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The Estée Lauder Companies Reports Strong Sales and Earnings Growth in Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter

The Estée Lauder Companies Reports Strong Sales and Earnings Growth in Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter

– Reported Net Sales Rose 8%, Constant Currency Net Sales Increased 9% –

– Reported EPS $.80, Adjusted EPS $.91

– Company On Track To Deliver Strong Full-Year Results –

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL) today reported net sales of $2.86 billion for its third quarter ended March 31, 2017, an 8% increase compared with $2.66 billion in the prior-year quarter. Incremental sales from the Company’s recent acquisitions of Too Faced and BECCA contributed approximately half the reported sales growth.

Net earnings increased 12% to $298 million, compared with $265 million last year. Diluted net earnings per common share increased 13% to $.80, including the effect of restructuring and other charges, compared with $.71 in the prior year.

Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, net sales increased 9%. For the quarter, the negative impact of foreign currency translation on diluted net earnings per common share was $.02. Adjusting for restructuring and other charges, diluted net earnings per common share for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were $.91, and in constant currency rose 28% to $.93.

Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We delivered an excellent third quarter performance. Sales accelerated across every geographic region and in our three largest product categories, reflecting the range and strength of our brand portfolio and product offerings. Our business in global travel retail and in China was exceptionally strong, driven by strong sales gains in virtually every brand. Our mid-sized and luxury brands, as well as online and specialty-multi retail channels, also led growth. Additionally, our recent acquisitions of Too Faced and BECCA performed above expectations. These elements contributed to stronger-than-expected constant currency sales growth that, combined with disciplined expense management, resulted in sharply higher earnings per share.

“By further penetrating the specialty-multi channel globally and selectively opening freestanding stores in some key international markets, our brands made great progress reaching new consumers. Our strategy and financial performance continue to be powered by our ability to deploy our diverse brand portfolio into fast-growing channels and consumer segments.

“We will continue to seize opportunities in the most promising areas of prestige beauty and expect our sales growth to continue to accelerate in our fourth quarter, capping another strong fiscal year. In our fiscal fourth quarter, we plan to increase targeted investment spending behind the greatest opportunities to further our momentum into fiscal 2018. We are confident in our ability to achieve our previously stated fiscal 2017 sales growth goal of 6% to 7% in constant currency, which includes approximately 2% of incremental sales from our recent acquisitions. We are also reiterating our constant currency earnings per share growth expectation of 8% to 9%, before charges, which reflects $.07 of dilution related to acquisitions.”

During the fiscal 2017 third quarter, the Company recorded restructuring and other charges of $62 million ($42 million after tax), equal to $.11 per diluted share, in connection with its previously announced Leading Beauty Forward initiative. During the fiscal 2016 third quarter, the Company recorded charges of $15 million ($10 million after tax), equal to $.02 per share, in connection with its initiative to transform its global technology infrastructure. See table on page 10.

Information about GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures, including reconciliation information, is included in this release.

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Reconciliation between GAAP and
non-GAAP

    Three Months Ended March 31, 2017    

Three Months
Ended March 31

Net Sales Growth     Diluted EPS Growth

Diluted Earnings
Per Share

(Unaudited)

Reported
Basis

 

Constant
Currency

Reported
Basis

 

Constant
Currency

2017   2016

Results including restructuring and other
charges

  8 %(1)   9 % 13 %(1) 16 % $.80(1)$.71(1)

Non-GAAP

Restructuring and other charges   12 %(1)   12 % .11 (1) .02 (1)
Results excluding charges 8 % 9 % 25 % 28 % .91 $.73

Impact of foreign currency on earnings
per share

.02
Constant currency earnings per share $.93
 

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(1) Represents GAAP.

                                         
 

Results by Product Category

 
    Three Months Ended March 31
(Unaudited; Dollars in millions)Net Sales   Percent Change  

Operating
Income (Loss)

Percent
Change

2017   2016

Reported
Basis

 

Constant
Currency

20172016

Reported
Basis

 
Skin Care $ 1,105 $ 1,073 3 % 4 % $ 265 $ 202 31 %
Makeup 1,271 1,161 9 11 192 192 0
Fragrance 336 276 22 24 16 (6 ) 100 +
Hair Care 126 128 (2 ) (1 ) 12 10 20
Other 19 19 0 (11 ) 4 1 100 +
Subtotal 2,857 2,657 8 9 489 399 23

Returns and charges associated with
restructuring and other activities

(62 ) (15 )
Total $ 2,857 $ 2,657 8 % 9 % $ 427 $ 384 11 %
                                             

Net sales and operating income in the Company’s major product categories were unfavorably impacted by the strength of the U.S. dollar in relation to most currencies. Total operating income in constant currency, before charges, increased 25%.

