NIKE, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2015 Second Quarter Results

  • Revenues up 15 percent to $7.4 billion
  • Diluted earnings per share up 25 percent to $0.74
  • Worldwide futures orders up 7 percent, 11 percent growth excluding currency changes
  • Inventories as of November 30, 2014 up 11 percent

BEAVERTON, Ore.--()--NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended November 30, 2014. Strong consumer demand drove revenue growth across the portfolio. Diluted earnings per share grew faster than revenue, up 25 percent, primarily due to gross margin expansion and a lower average share count, which more than offset higher SG&A investments in NIKE, Inc. brands and business capabilities.

“Our strong second quarter results once again demonstrate NIKE is a growth company,” said Mark Parker, President and CEO of NIKE, Inc. “The power of our portfolio continues to unlock growth, as we keep a laser focus on our biggest opportunities. The breadth and depth of that portfolio has helped us consistently deliver strong results – quarter after quarter, year after year.”*

Second Quarter Income Statement Review

  • Revenues for NIKE, Inc. increased 15 percent to $7.4 billion, up 18 percent on a currency neutral basis.
    • Revenues for the NIKE Brand were $7.0 billion, up 17 percent on a currency neutral basis, with growth in every product type, geography and key category, except Golf.
    • Revenues for Converse were $434 million, up 24 percent on a currency neutral basis, driven by continuing growth in existing direct distribution markets as well as market conversions in Europe and Asia.
  • Gross margin increased 120 basis points to 45.1 percent. The increase was primarily attributable to a shift in mix to higher margin products, continued growth in the higher-margin Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) business and a modest benefit from foreign exchange. These positive factors were partially offset by higher product input costs.
  • Selling and administrative expense increased 17 percent to $2.4 billion. Demand creation expense was $766 million, up 11 percent versus the prior year, driven by marketing support for new product launches, digital brand marketing and consumer events. Operating overhead expense increased 19 percent to $1.7 billion, reflecting growth in the DTC business, as well as investments in operational infrastructure and digital capabilities and engagement.
  • Other expense, net was $2 million comprised primarily of foreign exchange losses, partially offset by other non-operating items. For the quarter, the Company estimates the year-over-year change in foreign currency related gains and losses included in other expense, net combined with the impact of changes in currency exchange rates on the translation of foreign currency-denominated profits, decreased pretax income by approximately $39 million.
  • The effective tax rate was 25.4 percent, a 20 basis point increase primarily due to adjustments to tax expense on intercompany transactions and the benefit realized in the prior period from the U.S. Research and Development tax credit. These factors were partially offset by an increase in earnings from operations outside the U.S., which are generally subject to a lower tax rate, and the resolution of tax audits across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Net income increased 23 percent to $655 million, while diluted earnings per share increased 25 percent to $0.74, reflecting strong revenue growth, gross margin expansion and a 3 percent decline in the weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.

November 30, 2014 Balance Sheet Review

  • Inventories for NIKE, Inc. were $4.2 billion, up 11 percent from November 30, 2013, driven by a 9 percent increase in NIKE Brand wholesale inventories as well as higher inventories associated with growth in DTC and Converse. NIKE Brand wholesale inventories were higher due to a 14 percent increase in units, while changes in the average product cost per unit, combined with the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, decreased growth by approximately 5 percentage points.
  • Cash and short-term investments were $4.7 billion, $474 million lower than last year as growth in net income and collateral received from counterparties to foreign currency hedging instruments was more than offset by share repurchases, higher dividends and investments in working capital.

Share Repurchases

During the second quarter, NIKE, Inc. repurchased a total of 5.1 million shares for approximately $425 million as part of the four-year, $8 billion program approved by the Board of Directors in September 2012. As of the end of the second quarter, a total of 67.6 million shares had been repurchased under this program for $4.7 billion, an average cost of approximately $68.96 per share.

Futures Orders

As of the end of the quarter, worldwide futures orders for NIKE Brand athletic footwear and apparel scheduled for delivery from December 2014 through April 2015 were 7 percent higher than orders reported for the same period last year. Excluding currency changes, reported orders would have increased 11 percent.*

Conference Call

NIKE management will host a conference call beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. PT on December 18, 2014 to review second quarter results. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed at http://investors.nike.com. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, an archived version will be available at the same location through 9:00 p.m. PT, December 25, 2014.

About NIKE, Inc.

NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories, and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, NIKE’s earnings releases and other financial information are available on the Internet at http://investors.nike.com and individuals can follow @Nike.

* The marked paragraphs contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in reports filed by NIKE with the S.E.C., including Forms 8-K, 10-Q, and 10-K. Some forward-looking statements in this release concern changes in futures orders that are not necessarily indicative of changes in total revenues for subsequent periods due to the mix of futures and “at once” orders, exchange rate fluctuations, order cancellations, discounts and returns, which may vary significantly from quarter to quarter, and because a portion of the business does not report futures orders.

