lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) on June 3, 2021, announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2021

  • Revenue increased 88 % to USD1.2 billion
  • Diluted EPS of USD1.11, Adjusted EPS of USD1.16

Calvin McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, stated: “Our first quarter results reflected strength across all drivers of growth, fuelled by the continued expansion in our e-commerce business and a rebound in brick and mortar stores. Our strong performance across categories, channels and geographies demonstrates the momentum and strength of lululemon as we shift into the new normal. All of us on the leadership team are grateful to our teams around the world who enabled these results, and who continue to focus on realising growth.”

The fiscal year ending January 30, 2022 is referred to as “2021” and the fiscal year ended January 31, 2021 is referred to as “2020”. The adjusted non-GAAP financial measures below exclude certain costs incurred in connection with the acquisition of MIRROR, and the related tax effects.

For the first quarter of 2021, compared to the first quarter of 2020:

  • Net revenue increased 88% to USD1.2 billion. On a constant dollar basis, net revenue increased 83 %.
  • Company-operated stores net revenue increased 106 % to USD536.6 million.
  • Direct to consumer net revenue increased 55 % to USD545.1 million. On a constant dollar basis, direct to consumer net revenue increased 50 %.
  • Net revenue increased 82 % in North America, and increased 125 % internationally.
  • Direct to consumer net revenue represented 44.4% of total net revenue compared to 54.0% for the first quarter of 2020.
  • Gross profit increased 109% to USD700.3 million and gross margin increased 580 basis points to 57.1 %.
  • Income from operations increased 492 % to USD193.8 million. Adjusted income from operations increased 479 % to USD201.5 million.
  • Operating margin increased 1,080 basis points to 15.8 %. Adjusted operating margin increased 1,110 basis points to 16.4 %.
  • Income tax expense increased 827 % to USD 49.1 million. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2021 was 25.3 % compared to 15.6 % for the first quarter of 2020. The adjusted effective tax rate was 24.5 % for the first quarter of 2021 compared to 14.7 % for the first quarter of 2020.
  • Diluted earnings per share were USD1.11 compared to USD 0.22 in the first quarter of 2020. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were USD1.16 compared to USD0.23 in the first quarter of 2020.
  • The Company repurchased 0.3 million shares of its own common stock at an average cost of USD311.02 per share.
  • The Company opened two net new company-operated stores during the quarter, ending with 523 stores.
  • The consolidated statement of operations for the first quarter of 2019 is included in the tables at the end of this release for reference. For the first quarter of 2021, compared to the first quarter of 2019:
  • Net revenue increased by USD 444.2 million, or 57  %, representing a two-year compound annual growth rate of 25 %.
  • Gross margin increased 320 basis points.
  • Operating margin decreased 70 basis points. Adjusted operating margin decreased 10 basis points.
  • Diluted earnings per share were USD 1.11 compared to USD0.74 in the first quarter of 2019. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were USD 1.16 in the first quarter of 2021.

Meghan Frank, Chief Financial Officer, stated: “We are very pleased with our Q1 results, which reflect significant growth in the business compared to both 2020 and 2019. Our momentum remains strong as we enter the second quarter, and we are raising our estimates for the year accordingly. The strength of our financial position allows us to continue to deliver against the Power of Three growth strategies, while we leverage both near- and long-term opportunities.”

Balance sheet highlights

The Company ended the first quarter of 2021 with USD1.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents and the capacity under its committed revolving credit facilities was USD397.3 million. Inventories at the end of the first quarter of 2021 increased 17% to USD732.9 million compared to USD625.8 million at the end of the first quarter of 2020.

2021 Outlook

For the second quarter of 2021, we expect net revenue to be in the range of USD1.300 billion to USD1.330 billion. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of USD1.05 to USD1.10 for the quarter and adjusted diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of USD1.10 to USD1.15.

For 2021, we expect net revenue to be in the range of USD5.825 billion to USD5.905 billion. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of USD6.52 to USD6.65 for the year and adjusted diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of USD6.73 to USD6.86.