Skin Care

  • Net sales increased, with sharp double-digit gains from La Mer, driven by the success of new and existing products, as well as targeted expanded consumer reach.
  • The Estée Lauder brand delivered solid sales growth primarily in travel retail and China, due, in part, to gains in the Advanced Night Repair and Revitalizing Supreme lines of products. Strong double-digit sales growth from GLAMGLOW reflected additional product assortments and targeted expanded consumer reach.
  • These increases were partially offset by lower skin care sales from Clinique. The lower sales reflected sales gains in the Americas being more than offset by lower sales in the other regions.
  • Operating income increased sharply, primarily from Estée Lauder and La Mer, reflecting higher sales. Estée Lauder also benefitted from a favorable comparison to higher spending behind launches in the prior-year period.

Makeup

  • Makeup sales increased, primarily driven by incremental sales from the Company’s fiscal 2017 second quarter acquisitions of Too Faced and BECCA, strong double-digit increases from Tom Ford in every region, double-digit gains from Smashbox and La Mer, and solid growth from Estée Lauder.
  • The increased sales in Tom Ford were driven primarily by its lip color franchises, including new product offerings such as the Tom Ford Soleil Color Collection. Sales gains at Smashbox reflect the strength of the makeup category in specialty-multi. La Mer’s sales increase reflected the continued success of the Skin Color Collection. At Estée Lauder, higher sales were fueled by the Double Wear and Pure Color Envy product lines.
  • The overall increase in makeup sales also resulted from M•A•C growth internationally, as well as our brands’ new product offerings, and selectively increasing their presence in high-growth channels like travel retail and specialty-multi, to reach new consumers.
  • These increases were partially offset by lower makeup sales, primarily from Clinique and M•A•C in the United States, due to slow foot traffic in U.S. brick-and-mortar stores, particularly in certain U.S. tourist-driven stores.
  • Makeup operating income was flat. Tom Ford, Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown posted increased operating income, primarily due to higher sales. These increases were offset by declines from M•A•C and Clinique, primarily reflecting their lower sales in the U.S.

Fragrance

  • Net sales increased, primarily due to strong double-digit gains from luxury brands Jo Malone London, Tom Ford and Le Labo, and incremental sales from the recent acquisition of By Kilian.
  • Jo Malone delivered outstanding double-digit sales increases in every region, reflecting strong growth from existing fragrances and brand expansion and the recent launch of Cologne Intense Myrrh & Tonka.
  • Increased sales from Tom Ford reflect, in part, the continued success and growth of existing fragrances, as well as new product launches.
  • Le Labo benefitted from new and existing launches and targeted expanded consumer reach.
  • The recent launches of Tory Burch Love Relentlessly and Michael Kors Wonderlust also contributed to fragrance sales growth.
  • Fragrance operating income increased sharply, primarily due to higher sales from our luxury brands noted above, as well as higher sales of certain designer fragrances.

Hair Care

  • Hair care sales decreased slightly, primarily due to a difficult comparison with several product launches in the prior year.
  • Hair care operating income increased, reflecting effective expense management.
 

Results by Geographic Region

    Three Months Ended March 31
(Unaudited; Dollars in millions)Net Sales   Percent Change    

Operating
Income (Loss)

 

Percent
Change

2017   2016

Reported
Basis

 

Constant
Currency

2017   2016

Reported
Basis

 
The Americas $ 1,171 $ 1,112 5 % 5 % $ 87 $ 112 (22 )%
Europe, the Middle East & Africa 1,126 1,023 10 13 288 212 36
Asia/Pacific 560 522 7 8 114   75   52
Subtotal 2,857 2,657 8 9 489 399 23

Returns and charges associated with
restructuring and other activities.

(62 ) (15 )
Total $ 2,857 $ 2,657 8 % 9 % $ 427   $ 384   11 %
                                               

Net sales and operating income in the Company’s geographic regions were unfavorably impacted by the strength of the U.S. dollar in relation to most currencies.

