VF Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2021 Results; Provides Initial Fiscal 2022 Outlook

  • Full year fiscal 2021 revenue from continuing operations decreased 12 % (down 14 % in constant dollars) to USD 9.2 billion; excluding acquisitions, adjusted revenue decreased 13 % (down 15 % in constant dollars);
  • Full year fiscal 2021 Active segment revenue decreased 15 % (down 17 % in constant dollars) including a 15 % (16 % in constant dollars) decrease in Vans® brand revenue and a 3 %age point revenue growth contribution from acquisitions; Outdoor segment revenue decreased 11 % (down 13 % in constant dollars) including a 9 % (11 % in constant dollars) decrease in The North Face® brand revenue; Work segment revenue increased 7 % (up 6 % in constant dollars) including a 9 % (7 % in constant dollars) increase in Dickies® brand revenue;
  • Full year fiscal 2021 International revenue decreased 7 % (down 11 % in constant dollars) including a 1 %age point revenue growth contribution from acquisitions; Greater China revenue increased 24 % (up 20 % in constant dollars);
  • Full year fiscal 2021 Direct-to-Consumer revenue decreased 5 % (down 7 % in constant dollars) including a 3 percentage point revenue growth contribution from acquisitions; Digital revenue increased 67 % (up 64 % in constant dollars) including a 9 percentage point revenue growth contribution from acquisitions;
  • Full year fiscal 2021 gross margin from continuing operations decreased 260 basis points to 52.7 %; on an adjusted basis, gross margin decreased 220 basis points to 53.3 %, including a 10 basis point positive impact from acquisitions;
  • Full year fiscal 2021 operating income from continuing operations was USD 608 million. Adjusted operating income from continuing operations decreased 45 % (down 47 % in constant dollars) to USD 742 million, including a USD 34 million contribution from acquisitions;
  • Full year fiscal 2021 earnings per share from continuing operations was USD 0.91. Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations decreased 51 % (down 54 % in constant dollars) to USD 1.31 including a USD 0.06 per share contribution from acquisitions;
  • Full year fiscal 2021 cash flow provided by operating activities from continuing operations was approximately USD 1.2 billion; free cash flow from continuing operations was approximately USD 1.0 billion; In fiscal 2021 the company returned approximately USD 760 million to shareholders through dividends;
  • Full year fiscal 2022 revenue is expected to approximate USD 11.8 billion, reflecting growth of approximately 28 %, including an approximate USD 600 million contribution from the Supreme® brand; and,
  • Full year fiscal 2022 adjusted earnings per share is expected to approximate USD 3.05, including an approximate USD 0.25 contribution from the Supreme® brand.

VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) on May 21, 2021 reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended April 3, 2021. All per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis. This release refers to “reported” and “constant dollar” amounts, terms that are described under the heading “Constant Currency – Excluding the Impact of Foreign Currency.” Unless otherwise noted, “reported” and “constant dollar” amounts are the same. This release also refers to “continuing” and “discontinued” operations amounts, which are concepts described under the heading “Discontinued Operations – Occupational Workwear Business.” Unless otherwise noted, results presented are based on continuing operations. This release also refers to “adjusted” amounts, a term that is described under the heading “Adjusted Amounts – Excluding Transaction and Deal Related Expenses and Costs Related to Specified Strategic Business Decisions.” Unless otherwise noted, “reported” and “adjusted” amounts are the same.

“I could not be more pleased with how our organisation navigated fiscal 2021,” said Steve Rendle, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Early in the year we took important actions to protect our people and the enterprise, while maintaining investments to drive our transformation and accelerate organic growth. At the same time, we took bold, forward-looking actions to spark additional growth and value creation. As a result, we are exiting this year in a position of strength with broad based momentum across the portfolio.”

Constant Currency – Excluding the Impact of Foreign Currency

This release refers to “reported” amounts in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), which include translation and transactional impacts from foreign currency exchange rates. This release also refers to “constant dollar” amounts, which exclude the impact of translating foreign currencies into U.S. dollars. Reconciliations of GAAP measures to constant currency amounts are presented in the supplemental financial information included with this release, which identifies and quantifies all excluded items, and provides management’s view of why this information is useful to investors.

Discontinued Operations – Occupational Workwear Business

On January 21, 2020, VF announced its decision to explore the divestiture of its Occupational Workwear business. The Occupational Workwear business is comprised primarily of the following brands and businesses: Red Kap®, VF Solutions®, Bulwark®, Workrite®, Walls®, Terra®, Kodiak®, Work Authority® and Horace Small®. The business also includes a license for certain Dickies® occupational workwear products that have historically been sold through the business-to-business channel.

