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Helen of Troy Limited Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Results

EL PASO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ, NM: HELE), designer, developer and worldwide marketer of consumer brand-name housewares, healthcare/home environment, nutritional supplement and beauty products, today reported results for the three-month period ended August 31, 2015.

Julien R. Mininberg, Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We had a strong second quarter, with year-over-year revenue growth of 15.4% and core business revenue growth of 10.9%, both of which include a foreign currency drag of 2.7%. All business segments grew in the second quarter, including Beauty. We continue to make progress on our key initiatives in product innovation, brand marketing, talent development, shared services and collaboration across our business segments, positioning us well to accomplish the goals we have set for this full fiscal year. With capital allocation representing a key component of our strategic plan, we returned capital to shareholders by repurchasing $50.0 million of our common stock on the open market. Since the second quarter of last year, we have invested $92.8 million in acquisition and share repurchase, while reducing our total debt by $125.3 million.

For the first six months of fiscal year 2016, revenue grew 13.1% year-over-year, and core business revenue increased 4.5%, despite a foreign currency drag of 2.6%. Our Healthcare/Home Environment segment saw revenue growth of 6.5% for the first half of fiscal 2016, driven by successful new product introductions and strong retail sell-through of seasonal products. The Nutritional Supplements segment contributed over $77 million to revenue for the first half of fiscal 2016. Housewares grew revenue by 5.6% for the first half of fiscal 2016, driven by strong point-of-sale activity, and new product introductions, partially offset by a shift in timing of customer orders into the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015. Beauty segment sales increased 2.3% for the first half of fiscal 2016 despite a foreign currency drag of 2.4%, supported by new distribution in foot care and new product introductions. We believe the Beauty segment results reflect further progress toward stabilization.

We expect continued progress in the second half of the fiscal year. Our outlook reflects further progress on our key initiatives, as well as our cautious view on the upcoming cold and flu season, retail inventory levels, upward pressure on hourly wages, foreign currency and the global economic environment.”

Key Highlights for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 Compared to the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015

  • Net sales revenue increased $49.2 million, or 15.4%, which includes a 10.9% increase in core business net sales revenue (excluding incremental sales from Nutritional Supplements and VapoSteam). The increase in net sales revenue includes a negative impact of 2.7% from foreign currency fluctuations.
    • Healthcare/Home Environment rose 13.5%, driven by successful new product introductions, strong retail sell-through of fans due to the sustained high summer temperatures in many regions, partially offset by declines in water filtration and air purification and a negative impact of $5.7 million, or 4.5% from foreign currency fluctuations.
    • Housewares increased 13.2%, primarily due to successful new product introductions and strong point-of-sale activity.
    • Beauty increased 9.6%, which included a negative impact of $2.6 million, or 2.6%, from foreign currency fluctuations. Growth was driven by new product distribution in foot care, increases in the professional curling iron category, the resolution of the West Coast port disruption that pushed sales from the first quarter into the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, and the comparative impact of inventory reductions by a major retailer in the same period last year.
    • The Nutritional Supplements segment contributed net sales revenue of $38.1 million for the three months of results included in the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, compared to $24.6 million for the two months of results included in the same period last year.
  • The Company repurchased 556,591 shares of outstanding common stock on the open market at a total cost of $50.0 million in the second quarter.
  • Diluted EPS was $0.84 and adjusted diluted EPS was $1.12 on 29.0 million diluted shares outstanding.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased $4.9 million to $45.1 million.

Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 Consolidated Operating Results

  • Net sales revenue increased 15.4% to $369.1 million compared to $319.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015. Net sales revenue includes one additional month of Nutritional Supplements results compared to the same period last year, and three months of operations of the VapoSteam business, which was acquired on March 31, 2015. Core business net sales revenue increased $34.9 million, or 10.9%. Foreign currency fluctuations negatively impacted consolidated U.S. Dollar reported net sales revenue by $8.6 million, or 2.7%, year-over-year.
  • Gross profit margin decreased 1.7 percentage points to 40.1% compared to 41.8% for the same period last year. The decrease in consolidated gross profit margin is primarily due to the unfavorable impact of foreign currency fluctuations and a lower margin product and channel sales mix, partially offset by the favorable incremental impact of the Nutritional Supplements segment.
  • SG&A was 31.3% of net sales compared to 34.1% of net sales for the same period last year. The decrease is primarily due to operating leverage on higher net sales revenue, partially offset by a higher relative SG&A ratio in the Nutritional Supplements segment, higher compensation expense and investments in advertising, marketing and product development.
  • Operating income was $32.4 million compared to $24.6 million for the same period last year.
  • Income tax expense as a percentage of pretax income was 18.2% compared to 9.0% for the same period last year. The year-over-year comparison of our effective tax rate was primarily impacted by shifts in the mix of taxable income in our various tax jurisdictions and the comparative impact of a tax benefit of $2.1 million recorded in the same period last year related to the resolution of an uncertain tax position with a foreign tax authority.
  • Net income was $24.5 million, or $0.84 per diluted share on 29.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding. This compares to net income in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 of $18.8 million, or $0.65 per diluted share on 28.8 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA excluding non-cash asset impairment charges, acquisition-related expenses, and non-cash share-based compensation, as applicable) was $45.1 million compared to $40.2 million in the same period last year.

