Beaverton, OR (27 June, 2005) – NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today reported record financial results for the 2005 fiscal year, ended May 31, 2005. Earnings per diluted share for the year grew 28 percent to $4.48, supported by double digit revenue growth and record gross margins.
For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2005, revenues increased 12 percent to $13.7 billion, compared to $12.3 billion in fiscal year 2004. Changes in currency exchange rates contributed three percentage points of this growth, while the acquisition of Converse and Starter added one point. Full year net income was up 28 percent to $1.2 billion, or $4.48 per diluted share, versus $945.6 million, or $3.51 per diluted share, in 2004.
Fourth quarter revenues increased seven percent to $3.7 billion, versus $3.5 billion for the same period last year. Three percentage points of this growth were the result of changes in currency exchange rates. Fourth quarter net income was up 15 percent to $349.5 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, compared to $305.0 million, or $1.13 per diluted share in the prior year.
Commenting on the company’s results, William D. Perez, NIKE, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer said, “Fiscal 2005 was a great year. The strength of the Nike brand around the world, the breadth of our NIKE, Inc. portfolio, and the quality of our management team contributed to another year of consistent, profitable growth for our shareholders. The Nike brand is exceptionally strong, driving full-year revenue gains across all regions and product lines, while Converse and Cole Haan led the growth in our portfolio of other businesses. Today’s record earnings were driven by healthy revenue growth and the highest gross margin in the company’s history.”
Perez continued, “Looking ahead, our worldwide futures orders for athletic footwear and apparel are strong, up 9.5 percent, with all regions posting increases and U.S. footwear remaining particularly healthy. We’re very pleased with the brand strength reflected in these futures results and we see continued potential for profitable expansion across our portfolio of businesses.”*
Futures Orders The Company reported worldwide futures orders for athletic footwear and apparel, scheduled for delivery from June through November 2005, totaling $6.3 billion, 9.5 percent higher than such orders reported for the same period last year . Approximately one point of this growth was due to changes in currency exchange rates.* By region, U.S. futures were up nine percent; Europe increased seven percent; Asia Pacific grew 11 percent; and the Americas increased 25 percent. Changes in currency exchange rates had a favorable impact of two percentage points in Europe and Asia Pacific. Changes in currency exchange rates had no impact on futures orders growth for the Americas.*
Regional Highlights U.S. During the fourth quarter, U.S. revenues increased three percent to $1.3 billion. U.S. athletic footwear revenues increased seven percent to $907.2 million. Apparel revenues declined seven percent to $335.9 million. Equipment revenues increased 17 percent to $84.3 million. Pre-tax income for the quarter rose nine percent to $311.8 million.
For the full fiscal year, U.S. revenues were up seven percent to $5.1 billion. Footwear revenues increased nine percent to $3.4 billion; apparel revenues grew two percent to $1.5 billion; and equipment revenues grew 13 percent to $313.4 million. U.S. pre-tax income improved 12 percent to $1.1 billion.
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Fourth quarter revenues for the EMEA region grew four percent to $1.1 b illion . Seven percentage points of this growth were the result of changes in currency exchange rates. Footwear revenues increased nine percent to $689 .6 million, apparel revenues declined four percent to $366.1 million and equipment revenues declinedtwo percent to $73.0 million. Pre-tax income rose 10 percent to $254.2 million. For the full year, EMEA revenues grew 12 percent to $4.3 billion, compared to $3.8 billion last year. Seven percentage points of this growth were the result of changes in currency exchange rates. Footwear revenues were up 12 percent to $2.5 billion. Apparel revenues increased 12 percent to $1.5 billion and equipment revenues rose nine percent to $284.5 million. Pre-tax income increased 23 percent for the full-year to $917.5 million.
Asia Pacific In the Asia Pacific Region, quarterly revenues grew 19 percent to $535.0 million. Three percentage points of this growth were the result of changes in currency exchange rates. Footwear revenues were up 16 percent to $269.8 million; apparel revenues increased 21 percent to $210.6 million and equipment revenues grew 32 percent to $54.6 million. Fourth quarter pre-tax income was up 36 percent to $124.0 million.
Full-year Asia Pacific revenues increased 18 percent to $1.9 billion, compared to $1.6 billion last year. Four percentage points of this growth were the result of changes in currency exchange rates. Footwear revenues increased 13 percent to $962.9 million. Apparel revenues were up 23 percent to $755.5 million. Equipment revenues increased 25 percent to $178.9 million. Pre-tax income increased 13 percent to $399.8 million.
Americas Quarterly revenues in the Americas region increased 20 percent to $201.1 million. This growth rate reflected a six percentage point increase due to changes in currency exchange rates. Footwear revenues were up 18 percent to $134.4 million, apparel revenues increased 20 percent to $53.2 million and equipment revenues increased 36 percent to $13.5 million. Pre-tax income was up 11 percent to $29.2 million.
For the full year, Americas revenues increased 15 percent to $695.8 million, compared to $604.5 million last year. One percentage point of this growth was the result of changes in currency exchange rates. Footwear revenues increased 17 percent to $478.6 million, apparel revenues grew six percent to $169.1 million and equipment revenues increased 31 percent to $48.1 million. Pre-tax income rose 21 percent for the full year, to $117.6 million.
Other Revenues In the fourth quarter, Other revenues, which include results for Bauer NIKE Hockey, Inc., Cole Haan Ò , Converse Inc., Exeter Brands Group LLC, Hurley International LLC and NIKE Golf, grew six percent to $529.2 million. For the full year, other revenues increased 22 percent to $ 1.7 billion. Pre-tax income declined two percent for the fourth quarter and increased 104 percent for the full year.
Income Statement Review In the fourth quarter, gross margins were 45.2 percent of revenue compared to 43.8 percent last year. For the full year, gross margins were 44.5 percent compared to 42.9 percent last year. Selling and administrative expenses were 30.6 percent of fourth quarter revenues, compared to 29.8 percent last year. For the full year, selling and administrative expenses were 30.7 percent of full year revenues versus 30.2 percent last year. The effective tax rate was 35.0 percent for the fourth quarter and 34.9 percent for the full year. The tax provision for the fourth quarter reflected a charge related to the Company’s decision to repatriate $500 million of foreign earnings under the American Jobs Creation Act during fiscal 2006. The net impact of this charge was not material to our effective tax rate for the quarter or the full year.
Balance Sheet Review At fiscal year-end, global inventories stood at $1.8 billion, an increase of 10 percent from last year. Cash and short-term investments were $1.8 billion at fiscal year-end, compared to $1.2 billion last year.
Share Repurchase During the quarter, the Company purchased a total of 1,853,500 shares for approximately $152.7 million in conjunction with the Company’s four-year, $1.5 billion share repurchase program that was approved by the Board of Directors in June 2004. To date, the Company has repurchased a total of 6,924,400 shares under this program.
NIKE, Inc. based in 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 subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Bauer NIKE Hockey, Inc., a leading designer and distributor of hockey equipment; Cole Haan, a leading designer and marketer of luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Exeter Brands Group LLC, which designs and markets athletic footwear and apparel for the value retail channel. NIKE’s earnings releases and other financial information are available on the Internet at invest.nike.com.
*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 exchange rate fluctuations as well as the mix of futures and “at once” orders, which may vary significantly from quarter to quarter.