lululemon athletica inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2008 Results

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lululemon athletica inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2008 Results

Jun 2, 2008

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jun 02, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU; TSX: LLL) today announced financial results for the thirteen weeks ended May 4, 2008.

For the thirteen weeks ended May 4, 2008:

-- Net revenue increased 75% to $78.2 million from $44.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2007. Net revenue from corporate-owned stores was $70.6 million, an increase of 86% from $38.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2007, with comparable-store sales increasing 28% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2007, or 15% on a constant-dollar basis.

-- Gross profit as a percentage of net revenue increased 260 basis points to 53.1% of net revenue from 50.5% of net revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2007.

-- Income from operations was $11.7 million, or 15.0% of net revenue, compared to $6.8 million, or 15.3% of net revenue, in the first quarter of fiscal 2007.

-- Diluted earnings per share were $0.12 on net income of $8.5 million, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.05 on net income of $3.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2007.

Robert Meers, lululemon's CEO stated: "We are pleased with the continued momentum of our business through the first quarter despite the overall consumer environment. The investments into our systems and people position us well to gain market share as we continue to expand our store base in the United States and migrate into ecommerce next year." Mr. Meers continued: "For me, it is gratifying to know that an extremely strong foundation is in place at lululemon, and a talented new CEO will be leading the organization into the future starting this second quarter."

Christine Day, lululemon's CEO designate stated: "Along with our strong results in the first quarter, we were able to make some important senior level management hires and successfully implement the first phase of our systems upgrade. We also plan to make additional strategic investments in our long term growth that will result in a slightly reduced EPS outlook for fiscal 2008. That said, we will continue to strive to deliver exceptional results, attracting new guests to our brand through our unique culture, store experience and distinctive community-based approach to retail. I am extremely encouraged about our long term growth and future."

Updated Guidance

Based on the results from our first fiscal quarter and our outlook for the balance of the year, the Company now expects diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2008 to be $0.68-$0.71 versus previous guidance of $0.70-$0.72.

This guidance continues to be based on anticipated comparable store sales growth of low teens; or high single digits on a constant dollar basis, and 35 planned new store openings in North America. Due to strong sales at new stores not in the comp base, coupled with an earlier than anticipated new store opening calendar for this year, we are raising revenue guidance to between $380 million and $385 million versus previous guidance of $370 million to $375 million. The lower earnings outlook is primarily a result of incremental hires and other strategic initiatives.

The Company expects an effective tax rate in the low 30% range for the full year and anticipates diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 71.7 million for 2008. Fiscal 2008 earnings guidance includes a charge of approximately $0.02 per share resulting from the Company's planned closure of its four stores currently operating in Japan.

The Company's long-term growth targets continue to be net revenue growth of approximately 25% and diluted EPS growth in excess of 25%.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss first quarter results is scheduled for today, June 2, 2008, at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. Investors interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 440-5788 approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at

About lululemon athletica inc.

lululemon athletica (NASDAQ: LULU; TSX: LLL) is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company that creates components for people to live longer, healthier and more fun lives. By producing products that help keep people active and stress free, lululemon believes that the world will be a better place. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. For more information,

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding our future financial condition, financial results or results of operations, our prospects and strategies for future growth, both in North America and internationally, the development and introduction of new products, and the implementation of our marketing and branding strategies. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations but they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: the possibility that we may not be able to manage operations at our current size or manage growth effectively; the possibility that we may not be able to identify suitable locations to open new stores or attract customers to our stores; the possibility that we may not be able to successfully expand in the United States or in other markets, or expand into new markets; the possibility that we may not be able to finance our growth and maintain sufficient levels of cash flow; the possibility that a general economic slowdown could adversely affect our results of operations and growth plans; increasing competition, which may cause us to reduce the prices of our products or to increase significantly our marketing efforts to avoid losing market share; the possibility that we may not be able to effectively market and maintain a positive brand image; the possibility that we may not be able to continually innovate and provide our consumers with improved products; and other risk factors detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors contained in our fiscal 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and other filings we make with the SEC. Our filings with the SEC are available at You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

                                                           Exhibit (1)
lululemon athletica inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
Expressed in thousands of dollars except per share amounts

                                      Thirteen Weeks    Three Months
                                           Ended            Ended
                                        May 4, 2008    April 30, 2007

Net revenue                                    $78,167         $44,789

Costs of goods sold                             36,645          22,178
                                     ----------------- ---------------
Gross Profit                                    41,522          22,611
   As a percent of revenues                      53.1%           50.5%

Selling, general and administrative
 expenses                                       29,802          15,763
  As a percent of revenues                       38.1%           35.2%
                                     ----------------- ---------------
Income from operations                          11,720           6,848
  As a percent of revenues                       15.0%           15.3%

Other expense (income), net                      (454)           (107)
                                     ----------------- ---------------

Income before income taxes                      12,174           6,955

Provision for income tax                         3,753           3,449
Non-controlling interest                          (55)            (36)
                                     ----------------- ---------------

Net income                                      $8,476          $3,542
                                     ================= ===============

Earnings per share:
   Basic                                         $0.13           $0.05
   Diluted                                       $0.12           $0.05

Weighted average
   Basic                                    67,678,349      65,225,819
   Diluted                                  71,650,999      66,060,218

                                                           Exhibit (2)
lululemon athletica inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Expressed in thousands of dollars

                                        May 4, 2008   February 3, 2008
                                      --------------- ----------------

Current assets
   Cash and cash equivalents                  $34,062          $53,339
   Inventories                                 55,048           39,092
   Other current assets                         7,765            5,475
                                      --------------- ----------------
Total current assets                           96,875           97,906

Property and equipment, net                    49,062           44,039

Goodwill and intangible assets, net             7,670            8,124

Other assets                                    5,717            5,023
                                      --------------- ----------------
Total assets                                 $159,324         $155,092
                                      =============== ================

Current liabilities
   Accounts payable                            $4,852           $5,200
   Other current liabilities                   25,349           24,902
   Income taxes payable                             -            5,720
                                      --------------- ----------------
Total current liabilities                      30,201           35,822

Other non-current liabilities                   7,546            7,236

Stockholders' equity                          121,577          112,034
                                      --------------- ----------------
Total liabilities and stockholders'
 equity                                      $159,324         $155,092
                                      =============== ================

SOURCE: lululemon athletica inc.

Joseph Teklits, 203-682-8258
Evan Goetz, Diane Zappas

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