Revenues up 5 percent to $8.4 billion; 14 percent growth excluding currency changes
Diluted earnings per share up 23 percent to $1.34
Worldwide futures orders up 9 percent; 17 percent growth excluding currency changes
Inventories as of August 31, 2015 up 10 percent
NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended August 31, 2015. Diluted earnings per share increased 23% due to broad-based revenue growth, gross margin expansion, selling and administrative expense leverage, a lower effective tax rate and a lower average share count.
“Fiscal 2016 is off to a great start,” said Mark Parker, President and CEO of NIKE, Inc. “Our relentless pace of growth is driven by our proven strategy of putting the consumer first, obsessing innovation in everything we do and leveraging our powerful portfolio. We’re well-positioned to continue to deliver long-term growth that is both sustainable and profitable.”
First Quarter Income Statement Review
Revenues for NIKE, Inc. increased 5 percent to $8.4 billion, up 14 percent on a currency-neutral basis.
• Revenues for the NIKE Brand were $7.9 billion, up 15 percent on a currency-neutral basis driven by growth in every geography and nearly every key category.
• Revenues for Converse were $555 million, up 3 percent on a currency-neutral basis, mainly driven by strong growth in the United States, partially offset by a decline in the United Kingdom.
Gross margin expanded 90 basis points to 47.5 percent. The increase was primarily attributable to higher average selling prices and continued growth in the higher margin Direct to Consumer (DTC) business, partially offset by higher product input and warehousing costs.
Selling and administrative expense increased 4 percent to $2.6 billion. Demand creation expense was $832 million, down 7 percent, reflecting favorable comparisons against higher investment in support of the World Cup in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Operating overhead expense increased 10 percent to $1.7 billion, reflecting continued growth in the DTC business and targeted investments in infrastructure and consumer-focused digital capabilities.
Other income, net was $31 million, comprised primarily of net foreign currency exchange gains. For the quarter, the Company estimates the year-over-year change in foreign currency-related gains and losses included in other income, net, combined with the impact of changes in exchange rates on the translation of foreign currency-denominated profits, decreased pretax income by approximately $151 million.
The effective tax rate was 18.4 percent, compared to 21.7 percent for the same period last year, primarily due to an increase in the proportion of earnings from operations outside of the United States, which are generally subject to a lower tax rate, as well as certain non-recurring items recognized in the quarter.
Net income increased 23 percent to $1.2 billion while diluted earnings per share increased 23 percent to $1.34, reflecting strong revenue growth, gross margin expansion, selling and administrative expense leverage, a lower tax rate and a decrease in the weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.
August 31, 2015 Balance Sheet Review
Inventories for NIKE, Inc. were $4.4 billion, up 10 percent from August 31, 2014, driven primarily by an 8 percent increase in NIKE Brand wholesale unit inventories. Increases in average product cost per unit, as well as higher inventories associated with growth in DTC, were largely offset by changes in foreign currency rates.
Cash and short-term investments were $5.4 billion, $829 million higher than last year primarily as a result of growth in net income and collateral received from counterparties as a result of hedging activities more than offsetting share repurchases and higher dividends.
During the first quarter, NIKE, Inc. repurchased a total of 5.5 million shares for approximately $588 million as part of the four-year, $8.0 billion program approved by the Board of Directors in September 2012. As of the end of the first quarter, a total of 86.4 million shares had been repurchased under this program for approximately $6.5 billion, at an average cost of $75.70 per share.
As of the end of the quarter, worldwide futures orders for NIKE Brand athletic footwear and apparel scheduled for delivery from September 2015 through January 2016 were 9 percent higher than orders reported for the same period last year, and 17 percent higher on a currency-neutral basis.*
NIKE, Inc. management will host a conference call beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. PT on September 24, 2015, to review fiscal first 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, October 1, 2015.
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. subsidiary brands include Converse, which designs, distributes and licenses casual sneakers, apparel and accessories; and Hurley, which designs and distributes a line of action sports and youth lifestyle apparel and accessories. For more information, NIKE, Inc.’s earnings releases and other financial information are available on the Internet at http://investors.nike.com and individuals can follow @Nike.