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Acquisitions help Wolverine Worldwide double Q1 sales

16 Apr '13
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Wolverine Worldwide reported record financial results for the first quarter ended March 23, 2013.  This marks the first reporting period for the Company that includes a full quarter of results from the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite, and Keds brands that the Company acquired in October 2012 (the "PLG acquisition").

First quarter highlights:

- Revenue for the quarter was a record $645.9 million, growth of 100.1% versus prior year's reported revenue and growth of 8.2% versus prior year's pro forma revenue.  Key contributors to the excellent revenue performance in the quarter were Sperry Top-Sider, Merrell, and Saucony.  Foreign exchange fluctuations had minimal impact on reported revenue growth during the quarter.

- Excluding non-recurring transaction and integration expenses, fully diluted earnings per share in the quarter were $0.81, a 26.6% increase compared to $0.64 per share in the prior year's first quarter that included a $0.12 per share non-recurring tax benefit.  Reported earnings per share were $0.60 in the first fiscal quarter.

- Excluding non-recurring transaction and integration expenses, the PLG acquisition delivered a stronger-than-anticipated $0.34 per share of earnings accretion in the first quarter.  The Company defines "earnings accretion" as operating income of the acquired business reduced by incremental interest expense, certain non-cash amortization expense related to purchase price accounting, and net synergies, all on an after-tax basis. 

- The Company reduced its long-term interest-bearing debt by approximately $33 million in the quarter, including a $25 million voluntary principal reduction made in late January, underscoring its intent to aggressively reduce its leverage.

"We are exceptionally pleased to be off to such a strong start in 2013, particularly as this represents the first full fiscal quarter that includes our four new lifestyle brands," said Blake W. Krueger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "As we anticipated, the addition of Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite, and Keds has made our brand offerings even stronger, and we are already seeing very positive reactions to the broader portfolio from key retail and global distributor partners.

"The U.S. market was a key component of the Company's overperformance in the quarter.  As expected, challenging conditions in Europe continue, but the resiliency of the global consumer, the strength of our international business, and standout performances from brands like Sperry Top-Sider and Merrell combined to more than offset these challenges."

Wolverine Worldwide

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