Levi Strauss & Co. Announces Third-Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Levi Strauss & Co.Announces Third-Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Net Revenue Decline Reflects Global Environment and Strategic Actions

Company Reports Significantly Improved Cash Flow and Lower Net Debt

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended August 26, 2012, and filed its third-quarter 2012 results on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  Three Months Ended
($ millions) 

August 26,


August 28,

Net revenues $1,101 $1,204
Net income $28 $32

Third quarter 2012 net revenues declined 9 percent on a reported basis and 4 percent on a constant currency basis. These results reflect the ongoing global economic challenges and actions the company took to drive improvements in its future performance, including the decisions to license the Levi's® brand boys business in the Americas and phase out the Denizen® brand in Asia. Despite the notable revenue decline, net income dropped only $4 million, reflecting an improved operating margin.

"While the third quarter was impacted by the continuing difficult global macro-economic environment, we are very focused on what we can control: our product innovation and marketing programs, the key strategic choices we make and addressing our underlying cost structure," said Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer of Levi Strauss & Co. "Our goal is to prioritize efforts behind our core business to drive sustainable, profitable growth and drive shareholder value. During the third quarter, we began to execute several initiatives against our goals, including exiting the Denizen® brand from Asia and licensing the U.S. Levi's® boys business."

Third Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights

  • Gross profit in the third quarter declined to $521 million compared with $569 million for the same period in 2011, reflecting unfavorable impacts of $45 million of currency effects and $25 million associated with the company's decision to phase out its Denizen® brand in Asia. Third quarter gross margin of 47.3 percent was flat to prior year. Excluding the currency and Denizen® impacts, gross margin improved, reflecting increased sales from the company's retail stores, a decline in sales to lower-margin channels and lower cotton costs.
  • Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the third quarter declined to $434 million from $489 million in the same period of 2011, inclusive of favorable currency effects of $22 million. The decline in SG&A was primarily driven by a reduction in advertising activities in some markets and a difference in timing of campaigns; organization and distribution expenses also declined during the quarter. Partially offsetting these declines, the company recorded a $19 million impairment charge on its owned distribution center in Japan due to a decision to outsource to a third-party in that market.
  • Operating income for the third quarter was $87 million compared with $81 million for the same period of 2011, reflecting the lower SG&A.

Regional Overview

Regional net revenues for the quarter were as follows:

      % Increase (Decrease)
Net Revenues ($ millions) 

August 26,


August 28,

 As Reported 


Americas $679 $718 (5)% (4)%
Europe $266 $275 (3)% 12%
Asia Pacific $156 $211 (26)% (21)%
  • Net revenues in the Americas included higher sales from company's Levi's® brand retail stores, but declined overall primarily reflecting the company's decision to license the Levi's® brand boys business.
  • In Europe, economic challenges continue in most markets. The year-over-year constant-currency trend reflects the order fulfillment issues tied to the July 2011 implementation of an enterprise resource planning system in the region. Net revenues from company-operated retail grew, reflecting price increases and an expanded network of stores.
  • Revenues declined in Asia Pacific on both a reported and constant currency basis, reflecting a decline in wholesale revenues, including franchisee revenues, due to the economic slowdown in the region, particularly in India. Additionally, the company's decision to phase out the Denizen® brand in Asia further reduced revenues.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

As of August 26, 2012, cash and cash equivalents were approximately $315 million, and $478 million was available under the company's revolving credit facility. Cash provided by operating activities during the nine-month period in 2012 was $416 million, compared with $17 million for the same period in 2011, reflecting the company's lower purchases and lower cost of inventory, as well as lower operating expenses. Net debt was $1.4 billion as compared to $1.8 billion at the end of 2011.

Investor Conference Call

The company's third-quarter 2012 investor conference call will be available through a live audio Webcast at www.levistrauss.com/Financials/EarningsWebcasts.aspx today, October 9, 2012, at 1 p.m. Pacific/4 p.m. Eastern. Participants may dial-into the call in listen-only mode as well at 800-891-4735 or 973-200-3066 internationally ID - 33420397. A replay is available on the website the same day and will be archived for one month. In addition, a telephone replay also is available through October 15, 2012, at 800-585-8367; I.D. No.33420397.

