BEAVERTON, Ore., March 22, 2018 - NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2018 third quarter ended February 28, 2018. Revenue growth was led by international geographies and NIKE Direct globally.
Diluted net loss per share was $0.57, reflecting significantly higher income tax expense from the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”). The impact of the Tax Act resulted in one-time provisional charges that reduced diluted earnings per share by $1.25.
“NIKE’s Consumer Direct Offense drove strong double-digit growth across our international geographies, led by Greater China,” said Mark Parker, Chairman, President and CEO, NIKE, Inc. “As we close Q3, we now see a significant reversal of trend in North America, as momentum accelerates through the scaling of new innovation platforms and differentiated NIKE Consumer Experiences expand across the marketplace.”*
Revenues for NIKE, Inc. increased 7 percent to $9.0 billion, up 3 percent on a currency-neutral basis.**
Revenues for the NIKE Brand were $8.5 billion, up 4 percent on a currency-neutral basis, driven by Greater China, EMEA and APLA, including double-digit growth in NIKE Direct and growth in Sportswear and NIKE Basketball.
Revenues for Converse were $483 million, down 8 percent on a currency-neutral basis, as international and digital growth were more than offset by declines in North America.
Gross margin declined 70 basis points to 43.8 percent due primarily to unfavorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates, which were partially offset by lower product costs.
Selling and administrative expense increased 11 percent to $2.8 billion. Demand creation expense was $862 million, up 15 percent, primarily driven by higher spend in sports marketing, brand moments and new innovation launches. Operating overhead expense increased 9 percent to $1.9 billion, largely due to higher administrative costs and continued investments in global digital capabilities and the NikePlus membership program.
Income before income taxes decreased 12 percent to $1.2 billion as solid revenue growth was more than offset by lower gross margin, higher selling and administrative expense and lower other income.
The effective tax rate was 179.5 percent, driven by the Tax Act, which impacted comparability. During the quarter, as a result of enactment of the Tax Act on December 22, 2017, the Company recorded additional income tax expense of $2.0 billion primarily related to the transition tax on our accumulated foreign earnings and the remeasurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities. This amount was recorded as a provisional estimate and is subject to change as the Company completes its analysis during the measurement period, which should not extend beyond one year from the enactment date.
Net loss was $921 million and diluted net loss per share was $0.57, driven by the enactment of the Tax Act.
Inventories for NIKE, Inc. were $5.4 billion, up 9 percent from February 28, 2017, driven primarily by strengthening demand globally and, to a lesser extent, changes in foreign currency exchange rates.
Cash and equivalents and short-term investments were $4.8 billion, $1.4 billion lower than last year as share repurchases, dividends and investments in infrastructure more than offset net income and proceeds from employee exercises of stock options.
During the third quarter, NIKE, Inc. repurchased a total of 14.6 million shares for approximately $962 million as part of the four-year, $12 billion program approved by the Board of Directors in November 2015. As of February 28, 2018, a total of 126.4 million shares had been repurchased under this program for approximately $7.2 billion.
NIKE, Inc. management will host a conference call beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. PT on March 22, 2018, to review fiscal third quarter results. The conference call will be broadcast live via webcast 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, March 29, 2018.
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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, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, 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. Individuals can also visit http://news.nike.com and follow @NIKE.
* The marked paragraph contains 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 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including Forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K.
** See additional information in the accompanying Divisional Revenues table regarding this non-GAAP financial measure.
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