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NIKE, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                         

THREE MONTHS ENDED

% SIX MONTHS ENDED %
(Dollars in millions, except per share data)      

11/30/2014

     

11/30/20131

   

Change

   

11/30/2014

     

11/30/20131

    Change
Revenues $ 7,380 $ 6,431 15% $ 15,362 $ 13,402 15%
Cost of sales         4,053         3,605       12%       8,314         7,444       12%
Gross profit 3,327 2,826 18% 7,048 5,958 18%
Gross margin 45.1 % 43.9 % 45.9 % 44.5 %
 
Demand creation expense 766 691 11% 1,663 1,422 17%
Operating overhead expense         1,672         1,400       19%       3,255         2,727       19%
Total selling and administrative expense 2,438 2,091 17% 4,918 4,149 19%
% of revenue 33.0 % 32.5 % 32.0 % 31.0 %
 
Interest expense (income), net 9 8 - 18 16 -
Other expense (income), net         2         13       -       5         41       -
Income before income taxes 878 714 23% 2,107 1,752 20%
Income taxes         223         180       24%       490         439       12%
Effective tax rate 25.4 % 25.2 % 23.3 % 25.1 %
                                       
NET INCOME       $ 655       $ 534       23%     $ 1,617       $ 1,313       23%
 
Earnings per common share:
Basic $ 0.76 $ 0.60 27% $ 1.87 $ 1.48 26%
Diluted $ 0.74 $ 0.59 25% $ 1.83 $ 1.44 27%
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 863.1 888.0 864.0 888.7
Diluted 884.8 910.6 885.8 910.7
 
Dividends declared per common share       $ 0.28       $ 0.24             $ 0.52       $ 0.45        
 
1 Prior year amounts have been revised to correctly expense internally developed patent and trademark costs as incurred.
 
 
NIKE, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
             
November 30, November 30,
(Dollars in millions)       2014    

20131

    % Change
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and equivalents $ 2,273 $ 2,086 9%
Short-term investments 2,440 3,101 -21%
Accounts receivable, net 3,457 3,208 8%
Inventories 4,150 3,742 11%
Deferred income taxes 334 315 6%
Prepaid expenses and other current assets         1,379       1,146       20%
Total current assets 14,033 13,598 3%
Property, plant and equipment 6,450 5,869 10%
Less accumulated depreciation         3,523       3,224       9%
Property, plant and equipment, net 2,927 2,645 11%
Identifiable intangible assets, net 281 287 -2%
Goodwill 131 131 0%
Deferred income taxes and other assets         1,795       1,110       62%
TOTAL ASSETS       $ 19,167     $ 17,771       8%
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 110 $ 7 1471%
Notes payable 93 150 -38%
Accounts payable 2,074 1,642 26%
Accrued liabilities 2,622 2,052 28%
Income taxes payable         38       30       27%
Total current liabilities 4,937 3,881 27%
Long-term debt 1,084 1,201 -10%
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities 1,446 1,424 2%
Redeemable preferred stock - - -
Shareholders' equity         11,700       11,265       4%
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY       $ 19,167     $ 17,771       8%
1 Prior year amounts have been revised to correct immaterial misstatements.
 
 
NIKE, Inc.
DIVISIONAL REVENUES
                                 

% Change

% Change

Excluding

Excluding

THREE MONTHS ENDED

%

Currency

SIX MONTHS ENDED

%

Currency

(Dollars in millions)

      11/30/2014     11/30/2013     Change    

Changes1

    11/30/2014     11/30/2013     Change    

Changes1

North America
Footwear $ 1,925 $ 1,627 18 % 18 % $ 4,108 $ 3,531 16 % 16 %
Apparel 1,131 986 15 % 15 % 2,236 1,995 12 % 12 %
Equipment         185         188     -2 %     -1 %       410         410     0 %     0 %
Total 3,241 2,801 16 % 16 % 6,754 5,936 14 % 14 %
Western Europe
Footwear 863 695 24 % 26 % 1,990 1,524 31 % 28 %
Apparel 384 324 19 % 20 % 882 723 22 % 19 %
Equipment         65         55     18 %     18 %       154         128     20 %     17 %
Total 1,312 1,074 22 % 24 % 3,026 2,375 27 % 25 %
Central & Eastern Europe
Footwear 180 144 25 % 32 % 403 337 20 % 24 %
Apparel 149 135 10 % 19 % 283 274 3 % 9 %
Equipment         17         16     6 %     18 %       52         50     4 %     10 %
Total 346 295 17 % 25 % 738 661 12 % 16 %
Greater China
Footwear 463 358 29 % 30 % 903 699 29 % 30 %
Apparel 266 245 9 % 9 % 468 442 6 % 7 %
Equipment         29         26     12 %     12 %       66         62     6 %     7 %
Total 758 629 21 % 21 % 1,437 1,203 19 % 20 %
Japan
Footwear 108 101 7 % 16 % 208 189 10 % 16 %
Apparel 75 89 -16 % -8 % 121 142 -15 % -9 %
Equipment         16         20     -20 %     -13 %       30         37     -19 %     -15 %
Total 199 210 -5 % 3 % 359 368 -2 % 3 %
Emerging Markets
Footwear 727 686 6 % 15 % 1,355 1,310 3 % 11 %
Apparel 280 279 0 % 8 % 532 505 5 % 13 %
Equipment         68         65     5 %     8 %       122         117     4 %     11 %
Total 1,075 1,030 4 % 13 % 2,009 1,932 4 % 11 %
Global Brand Divisions2         28         31     -10 %     -7 %       57         63     -10 %     -12 %
Total NIKE Brand         6,959         6,070     15 %     17 %       14,380         12,538     15 %     16 %
Converse 434 360 21 % 24 % 1,009 854 18 % 19 %
Corporate3         (13 )       1     -       -         (27 )       10     -       -  
Total NIKE, Inc. Revenues       $ 7,380       $ 6,431     15 %     18 %     $ 15,362       $ 13,402     15 %     16 %
 
