BEAVERTON, Ore., Dec. 19, 2019 – NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today reported fiscal 2020 financial results for its second quarter ended November 30, 2019.
Revenue increased to $10.3 billion in the second quarter, up 10 percent on a reported basis and up 13 percent on a currency-neutral basis*, driven by strong growth across all geographies.
“In Q2, NIKE has proven again that innovation is our greatest competitive edge – turning athlete insights into breakthrough product and digital services, as we offer more choice to more consumers at an accelerated pace,” said Mark Parker, Chairman, President and CEO, NIKE, Inc. “Our entire NIKE team is fueling our current momentum, and I’ve never been more optimistic about the future of this company.”**
Diluted earnings per share for the quarter was $0.70, an increase of 35 percent driven primarily by strong revenue growth, gross margin expansion, selling and administrative expense leverage, a lower tax rate and a lower average share count.
“NIKE delivered another strong quarter of accelerating, high-quality growth, driven by strategic and targeted investment in our digital transformation,” said Andy Campion, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, NIKE, Inc. “As we deliver a relentless flow of innovation and scale NIKE’s digital advantage, we are positioned for even greater competitive separation and long-term shareholder value creation.”**
Second Quarter Income Statement Review
Revenues for NIKE, Inc. increased 10 percent to $10.3 billion, up 13 percent on a currency- neutral basis.
Revenues for the NIKE Brand were $9.8 billion, up 12 percent on a currency-neutral basis driven by growth across wholesale and NIKE Direct; key categories including Sportswear, the Jordan Brand and Running, and continued growth across footwear and apparel.
Revenues for Converse were $480 million, up 15 percent on a currency-neutral basis, mainly driven by double-digit growth in Asia and Europe, as well as through digital globally.
Gross margin increased 20 basis points to 44.0 percent primarily due to higher average selling prices and margin expansion in NIKE Direct and Converse, partially offset by impacts from higher product costs, primarily due to incremental tariffs in North America.
Selling and administrative expense increased 6 percent to $3.3 billion. Demand creation expense was $881 million, down 3 percent due primarily to a timing shift of investment in certain brand campaigns. Operating overhead expense increased 9 percent to $2.4 billion driven by continued investments in transformational capabilities, particularly in NIKE Direct and global operations.
The effective tax rate was 10.7 percent, compared to 15 percent for the same period last year, primarily due to a more favorable impact from stock-based compensation.
Net income increased 32 percent to $1.1 billion driven primarily by strong revenue growth, gross margin expansion, selling and administrative expense leverage and a lower tax rate, while diluted earnings per share increased 35 percent to $0.70 reflecting a nearly 2 percent decline in the weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.
November 30, 2019 Balance Sheet Review
Inventories for NIKE, Inc. were $6.2 billion, up 15 percent compared to the prior year period, reflecting strong consumer demand globally as well as a higher rate of on-time factory deliveries, and to a lesser extent, the impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates.
Cash and equivalents and short-term investments were $3.5 billion, $539 million lower than last year as share repurchases, dividends, and investments in infrastructure more than offset proceeds from net income.
During the second quarter, NIKE, Inc. repurchased 10.1 million shares for approximately $922 million as part of the four-year, $15 billion program approved by the Board of Directors in June 2018. As of November 30, 2019, a total of 33.6 million shares had been repurchased under this program for approximately $2.9 billion.
NIKE, Inc. management will host a conference call beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. PT on December 19, 2019, to review fiscal second quarter results. The conference call will be broadcast live via 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, January 9, 2020.
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. Converse, a wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brand, designs, markets and distributes athletic 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.
* See additional information in the accompanying Divisional Revenues table regarding this non-GAAP financial measure.
** 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 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including Forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K.