Baltimore, MD (January 31, 2013) - Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE: UA) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012. Net revenues increased 25% in the fourth quarter of 2012 to $506 million compared with net revenues of $403 million in the prior year's period. Net income increased 54% in the fourth quarter of 2012 to $50 million compared with $33 million in the prior year's period. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $0.47 on weighted average common shares outstanding of 107 million compared with $0.31 per share on weighted average common shares outstanding of 105 million in the prior year's period.
Fourth quarter apparel net revenues increased 25% to $405 million compared with $323 million in the same period of the prior year, driven primarily by Fleece, which included a broader expansion of the Storm platform across the category. Fourth quarter footwear net revenues increased 43% to $45 million from $31 million in the prior year's period, primarily driven by new 2012 running styles, including UA Spine, and strong sell-in of new 2013 baseball cleats. Fourth quarter accessories net revenues increased 16% to $43 million from $37 million in the prior year's period. Direct-to-Consumer net revenues, which represented 39% of total net revenues for the fourth quarter, grew 29% year-over-year.
Kevin Plank, Chairman and CEO of Under Armour, Inc., stated, "We closed 2012 strongly, delivering net revenue growth of at least 20% for the eleventh consecutive quarter in Q4 by building upon key apparel technology platforms like Storm Fleece and Charged Cotton. Our ability to bring practical innovation to our consumer across a broad range of product drove our 25% net revenue growth in 2012 and positions us well for 2013 and beyond. With these strong results in hand, we are well on our way toward delivering on the goal established at our June 2011 Investor Day to more than double our net revenues from 2010 to 2013."
Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 50.3% compared with 51.6% in the prior year's quarter, primarily reflecting less favorable sales mix and higher air freight costs. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenues were 34.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with 37.9% in the prior year's period, largely reflecting leverage of corporate services and marketing expenses. Marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2012 were 9.7% of net revenues compared with 10.9% in the prior year's quarter. Fourth quarter operating income grew 48% to $82 million compared with $55 million in the prior year's period.
Review of Full Year Operating Results
For the full year 2012, net revenues increased 25% to $1.835 billion compared with $1.473 billion in the prior year and compared with the Company's prior outlook of $1.82 billion. Diluted earnings per share for the full year increased 31% to $1.21 per share on weighted average common shares outstanding of 106 million compared with $0.92 per share on weighted average common shares outstanding of 105 million in the prior year.
Apparel net revenues increased 23% to $1.385 billion compared with $1.122 billion in the prior year, led by the Training category which included the expansions of both the Charged Cotton and Storm platforms. Footwear net revenues increased 32% to $239 million during 2012 compared to $182 million in 2011, reflecting the debut of new running styles, including UA Spine, and strength across our cleated businesses. Accessories net revenues increased 25% to $166 million during 2012 compared to $132 million in 2011, primarily driven by headwear and bags. Direct-to-Consumer net revenues, which represented 29% of total net revenues for the year compared to 27% in 2011, grew 34% over the prior year.
Gross margin for 2012 was 47.9% compared with 48.4% in 2011, largely reflecting less favorable sales mix and higher air freight costs. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenues were 36.5% for 2012 compared with 37.3% for 2011, reflecting leverage of corporate services and marketing expenses. Marketing expense for 2012 was 11.2% of net revenues compared with 11.4% in the prior year. Operating income grew 28% to $209 million in 2012 compared with $163 million in the prior year and compared with the Company's prior outlook of $207 million.
Balance Sheet Highlights
Cash and cash equivalents increased 95% to $342 million at December 31, 2012 compared with $175 million at December 31, 2011. The Company had no borrowings outstanding under its $300 million revolving credit facility at December 31, 2012. Inventory at December 31, 2012 decreased 2% to $319 million compared with $324 million at December 31, 2011. Long-term debt decreased to $62 million at December 31, 2012 from $78 million at December 31, 2011.
Updated 2013 Outlook
Based on current visibility, the Company expects 2013 net revenues in the range of $2.20 billion to $2.22 billion, representing growth of 20% to 21% over 2012, and 2013 operating income in the range of $255 million to $257 million, representing growth of 22% to 23% over 2012. The Company expects an effective tax rate of 39.0% to 39.5% for the full year, compared to an effective tax rate of 36.7% for 2012. The Company anticipates fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding of approximately 108 million to 109 million for 2013.
Mr. Plank concluded, "In the year ahead, we will drive growth by re-invigorating core categories like Baselayer, continuing to expand our consumer base in Women's and Youth, and introducing the next wave of Under Armour innovation through product such as Armour39 that will debut in the next month. We will open the next generation of Under Armour specialty retail in mid-February in our home city of Baltimore, while we are prioritizing our growth strategies in key markets in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. We will also continue to invest in the right talent, infrastructure, and processes to ensure that we deliver balanced financial results well into the future."
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will provide additional commentary regarding its fourth quarter results as well as its updated 2013 outlook during its earnings conference call today, January 31st, at 8:30 a.m. ET. The call will be webcast live at http://investor.underarmour.com/events.cfm and will be archived and available for replay approximately three hours after the live event. Additional supporting materials related to the call will also be available at http://investor.underarmour.com. The Company's financial results are also available online at http://investor.underarmour.com/results.cfm.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand's moisture-wicking fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate to provide a performance alternative to traditional products. The Company's products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.ua.com.
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