Baltimore, MD (October 22, 2015) - Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE: UA) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. Net revenues increased 28% in the third quarter of 2015 to $1.20 billion compared with net revenues of $938 million in the prior year's period. On a currency neutral basis, net revenues increased 31% compared with the prior year's period. Net income increased 13% in the third quarter of 2015 to $100 million compared with $89 million in the prior year's period and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2015 were $0.45 compared with $0.41 per share in the prior year's period, inclusive of the impacts of the Endomondo and MyFitnessPal acquisitions.
Third quarter apparel net revenues increased 23% to $866 million compared with $705 million in the same period of the prior year, driven primarily by enhanced product offerings in baselayer and the expanded Storm innovation platform. Third quarter footwear net revenues increased 61% to $196 million from $122 million in the prior year's period, primarily reflecting continued product expansion across the running, basketball, and training categories. Third quarter accessories net revenues increased 22% to $104 million from $85 million in the prior year's period, driven primarily by new introductions across the bags category. Direct-to-Consumer net revenues, which represented 26% of total net revenues for the third quarter, grew 28% year-over-year. International net revenues, which represented 11% of total net revenues for the third quarter, grew 52% year-over-year.
Kevin Plank, Chairman and CEO of Under Armour, Inc., stated, "Our scoreboard in the third quarter not only marked our 22nd straight quarter of at least 20% net revenue growth, but also our first $1 billion quarter. Our ongoing success in 2015 has been driven by innovative, head-to-toe product, combined with game-changing performances by our athletes. Leveraging these great successes throughout 2015, our current Rule Yourself global marketing campaign highlights the training and dedication that drives our athletes to be their best on the biggest stages. The campaign features Tom Brady, Misty Copeland, Stephen Curry, and recently named PGA Tour Player of the Year Jordan Spieth. When combined with over 150 million unique registered users across our Connected Fitness community, logging more than 6.5 billion food items and 1.5 billion workouts year-to-date, our brand is resonating with more athletes than ever before and we are investing to not only build deeper relationships with these athletes today, but fulfill our longer term vision to change the way athletes live."
Gross margin for the third quarter of 2015 was 48.8% compared with 49.6% in the prior year's period, primarily reflecting the impacts of foreign exchange rates and sales mix, partially offset by favorable product margins. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenues were 34.6% in the third quarter of 2015 compared with 34.0% in the prior year's period, primarily reflecting 2015 openings of global Brand House stores and investments to support the Connected Fitness business. Third quarter operating income increased 17% to $171 million compared with $146 million in the prior year's period.
Balance Sheet Highlights
Cash and cash equivalents decreased 36% to $159 million at September 30, 2015 compared with $249 million at September 30, 2014. Inventory at September 30, 2015 increased 36% to $867 million compared with $637 million at September 30, 2014. Total debt increased to $905 million at September 30, 2015 compared with $192 million at September 30, 2014, primarily reflecting borrowing to fund the two Connected Fitness acquisitions.
Updated 2015 Outlook
The Company had previously anticipated 2015 net revenues of approximately $3.84 billion, representing growth of 25% over 2014, and 2015 operating income in the range of $405 million to $408 million, representing growth of 14% to 15% over 2014. Based on current visibility, the Company expects 2015 net revenues of approximately $3.91 billion, representing growth of 27% over 2014 and 2015 operating income of approximately $408 million, representing growth of 15% over 2014. The 2015 guidance continues to reflect the net dilutive impact from the Connected Fitness acquisitions, as well as the impact of the strong dollar negatively affecting our operating margin within our international businesses.
Mr. Plank concluded, "We are experiencing powerful brand momentum in 2015 and we continue to invest to capitalize on our success in the near-term while establishing the foundation for sustainable growth in the future. We are confident that the building blocks to reach our Investor Day target of $7.5 billion in net revenues by 2018 are firmly in place. As we think bigger about the opportunity of our brand, an ongoing focus on investing in key areas like footwear, international, Connected Fitness and manufacturing capability will position us for the long runway of growth beyond just the next three years. Still, with all the success we have seen to date, we firmly believe that we are just getting started."
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will provide additional commentary regarding its third quarter results as well as its updated 2015 outlook during its earnings conference call today, October 22nd, at 8:30 a.m. ET. The call will be webcast live at http://investor.underarmour.com/events.cfm and will be archived and available for replay approximately three hours after the live event. Additional supporting materials related to the call will also be available at http://investor.underarmour.com. The Company's financial results are also available online at http://investor.underarmour.com/results.cfm.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
The Company reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). However, this press release refers to certain "currency neutral" financial information, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company provides a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. See the end of this press release for this reconciliation.
Currency neutral financial information is calculated to exclude foreign exchange impact. Management believes this information is useful to investors to facilitate a comparison of the Company's results of operations period-over-period. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered in isolation and should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the Company's non-GAAP financial information may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand's innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world's largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.uabiz.com.
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