The Americas

  • Sales in North America benefitted from incremental sales from the recent acquisitions of Too Faced and BECCA.
  • Many of the Company’s brands generated sales growth, led by double-digit gains from Tom Ford, Jo Malone, Smashbox and La Mer.
  • Sales in the Company’s online and specialty-multi channels grew strong double-digits.
  • The growth in these areas was partially offset by sales decreases primarily attributable to the decline in retail traffic in U.S. brick-and-mortar stores, principally for M•A•C, Estée Lauder and Clinique. A decrease in tourist spending also adversely affected sales in certain U.S. M•A•C stores.
  • Sales in Canada were flat for the quarter, and in Latin America increased mid-single digits.
  • Operating income in the Americas decreased, primarily reflecting lower sales at M•A•C, partially offset by disciplined expense management.

Europe, the Middle East & Africa

  • As reported, most markets recorded sales growth, with many posting double-digit increases, led by Russia, Israel, South Africa, the Balkans and India.
  • Foreign currency translation reduced reported sales by 3%, with the largest impact from the deterioration of the pound sterling.
  • In constant currency, sales in the region grew strong double-digits, with most countries generating sales gains. Double-digit growth was posted in several markets, including the Balkans, Central Europe, Israel, Russia and Nordic, as well as strong growth in the U.K. and Italy.
  • In travel retail, exceptionally strong double-digit sales growth was generated across brands, led by Tom Ford, Jo Malone, La Mer, M•A•C and Estée Lauder. This increase, combined with global airline passenger traffic growth, solid new launch initiatives, and targeted expanded consumer reach, contributed sharply to the sales gains.
  • In constant currency, lower sales were posted in the Middle East, driven by retailer inventory rebalancing, reflecting the impact of the macro-environment on consumer purchases.
  • Operating income increased, led by strong double-digit operating results in travel retail and the U.K.

Asia/Pacific

  • On a reported basis and in constant currency, sales increased, led by strong double-digit growth in China. The higher sales in China reflected strong double-digit gains in most brands and in the online, freestanding store and department store channels.
  • Reported sales in Taiwan also grew double-digits, while in constant currency, Malaysia generated strong sales gains. The Company’s business in Hong Kong continues to stabilize.
  • Tom Ford, Jo Malone, La Mer and M•A•C each grew strong double-digits.
  • These increases were partially offset by slightly lower sales in Indonesia and the Philippines.
  • In Asia/Pacific, operating income increased, primarily due to higher results in China and Singapore.

Nine-Month Results

  • For the nine months ended March 31, 2017, the Company reported net sales of $8.93 billion, a 4% increase compared with $8.62 billion in the comparable prior-year period. Net earnings were $1.02 billion, compared with $1.02 billion in the same period last year. Diluted net earnings per common share increased 1% to $2.74, including the effect of restructuring and other charges, compared with $2.71 reported in the prior-year period.
  • Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, net sales increased 5%. For the nine months ended March 31, 2017, the negative impact of foreign currency translation on diluted net earnings per common share was $.10. Adjusting for restructuring and other charges, diluted net earnings per common share for the nine months ended March 31, 2017 were $2.97, and in constant currency rose 11% to $3.07.
  • During the nine-months ended March 31, 2017, the Company recorded restructuring and other charges of $134 million ($88 million after tax), equal to $.24 per diluted share, in connection with its previously announced Leading Beauty Forward initiative.
  • The prior-period nine-month results include charges of $34 million ($22 million after tax), equal to $.06 per share in connection with the Company’s initiative to transform its global technology infrastructure.

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

  • For the nine months ended March 31, 2017, net cash flows provided by operating activities were $1.25 billion, compared with $1.32 billion in the prior year.
  • The change primarily resulted from unfavorable changes in certain working capital components.

Outlook for Fiscal 2017 Full Year

Global prestige beauty remains a vibrant industry estimated to grow approximately 4% to 5%. There are risks related to social and political issues, terrorism, currency volatility and economic challenges affecting consumer behavior in certain countries. We are also cautious of the decline in retail traffic, primarily related to brick-and-mortar stores and certain tourist-driven doors in the United States. The Company’s annual growth has consistently outpaced global prestige beauty and, despite these global issues, is expected to continue to grow at least one percentage point ahead of the industry for the fiscal year, which is our strategic goal.

The Company expects sales growth to continue to progressively accelerate during its fiscal fourth quarter driven by strong innovation programs, greater outreach to target consumers for our fast-growing brands in winning channels, regular price increases, organic growth, easier comparisons in certain markets, improvement in Hong Kong, and accelerating incremental sales from recent acquisitions.

