HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.–March 10, 2004–Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK)
— Consolidated Revenues Increase 33%
— Earnings Per Share of $0.16 Exceeds Consensus Estimate of $0.15
— Raising Fiscal 2004 Sales and Earnings Per Share Guidance
Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK), today announced operating results for the first quarter ended January 31, 2004.
Consolidated revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2004 increased 33% to $256.1 million as compared to fiscal 2003 first quarter consolidated revenues of $192.1 million. Consolidated net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2004 increased 40% to $9.2 million as compared to $6.6 million the year before. First quarter fully diluted earnings per share was $0.16 versus $0.12 for the first quarter of fiscal 2003.
Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver, Inc., commented, “Our strong performance during the quarter, which once again exceeded expectations, is a great way to start the new fiscal year. These results were primarily driven by strong sales across all divisions, and better than expected operating margins, particularly in the Americas.”
Revenues in the Americas increased 21% during the first quarter of fiscal 2004 to $123.2 million as compared to fiscal 2003 first quarter revenues of $102.0 million. As measured in U.S. dollars and reported in the financial statements, European revenues increased 37% during the first quarter of fiscal 2004 to $106.2 million as compared to fiscal 2003 first quarter European revenues of $77.2 million. As measured in euros, European net sales increased 16% for those same periods. Asia/Pacific revenues were $26.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2004 compared to $12.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2003, which included only two months of Asia/Pacific operations since being acquired.
Mr. McKnight continued, “We recently returned from the MAGIC apparel trade show in Las Vegas, and the feedback from retailers regarding our fall lines was extremely positive across the board. Our retail stores continue to perform well both here and abroad. We recently promoted Carol Christopherson to Americas President of Retail, and we believe she will have a meaningful and immediate impact on our business.”
Consolidated inventories increased 24% to $179.3 million at January 31, 2004 from $144.2 million at January 31, 2003. Consolidated trade accounts receivable increased 16% to $200.6 million at January 31, 2004 from $173.5 million at January 31, 2003. Trade account receivable growth was modest compared to the increase in sales as average days sales outstanding decreased about nine days. Inventories grew 16% in constant dollars.
Bernard Mariette, President of Quiksilver, Inc. commented, “In addition to strong financial performance during the quarter, we continued to make progress on the development of our global operating platform. This was particularly true for our Asia/Pacific division. Our operations in Indonesia are performing very well, and we are excited to have hired David Toda as President of Quiksilver Japan. We continue to believe that Japan represents our best source of growth for this division in the near and intermediate term.”
Also, today the Company increased its guidance to new ranges of $1.10 billion to $1.12 billion for revenues and $1.22 to $1.25 for earnings per share.
Mr. McKnight concluded, “Our multi-brand, multi-channel, global approach to our business continues to afford us significant growth prospects into the future. Our momentum remains strong, our financials are sound, and we remain committed to fully capitalizing on our leadership position in the market.”
Quiksilver designs, produces and distributes clothing, accessories and related products for young-minded people and develops brands that represent a casual lifestyle-driven from a boardriding heritage. Quiksilver’s authenticity is evident in its innovative productss, events and retail environments across the globe.
Quiksilver’s primary focus is apparel for young men and young women under the Quiksilver, Roxy, Raisins, and Radio Fiji labels. Quiksilver also manufactures apparel for boys (Quiksilver Boys and Hawk Clothing), girls (Roxy Girl, Teenie Wahine and Raisins Girls), men (Quiksilveredition and Fidra) and women (Leilani swimwear), as well as snowboards, snowboard boots and bindings under the Lib Technologies, Gnu and Bent Metal labels. Quiksilver’s products are sold throughout the world, primarily in surf shops and specialty stores that provide an authentic retail experience for our customers.