Guess?, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

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Q3 Fiscal 2021 Revenues Decreased 8% to $569 Million; Decreased 10% in Constant Currency, a Significant Improvement Versus the First Half of the Year

Q3 Fiscal 2021 GAAP EPS of $0.41, Compared to $0.18 in Q3 Fiscal 2020; Q3 Fiscal 2021 Adjusted EPS of $0.58, Compared to $0.22 in Q3 Fiscal 2020

Ended the Quarter with $365 Million in Cash and Cash Equivalents Versus $110 Million in the Prior-Year Quarter through Strategic Management of Working Capital and Investments

Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended October 31, 2020.

Carlos Alberini, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are very pleased with our third quarter performance, which significantly exceeded our expectations, in spite of the challenging circumstances we faced due to the pandemic. I am extremely proud of our teams around the world, which continue to excel in a difficult environment, demonstrating a relentless commitment to our customers and our Company, tremendous agility and exceptional execution. During the period, we have more than doubled our earnings per share versus last year, and significantly expanded our operating margin as our revenues decreased 7.6%. We managed the business well, drove more full price selling, increased product margins, reduced occupancy costs and leveraged expenses effectively. Our balance sheet is in great shape, with cash and equivalents of $365 million at quarter end and inventories 24% below last year’s levels."

Mr. Alberini continued, "We are well positioned for the holiday period. While COVID-related restrictions are meaningfully impacting several markets, especially in Europe, we are confident in our brand, our product and our team’s ability to navigate the Company through these challenges."

Mr. Alberini concluded, "We continue to work on transforming our business model and elevating our brand. During the period, we launched our first-ever global product line for all categories. This will enable us to represent the brand more consistently across the globe and benefit from significant efficiencies in developing our products. This is an incredible accomplishment that required vision, determination and tremendous teamwork. We also completed our Salesforce platform implementation and continue to work on other projects focused on customer centricity and organizational efficiencies. We have a clear vision for our Company and have a great team that is very excited about our future and is ready to take every challenge head on. I strongly believe we have a great model to continue to gain market share and grow profitably for many years to come."

Adjusted Amounts

This press release contains certain non-GAAP, or adjusted, financial measures. References to "adjusted" results exclude the impact of (i) asset impairment charges, (ii) net gains on lease modifications, (iii) certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits, (iv) certain separation charges, (v) non-cash debt discount amortization on our convertible senior notes, (vi) the related tax effects of the foregoing items as well as adjustments to uncertain tax positions excluded from results in prior years and (vii) certain discrete tax adjustments, in each case where applicable. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables and discussed under the heading "Presentation of Non-GAAP Information" below.

COVID-19 Third Quarter Business Update

The coronavirus (or "COVID-19") pandemic has had and is continuing to have a material impact on the Company’s financial performance. During the third quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company continued to experience lower net revenue compared to the same prior-year period as it remained challenged by lower demand. The Company partially offset these revenue declines by reducing its SG&A expenses for the quarter through expense savings. Toward the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company started to incur a new round of government-mandated temporary store closures, resulting in the closure of just over 5% of our directly operated stores as of October 31, 2020, mostly in Europe. That percentage increased to slightly under 20% during the fiscal month of November, but recent store re-openings have helped decrease the store closure percentage to just under 10% as of November 29, 2020.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

For the third quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company recorded GAAP net earnings of $26.4 million, a 112.3% increase compared to $12.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 127.8% to $0.41 for the third quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to $0.18 for the same prior-year quarter. The Company estimates that its share buybacks had a positive impact of $0.03 on GAAP diluted earnings per share and currency had a negative impact of $0.11 on diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2021.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company’s adjusted net earnings were $37.4 million, a 150.7% increase compared to $14.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 163.6% to $0.58, compared to $0.22 for the same prior-year quarter. The Company estimates that its share buybacks had a positive impact of $0.05 on adjusted diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2021.

Net Revenue. Total net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 decreased 7.6% to $569.3 million, compared to $615.9 million in the same prior-year quarter. In constant currency, net revenue decreased by 10.1%.

  • Americas Retail revenues decreased 26.7% in U.S. dollars and 26.2% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce decreased 21% in U.S. dollars and 20% in constant currency.

  • Americas Wholesale revenues decreased 36.2% in U.S. dollars and 34.2% in constant currency.

  • Europe revenues increased 16.0% in U.S. dollars and 10.2% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce decreased 9% in U.S. dollars and 13% in constant currency.