Full Year Fiscal 2017

  • Net sales are forecasted to increase between 4% and 5% versus the prior-year period.
  • Foreign currency translation is expected to negatively impact sales by approximately 2% versus the prior-year period.
  • Net sales are forecasted to grow between 6% and 7% in constant currency.
  • The Company’s recent acquisitions of Too Faced and BECCA are forecasted to contribute approximately 2 percentage points to the Company’s overall sales growth. These acquisitions are estimated to dilute earnings per share by approximately $.07.
  • Reported diluted net earnings per share are projected to be between $3.02 and $3.09.
  • The Company expects to take charges associated with previously approved restructuring and other activities in fiscal 2017 of approximately $160 million to $170 million, equal to $.28 to $.30 per diluted common share.
  • Diluted net earnings per share before charges associated with restructuring and other activities are projected to be between $3.32 and $3.37.
  • The negative currency impact on the sales growth equates to about $.13 of earnings per share. On a constant currency basis, before charges associated with restructuring and other activities, diluted earnings per share are expected to increase between 8% and 9%.
             
Reconciliation between GAAP and

non-GAAP

    Year Ending June 30, 2017 (F)     Twelve Months June 30
Net Sales Growth     Diluted EPS GrowthDiluted Earnings Per Share
(Unaudited)

Reported
Basis

 

Constant
Currency

Reported
Basis

 

Constant
Currency

2017 (F)   2016
Forecast / actual results including charges 4-5 %(1) 6-7 % 2-4 %(1) 6-9 % $3.02 - $3.09(1)$2.96(1)

Non-GAAP

Restructuring and other charges 2-1 %(1) 2-0 % .28 -.30 (1) .24 (1)
Forecast / actual results excluding charges 4-5 % 6-7 % 4-5 % 8-9 % $3.32 - $3.37$3.20

Impact of foreign currency on earnings
per share

.13

Forecasted constant currency earnings per
share

$3.45 - $3.50

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(1) Represents GAAP.
(F) Represents forecast.

                                           

Conference Call

The Estée Lauder Companies will host a conference call at 9:30 a.m. (ET) today, May 3, 2017 to discuss its results. The dial-in number for the call is 888-294-4716 in the U.S. or 706-902-0101 internationally (conference ID number: 9981045). The call will also be webcast live at http://www.elcompanies.com/investors/events-and-presentations.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The forward-looking statements in this press release, including those containing words like “expect,” “plans,” “may,” “could,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “projected,” “forecasted,” those in Mr. Freda’s remarks and those in the “Outlook for Fiscal 2017 Full Year” section involve risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements include the following:

(1)   increased competitive activity from companies in the skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care businesses;
(2) the Company’s ability to develop, produce and market new products on which future operating results may depend and to successfully address challenges in the Company’s business;
(3) consolidations, restructurings, bankruptcies and reorganizations in the retail industry, and other factors causing a decrease in the number of stores that sell the Company’s products, an increase in the ownership concentration within the retail industry, ownership of retailers by the Company’s competitors or ownership of competitors by the Company’s customers that are retailers and our inability to collect receivables;
(4) destocking and tighter working capital management by retailers;
(5) the success, or changes in timing or scope, of new product launches and the success, or changes in the timing or the scope, of advertising, sampling and merchandising programs;
(6) shifts in the preferences of consumers as to where and how they shop for the types of products and services the Company sells;
(7) social, political and economic risks to the Company’s foreign or domestic manufacturing, distribution and retail operations, including changes in foreign investment and trade policies and regulations of the host countries and of the United States;
(8) changes in the laws, regulations and policies (including the interpretations and enforcement thereof) that affect, or will affect, the Company’s business, including those relating to its products or distribution networks, changes in accounting standards, tax laws and regulations, environmental or climate change laws, regulations or accords, trade rules and customs regulations, and the outcome and expense of legal or regulatory proceedings, and any action the Company may take as a result;
(9) foreign currency fluctuations affecting the Company’s results of operations and the value of its foreign assets, the relative prices at which the Company and its foreign competitors sell products in the same markets and the Company’s operating and manufacturing costs outside of the United States;
(10) changes in global or local conditions, including those due to the volatility in the global credit and equity markets, natural or man-made disasters, real or perceived epidemics, or energy costs, that could affect consumer purchasing, the willingness or ability of consumers to travel and/or purchase the Company’s products while traveling, the financial strength of the Company’s customers, suppliers or other contract counterparties, the Company’s operations, the cost and availability of capital which the Company may need for new equipment, facilities or acquisitions, the returns that the Company is able to generate on its pension assets and the resulting impact on its funding obligations, the cost and availability of raw materials and the assumptions underlying the Company’s critical accounting estimates;
(11) shipment delays, commodity pricing, depletion of inventory and increased production costs resulting from disruptions of operations at any of the facilities that manufacture nearly all of the Company’s supply of a particular type of product (i.e. focus factories) or at the Company’s distribution or inventory centers, including disruptions that may be caused by the implementation of information technology initiatives or by restructurings;
(12) real estate rates and availability, which may affect the Company’s ability to increase or maintain the number of retail locations at which the Company sells its products and the costs associated with the Company’s other facilities;
(13) changes in product mix to products which are less profitable;
(14) the Company’s ability to acquire, develop or implement new information and distribution technologies and initiatives on a timely basis and within the Company’s cost estimates and the Company’s ability to maintain continuous operations of such systems and the security of data and other information that may be stored in such systems or other systems or media;
(15) the Company’s ability to capitalize on opportunities for improved efficiency, such as publicly-announced strategies and restructuring and cost-savings initiatives, and to integrate acquired businesses and realize value therefrom;
(16) consequences attributable to local or international conflicts around the world, as well as from any terrorist attack, retaliation or similar threats;
(17) the timing and impact of acquisitions, investments and divestitures; and
(18) additional factors as described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.
 