As of March 28, 2020, the Occupational Workwear business met the held-for-sale and discontinued operations accounting criteria, which continued to be met as of April 3, 2021. Accordingly, the company has reported the related held-for-sale assets and liabilities as assets and liabilities of discontinued operations and included the operating results and cash flows of the business in discontinued operations for all periods presented. In late April 2021, VF entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Occupational Workwear business.

Adjusted Amounts – Excluding Transaction and Deal Related Expenses and Costs Related to Specified Strategic Business Decisions

The adjusted amounts in this release exclude transaction and deal related expenses associated primarily with the acquisition and integration of the Supreme® brand. Total transaction and deal related expenses were approximately USD 12 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 and USD 19 million in fiscal 2021.

The adjusted amounts in this release exclude costs related to VF’s business model transformation, a transformation initiative for our Asia-Pacific regional operations, certain cost optimization activities and other charges indirectly related to the strategic review of the Occupational Workwear business and costs related to strategic business decisions in South America. Total costs were approximately USD 38 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 and USD 115 million in fiscal 2021. Adjusted amounts for fiscal 2021 also exclude approximately USD 42 million of noncash non-operating expenses related to the release of certain currency translation amounts associated with the wind down activities in South America.

Combined, the above items negatively impacted earnings per share by USD 0.11 during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 and USD 0.40 during fiscal 2021. All adjusted amounts referenced herein exclude the effects of these amounts.

Free cash flow represents cash flow from operating activities, less capital expenditures.

Reconciliations of measures calculated in accordance with GAAP to adjusted amounts are presented in the supplemental financial information included with this release, which identifies and quantifies all excluded items, and provides management’s view of why this information is useful to investors.

COVID-19 Outbreak Update

As the global impact of COVID-19 continues, VF remains first and foremost focused on a people-first approach that prioritizes the health and well-being of its employees, customers, trade partners and consumers around the world. To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and in response to public health advisories and governmental actions and regulations, VF has modified its business practices, including the temporary closing of offices and retail stores, instituting travel bans and restrictions and implementing health and safety measures including social distancing and quarantines.

The majority of VF’s supply chain is currently operational. Suppliers are complying with local public health advisories and governmental restrictions which has resulted in isolated product delays. VF is working with its suppliers to minimize disruption. VF’s distribution centers are operational in accordance with local government guidelines while maintaining enhanced health and safety protocols.

In North America, approximately 15 % of stores were closed at the end of the third quarter. The majority of the closures were Vans® stores, predominantly based in California. In addition, other stores were operating with reduced capacity. Since that time, most stores have re-opened, including all VF-owned stores in California, with less than 5 percent of stores closed at the end of the fourth quarter. Currently less than 5 percent of stores remain closed.

In the EMEA region, approximately 50 % of stores were closed at the end of the third quarter. Since that time additional stores have been re-closed, with approximately 60 % of stores closed at the end of the fourth quarter. Some stores in the EMEA region have re-opened since the end of the quarter and currently approximately 20 % of stores are closed.

Nearly all of VF’s owned retail stores in the APAC region, including Mainland China, were open during the quarter and remain open.

VF is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak globally and will comply with guidance from government entities and public health authorities to prioritize the health and well-being of its employees, customers, trade partners and consumers. As COVID-19 uncertainty continues, VF expects ongoing disruption to its business operations.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021 Income Statement Review

  • Revenue increased 23 % (up 19% in constant dollars) to USD 2.6 billion. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, revenue increased 16 % (up 12 % in constant dollars) driven by VF’s largest brands, e-commerce growth and an increase in the APAC region, which experienced a significant negative impact from COVID-19 in the prior year period. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 also included an extra week when compared to the fiscal 2020 period due to VF’s 53-week fiscal 2021.
  • Gross margin decreased 100 basis points to 52.1 %, primarily driven by elevated promotional activity to clear excess inventory and the timing of net foreign currency transaction activity. On an adjusted basis, gross margin decreased 120 basis points, including a 60 basis point positive impact from acquisitions, to 52.7 %.
  • Operating income on a reported basis was USD 122 million. On an adjusted basis, operating income increased 98 percent to USD 173 million, including a USD 34 million contribution from acquisitions. Operating margin on a reported basis increased to 4.7 %. Adjusted operating margin increased 260 basis points, including a 100 basis point positive impact from acquisitions, to 6.7 %.
  • Earnings per share was USD 0.16 on a reported basis. On an adjusted basis, earnings per share increased 169 % (up 150 % in constant dollars) to USD 0.27, including a USD 0.06 contribution from acquisitions.