  • Asia revenues decreased 24.7% in U.S. dollars and 26.6% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce decreased 15% in U.S. dollars and 18% in constant currency.

  • Licensing revenues decreased 12.5% in U.S. dollars.

Earnings from Operations. GAAP earnings from operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 increased 96.3% to $44.5 million (including $10.3 million in non-cash impairment charges taken on certain long-lived store related assets and a $1.6 million favorable currency translation impact), compared to $22.6 million in the same prior-year quarter. GAAP operating margin in the third quarter increased 410 basis points to 7.8%, compared to 3.7% in the same prior-year quarter, driven primarily by the benefit of higher wholesale revenues in Europe as we elongated the fall-winter season’s shipment window, higher initial markups and overall lower expenses, partially offset by the unfavorable impact from negative comparable sales. The negative impact of currency on operating margin for the quarter was approximately 40 basis points.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2021, adjusted earnings from operations increased 139.5% to $55.3 million, compared to $23.1 million in the same prior-year quarter. Adjusted operating margin increased 600 basis points to 9.7%, compared to 3.7% in the same prior-year quarter, driven primarily by the benefit of higher wholesale revenues in Europe as we elongated the fall-winter season’s shipment window, higher initial markups and overall lower expenses, partially offset by the unfavorable impact from negative comparable sales.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Americas Retail segment decreased 50 basis points to 0.4% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, from 0.9% in the same prior-year quarter, driven primarily by the deleveraging impact of negative comparable sales driven by lower traffic as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, partially offset by lower store selling expenses.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Americas Wholesale segment increased 300 basis points to 22.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, from 19.9% in the same prior-year quarter, due mainly to higher product margin.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Europe segment increased 900 basis points to 16.0% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to 7.0% in the same prior-year quarter, driven primarily by overall leveraging of costs due to higher wholesale revenues as we elongated the fall-winter season’s shipment window and, to a lesser extent, higher initial markups as well as rent concessions.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Asia segment increased 530 basis points to 2.3% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to negative 3.0% in the same prior-year quarter, due mainly to higher product margin and the favorable impact of business mix.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Licensing segment increased 660 basis points to 93.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to 87.2% in the same prior-year quarter.

Other expense, net, was $6.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to $0.1 million in the same prior-year quarter. The change was driven primarily by market volatility which resulted in net unrealized losses on the translation of foreign currency balances and net unrealized losses on our SERP-related assets, compared to net unrealized gains in the same prior-year quarter. This was partially offset by lower net losses related to one of our minority investments during the third quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to the same prior-year quarter.

Nine-Month Period Results

For the nine months ended October 31, 2020, the Company recorded GAAP net loss of $151.6 million, compared to GAAP net earnings of $16.4 million for the nine months ended November 2, 2019. GAAP diluted loss per share was $2.35 for the nine months ended October 31, 2020, compared to GAAP earnings per share of $0.22 during the same prior-year period. The Company estimates that its share buybacks and its prior year convertible notes transaction had a net negative impact of $0.35 on GAAP diluted loss per share and currency had a negative impact of $0.17 on diluted loss per share for the nine months ended October 31, 2020.

For the nine months ended October 31, 2020, the Company recorded adjusted net loss of $82.2 million, compared to adjusted net earnings of $22.7 million for the nine months ended November 2, 2019. Adjusted diluted loss per share was $1.27, compared to adjusted earnings per share of $0.31 during the same prior-year period. The Company estimates that its share buybacks and its prior year convertible notes transaction had a net negative impact of $0.18 on adjusted diluted loss per share during the nine months ended October 31, 2020.

Net Revenue. Total net revenue for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 decreased 33.1% to $1.23 billion, from $1.84 billion in the same prior-year period. In constant currency, net revenue decreased by 33.4%.

  • Americas Retail revenues decreased 43.1% in U.S. dollars and 42.6% in constant currency.

  • Americas Wholesale revenues decreased 43.2% in U.S. dollars and 40.8% in constant currency.

  • Europe revenues decreased 23.4% in U.S. dollars and 24.9% in constant currency.

  • Asia revenues decreased 39.2% in U.S. dollars and 38.8% in constant currency.

  • Licensing revenues decreased 25.3% in U.S. dollars.

