Michael Kors Delivers Effortless Style And Earnings, Yet Declines On Q2 Guidance

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Michael Kors announced Q1 2015 earnings today.

Revenue grew 43% to $919 million and earnings per share increased 48% annually, both exceeding analysts' expectations.

The stock is down in pre-market trading after warning on revenue and earnings guidance for Q2.

Picture: Model from Michael Kors Catalog Source: dailyfemalemodels.com

There are two things you need to know about style: [i] you need to "own it," and [ii] it should be "effortless." In that vein, Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS) delivers both effortless style and earnings. The company announced its Q1 2015 earnings this morning and surpassed all expectations. After a down week for the market coming into today, this report was refreshing. However, the stock is currently down in pre-market trading $1.58 (1.93%) to $80.25. It may get caught up in Coach's (NYSE:COH) backdraft, as I predicted going into earnings. Below are the company's historical financial results:


  • Analysts were expecting revenue of $852 million, a 33% increase above Q1 2014 results of $641 million. Actual revenue for the quarter came in at $919 million, an increase of 43% year-over-year.
  • Retail net sales increased 48% to $480 million, driven by a 24% increase in comparable store sales and 115 net new store openings since the previous year. Wholesale net sales increased 40% to $407 million and licensing revenue increased 31% to $32 million.
  • North America (78% of total revenue) grew at a 30% clip annually. Meanwhile, Europe (20% of total revenue) increased 128%.


  • Kors maintained its gross margin at 62% versus the prior year period. This may dispel some of the rumors heading into earnings that Kors had to resort to discounting in order to move merchandise amid expansion efforts.
  • Total operating expenses ticked up to 32% of revenue versus 31% from a year earlier, implying that there still may be opportunities for economies of scale.
  • Annually net income and earnings per share increased 50% and 48%, respectively.
  • Earnings per share of $0.91 beat expectations of $0.81.
  • The company gave Q2 2015 guidance of $950 to $960 million in revenue and earnings of $0.85 to $0.87 per share. Baked into these figures are comparable store sales increases in the high teens. However, average analysts' estimates for the next quarter call for revenue of $959 million and earnings per share of $0.89.


  • At Friday's close of $81.83 per share, Kors' market capitalization was $16.7 billion, or 23x net income through last 12 months ended June 2014 ("LTM0614) of $724 million.


Kors' revenue and earnings exceeded expectations. Its consistent gross margin year-over-year may have assuaged fears of increased discounting. However, after warning on revenue and earnings guidance, the stock may trade down further. I rate Kors a hold.

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