The company's net revenues grew 7 per cent excluding $11 million in unfavourable currency translation effects. Direct-to-consumer revenues grew 13 per cent on performance and expansion of the retail network, as well as e-commerce growth. Wholesale revenues grew 2 per cent primarily reflecting growth in Europe.
Net income declined $13 million primarily due to a $23 million loss on early extinguishment of debt, related to debt refinancing activities this quarter, which will result in a substantial reduction in the average cost of debt and interest expense for the company. Adjusted EBIT grew 7 per cent reflecting higher revenue and gross margins, said Levi Strauss in a press release.
"Our business is more diversified than ever before, driven by disciplined execution of our long-term growth strategies, and investments in product innovation and the consumer shopping experience. Our strong year-to-date revenue growth reinforces the benefits of a more balanced portfolio as our women’s, tops, direct-to-consumer and international businesses delivered solid results, despite a slight decline in the US wholesale business. Based on the performance in the first half, we are raising revenue growth guidance for the full year," said Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer, Levi Strauss & Co.
On a reported basis, gross margin for the second quarter was 52.3 per cent of revenues compared with 51.1 per cent in the same quarter of fiscal 2016, reflecting the margin benefit from revenue growth in the direct-to-consumer channel and international business.
Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) for the second quarter were $496 million compared with $459 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2016. SG&A as a per cent of revenue was 46.4 per cent compared with 45.4 per cent of revenues in the same quarter of fiscal 2016. The increase in costs reflects the expansion of the company's direct-to-consumer business, higher advertising expenses and the absence of a $6.1 million gain recorded in the second quarter of 2016 related to the sale-leaseback of our distribution centre. The company had 61 more company-operated stores at the end of the second quarter of 2017 than it did at the end of the second quarter of 2016.
Operating income grew 8 per cent for the second quarter and operating margin was approximately flat year-over-year, primarily reflecting higher revenue and gross margins, offset by higher SG&A expenses.
In the Americas, excluding unfavourable currency effects of $3 million, net revenues grew 3 per cent, primarily reflecting higher direct-to-consumer revenues in the US and higher revenues in Canada and Mexico. This was partially offset by a decline in US wholesale as lower Dockers revenue offset growth in Levi's, Signature and Denizen brands. The increase in operating income reflects higher net revenues partially offset by higher selling and advertising expenses.
In Europe, excluding unfavourable currency effects of $7 million, net revenues grew 20 per cent reflecting broad-based growth across all markets and channels, including exceptional growth in the women's and tops business. Operating income growth of 31 per cent reflects improved leverage driven by higher net revenues and gross margins.
In Asia, excluding unfavourable currency effects of $1 million, net revenues grew 3 per cent reflecting direct-to-consumer expansion and performance. Flat operating income reflects higher selling costs to support retail expansion, including e-commerce, partially offset by higher net revenues. (KD)
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