Earnings (Loss) from Operations. GAAP loss from operations for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 was $132.4 million (including $75.3 million in non-cash impairment charges taken on certain long-lived store related assets and a $6.7 million favorable currency translation impact), compared to GAAP earnings from operations of $44.2 million in the same prior-year period. GAAP operating margin in the first nine months of fiscal 2021 decreased 13.2% to negative 10.8%, from 2.4% in the same prior-year period, driven primarily by overall deleveraging of expenses and higher asset impairment charges due to the negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on our global operations. The positive impact of currency on operating margin for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 was approximately 20 basis points.

For the nine months ended October 31, 2020, adjusted operating loss was $54.2 million, compared to adjusted earnings from operations of $48.6 million for the nine months ended November 2, 2019. Adjusted operating margin decreased 700 basis points to negative 4.4% for the nine months ended October 31, 2020, from 2.6% in the same prior-year period, driven primarily by overall deleveraging of expenses due to the negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on our global operations.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Americas Retail segment decreased 14.0% to negative 13.0% in the first nine months of fiscal 2021, from 1.0% in the same prior-year period, driven primarily by the deleveraging impact of temporary store closures and lower traffic as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, partially offset by lower store selling expenses.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Americas Wholesale segment decreased 490 basis points to 14.1% in the first nine months of fiscal 2021, from 19.0% in the same prior-year period, due mainly to the negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in overall deleveraging of expenses.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Europe segment decreased 220 basis points to 4.4% in the first nine months of fiscal 2021, from 6.6% in the same prior-year period, driven primarily by overall deleveraging of expenses due to lower revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, partially offset by the favorable impact from rent concessions and higher initial markups.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Asia segment decreased 12.0% to negative 16.2% in the first nine months of fiscal 2021, from negative 4.2% in the same prior-year period, due mainly to the negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in significantly higher inventory reserves and overall deleveraging of expenses.

  • Operating margin for the Company’s Licensing segment increased 290 basis points to 89.5% in the first nine months of fiscal 2021, from 86.6% in the same prior-year period.

Other expense, net, was $20.6 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2021, compared to $4.3 million in the same prior-year period. The change was due primarily to market volatility which resulted in higher unrealized losses on the translation of foreign currency balances and lower net unrealized gains on our SERP-related assets, compared to the same prior-year period. During the first nine months of fiscal 2021, the Company also recognized net mark-to-market losses on revaluation of foreign exchange currency contracts, compared to gains in the same prior-year period.

Outlook

Given the current circumstances regarding the COVID-19 crisis and its uncertain impact on our operations, we are not providing detailed guidance for the fourth quarter or the full fiscal year ending January 30, 2021. We expect revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 to be down in the low to mid-twenties, impacted by lower customer traffic in stores related to the pandemic and temporary government-mandated store closures, especially in Europe and Canada, as well as permanent store closures. In addition, as a result of strategic product development changes, a smaller percentage of the European wholesale Spring/Summer collection will be shipped in the fourth quarter of this year versus last year with the remainder expected to ship mainly in the first quarter of next year.

Dividend

The Company’s Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1125 per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable on January 4, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 16, 2020.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Information

The financial information presented in this release includes non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted results, constant currency financial information and free cash flow measures. For the three and nine months ended October 31, 2020, the adjusted results exclude the impact of certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits, certain separation charges, asset impairment charges, net gains on lease modifications, non-cash amortization of debt discount on the Company’s convertible senior notes, the related tax impacts of these adjustments as well as certain discrete tax adjustments, where applicable. For the three and nine months ended November 2, 2019, the adjusted results exclude the impact of certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits, asset impairment charges, non-cash amortization of debt discount on the Company’s convertible senior notes, the related tax impacts of these adjustments as well as adjustments to uncertain tax positions excluded from results in prior years, where applicable. These non-GAAP measures are provided in addition to, and not as alternatives for, the Company’s reported GAAP results.

The Company has excluded these items from its adjusted financial measures primarily because it believes these items are not indicative of the underlying performance of its business and that the adjusted financial information provided is useful for investors to evaluate the comparability of the Company’s operating results and its future outlook (when reviewed in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financial statements). A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to comparable non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables.