The Company assumes no responsibility to update forward-looking statements made herein or otherwise.

 

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company’s products are sold in over 150 countries and territories under brand names including: Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, M•A•C, Kiton, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Donna Karan New York, DKNY, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Michael Kors, Darphin, Tom Ford, Smashbox, Ermenegildo Zegna, AERIN, Tory Burch, RODIN olio lusso, Le Labo, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, GLAMGLOW, By Kilian, BECCA and Too Faced.

An electronic version of this release can be found at the Company’s website, www.elcompanies.com.

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THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Unaudited; In millions, except per share data and percentages)

 
    Three Months Ended March 31  

Percent
Change

  Nine Months Ended March 31  

Percent
Change

2017

 

2016

2017

 

2016

 
Net Sales (A) $ 2,857 $ 2,657 8% $ 8,930 $ 8,616 4%
Cost of sales (A)   591     504     1,824     1,670  
Gross Profit   2,266     2,153   5%   7,106     6,946   2%
 
Gross Margin 79.3 % 81.0 % 79.6 % 80.6 %
 
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 1,780 1,754 5,522 5,445
Restructuring and other charges (A)   59     15     122     34  
  1,839     1,769  

4%

  5,644     5,479  

3%

 
Operating Expense Margin 64.4 % 66.5 % 63.2 % 63.6 %
 
Operating Income 427 384 11% 1,462 1,467 0%
 
Operating Income Margin 14.9 % 14.5 % 16.4 % 17.0 %
 
Interest expense 28 18 71 52
Interest income and investment income, net   8     4     19     10  
Earnings before Income Taxes 407 370 10% 1,410 1,425 (1)%
 
Provision for income taxes   107     104     384     399  
Net Earnings 300 266 13% 1,026 1,026 0%
 
Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests   (2 )   (1 )   (6 )   (5 )

Net Earnings Attributable to The Estée Lauder

Companies Inc.

$ 298   $ 265  

12%

$ 1,020   $ 1,021   0%
 
 

Net earnings attributable to The Estée Lauder Companies

Inc. per common share:

Basic $ .81 $ .72 13% $ 2.78 $ 2.76 1%
Diluted .80 .71 13% 2.74 2.71 1%
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 367.0 369.1 366.8 370.4
Diluted 372.3 375.6 372.7 376.9
 

(A) In May 2016, the Company announced a multi-year initiative (Leading Beauty Forward) to build on its strengths and better leverage its cost structure to free resources for investment to continue its growth momentum. Leading Beauty Forward is designed to enhance the Company’s go-to-market capabilities, reinforce its leadership in global prestige beauty and continue creating sustainable value. During the fiscal 2017 third quarter, the Company continued to approve specific initiatives under Leading Beauty Forward. The Company plans to approve additional initiatives through fiscal 2019 and expects to complete those initiatives through fiscal 2021. The Company expects Leading Beauty Forward will result in related restructuring and other charges totaling between $600 million and $700 million, before taxes. Once fully implemented, Leading Beauty Forward is expected to yield annual net benefits of between $200 million and $300 million, before taxes, of which a portion is expected to be reinvested in future growth initiatives.

