Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE: UA, UAA) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. The company reports its financial performance in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP”). This press release refers to “currency neutral” and “adjusted” amounts, which are non-GAAP financial measures described below under the “Non-GAAP Financial Information” paragraph. References to adjusted financial measures exclude the impact of the company’s restructuring plans and the related tax effects, as well as adjustments to our one-time impacts of the 2017 U.S. tax reform legislation, which we refer to as the U.S. Tax Act. Reconciliations of non-GAAP amounts to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP are presented in supplemental financial information furnished with this release. All per share amounts are reported on a diluted basis.


“Our third quarter results demonstrate that our multi-year transformation is on track,” said Under Armour Chairman and CEO Kevin Plank. “As we work through this chapter, we are staying sharply focused on our brand by connecting even more deeply with our consumers while delivering industry-leading, innovative products and premium experiences. Coupled with increasingly greater business discipline and resulting efficiencies, we continue to gain confidence in our long-term path and ability to deliver for our consumers, customers and shareholders.”


Third Quarter Review


  • Revenue was up 2 percent to $1.4 billion (up 3 percent currency neutral).  
    • Wholesale revenue increased 4 percent to $914 million and direct-to-consumer revenue was flat at $465 million, representing 32 percent of total revenue.
    • North America revenue decreased 2 percent to $1.1 billion (down 1 percent currency neutral) and the international business increased 15 percent to $351 million (up17 percent currency neutral), representing 24 percent of total revenue. Within the international business, revenue was up15 percent in EMEA (up16 percent currency neutral), up 15percent in Asia-Pacific (up 16 percent currency neutral) and up 16 percent in Latin America (up 23 percent currency neutral).
    • Apparel revenue increased 4 percent to $978 million with growth in training, golf and team sports. Footwear revenue was flat at $285 million. Accessories revenue decreased 6 percent to $116 million driven by declines in outdoor and training. 
  • Gross margin increased 10 basis points to 46.1 percent compared to the prior year including a $5 million impact related to restructuring efforts. Excluding restructuring efforts in both periods, adjusted gross margin increased 20 basis points to 46.5 percent compared to the prior year driven predominantly by product cost improvements and lower promotional activity offset by channel mix.
  • Selling, general & administrative expenses increased 5 percent to $528 million, or 36.6 percent of revenue driven by continued investments in the direct-to-consumer, footwear and international businesses.
  • Restructuring and impairment charges were $19 million.
  • Operating income was $119 million. Adjusted operating income was $143 million. 
  • Net income was $75 million or $0.17 per diluted share. Adjusted net income was $112 million or $0.25 per diluted share. 
  • Inventory decreased 1 percent to $1.2 billion. 
  • Cash and cash equivalents decreased 35 percent to $169 million.

2018 Restructuring Plan


The company expects to incur approximately $200 to $220 million in pre-tax restructuring and related charges in connection with its previously announced 2018 restructuring plan. Through the third quarter of 2018, the company has recognized pre-tax costs of $154 million, inclusive of $24 million of pre-tax costs recognized in the third quarter.


Updated Fiscal 2018 Outlook


  • Revenue is expected to increase approximately 3 to 4 percent reflecting a low single-digit decline in North America and international growth of approximately 25 percent. From a product perspective, apparel is expected to grow at a mid-single-digit rate, footwear at a low single-digit rate, and accessories is now expected to decline at a mid-single-digit rate. 
  • Gross margin is expected be flat to down slightly versus the prior year rate of 45.0 percent. Adjusted gross margin is expected to improve slightly compared to 2017 as benefits from product costs and lower planned promotional activity are offset primarily by inventory management actions. 
  • Operating loss is now expected to be approximately $50 to $55 million versus the previously expected $60 million loss. On an adjusted basis, operating income is now expected to reach the $150 to $165 million range versus the previous $140 to $160 million range.
  • Interest and other expense net is now expected to be approximately $50 million, up slightly from the previous $45 million expectation due to foreign currency headwinds.
  • Due to a one-time tax benefit related to an intercompany asset sale, the full year adjusted effective tax rate is now expected to be 13 to 15 percent versus the previous expectation of 25 to 27 percent. This equates to approximately $0.02 of diluted earnings per share benefit in 2018.
  • Excluding the impact of the restructuring effortsadjusted diluted earnings per share is now expected to be in the range of $0.19 to $0.22 versus the previous expectation of $0.16 to $0.19.
  • Capital expenditures are now planned at approximately $175 million versus the previous $200 million expectation.
  • Year-end inventory for 2018 is expected to be flat to down slightly. 

Conference Call and Webcast


Under Armour will hold its third quarter 2018 conference call and webcast today at approximately 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be webcast live at http://investor.underarmour.com and will be archived and available for replay approximately three hours after the live event.


U.S. Tax Act


The U.S. Tax Act was enacted into law on December 22, 2017. The legislation contained several key tax provisions that affect Under Armour and, as required, the company included reasonable estimates of the income tax effects of the changes in tax law and tax rate in the company's 2017 financial results. These changes included a one-time mandatory transition tax on accumulated foreign earnings and a re-measuring of deferred tax assets which impacted our fourth quarter and full year of 2017. During the third quarter of 2018, the company revised its reasonable estimate made in the company’s 2017 financial results for the one-time mandatory transition tax on accumulated foreign earnings and the re-measuring of deferred tax assets due to the U.S. Tax Act. Since the U.S. Tax Act was passed late in the fourth quarter of 2017, and ongoing guidance and additional accounting interpretations were expected over the subsequent 12 months, the company considers the accounting of the transition tax, deferred tax re-measurements, and other items to be provisional. The company expects to finalize its one-time estimates related to the U.S. Tax Act within the one-year measurement period allowed by the SEC.


Non-GAAP Financial Information


This press release refers to “currency neutral” and “adjusted” results as well as “adjusted” forward looking estimates of the company’s fiscal 2018 outlook. Currency neutral financial information is calculated to exclude the impact of changes in foreign currency. Management believes this information is useful to investors to facilitate a comparison of the company's results of operations period-over-period. Adjusted gross margin, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted effective tax rate exclude the impact of restructuring and other related charges and the impact of the U.S. Tax Act, as applicable. Management believes this information is useful to investors because it provides enhanced visibility into the company’s actual and expected underlying results excluding the impact of its restructuring plans and recent significant changes in U.S. tax laws. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation and should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, the company's non-GAAP financial information may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.


About Under Armour, Inc.


Under Armour, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland is a leading inventor, marketer and distributor of branded performance athletic apparel, footwear and accessories. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand's innovative products are sold worldwide to consumers with active lifestyles. The company’s Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digitally connected health and fitness community. For further information, please visit www.uabiz.com.


Forward Looking Statements


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