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'A strong balance sheet and cash flow are VF hallmarks' - VF Chief
Oct '09
VF Corporation announced results for the third quarter of 2009. All per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis.

Third quarter revenues were $2,093.8 million, a decline of 5% compared with $2,206.6 million in the third quarter of 2008, with foreign currency translation accounting for two percentage points of the decline. Net income in the current quarter was $217.9 million compared with $233.9 million in the prior year's quarter. Earnings per share declined to $1.94 from $2.10. The current year included a $.17 per share combined impact from higher pension expense and foreign currency translation of $.11 and $.06 per share, respectively. Also impacting the comparison was a $.07 per share benefit from unusual items in last year's third quarter.

For the first nine months of 2009, revenues were $5,304.9 million, down 7% from $5,730.5 million in the prior year period. Foreign currency translation accounted for three percentage points of the decline. Net income and earnings per share both declined 19% to $394.4 million and $3.54 respectively. A majority of the earnings per share decline was due to higher pension expense and foreign currency translation impacts of $.36 and $.19 per share, respectively, which together accounted for $.55 of the $.83 per share reduction.

"We achieved an important improvement in our third quarter performance relative to the first half of the year as conditions have stabilized, giving us the confidence to move our earnings guidance toward the higher end of our prior range," said Eric C. Wiseman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our relentless drive to control costs, reduce inventories and focus investments on our highest return opportunities has served us very well during these difficult and volatile times. We will continue this disciplined approach through the balance of this year and into 2010 to maximize opportunities for both top and bottom line growth."

He continued, "Our four largest brands - Wrangler, Lee, The North Face and Vans, representing approximately 60% of our total revenues - are strong and healthy, and continue to gain share in most markets. And, we were pleased that our fifth largest brand, Nautica, grew revenues and achieved a significant improvement in profitability in the quarter with a return to double-digit margins."

He added, "We are also pleased to announce a 2% increase in our quarterly dividend, to $.60 per share, which will mark 2009 as the 37th consecutive year of higher dividend payments to shareholders. Strong cash generation has enabled us to continue to build on our long-established track record of increasing our dividend and returning superior value to our shareholders."

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