GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR INC.
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NYSE : GIL

GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR INC.

January 31, 2007 16:05 ET

Gildan Activewear Announces First Quarter Results Slightly Above Guidance

- Company Reconfirms EPS Guidance for 2007 Fiscal Year - Accelerates Capital Spending to Support Projected Sales Growth

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2007) - Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL)(NYSE:GIL) today announced its financial results for its first quarter ended December 31, 2006 and updated its earnings and capital expenditure guidance for fiscal year 2007.

First Quarter Sales and Earnings

Gildan reported first quarter net earnings of U.S. $15.6 million and diluted EPS of U.S. $0.26, after recording charges in the quarter related to the previously announced restructuring of the Company's Canadian manufacturing facilities totaling U.S. $1.4 million after-tax or U.S. $0.02 per share. Before reflecting the restructuring charges, adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted EPS for the first quarter of fiscal 2007 amounted to U.S. $17.0 million or U.S. $0.28 per share, up respectively 4.9% and 3.7% from net earnings of U.S. $16.2 million and diluted EPS of U.S. $0.27 in the first quarter of fiscal 2006, and U.S. $0.01 per share higher than the earnings guidance provided by the Company. Compared to last year, continuing strong growth in unit sales volumes, a higher-valued product-mix for activewear and favourable manufacturing efficiencies were essentially offset by lower unit selling prices for activewear, higher cotton costs and increased selling, general and administrative and depreciation expenses. The impact of the Kentucky Derby Hosiery acquisition on the Company's results in the first quarter was accretive by U.S. $0.01 per share.

Sales in the first quarter amounted to U.S. $185.8 million, up 54.4% from U.S. $120.3 million in the first quarter of last year. The increase in sales revenues was due to U.S. $42.6 million of sock sales resulting from the acquisition of Kentucky Derby Hosiery, a 15.2% increase in unit sales volumes for activewear and the impact of a higher-valued activewear product-mix, partially offset by a reduction in unit selling prices for activewear of approximately 4% compared to last year. The first quarter is seasonally the lowest quarter of the fiscal year for sales of activewear.

The growth in activewear unit sales was primarily due to continuing market share penetration in all product categories in the U.S. distributor channel. The table below summarizes the S.T.A.R.S. data for market shares and industry growth in the U.S. distributor channel for the quarter ended December 31, 2006.



Gildan Gildan Gildan Industry
Market Share Market Share Unit Growth Unit Growth
Q1 2007 Q1 2006 Q1 2007 vs. Q1 Q1 2007 vs.
2006 Q1 2006
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44.2% 39.3% All products 19.6% 2.9%

46.0% 41.7% T-shirts 16.6% 2.7%

34.6% 33.9% Sport shirts 4.2% (9.9)%

36.0% 27.7% Fleece 58.1% 8.7%


Gross margins in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 were 29.0%, versus 35.7% in the first quarter of 2006. The decrease in gross margins was largely attributable to the impact of lower margins from the sale of socks, which do not yet reflect the anticipated cost synergies from the planned rationalization of the Company's sock manufacturing operations. Excluding the impact of sock sales, gross margins in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 were 33.1% . The decrease in gross margins for activewear compared to last year was due to lower selling prices and higher cotton costs compared to the low point in cotton prices in the first quarter of last year, partially offset by higher-valued product-mix and favourable manufacturing efficiencies.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the first quarter were U.S. $26.1 million, or 14.1% of sales, compared to U.S. $18.1 million, or 15.0% of sales, in the first quarter of last year. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was due to the impact of the acquisition of Kentucky Derby Hosiery, higher distribution costs, and a U.S. $1.1 million charge for the replacement of the aircraft leased by the Company, partially offset by the non-recurrence of a U.S. $0.6 million severance charge incurred in the first quarter of fiscal 2006. The increase of U.S. $1.3 million in depreciation and amortization expenses was due to the Company's continuing investments in capacity expansion, combined with the impact of the Kentucky Derby Hosiery acquisition.

Cash Flow

During the first quarter of fiscal 2007, the Company generated free cash flow of U.S $8.6 million. Cash flow from operating activities amounted to U.S. $39.5 million, including a U.S. $67.4 million reduction in accounts receivables due to the low seasonal level of sales in the first quarter and a reduction in days sales outstanding. The Company used U.S. $32.9 million in the first quarter for seasonal rebuilding of inventories, in line with its requirements to support its projected sales. U.S. $30.3 million was used for capital investments in the Company's major textile and sock manufacturing capacity expansion projects in Honduras and the Dominican Republic, as well as for its new U.S. retail distribution centre and the expansion of its sewing capacity. The Company ended the first quarter with cash and cash equivalents of U.S. $36.3 million, and continues to have significant unused financing capacity to be able to pursue further capacity expansion in excess of its current plans, as well as other potential growth opportunities.