On an adjusted basis for the second quarter of fiscal years 2016 and 2015, excluding non-cash amortization of intangible assets, acquisition-related expenses, and non‐cash share based compensation, as applicable:

  • Adjusted operating income was $41.5 million compared to $36.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015.
  • Adjusted income was $32.3 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, compared to $28.5 million, or $0.99 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015.

First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2016 Consolidated Operating Results

  • Net sales revenue increased 13.1% to $714.5 million compared to $631.7 million in the first six months of fiscal year 2015. Net sales revenue includes four additional months of Nutritional Supplements results compared to the same period last year and five months of results from the VapoSteam business, which was acquired on March 31, 2015. Core business net sales revenue increased $28.4 million, or 4.5%. Foreign currency fluctuations negatively impacted consolidated U.S. Dollar reported net sales revenue by $16.4 million, or 2.6%, year-over-year.
  • Gross profit margin increased 0.7 percentage points to 40.8% compared to 40.1% for the same period last year. The increase in consolidated gross profit margin is primarily due to the favorable incremental impact of the Nutritional Supplements segment, partially offset by the unfavorable impact of foreign currency fluctuations and a lower margin product and channel sales mix.
  • SG&A was 32.1% of net sales compared to 31.1% of net sales for the same period last year. The addition of the Nutritional Supplements and VapoSteam acquisitions increased the SG&A ratio by 1.0 percentage point in the first six months of the fiscal year 2016 compared to the prior year period.
  • Operating income was $59.0 million compared to $47.7 million for the same period last year. Operating income for the first six months of fiscal year 2016 includes non-cash asset impairment charges of $3.0 million, compared to $9.0 million for the same period last year.
  • Income tax expense as a percentage of pretax income was 16.4% compared to 12.9% for the same period last year. The year-over-year comparison of our effective tax rate was primarily impacted by shifts in the mix of taxable income in our various tax jurisdictions and the comparative impact of a tax benefit of $2.1 million recorded in the same period last year related to the resolution of an uncertain tax position with a foreign tax authority.
  • Net income was $44.9 million, or $1.54 per diluted share on 29.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding. This compares to net income in the first six months of fiscal year 2015 of $35.2 million, or $1.21 per diluted share on 29.2 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding. Net income for the first six months of fiscal year 2016 includes after-tax non-cash asset impairment charges of $2.7 million, compared to $8.2 million for the same period last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA excluding non-cash asset impairment charges, acquisition-related expenses, and non-cash share-based compensation, as applicable) was $87.2 million compared to $82.2 million in the same period last year.

On an adjusted basis for the first six months of fiscal years 2016 and 2015, excluding non-cash asset impairment charges, non-cash amortization of intangible assets, acquisition-related expenses, and non‐cash share based compensation, as applicable:

  • Adjusted operating income was $79.9 million compared to $75.1 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2015.
  • Adjusted income was $63.0 million, or $2.17 per diluted share, compared to $59.3 million, or $2.03 per diluted share, for the first six months of fiscal year 2015.

Balance Sheet Highlights

  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $19.4 million at August 31, 2015, compared to $24.7 million at August 31, 2014.
  • Total short- and long-term debt decreased to $479.3 million at August 31, 2015, compared to $604.6 million at August 31, 2014, a net reduction of $125.3 million after making the VapoSteam acquisition for $42.8 million in March 2015 and share repurchases of $50.0 million in August 2015.
  • Accounts receivable turnover was 55.7 days at August 31, 2015, compared to 63.8 days at August 31, 2014.
  • Inventory was $348.5 million at August 31, 2015, compared to $351.8 million at August 31, 2014.

Share Repurchases

During the fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2015, the Company repurchased 556,591 shares of outstanding common stock on the open market at a total cost of $50.0 million, primarily funded with borrowings under its revolving credit facility.

Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Outlook

For fiscal year 2016, the Company now expects consolidated net sales revenue in the range of $1.500 to $1.536 billion and diluted EPS (GAAP) in the range of $4.43 to $4.73. The Company now expects consolidated adjusted diluted EPS (non-GAAP) to be in the range of $5.50 to $5.85, which excludes after-tax non-cash asset impairment charges, non-cash share-based compensation expense and intangible asset amortization expense.

The Company’s fiscal year 2016 outlook assumes current foreign currency exchange rates for the remainder of the fiscal year. The diluted EPS outlook is based on an estimated weighted average shares outstanding of 28.8 million for the full fiscal year 2016. Further, the Company’s guidance assumes that the severity of the cold/flu season will be in line with historical averages. The likelihood and potential impact of any fiscal year 2016 acquisitions other than VapoSteam, future asset impairment charges, future foreign currency fluctuations, including any potential currency devaluation in Venezuela, or further share repurchases are unknown and cannot be reasonably estimated; therefore, they are not included in the Company’s sales and earnings outlook.

As previously disclosed, in fiscal year 2015 the Company benefited from an after-tax gain of $0.24...


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