During the fiscal 2016 third quarter, as part of the Company’s ongoing initiative to upgrade and modernize its systems and processes, the Company transitioned its global technology infrastructure (GTI) to fundamentally change the way it delivers information technology services internally. This initiative is expected to result in operational efficiencies and reduce the Company’s information technology service and infrastructure costs in the future. The implementation of this initiative was substantially completed during fiscal 2016.

THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

Total charges associated with restructuring and other activities included in operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 were:

             

Sales
Returns

Cost of
Sales

Operating ExpensesTotal

After
Tax

Diluted
Earnings
Per
Share

(Unaudited)

Restructuring
Charges

 

Other
Charges

(In millions, except per share data)
   

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017

Leading Beauty Forward $— $3$41$18$62$42$.11
 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016

Global Technology Infrastructure $— $— $13$2$15$10$.02
 

Total charges associated with restructuring and other activities included in operating income for the nine months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 were:

               

Sales
Returns

Cost of
Sales

Operating ExpensesTotal

After
Tax

Diluted
Earnings
Per
Share

(Unaudited)

Restructuring
Charges

Other
Charges

(In millions, except per share data)
   

Nine Months Ended
March 31, 2017

Leading Beauty Forward $2$10$70$52$134$88$.24
 

Nine Months Ended
March 31, 2016

Global Technology Infrastructure $— $— $29$5$34$22$.06
 
 

THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.
SUMMARY OF CONSOLIDATED RESULTS
(Unaudited; Dollars in millions)

 
    Nine Months Ended March 31
Net Sales   Percent Change  

Operating
Income (Loss)

 

Percent
Change

2017   2016

Reported
Basis

 

Local
Currency

2017   2016

Reported
Basis

 

Results by Geographic Region

The Americas$3,646$3,607 1% 1% $236$310 (24)%
Europe, the Middle East & Africa. 3,477 3,308 5 10 956 843 13
Asia/Pacific 1,809 1,701 6 6 404 348 16
Subtotal 8,932 8,616 4 5 1,596 1,501 6

Returns and charges associated with
restructuring and other activities

(2) (134) (34)
Total $8,930$8,616 4% 5% $ 1,462 $ 1,467 0%
 

Results by Product Category

Skin Care $3,455$3,414 1% 2% $828$701 18%
Makeup 3,743 3,574 5 6 562 642 (12)
Fragrance 1,275 1,159 10 14 157 114 38
Hair Care 399 411 (3) (2) 38 36 6
Other 60 58 3 3 11 8 38
Subtotal 8,932 8,616 4 5 1,596 1,501 6

Returns and charges associated with
restructuring and other activities

(2) (134) (34)
Total $8,930$8,616

 

4%

5% $1,462 $ 1,467 0%

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This earnings release includes some non-GAAP financial measures relating to charges associated with restructuring and other activities. The following is a reconciliation between the non-GAAP financial measures and the most directly comparable GAAP measures for certain consolidated statements of earnings accounts before and after the charges associated with restructuring and other activities. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures, among other financial measures, to evaluate its operating performance, and the measures represent the manner in which the Company conducts and views its business. Management believes that excluding certain items that are not comparable from period to period helps investors and others compare operating performance between two periods. While the Company considers the non-GAAP measures useful in analyzing its results, they are not intended to replace, or act as a substitute for, any presentation included in the consolidated financial statements prepared in conformity with GAAP.

The Company operates on a global basis, with the majority of its net sales generated outside the United States. Accordingly, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates can affect the Company’s results of operations. Therefore, the Company presents certain net sales, operating results and diluted earnings per share information excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations to provide a framework for assessing the performance of its underlying business outside the United States. Constant currency information compares results between periods as if exchange rates had remained constant period-over-period. The Company calculates constant currency information by translating current-period results using prior-year period weighted average foreign currency exchange rates.