This release also includes certain constant currency financial information. Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations affect the amount reported from translating the Company’s foreign revenue, expenses and balance sheet amounts into U.S. dollars. These rate fluctuations can have a significant effect on reported operating results under GAAP. The Company provides constant currency information to enhance the visibility of underlying business trends, excluding the effects of changes in foreign currency translation rates. To calculate net revenue and earnings (loss) from operations on a constant currency basis, actual or forecasted results for the current-year period are translated into U.S. dollars at the average exchange rates in effect during the comparable period of the prior year. The constant currency calculations do not adjust for the impact of revaluing specific transactions denominated in a currency that is different from the functional currency of that entity when exchange rates fluctuate. However, in calculating the estimated impact of currency on our earnings (loss) per share for our actual or forecasted results, the Company estimates gross margin (including the impact of merchandise-related hedges) and expenses using the appropriate prior-year rates, translates the estimated foreign earnings at the comparable prior-year rates, and excludes the year-over-year earnings impact of gains or losses arising from balance sheet remeasurement and foreign currency contracts not designated as merchandise hedges. The constant currency information presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The Company also includes information regarding its free cash flows in this release. The Company calculates free cash flows as cash flows from operating activities less (i) purchases of property and equipment and (ii) payments for property and equipment under finance leases. Free cash flows are not intended to be an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity, but rather provides additional visibility to investors regarding how much cash is generated for discretionary and non-discretionary items after deducting purchases of property and equipment and payments for property and equipment under finance leases. Free cash flow information presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. A reconciliation of reported GAAP cash flows from operating activities to the comparable non-GAAP free cash flow measure is provided in the accompanying tables.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call at 4:45 pm (ET) on December 2, 2020 to discuss the news announced in this press release. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible at www.guess.com via the "Investor Relations" link. The webcast will be archived on the website for 30 days.

About Guess?

Guess?, Inc. designs, markets, distributes and licenses a lifestyle collection of contemporary apparel, denim, handbags, watches, eyewear, footwear and other related consumer products. Guess? products are distributed through branded Guess? stores as well as better department and specialty stores around the world. As of October 31, 2020, the Company directly operated 1,068 retail stores in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The Company’s partners and distributors operated 536 additional retail stores worldwide. As of October 31, 2020, the Company and its partners and distributors operated in approximately 100 countries worldwide. For more information about the Company, please visit www.guess.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information contained herein, certain matters discussed in this press release or the related conference call and webcast, including statements concerning the potential actions and impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic; statements concerning the Company’s expectations, goals, future prospects, global cost reduction opportunities and profitability efforts, capital allocation plans, cash needs and current business strategies and strategic initiatives; and statements expressing optimism or pessimism about future operating results, growth opportunities, earnings, and operating margins are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, which are frequently indicated by terms such as "expect," "could," "will," "should," "goal," "strategy," "believe," "estimate," "continue," "outlook," "plan," "create," "see," and similar terms, are only expectations, and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from what is currently anticipated. Factors which may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from current expectations include, among others: our ability to maintain our brand image and reputation; domestic and international economic or political conditions, including economic and other events that could negatively impact consumer confidence and discretionary consumer spending; the continuation or worsening of impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including business, financial, human capital, litigation and other impacts to the Company and its partners; our ability to successfully negotiate rent relief or other lease-related terms with our landlords; our ability to successfully negotiate or defer our vendor obligations; our ability to maintain adequate levels of liquidity; changes to estimates related to impairments, inventory and other reserves, including the impact of the CARES Act, which were made using the best information available at the time; changes in the competitive marketplace and in our commercial relationships; our ability to anticipate and adapt to changing consumer preferences and trends; our ability to manage our inventory commensurate with customer demand; risks related to the timing and costs of delivering merchandise to our stores and our wholesale customers; unexpected or unseasonable weather conditions; our ability to effectively operate our various retail concepts, including securing, renewing, modifying or terminating leases for store locations; our ability to successfully and/or timely implement our growth strategies and other strategic initiatives; our ability to successfully implement or update information technology systems, including enhancing our global omni-channel capabilities; our ability to expand internationally and operate in regions where we have less experience, including through joint ventures; risks related to our convertible senior notes issued in April 2019, including our ability to settle the liability in cash; our ability to successfully or timely implement plans for cost reductions; our ability to effectively and efficiently manage the volume and costs associated with our European distribution centers without incurring shipment delays; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; obligations or changes in estimates arising from new or existing litigation, tax and other regulatory proceedings; risks related to the complexity of the Tax Reform, future clarifications and legislative amendments thereto, as well as our ability to accurately interpret and predict its impact on our cash flows and financial condition; the risk of economic uncertainty associated with the transition period of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union ("Brexit") or any other similar referendums that may be held; the occurrence of unforeseen epidemics, such as the COVID-19 pandemic; other catastrophic events; changes in U.S. or foreign tax or tariff policy, including changes to tariffs on imports into the U.S.; accounting adjustments identified after issuance of this release; risk of future non-cash asset impairments, including goodwill, right-of-use lease assets and/or other store asset impairments; restructuring charges; our ability to adapt to new regulatory compliance and disclosure obligations; risks associated with our foreign operations, such as violations of laws prohibiting improper payments and the burdens of complying with a variety of foreign laws and regulations (including global data privacy regulations); risks associated with the acts or omissions of our third party vendors, including a failure to comply with our vendor code of conduct or other policies; risks associated with cyber-attacks and other cyber security risks; risks associated with our ability to properly collect, use, manage and secure consumer and employee data; risks associated with our vendors’ ability to maintain the strength and security of information technology systems; and changes in economic, political, social and other conditions affecting our foreign operations and sourcing, including the impact of currency fluctuations, global tax rates and economic and market conditions in the various countries in which we operate. In addition to these factors, the economic, technological, managerial, and other risks identified in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the risk factors discussed therein, could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. The current global economic climate, length and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, and uncertainty surrounding potential changes in U.S. policies and regulations may amplify many of these risks. 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.

