Gildan Activewear Announces Record Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year and Initiates Sales and Earnings
On Thursday, November 21, 2013, Montreal-based Gildan Activewear Inc. announced its results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full fiscal year ended September 29, 2013. Adjusted net earnings of U.S. $0.83 per share were a record for the fourth quarter of a fiscal year and at the high end of the guidance range, which the company had provided on August 1, 2013. The company also provided initial guidance for fiscal 2014 adjusted EPS of U.S. $3.00-$3.10, on projected sales revenues of approximately U.S. $2.35 billion, and is projecting capital expenditures of U.S. $300-$350 million in fiscal 2014. The company was pleased to announce a 20 percent increase in the amount of its quarterly dividend.
Fourth Quarter Results
Net earnings were U.S. $96.8 million or U.S. $0.79 per share on a diluted basis for the fourth fiscal quarter ended September 29, 2013, compared with net earnings of U.S. $89.0 million or U.S. $0.73 per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Net earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 included a U.S. $4.7 million after-tax charge for the cost of unwinding interest rate swaps, which was discussed in previous quarterly press releases, and U.S. $0.5 million after-tax restructuring and acquisition-related costs. Net earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 included after-tax restructuring and acquisition-related costs amounting to U.S. $5.9 million. Before reflecting these items in both years, adjusted net earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were U.S. $102.0 million or U.S. $0.83 per share, up 7.5 percent and 6.4 percent respectively compared to adjusted net earnings of U.S. $94.9 million or U.S. $0.78 per share in the fourth quarter of the previous year.
The growth in earnings and EPS in the fourth quarter compared to last year was due to strong growth in sales revenues in both the company's operating segments and lower cotton costs, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses and higher income taxes. Adjusted net earnings before income taxes in the quarter increased by 12.2 percent compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.