 

THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.
Reconciliation of Certain Consolidated Statements of Earnings Accounts Before and After Charges
(Unaudited; In millions, except per share data and percentages)

 
 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017

 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016

   
 

As
Reported

 

Charges

 

Before
Charges

 

Impact of
foreign
currency
translation

 

Constant
Currency

As
Reported

   

Charges

 

Before
Charges

% Change
versus Prior
Year Before
Charges

% Change
Constant
Currency

Net Sales $2,857 $— $2,857$31$2,888$2,657 $— $2,657 8% 9%
Cost of sales 591 (3) 588 504 504
Gross Profit 2,266 3 2,269 2,153 2,153 5%
Gross Margin 79.3% 79.4% 81.0% 81.0%
 
Operating expenses 1,839 (59) 1,780 1,769 (15) 1,754 1%
Operating Expense Margin 64.4% 62.3% 66.5% 66.0%
 
Operating Income 427 62 489 384 15 399 23%
Operating Income Margin 14.9% 17.1% 14.5% 15.0%
 
Provision for income taxes 107 20 127 104 5 109

Net Earnings Attributable to The

Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

298 42 340 265 10 275 24%
 

Diluted net earnings attributable

to The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
per common share

.80 .11 .91 .02 .93 .71 .02 .73 25% 28%
                                             
 

Nine Months Ended
March 31, 2017

Nine Months Ended
March 31, 2016

As
Reported

Charges

Before
Charges

Impact of
foreign
currency
translation

Constant
Currency

As
Reported

Charges

Before
Charges

% Change
versus Prior
Year Before
Charges

% Change
Constant
Currency

Net Sales $8,930$2$8,932$144$9,076$8,616 $— $8,616 4% 5%
Cost of sales 1,824 (10) 1,814 1,670 1,670
Gross Profit 7,106 12 7,118 6,946 6,946 2%
Gross Margin 79.6% 79.7% 80.6% 80.6%
 
Operating expenses 5,644 (122) 5,522 5,479 (34) 5,445 1%
Operating Expense Margin 63.2% 61.8% 63.6% 63.2%
 
Operating Income 1,462 134 1,596 1,467 34 1,501 6%
Operating Income Margin 16.4% 17.9% 17.0% 17.4%
 
Provision for income taxes 384 46 430 399 12 411

Net Earnings Attributable to The

Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

1,020 88 1,108 1,021 22 1,043 6%
 

Diluted net earnings attributable

to The Estée Lauder Companies
Inc. per common share

2.74 .24 2.97 .10 3.07 2.71 .06 2.77 7% 11%
 

Amounts may not sum due to rounding.

 
 

THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited; In millions)

 
           

March 31
2017

   

June 30
2016

   

March 31
2016

ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,139 $ 914 $ 556

Short-term investments

701 469 518
Accounts receivable, net 1,528 1,258 1,417
Inventory and promotional merchandise, net 1,310 1,264 1,150
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 294 320 311
Total Current Assets 4,972 4,225 3,952
 
Property, Plant and Equipment, net 1,576 1,583 1,511
Other Assets 4,897 3,415 3,342
Total Assets $ 11,445 $ 9,223 $ 8,805
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Current debt $ 519 $ 332 $ 313
Accounts payable 597 717 572
Other accrued liabilities 1,744 1,632 1,542
Total Current Liabilities 2,860 2,681 2,427
 
Noncurrent Liabilities
Long-term debt 3,377 1,910 1,601
Other noncurrent liabilities 1,073 1,045 954
Total Noncurrent Liabilities 4,450 2,955 2,555
 
Total Equity 4,135 3,587 3,823
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 11,445 $ 9,223 $ 8,805
                                 
 

SELECT CASH FLOW DATA
(Unaudited; In millions)

 
     

Nine Months Ended
March 31

2017     2016
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net earnings $

1,026

$ 1,026
Depreciation and amortization 337 305

Deferred income taxes

(84 ) (51 )
Other items 161 202
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Increase in accounts receivable, net (242 ) (251 )
Decrease in inventory and promotional merchandise, net 59 53
Increase in other assets, net (30 ) (82 )
Increase in accounts payable and other   25     114  
Net cash flows provided by operating activities $

1,252

  $ 1,316  
 
Capital expenditures $ 316 $ 334
Acquisition of businesses 1,690 101

Purchase of investments, net

(112 ) (662 )
Payments to acquire treasury stock 363 703
Dividends paid 361 312

Increase in long-term debt, net

1,488
 

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Investor Relations:
Dennis D’Andrea, 212-572-4384
or
Media Relations:
Alexandra Trower,212-572-4430

Source: The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

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