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

October 31, 2020

November 2, 2019

October 31, 2020

November 2, 2019

$

%

$

%

$

%

$

%

Product sales

$

549,851

96.6

%

$

593,736

96.4

%

$

1,183,560

96.4

%

$

1,776,287

96.8

%

Net royalties

19,433

3.4

%

22,208

3.6

%

44,514

3.6

%

59,568

3.2

%

Net revenue

569,284

100.0

%

615,944

100.0

%

1,228,074

100.0

%

1,835,855

100.0

%

Cost of product sales

329,764

57.9

%

386,445

62.7

%

807,297

65.7

%

1,158,741

63.1

%

Gross profit

239,520

42.1

%

229,499

37.3

%

420,777

34.3

%

677,114

36.9

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

184,739

32.5

%

205,003

33.3

%

478,320

39.0

%

627,823

34.2

%

Asset impairment charges

10,335

1.8

%

1,847

0.3

%

75,276

6.1

%

5,126

0.3

%

Net gains on lease modifications

(21

)

(0.0

%)

%

(450

)

(0.0

%)

%

Earnings (loss) from operations

44,467

7.8

%

22,649

3.7

%

(132,369

)

(10.8

%)

44,165

2.4

%

Other income (expense):

Interest expense

(5,809

)

(1.0

%)

(4,946

)

(0.8

%)

(17,212

)

(1.4

%)

(11,156

)

(0.6

%)

Interest income

562

0.1

%

492

0.1

%

1,608

0.1

%

1,166

0.1

%

Other expense, net

(6,521

)

(1.2

%)

(62

)

(0.1

%)

(20,553

)

(1.6

%)

(4,346

)

(0.3

%)

Earnings (loss) before income tax expense (benefit)

32,699

5.7

%

18,133

2.9

%

(168,526

)

(13.7

%)

29,829

1.6

%

Income tax expense (benefit)

5,145

0.9

%

4,548

0.7

%

(14,850

)

(1.2

%)

10,649

0.6

%

Net earnings (loss)

27,554

4.8

%

13,585

2.2

%

(153,676

)

(12.5

%)

19,180

1.0

%

Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,178

0.2

%

1,162

0.2

%

(2,028

)

(0.2

%)

2,809

0.1

%

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc.

$

26,376

4.6

%

$

12,423

2.0

%

$

(151,648

)

(12.3

%)

$

16,371

0.9

%

Net earnings (loss) per common share attributable to common stockholders:

Basic

$

0.41

$

0.19

$

(2.35

)

$

0.22

Diluted

$

0.41

$

0.18

$

(2.35

)

$

0.22

Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:

Basic

62,789

66,393

64,561

72,275

Diluted

63,579

67,314

64,561

73,211

Effective tax rate

15.7

%

25.1

%

8.8

%

35.7

%

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses1:

$

184,231

32.4

%

$

206,417

33.6

%

$

474,993

38.7

%

$

628,560

34.3

%

Adjusted earnings (loss) from operations1:

$

55,289

9.7

%

$

23,082

3.7

%

$

(54,216

)

(4.4

%)

$

48,554

2.6

%

Adjusted net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc.1:

$

37,363

6.6

%

$

14,902

2.4

%

$

(82,189

)

(6.7

%)

