Levi Strauss & Co. Announces First-Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Levi Strauss & Co. Announces First-Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Reports Higher Net Income on Improved Margins, Strong Cash Flow and Lower Net Debt

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) announced financial results today for the first quarter ended February 24, 2013.

Highlights include:

  Three Months Ended % Increase


As Reported

($ millions) 

February 24,


February 26,

Net revenues $1,147 $1,165 (2%)
Net income $107 $49 117%

Net revenues decreased 2 percent on both reported and constant-currency bases, due to lower sales in Asia Pacific and the impact from licensing the Levi's® brand boys business. First quarter net income increased 117 percent to $107 million compared with $49 million in the first quarter of 2012, driven by a stronger gross margin and improved operating margin.

"In the first quarter, we generated strong cash flow and posted a higher gross margin and net income, despite slightly lower revenues," said Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer. "We're committed to reducing debt and strengthening the balance sheet. Our cash flow and a successful debt refinancing we executed after the quarter closed have allowed us to pay down $185 million of our debt this year."

First-Quarter 2013 Highlights

  • Gross profit in the first quarter increased to $592 million compared with $549 million for the same period in 2012. Gross margin for the first quarter was 52 percent of revenues compared with 47 percent of revenues in the same quarter of 2012. The gross margin improvement reflected the lower cost of cotton, increased sales from the company's retail stores and a favorable currency impact.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) for the first quarter decreased to $410 million from $439 million in the same period of 2012. The decline in SG&A was primarily driven by lower advertising reflecting shifts in the timing of the company's campaigns to a later part of the year and lower severance expenses.
  • Operating income of $181 million grew from $110 million the prior year due to the higher gross margin and lower SG&A.

Reported regional net revenues and operating income for the quarter were as follows:

  Net Revenues   Operating Income  
  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended  
($ millions) 

February 24,



February 26,



% Increase



February 24,


February 26,


% Increase


Americas $647 $647  $132 $80 66%
Europe $297 $289 2% $63 $52 21%
Asia Pacific $203 $228 (11%) $49 $41 19%
  • Net revenues in the Americas were flat, as increased sales from company-operated Levi's® retail stores were offset by lower wholesale revenues reflecting the company's 2012 decision to license the Levi's® brand boys business. Higher operating income primarily reflected the region's higher gross margin.
  • Net revenues in Europe increased, reflecting continued growth from the company-operated retail network; this was partially offset by a decline in traditional wholesale channels, most notably in Southern Europe. Higher operating income primarily reflected the region's lower SG&A and improved gross margin.
  • Net revenues in Asia Pacific declined, reflecting lower sales at both company-operated retail network and wholesale channels, due to challenging conditions in most markets in the region, most notably China. Operating income increased, primarily reflecting lower SG&A and the decision to phase out the Denizen® brand in the region.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

At February 24, 2013, cash and cash equivalents of $450 million were complemented by $574 million available under the company's revolving credit facility, resulting in a total liquidity position of $1.0 billion. Cash provided by operating activities of $143 million represented a $38 million increase compared with the same period in 2012, reflecting a tax refund and lower pension plan funding. During the quarter, the company prepaid $50.0 million of its senior term loan due 2014 and paid a $25 million dividend. Net debt declined to $1.2 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2013, compared to $1.3 billion at the end of 2012.

Subsequent to quarter close, the company completed an offering of $140 million of 6.875 percent senior notes due 2022 and used the net proceeds along with cash on hand to prepay the remaining $275 million outstanding on the senior term loan due in 2014.

Investor Conference Call

The company's first-quarter 2013 investor conference call will be available through a live audio webcast at http://us.meeting-stream.com/levistraussco_041211 today, April 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. Pacific / 4 p.m. Eastern. A replay is available on the website the same day and will be archived for one month. A telephone replay also is available through April 15, 2013, at 800-642-1687.

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 2012, 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 approximately 2,300 franchised and company-operated stores. Levi Strauss & Co.'s reported fiscal 2012 net revenues were $4.6 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

February 24,November 25,
ASSETS(Dollars in thousands)
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$449,596$406,134
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $21,939 and $20,738398,990500,672
Raw materials4,6775,312
Finished goods 561,583  503,990 
Total inventories572,048518,860
Deferred tax assets, net114,341116,224
Other current assets 125,557  136,483 
Total current assets1,660,5321,678,373
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $785,626 and $782,766451,027458,807
Other intangible assets, net57,12659,909
Non-current deferred tax assets, net615,075612,916
Other non-current assets 122,570  120,101 
Total assets$3,146,829 $3,170,077 
Current Liabilities:
Short-term debt$81,424$59,759
Current maturities of capital leases1,3951,760
Accounts payable246,277225,726
Other accrued liabilities219,398263,575
Accrued salaries, wages and employee benefits165,126223,850
Accrued interest payable30,0685,471
Accrued income taxes 50,378  16,739 
Total current liabilities794,066796,880
Long-term debt1,598,2701,669,452
Long-term capital leases210262
Postretirement medical benefits138,316140,958
Pension liability471,030492,396
Long-term employee related benefits63,87462,529
Long-term income tax liabilities35,76440,356
Other long-term liabilities 59,477  60,869 
Total liabilities 3,161,007  3,263,702 
Commitments and contingencies
Temporary equity 10,102  7,883 
Stockholders' Deficit:
Levi Strauss & Co. stockholders' deficit

Common stock—$.01 par value; 270,000,000 shares authorized; 37,398,181 shares and 37,392,343 shares issued and outstanding

Additional paid-in capital32,58233,365
Retained earnings355,919273,975
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (417,762) (414,635)
Total Levi Strauss & Co. stockholders' deficit(28,887)(106,921)
Noncontrolling interest 4,607  5,413 
Total stockholders' deficit (24,280) (101,508)
Total liabilities, temporary equity and stockholders' deficit$3,146,829 $3,170,077 
The notes accompanying our consolidated financial statements in our Form 10-Q are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
 Three Months Ended
February 24,February 26,
(Dollars in thousands)
Net revenues$1,146,678$1,164,961
Cost of goods sold 554,800  616,167 
Gross profit591,878548,794
Selling, general and administrative expenses 410,423  438,583 
Operating income181,455110,211
Interest expense(32,157)(38,573)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt(114)-
Other income, net 6,066  1,172 
Income before income taxes155,25072,810
Income tax expense 48,375  23,513 
Net income106,87549,297
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest 145  (79)
Net income attributable to Levi Strauss & Co.$107,020 $49,218 
The notes accompanying our consolidated financial statements in our Form 10-Q are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
Three Months Ended
February 24, February 26,
(Dollars in thousands)
Net Income$106,875 $49,297 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of related taxes:
Pension and postretirement benefits3,909296
Net investment hedge (losses) gains(3,638)525
Foreign currency translation (losses) gains(3,097)7,424
Unrealized (loss) gain on marketable securities (962) 1,268 
Total other comprehensive (loss) income (3,788) 9,513 
Comprehensive income103,08758,810
Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (806) (254)
Comprehensive income attributable to Levi Strauss & Co.$103,893 $59,064 
The notes accompanying our consolidated financial statements in our Form 10-Q are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
Three Months Ended
February 24,February 26,
(Dollars in thousands)
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income$106,875$49,297
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization28,36831,218
Asset impairments83558
Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment(149)(88)
Unrealized foreign exchange gains(6,189)(1,639)
Realized loss on settlement of forward foreign exchange contracts not designated for hedge accounting2,7103,485
Employee benefit plans' amortization from accumulated other comprehensive loss5,767373
Employee benefit plans' curtailment gain, net-(773)<
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