Forward Looking Statement

This news release contains, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.We have based these forward-looking statements on our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events.We use words like "believe," "will," "so we can," "when," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words.These forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of our senior management and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements.Investors should consider the information contained in our filings with the U.S.Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended 2011, especially in the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections.Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on our future results, performance or achievements.In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this news release may not occur.You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated, or if no date is stated, as of the date of this news release.We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this news release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized.

About Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world's largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi's®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of more than 2,300 franchised and company-operated stores. Levi Strauss & Co.'s reported fiscal 2011 net revenues were $4.8 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.



August 26,November 27,
 2012  2011 
ASSETS(Dollars in thousands)
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$314,768$204,542
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $23,309 and $22,684438,776654,903
Raw materials6,2467,086
Finished goods 543,911  594,483 

Total inventories

Deferred tax assets, net142,97299,544
Other current assets 



Total current assets

Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $766,789 and $731,859458,227502,388
Other intangible assets, net62,71871,818
Non-current deferred tax assets, net551,560613,161
Other non-current assets 118,498  107,997 

Total assets

$3,007,436 $3,279,555 
Current Liabilities:
Short-term debt$62,549$154,747
Current maturities of capital leases5321,714
Accounts payable231,332204,897
Other accrued liabilities221,510256,316
Accrued salaries, wages and employee benefits169,142235,530
Accrued interest payable30,0559,679
Accrued income taxes 14,655  9,378 

Total current liabilities

Long-term debt


Long-term capital leases1,6941,999
Postretirement medical benefits131,895140,108
Pension liability387,077427,422
Long-term employee related benefits72,86275,520
Long-term income tax liabilities38,13242,991
Other long-term liabilities 57,886  51,458 

Total liabilities

 3,081,526  3,429,384 
Commitments and contingencies
Temporary equity 7,997  7,002 
Stockholders' Deficit:
Levi Strauss & Co. stockholders' deficit

Common stock—$.01 par value; 270,000,000 shares authorized; 37,372,113 shares and 37,354,021 shares issued and outstanding

Additional paid-in capital33,09829,266
Retained earnings221,046150,770
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (342,011) (346,002)

Total Levi Strauss & Co. stockholders' deficit

Noncontrolling interest 5,406  8,761 

Total stockholders' deficit

 (82,087) (156,831)

Total liabilities, temporary equity and stockholders' deficit

$3,007,436 $3,279,555 
The notes accompanying our consolidated financial statements in our Form 10-Q are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.



Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
August 26, August 28,August 26, August 28,
 2012  2011  2012  2011 
(Dollars in thousands)
Net revenues$1,100,856$1,204,017$3,312,974$3,417,632
Cost of goods sold 580,108  634,573  1,762,746  1,749,525 
Gross profit520,748569,4441,550,2281,668,107
Selling, general and administrative expenses 433,961  488,545  1,307,600  1,423,358 
Operating income86,78780,899242,628244,749
Interest expense(32,160)(30,208)(103,144)(98,589)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt--(8,206)-
Other income (expense), net (5,747) (5,779) 6,122  (12,744)
Income before income taxes48,88044,912137,400133,416
Income tax expense 23,802  13,612  49,782  42,437 
Net income25,07831,30087,61890,979
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 3,273  893  3,184  2,860 
Net income attributable to Levi Strauss & Co.$28,351 $32,193 $90,802 $93,839 
The notes accompanying our consolidated financial statements in our Form 10-Q are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.



Nine Months Ended
August 26, August 28,
 2012  2011 
(Dollars in thousands)
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income$87,618$90,979
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization91,57787,420
Asset impairments19,4132,957
Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment(303)-
Unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses(14,666)11,262
Realized (gain) loss on settlement of forward foreign exchange contracts not designated for hedge accounting(3,559)8,252
Employee benefit plans' amortization from accumulated other comprehensive loss1,175(4,555)
Employee benefit plans' curtailment (gain) loss, net(1,730)1,629
Noncash gain on extinguishment of debt, net of write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs(3,643)-
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs3,2683,241
Stock-based compensation4,8157,741
Allowance for doubtful accounts5,2434,957
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables187,52022,260
Other current assets28,056(28,823)
Other non-current assets(3,554)1,124
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities83,4691,309
Income tax liabilities11,287
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