Lululemon earnings beat estimates, but shares fall on weaker-than-expected outlook

Lululemon earnings beat estimates, but shares fall on weaker-than-expected outlook
By: WNG CNBG Posted On: December 11, 2019 View: 44

Lululemon earnings beat estimates, but shares fall on weaker-than-expected outlook

Pedestrians seen walking past Canadian athletic apparel retailer Lululemon in Shanghai.

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Lululemon on Wednesday reported quarterly earnings and sales that topped analysts' estimates, as more shoppers around the world picked up its yoga pants and sports bras. And its men's business continued to grow.

But its shares fell as much as 6% in after-hours trading on the news, as Lululemon's fourth-quarter outlook came in slightly below Wall Street expectations.

Lululemon now expects to earn between $2.10 and $2.13 per share during the holiday quarter, while analysts have been calling for earnings of $2.13 a share.

Here's how the company did during the period ended Nov. 3 compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on Refinitiv data:

  • Earnings per share: 96 cents, adjusted, vs. 93 cents expected
  • Revenue: $916 million vs. $899.7 million expected
  • Same-store sales: up 17% vs. growth of 14.4% expected

The retailer said it reported double-digit growth in both its women's and men's businesses during the quarter, with men's total revenue growing 38%.

Net income grew to $126 million, or 96 cents a share, compared with $94.4 million, or 71 cents per share, a year ago. That was 3 pennies better than what analysts were calling for.

Net revenue rose 23% to $916.1 million from $747.7 million a year ago. That beat analysts' expectations for $899.7 million.

Sales online and at Lululemon stores open for at least 12 months were up 17%, on a constant currency basis, better than the 14.4% growth that analysts had forecast.

Lululemon earlier this week announced its Chief Operating Officer Stuart Haselden would be leaving, effective Jan. 10. He is transitioning to become the CEO at privately held luggage company Away.

Lululemon shares have skyrocketed more than 90% this year, making it one of the best-performing retailers on Wall Street. The stock before market close on Wednesday hit a fresh all-time, intraday high of $235.50. Lululemon has a market cap of about $30.4 billion.

Find the complete earnings press release here.

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