Lands' End 4Q lifted by strong holiday sales
March 18, 2002,
Bounding back with a strong holiday season in a lackluster retail environment, fourth-quarter profits at direct merchants Lands' End rocketed up by 44.3 percent, to $45.9 million from $31.8 million last year.
Strengthening operations across the board, Lands' End boosted margins, cut its costs, pared its interest expense by more than a third and earned half a million dollars in interest income on money it banked.
Average gross margin widened by 110 basis points, to 44.8 percent to 43.7 percent a year ago. Gross margin dollars increased by 13.5 percent, to $267.1 million from $235.4 million last year. At the same time, the retailer sharply reduced its overhead by 180 basis points, to 32.0 percent of sales from 33.8 percent the year before.
Lifted by the stronger sales, wider margins and lower costs, operating profits jumped up by 43.0 percent, to $76.6 million from $53.6 million.
Completing the comeback, profits for all of last year virtually doubled, rising by 93.1 percent, to $66.9 million from $34.7 million. Sales, excluding shipping and handling revenue, advanced by 6.9 percent, to $1.45 billion from $1.36 billion the preceding year.
Lands' End Inc.
|Qtr. 2/1/02 (x000)||2002||2001||% CHG|
|Oper. income (EBIT)||76,589||53,571||43.0|
|Per share (diluted)||1.51||1.07||41.1|
|Average gross margin||44.8%||43.7%||—|
|Oper. income (EBIT)||113,164||61,660||83.5|
|Per share (diluted)||2.23||1.14||—|
|Average gross margin||43.9%||42.5%||—|