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Guess? Inc global revenues up 9% to a record of $561 mn
Mar '09
Guess? Inc reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2009.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2009 Results:
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, the Company reported net earnings of $47.9 million, a decrease of 13.2% compared to net earnings of $55.2 million for the quarter ended February 2, 2008. Diluted earnings per share decreased 11.9% to $0.52 in the current quarter, including a $0.13 favorable impact from a lower effective tax rate, a $0.04 favorable impact of a European revenue shift, and a $0.06 unfavorable impact from currency translation, versus $0.59 in the prior-year quarter.

In the quarter, the Company recorded a $22.3 million non-cash asset impairment charge (compared to $0.2 million in the prior year fourth quarter) related to long-lived assets associated with retail stores in North America and Asia. Excluding the impairment charge, the Company's adjusted net earnings were $62.0 million in the current fourth quarter, an increase of 12.1% compared to adjusted net earnings of $55.3 million for the quarter ended February 2, 2008. Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 13.6% to $0.67 from $0.59 in the comparable period last year.

Paul Marciano, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our performance was solid during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009, especially considering the unprecedented global economic crisis and significant currency headwinds we encountered during the period. We took quick and decisive actions to streamline our operations, reduce our inventory position and decelerate new store development. As we had anticipated, our retail business was affected by the current environment, which impacted sales and margins negatively, resulting in a decrease in profitability for the segment."

Mr. Marciano continued, "Europe delivered very good results in the period, with an operating earnings growth of 40%. Once again, our results demonstrate the power of our balanced business model. Excluding the non-cash charge, net earnings increased by 12.1% in the quarter."

Mr. Marciano concluded, "Our long term strategy remains unchanged. We will continue to invest in international expansion. We will continue to prudently manage our business, with focused execution on cost control and inventory management. We will also deploy our capital carefully, making targeted and compelling investments that enhance shareholder value. We believe that our brand's vitality, our diversified business model, our seasoned management team and our solid balance sheet, position us well to remain strong and take advantage of the opportunities that few in this market will have."

Total net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 increased 9.0% to $561.1 million from $514.6 million in the prior fourth quarter period. During the quarter, the Company's retail stores in North America generated revenue of $288.6 million, a 6.5% increase from $270.9 million in the prior-year quarter. Comparable store sales for the current fourth quarter decreased 6.5% compared to the same period a year ago. The Company's wholesale segment, which includes its Asian operations, generated revenue of $69.9 million during the quarter, a 7.5% increase from $65.1 million in the prior-year quarter.

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