The guidance does not reflect potential future repurchases of the Company’s shares.

The guidance and outlook forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on management’s expectations as of the date of this press release and does not incorporate future unknown impacts from the spread of COVID-19. While most of the Company’s retail locations are currently open, the Company continues to operate its distribution centres and retail locations with restrictive and precautionary measures in place. These measures are market dependent and can include restricted occupancy levels, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, and reduced operating hours. Further resurgences in COVID-19, including from variants could cause additional restrictions, including temporarily closing all or some of our retail locations again, result in lower consumer demand, and cause disruption in our supply chain. The Company undertakes no duty to update or to continue to provide information with respect to any forward-looking statements or risk factors, whether as a result of new information or future events or circumstances or otherwise. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, including those stated below.

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Constant dollar changes and adjusted financial results are non-GAAP financial measures. A constant dollar basis assumes the average foreign exchange rates for the period remained constant with the average foreign exchange rates for the same period of the prior year. The Company provides constant dollar changes in its results to help investors understand the underlying growth rate of net revenue excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates.

Adjusted income from operations, operating margin, income tax expense, effective tax rates, net income, and diluted earnings per share exclude items related to the MIRROR acquisition. We exclude transaction, integration costs, the gain on lululemon’s previous investment in MIRROR, certain acquisition-related compensation costs, and the related income tax effects of these items. We believe these adjusted financial measures are useful to investors as they provide supplemental information that enable evaluation of the underlying trend in our operating performance, and enable a more consistent comparison to our historical financial information. Further, due to the finite and discrete nature of these costs, we do not consider them to be normal operating expenses that are necessary to operate the MIRROR business and we do not expect them to recur beyond the expiry of the related vesting periods. Management uses these adjusted financial measures and constant currency metrics internally when reviewing and assessing financial performance.

The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or with greater prominence to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section captioned “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” included in the accompanying financial tables, which includes more detail on the GAAP financial measure that is most directly comparable to each non-GAAP financial measure, and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release includes estimates, projections, statements relating to the Company’s business plans, objectives, and expected operating results that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “outlook,” “believes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements also include the Company’s guidance and outlook statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations but they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: the Company’s ability to maintain the value and reputation of its brand; the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and related government, private sector, and individual consumer responsive actions; its highly competitive market and increasing competition; increasing product costs and decreasing selling prices; its ability to anticipate consumer preferences and successfully develop and introduce new, innovative and updated products; the acceptability of its products to guests; its ability to accurately forecast guest demand for its products; changes in consumer shopping preferences and shifts in distribution channels; its ability to expand internationally in light of its limited operating experience and limited brand recognition in new international markets; its ability to realize the potential benefits and synergies sought with the acquisition of MIRROR; its ability to manage its growth and the increased complexity of its business effectively; its ability to successfully open new store locations in a timely manner; seasonality; its reliance on and limited control over third-party suppliers to provide fabrics for and to produce its products; the operations of many of its suppliers are subject to international and other risks; suppliers or manufacturers not complying with its Vendor Code of Ethics or applicable laws; its ability to deliver its products to the market and to meet guest expectations if it has problems with its distribution system; increasing labour costs and other factors associated with the production of its products in South Asia and South East Asia; its ability to safeguard against security breaches with respect to its information technology systems; its compliance with privacy and data protection laws; any material disruption of its information systems; its ability to have technology-based systems function effectively and grow its e-commerce business globally; climate change, and related legislative and regulatory responses; increased scrutiny regarding its environmental, social, and governance, or sustainability responsibilities; an economic recession, depression, or downturn or economic uncertainty in its key markets; global economic and political conditions and global events such as health pandemics; its ability to source and sell its merchandise profitably or at all if new trade restrictions are imposed or existing trade restrictions become more burdensome; changes in tax laws or unanticipated tax liabilities; its ability to comply with trade and other regulations; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; imitation by its competitors; its ability to protect its intellectual property rights; conflicting trademarks and the prevention of sale of certain products; its exposure to various types of litigation; and other risks and uncertainties set out in filings made from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and available at, including, without limitation, its most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.