$

22,700

1.2

%

Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per common share attributable to common stockholders1:

$

0.58

$

0.22

$

(1.27

)

$

0.31

Adjusted effective tax rate1:

16.4

%

23.6

%

(2.0

%)

35.1

%

______________________________________________________________________

1

The adjusted results for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2020 reflect the exclusion of certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits, certain separation charges, asset impairment charges, net gains on lease modifications, non-cash amortization of debt discount on the Company’s convertible senior notes, the related tax impacts of these adjustments as well as certain discrete tax adjustments, where applicable. The adjusted results for the three and nine months ended November 2, 2019 reflect the exclusion of certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits, asset impairment charges, non-cash amortization of debt discount on the Company’s convertible senior notes, the related tax impacts of these adjustments as well as adjustments to uncertain tax positions excluded from results in prior years, where applicable. A complete reconciliation of actual results to adjusted results is presented in the table entitled "Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Adjusted Results."

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Adjusted Results

(dollars in thousands)

The following table provides reconciliations of reported GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses to adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses, reported GAAP earnings (loss) from operations to adjusted earnings (loss) from operations, reported GAAP net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc. to adjusted net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc. and reported GAAP income tax expense (benefit) to adjusted income tax expense for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2020 and November 2, 2019.

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

October 31, 2020

November 2, 2019

October 31, 2020

November 2, 2019

Reported GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses

$

184,739

$

205,003

$

478,320

$

627,823

Certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits1

195

1,414

56

737

Separation charges2

(703

)

(3,383

)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses

$

184,231

$

206,417

$

474,993

$

628,560

Reported GAAP earnings (loss) from operations

$

44,467

$

22,649

$

(132,369

)

$

44,165

Certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits1

(195

)

(1,414

)

(56

)

(737

)

Separation charges2

703

3,383

Asset impairment charges3

10,335

1,847

75,276

5,126

Net gains on lease modifications4

(21

)

(450

)

Adjusted earnings (loss) from operations

$

55,289

$

23,082

$

(54,216

)

$

48,554

Reported GAAP net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc.

$

26,376

$

12,423

$

(151,648

)

$

16,371

Certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits1

(195

)

(1,414

)

(56

)

(737

)

Separation charges2

703

3,383

Asset impairment charges3

10,335

1,847

75,276

5,126

Net gains on lease modifications4

(21

)

(450

)

Amortization of debt discount5

2,599

2,447

7,796

5,109

Discrete tax adjustments6

635

805

Income tax impact from adjustments7

(3,069

)

(401

)

(17,295

)

(3,169

)

Total adjustments affecting net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc.

10,987

2,479

69,459

6,329

Adjusted net earnings (loss) attributable to Guess?, Inc.

$

37,363

$

14,902

$

(82,189

)

$

22,700

Reported GAAP income tax expense (benefit)

$

5,145

$

4,548

$

(14,850

)

$

10,649

Discrete tax adjustments6

(635

)

(805

)

Income tax impact from adjustments7

3,069

401

17,295

3,169

Adjusted income tax expense

$

7,579

$

4,949

$

1,640

$

13,818

Adjusted effective tax rate

16.4

%

23.6

%

(2.0

%)

35.1

%

______________________________________________________________________

1

During the three and nine months ended October 31, 2020 and November 2, 2019, the Company recorded certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits, which it otherwise would not have incurred as part of its business operations.

2

During the three months ended May 2, 2020, the Company recorded $0.2 million in separation-related charges mainly related to certain cash severance payments, partially offset by adjustments to non-cash stock-based compensation expense related to our former Chief Executive Officer resulting from changes in expected performance conditions of certain previously granted stock awards that were no longer subject to service vesting requirements after his departure. During the three and nine months ended October 31, 2020, the Company recorded $0.7 million and $3.2 million in separation-related charges mainly related to headcount reduction in response to the pandemic, respectively. There were no unusual separation charges recorded during the three and nine months ended November 2, 2019.

3

During the three and nine months ended October 31, 2020, the Company recognized asset impairment charges related primarily to impairment of operating lease right-of-use assets and impairment of property and equipment related to certain retail locations resulting from lower revenue and future cash flow projections from the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the three and nine months ended November 2, 2019, the Company’s asset impairment charges related primarily to impairment of property and equipment and impairment of operating lease right-of-use assets related to certain retail locations resulting from under-performance and expected store closures.