Total NIKE Brand
Footwear $ 4,266 $ 3,611 18 % 21 % $ 8,967 $ 7,590 18 % 19 %
Apparel 2,285 2,058 11 % 13 % 4,522 4,081 11 % 12 %
Equipment 380 370 3 % 5 % 834 804 4 % 5 %
Global Brand Divisions2         28         31     -10 %     -7 %       57         63     -10 %     -12 %

1 Fiscal 2015 results have been restated using fiscal 2014 exchange rates for the comparative period to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

2 Global Brand Divisions primarily represent NIKE Brand licensing businesses that are not part of a geographic operating segment.

3 Corporate revenues primarily consist of foreign currency revenue-related hedge gains and losses generated by entities within the NIKE Brand geographic operating segments and Converse through our centrally managed foreign exchange risk management program.

 
 
NIKE, Inc.
EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST AND TAXES1,2
                         
THREE MONTHS ENDED % SIX MONTHS ENDED %
(Dollars in millions)       11/30/2014      

11/30/20133

    Change     11/30/2014    

11/30/20133

    Change
North America $ 785 $ 647 21 % $ 1,755 $ 1,460 20 %
Western Europe 261 123 112 % 665 388 71 %
Central & Eastern Europe 57 48 19 % 125 129 -3 %
Greater China 258 197 31 % 476 367 30 %
Japan 29 47 -38 % 40 71 -44 %
Emerging Markets 236 243 -3 % 392 453 -13 %
Global Brand Divisions4         (552 )       (450 )     -23 %       (1,085 )       (916 )     -18 %
TOTAL NIKE BRAND         1,074         855       26 %       2,368         1,952       21 %
Converse 88 100 -12 % 274 269 2 %
Corporate5         (275 )       (233 )     -18 %       (517 )       (453 )     -14 %
TOTAL EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST AND TAXES       $ 887       $ 722       23 %     $ 2,125       $ 1,768       20 %
1 The Company evaluates performance of individual operating segments based on earnings before interest and taxes (also commonly referred to as “EBIT”), which represents net income before interest expense (income), net, and income taxes.
2 Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to fiscal year 2015 presentation. These changes had no impact on previously reported results of operations or shareholders' equity.
3 Prior year amounts have been revised to correctly expense internally developed patent and trademark costs as incurred.
4 Global Brand Divisions primarily represent demand creation, operating overhead, information technology, and product creation and design expenses that are centrally managed for the NIKE Brand. Revenues for Global Brand Divisions are primarily attributable to NIKE Brand licensing businesses that are not part of a geographic operating segment.
5 Corporate consists of unallocated general and administrative expenses, which includes expenses associated with centrally managed departments, depreciation and amortization related to the Company’s corporate headquarters, unallocated insurance and benefit programs, certain foreign currency gains and losses, including certain hedge gains and losses, corporate eliminations and other items.
 
NIKE, Inc.

NIKE BRAND REPORTED FUTURES GROWTH BY GEOGRAPHY1

As of November 30, 2014

         
Reported Futures Excluding Currency
        Orders    

Changes2

North America 13% 13%
Western Europe 4% 13%
Central & Eastern Europe 6% 18%
Greater China 12% 13%
Japan -4% 3%
Emerging Markets       -3%     1%
Total NIKE Brand Reported Futures       7%     11%
1 Futures orders by geography and in total for NIKE Brand footwear and apparel scheduled for delivery from December 2014 through April 2015, excluding NIKE Golf and Hurley.
The reported futures orders growth is not necessarily indicative of our expectation of revenue growth during this period. This is due to year-over-year changes in shipment timing, changes in the mix of orders between futures and at-once orders and the fulfillment of certain orders may fall outside of the schedule noted above. In addition, exchange rate fluctuations as well as differing levels of order cancellations, discounts and returns can cause differences in the comparisons between futures orders and actual revenues. Moreover, a portion of our revenue is not derived from futures orders, including sales of at-once and closeout NIKE Brand footwear and apparel, NIKE Brand equipment, sales from our DTC operations and sales from Converse, NIKE Golf and Hurley.
2 Reported futures have been restated using prior year exchange rates to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Contacts

NIKE, Inc.
Investor Contact:
Kelley Hall, 503-532-3793
or
Media Contact:
Kellie Leonard, 503-671-6171

Contacts

NIKE, Inc.
Investor Contact:
Kelley Hall, 503-532-3793
or
Media Contact:
Kellie Leonard, 503-671-6171