Full Year Fiscal 2021 Income Statement Review

  • Revenue decreased 12 % (down 14 % in constant dollars) to USD 9.2 billion. On an adjusted basis, excluding the impact of acquisitions, revenue decreased 13 % (down 15 % in constant dollars), driven by store closures and lower consumer demand as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and related government actions and regulations. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 also included an extra week when compared to the fiscal 2020 period due to VF’s 53-week fiscal 2021.
  • Gross margin decreased 260 basis points to 52.7 %, primarily driven by elevated promotional activity to clear excess inventory and the timing of net foreign currency transaction activity, partially offset by favorable mix shift toward higher margin businesses. On an adjusted basis, gross margin decreased 220 basis points, including a 10 basis point positive impact from acquisitions, to 53.3 %.
  • Operating income on a reported basis was USD 608 million. On an adjusted basis, operating income decreased 45 %(down 47 % in constant dollars) to USD 742 million, including a USD 34 million contribution from acquisitions. Operating margin on a reported basis decreased 220 basis points to 6.6 %. Adjusted operating margin decreased 480 basis points, including a 20 basis point positive impact from acquisitions, to 8.0 percent.
  • Earnings per share was USD 0.91 on a reported basis. On an adjusted basis, earnings per share decreased 51 percent (down 54 percent in constant dollars) to USD 1.31, including a USD 0.06 contribution from acquisitions.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Inventories were down 18 % compared with the same period last year. In fiscal 2021, VF returned approximately USD 760 million of cash to shareholders through dividends. Cash flow provided by operating activities from continuing operations was approximatelyUSD 1.2 billion in fiscal 2021 and free cash flow from continuing operations was approximately USD 1.0 billion. VF ended fiscal 2021 with approximately USD 1.45 billion of cash and short-term investments in addition to more than USD 2.2 billion remaining under VF’s revolving credit facility. As part of the company’s liquidity preservation actions during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the company has suspended its share repurchase program and did not repurchase any shares in fiscal 2021. VF has USD 2.8 billion remaining under its current share repurchase authorization.

Full Year Fiscal 2022 Outlook

VF’s outlook for full year fiscal 2022 is on an adjusted continuing operations basis unless otherwise noted and includes the following:

  • Revenue is expected to approximate USD 11.8 billion, reflecting growth of approximately 28 percent, including an approximate USD 600 million contribution from the Supreme® brand. By segment, revenue for Outdoor is expected to increase between 23 % and 25 %; revenue for Active is expected to increase between 34 percent and 36 percent; and, revenue for Work is expected to increase between 10 % and 12 %.
  • International revenue is expected to increase between 25 % and 27 %. By geographic region, in the EMEA region, revenue is expected to increase between 29% and 31 %. In the Asia Pacific region, revenue is expected to increase between 18 % and 20 %. And, in the Americas (non-U.S.) region, revenue is expected to increase between 28 % and 30 %.
  • Direct-to-consumer revenue is expected to increase between 38 % and 40 %, including Digital revenue growth of between 29 % and 31 %.
  • Adjusted gross margin is expected to exceed 56.0 %, which represents an estimated increase of more than 270 basis points.
  • Adjusted operating margin is expected to approximate 12.8 %, which represents an estimated increase of approximately 480 basis points.
  • Adjusted earnings per share is expected to approximate USD 3.05, including an approximate USD 0.25 contribution from the Supreme® brand.
  • Adjusted cash flow from operations is expected to exceed USD 1.0 billion.
  • Other full year assumptions include an effective tax rate of approximately 15 % and capital expenditures of approximately USD 350 million.

Dividend Declared

VF’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of USD 0.49 per share, payable on June 21, 2021, to shareholders of record on June 10, 2021. Subject to approval by its Board of Directors, VF intends to continue to pay its regularly scheduled dividend and is not currently contemplating the suspension of its dividend.

Founded in 1899, VF Corporation is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish most through a family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland® and Dickies®. Our purpose is to power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. We connect this purpose with a relentless drive to succeed to create value for all stakeholders and use our company as a force for good.

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