4

During the three and nine months ended October 31, 2020, the Company recorded net gains on lease modifications related primarily to the early termination of certain lease agreements.

5

In April 2019, the Company issued $300 million principal amount of 2.00% convertible senior notes due 2024 (the "Notes") in a private offering. The Company has separated the Notes into liability (debt) and equity (conversion option) components. The debt discount, which represents an amount equal to the fair value of the equity component, is amortized as non-cash interest expense over the term of the Notes.

6

During the three and nine months ended October 31, 2020, the discrete tax adjustments related primarily to the negative impact from cumulative valuation allowances, partially offset by tax benefits from a tax rate change due to net operating loss carryback. During the three and nine months ended October 31, 2020, the Company recognized valuation allowances of $1.2 million and $4.9 million, respectively, resulting from jurisdictions where there have been cumulative net operating losses, limiting the Company’s ability to consider other subjective evidence to continue to recognize the existing deferred tax assets. This was partially offset by tax benefits of approximately $0.7 million and $4.6 million recorded during the three and nine months ended October 31, 2020, respectively, resulting from a tax rate change related to the ability to carryback net operating losses to tax years with a higher federal corporate tax rate as allowed under the CARES Act enacted in March 2020.

7

The income tax effect of certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits, separation charges, asset impairment charges, net gains on lease modifications and the amortization of debt discount was based on the Company’s assessment of deductibility using the statutory tax rate (inclusive of the impact of valuation allowances) of the tax jurisdiction in which the charges were incurred. The income tax adjustment for the nine months ended November 2, 2019 also included adjustments to uncertain tax positions excluded from results in prior years.

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Segment Data

(dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

October 31, 2020

November 2, 2019

% change

October 31, 2020

November 2, 2019

% change

Net revenue:

Americas Retail

$

130,328

$

177,824

(27

%)

$

314,977

$

553,213

(43

%)

Americas Wholesale

35,971

56,398

(36

%)

82,131

144,505

(43

%)

Europe

321,574

277,253

16

%

633,898

827,817

(23

%)

Asia

61,978

82,261

(25

%)

152,554

250,752

(39

%)

Licensing

19,433

22,208

(12

%)

44,514

59,568

(25

%)

Total net revenue

$

569,284

$

615,944

(8

%)

$

1,228,074

$

1,835,855

(33

%)

Earnings (loss) from operations:

Americas Retail

$

473

$

1,601

(70

%)

$

(40,904

)

$

5,746

(812

%)

Americas Wholesale

8,247

11,216

(26

%)

11,559

27,452

(58

%)

Europe

51,476

19,475

164

%

27,865

54,742

(49

%)

Asia

1,415

(2,432

)

158

%

(24,729

)

(10,435

)

(137

%)

Licensing

18,228

19,372

(6

%)

39,833

51,563

(23

%)

Total segment earnings from operations

79,839

49,232

62

%

13,624

129,068

(89

%)

Corporate overhead

(25,058

)

(24,736

)

1

%

(71,167

)

(79,777

)

(11

%)

Asset impairment charges

(10,335

)

(1,847

)

460

%

(75,276

)

(5,126

)

1,369

%

Net gains on lease modifications

21

450

Total earnings (loss) from operations

$

44,467

$

22,649

96

%

$

(132,369

)

$

44,165

(400

%)

Operating margins:

Americas Retail

0.4

%

0.9

%

(13.0

%)

1.0

%

Americas Wholesale

22.9

%

19.9

%

14.1

%

19.0

%

Europe

16.0

%

7.0

%

4.4

%

6.6

%

Asia

2.3

%

(3.0

%)

(16.2

%)

(4.2

%)

Licensing

93.8

%

87.2

%

89.5

%

86.6

%

GAAP operating margin for total Company

7.8

%

3.7

%

(10.8

%)

2.4

%

Certain professional service and legal fees and related net credits

(0.0

%)

(0.3

%)

(0.0

%)

(0.1

%)

Separation charges

0.1

%

%

0.3

%

%

Asset impairment charges

1.8

%

0.3

%

6.1

%

0.3

%

Net gains on lease modifications

(0.0

%)

%

(0.0

%)

%

Adjusted operating margin for total Company

9.7

%

3.7

%

(4.4

%)

2.6

%

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Constant Currency Financial Measures

(dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended

October 31, 2020

November 2, 2019

% change

As Reported

Foreign

Currency

Impact

Constant

Currency

As Reported

As

Reported

Constant

Currency

Net revenue:

