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PUMA achieves its goal of €3 bn in sales for 2011
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Feb '12
PUMA announces financial results for the year 2011.

“I am pleased to see that our sales and earnings performance in the financial year 2011 bear testament to the fact that PUMA is “Back on The Attack”, and that our 5-year growth plan is already having a positive impact”, said Franz Koch, CEO of PUMA SE. “We managed to surpass our sales target this year, eclipsing € 3 billion in sales for the first time, while PUMA's net earnings also beat management's expectations. With the support of a strong sports marketing portfolio we are well on track to explore the opportunities of the sports year 2012 as well as achieve our 2015 goal of € 4 billion in sales. We expect a sales increase in the high single digits for this year.”

PUMA excelled again in the Americas, where sales grew by 27.8% currency adjusted to € 271 million. The Latin American market continued to be a significant growth driver for PUMA, and Motorsport remains the top performing category in the region. The situation in the US improved, and sales accelerated during the fourth quarter, while PUMA's lifestyle products in particular resonated well with consumers.

Despite reluctant consumer behavior amid the Euro-zone debt crisis, EMEA sales rose by 8.3% currency adjusted to € 237 million. The UK and France performed well, while Russia was at the forefront of improved performance in Eastern Europe. Lifestyle products in particular continued to perform well, while our participation in the Volvo Ocean Race boosted sales in PUMA's Sailing category. Fitness also posted significant growth rates.

Sales in Asia/Pacific improved by 11% currency adjusted to € 212 million. PUMA's football shoes and lightweight running products, especially our FAAS range, continued to stand out, while growing demand came from outdoor products in the region. Results in Japan, India and Korea remained very strong while China grew at the expected rate.

PUMA's performance in terms of segments mirrors that of the regions, in that all of them contributed strongly to the impressive performance. Footwear sales came in at € 339 million, an increase of 11.4% currency adjusted. Apparel grew by 12.7% currency adjusted to € 275 million and Accessories, including the consolidation of Cobra Golf, performed very well, up 43.6% currency adjusted to € 107 million.

In the fourth quarter, PUMA's gross profit margin was 46.7%, up from 45.4% last year. The gross profit margin for footwear increased from 43.4% to 46.6%. Apparel retreated from 47.0% to 45.9%, whereas Accessories rose to 49.0% from 48.4%. This increase stems from the overall product mix and an acceptance of the selective price rises indicated previously by PUMA and implemented in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Fourth quarter operating expenses rose in line with our growth strategy, by 18.4% to € 292.3 million, and was equivalent to 40.6% of sales, up from 39.6% for the same period last year. This increase derives from thefurther investments under the aegis of our “Back on the Attack” strategic growth plan. Additional funding in IT, the supply chain, marketing and product has grown as planned, as we continue to aim for the targets set out at the end of 2010.

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