earnings per share to increase approximately 10% to 15% compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.27 in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. The adjusted diluted earnings per share forecast excludes anticipated expenses of approximately $1 million related to the amortization of acquired tradenames and other items the Company believes to be non-representative of underlying business performance.

For fiscal 2015, the Company projects net sales to increase approximately 5% over fiscal 2014 and adjusted diluted earnings per share to increase approximately 12% to 15% compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $3.93 in fiscal 2014. This forecast for fiscal 2015 adjusted diluted earnings per share excludes anticipated expenses of approximately $6 million related to the amortization of acquired tradenames, approximately $2 million related to the revaluation of the Bonnie Togs contingent consideration, and other items the Company believes to be non-representative of underlying business performance.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call with investors to discuss second quarter fiscal 2015 results and its business outlook on July 29, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. To participate in the call, please dial 913-312-1456. To listen via the internet, please visit www.carters.com and select links for 'Investor Relations' followed by 'Second Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call'. Presentation materials for the call can be accessed under the same 'Investor Relations' section by selecting links for 'News & Events' followed by 'Webcasts & Presentations'. A replay of the call will be available shortly after the broadcast through August 6, 2015, at 888-203-1112 (U.S. / Canada) or 719-457-0820 (international), passcode 2253968. The replay will also be archived on the Company's website under the 'Investor Relations' tab.

About Carter's, Inc.

Carter's, Inc. is the largest branded marketer in the United States and Canada of apparel and related products exclusively for babies and young children. The Company owns the Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh brands, two of the most recognized brands in the marketplace. These brands are sold in leading department stores, national chains, and specialty retailers domestically and internationally. They are also sold through more than 900 Company-operated stores in the United States and Canada and on-line at www.carters.com, www.oshkoshbgosh.com, and www.cartersoshkosh.ca. The Company's Just One You, Precious Firsts, and Genuine Kids brands are available at Target, and its Child of Mine brand is available at Walmart. Carter's is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information may be found at www.carters.com.

Cautionary Language

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to the Company's future performance, including, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company's anticipated financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 and fiscal year 2015, or any other future period, assessment of the Company's performance and financial position, and drivers of the Company's sales and earnings growth. Such statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, or projected. Factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include the risks of: losing one or more major customers, vendors, or licensees or financial difficulties for one or more of our major customers, vendors, or licensees; the Company's products not being accepted in the marketplace; changes in consumer preference and fashion trends; negative publicity; the Company failing to protect its intellectual property; incurring costs in connection with cooperating with regulatory investigations and proceedings; the breach of the Company's consumer databases, systems or processes; deflationary pricing pressures; decreases in the overall level of consumer spending; disruptions resulting from the Company's dependence on foreign supply sources; foreign currency risks due to the Company's operations outside of the United States; the Company's use of a small number of vendors over whom it has little control; the Company's foreign supply sources not meeting the Company's quality standards or regulatory requirements; disruptions in the Company's supply chain, including distribution centers or in-sourcing capabilities or otherwise, and the risk of slow-downs, disruptions or strikes along our supply chain; product recalls; the loss of the Company's principal product sourcing agent; increased competition in the baby and young children's apparel market; the Company being unable to identify new retail store locations or negotiate appropriate lease terms for the retail stores; the Company's failure to successfully manage its eCommerce business; the Company not adequately forecasting demand, which could, among other things, create significant levels of excess inventory; failure to achieve sales growth plans, cost savings, and other assumptions that support the carrying value of the Company's intangible assets; increased leverage, not being able to repay its indebtedness and being subject to restrictions on operations by the Company's debt agreements; not attracting and retaining key individuals within the organization; failure to properly manage strategic projects; failure to implement needed upgrades to the Company's information technology systems; disruptions of distribution functions in its Braselton, Georgia facility; being unsuccessful in expanding into international markets and failing to successfully manage legal, regulatory, political and economic risks of international operations, including maintaining compliance with worldwide anti-bribery laws; fluctuations in the Company's tax obligations and effective tax rate; incurring substantial costs as a result of various claims or pending or threatened lawsuits; and the failure to declare future quarterly dividends. Many of these risks are further described in the most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the headings 'Risk Factors' and 'Forward-Looking Statements.' The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

CARTER'S, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

: see full release at: http://ir.carters.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=135392&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2072067

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