Americas Retail

$

130,328

$

921

$

131,249

$

177,824

(27

%)

(26

%)

Americas Wholesale

35,971

1,151

37,122

56,398

(36

%)

(34

%)

Europe

321,574

(16,006

)

305,568

277,253

16

%

10

%

Asia

61,978

(1,593

)

60,385

82,261

(25

%)

(27

%)

Licensing

19,433

19,433

22,208

(12

%)

(12

%)

Total net revenue

$

569,284

$

(15,527

)

$

553,757

$

615,944

(8

%)

(10

%)

Nine Months Ended

October 31, 2020

November 2, 2019

% change

As Reported

Foreign

Currency

Impact

Constant

Currency

As Reported

As

Reported

Constant

Currency

Net revenue:

Americas Retail

$

314,977

$

2,669

$

317,646

$

553,213

(43

%)

(43

%)

Americas Wholesale

82,131

3,402

85,533

144,505

(43

%)

(41

%)

Europe

633,898

(11,980

)

621,918

827,817

(23

%)

(25

%)

Asia

152,554

937

153,491

250,752

(39

%)

(39

%)

Licensing

44,514

44,514

59,568

(25

%)

(25

%)

Total net revenue

$

1,228,074

$

(4,972

)

$

1,223,102

$

1,835,855

(33

%)

(33

%)

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Selected Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

(in thousands)

October 31, 2020

February 1, 2020

November 2, 2019

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$

365,259

$

284,613

$

110,095

Receivables, net

300,432

327,281

300,197

Inventories

393,162

393,129

519,875

Other current assets

74,063

59,212

67,425

Property and equipment, net

220,996

288,112

298,036

Restricted cash

226

215

522

Operating lease right-of-use assets

789,742

851,990

874,945

Other assets

236,126

224,410

219,805

Total assets

$

2,380,006

$

2,428,962

$

2,390,900

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current portion of borrowings and finance lease obligations

$

34,079

$

9,490

$

37,484

Current operating lease liabilities

227,209

192,066

189,582

Other current liabilities

474,085

436,857

429,701

Long-term debt and finance lease obligations

70,069

32,770

34,712

Convertible senior notes, net

255,801

247,363

244,696

Long-term operating lease liabilities

689,251

714,079

740,484

Other long-term liabilities

147,065

130,259

123,638

Redeemable and nonredeemable noncontrolling interests

22,644

26,364

23,543

Guess?, Inc. stockholders’ equity

459,803

639,714

567,060

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

2,380,006

$

2,428,962

$

2,390,900

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Data

(in thousands)

Nine Months Ended

October 31, 2020

November 2, 2019

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

98,351

$

(28,005

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(14,578

)

(47,950

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(4,548

)

(21,691

)

Effect of exchange rates on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

1,432

(2,732

)

Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

80,657

(100,378

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of the year

284,828

210,995

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of the period

$

365,485

$

110,617

Supplemental information:

Depreciation and amortization

$

48,009

$

53,989

Total lease costs (excluding finance lease cost)

$

219,820

$

268,900

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow

(in thousands)

Nine Months Ended

October 31, 2020

November 2, 2019

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

98,351

$

(28,005

)

Less: Purchases of property and equipment

(12,364

)

(49,020

)

Less: Payments for property and equipment under finance leases

(2,924

)

(2,081

)

Free cash flow

$

83,063

$

(79,106

)

Guess?, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Retail Store Data

Global Store and Concession Count

As of October 31, 2020

Stores

Concessions

Region

Total

Directly

Operated

Partner

Operated

Total

Directly

Operated

Partner

Operated

United States

254

252

2

1

1

Canada

78

78

Central and South America

107

72

35

27

27

Total Americas

439

402

37

28

27

1

Europe and the Middle East

742

511

231

43

43

Asia and the Pacific

423

155

268

297

109

188

Total

1,604

1,068

536

368

179

189

As of November 2, 2019

Stores

Concessions

Region

Total

Directly

Operated

Partner

Operated

Total

Directly

Operated

Partner

Operated

United States

287

285

2

1

1

Canada

82

82

Central and South America

112

72

40

27

27

Total Americas

481

439

42

28

27

1

Europe and the Middle East

743

516

227

40

40

Asia and the Pacific

519

219

300

327

154

173

Total

1,743

1,174

569

395

221

174

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Contacts

Guess?, Inc.
Fabrice Benarouche
VP, Finance and Investor Relations
(213) 765-5578