Outlook

The Company has reiterated its full year diluted EPS guidance of approximately U.S. $2.55 on approximately U.S. $975 million of sales revenues. Before restructuring charges, adjusted diluted EPS for fiscal 2007 is projected to be approximately U.S. $2.61. The Company expects adjusted diluted EPS before restructuring charges for the second quarter to be approximately 20% higher than the second quarter of fiscal 2006.

The Company is continuing to obtain programs in the retail channel. In order to be able to support its opportunities for continuing sales growth, Gildan is accelerating the installation of equipment and the ramp-up of its two major capacity expansion projects in Honduras, and is increasing its planned capital expenditures in fiscal 2007 to approximately U.S. $145 million, compared to its previous projection of U.S. $110 million.

Disclosure of Outstanding Share Data

As of January 31, 2007, there were 60,142,840 common shares issued and outstanding along with 489,549 stock options and 503,500 dilutive restricted share units (Treasury RSUs) outstanding. Each stock option entitles the holder to purchase one common share at the end of the vesting period at a pre-determined option price. Each Treasury RSU entitles the holder to receive one common share at the end of the vesting period, without any monetary consideration being paid to the Company. However, the vesting of 50% of the restricted share grant is dependent upon the financial performance of the Company, relative to a benchmark group of Canadian publicly-listed companies.

Information for shareholders

Gildan Activewear Inc. will hold a conference call to discuss these results today at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 800-261-3417 (Canada & U.S.) or 617-614-3673 (international) and entering passcode 36795751, or by live sound webcast on Gildan's Internet site ("Investor Relations" section) at the following address: www.gildan.com. If you are unable to participate in the conference call, a replay will be available starting that same day at 7:00 PM EST by dialing 888-286-8010 (Canada & U.S.) or 617-801-6888 (international) and entering passcode 34767557, until Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at midnight, or by audio webcast on Gildan's web site for 30 days.

Profile

Gildan is a vertically-integrated marketer and manufacturer of quality branded basic apparel. The Company is the leading supplier of activewear for the wholesale imprinted sportswear market in the U.S. and Canada, and also a leading supplier to this market in Europe. The Company sells T-shirts, sport shirts and fleece in large quantities to wholesale distributors as undecorated "blanks", which are subsequently decorated by screenprinters with designs and logos. Consumers ultimately purchase the Company's products, with the Gildan label, in venues such as sports, entertainment and corporate events, and travel and tourism destinations. Other end-uses include work uniforms and similar applications to convey individual, group and team identity. In addition to continuing its growth within the wholesale channel, Gildan is implementing a major new growth initiative to sell athletic socks, underwear and activewear to mass-market retailers in North America.

Certain statements included in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities legislation and regulations. Such forward-looking statements involve assumptions and known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, but not limited to: general economic conditions such as currency exchange rates, commodity prices and other factors over which we have no control; the impact of economic and business conditions, industry trends and other external and political factors in the countries in which we operate; the intensity of competitive activity; changes in environmental, tax, trade and other laws and regulations; our ability to implement our strategies and plans; our ability to complete and successfully integrate acquisitions; changes in customer demand for our products and our ability to maintain customer relationships and grow our business; the seasonality of our business; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; changes in accounting policies and estimates; and, disruption to manufacturing and distribution activities due to the impact of weather, natural disasters and other unforeseen adverse events, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date of this press release. We refer you to the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities for a discussion of other factors that may affect the Company's future results.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release includes reference to certain non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted net earnings, adjusted diluted earnings per share, and free cash flow. These non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by Canadian GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Accordingly, they should not be considered in isolation. The terms and definitions of the non-GAAP measures used in this press release and a reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure are provided below.

Adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share are calculated as net earnings and earnings per share excluding restructuring and other charges, as discussed in Note 2 to the condensed interim consolidated financial statements. The Company uses and presents these non-GAAP measures to assess its operating performance from one period to the next without the variation caused by restructuring and other charges that could potentially distort the analysis of trends in our business performance. Excluding these items does not imply they are necessarily non-recurring.



(in US$ millions, except per share amounts)
Q1 2007 Q1 2006
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Net earnings 15.6 16.2
Restructuring and other charges 1.4 -
Less: income tax effect thereon - -
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Adjusted net earnings 17.0 16.2
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Diluted EPS 0.26 0.27
Restructuring and other charges, net of tax 0.02 -
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Adjusted diluted EPS 0.28 0.27
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Free cash flow is defined as cash from operating activities including net changes in non-cash working capital balances, less cash flow used in investing activities excluding business acquisitions. We consider free cash flow to be an important indicator of the financial strength and performance of our business, because it shows how much cash is available after capital expenditures to repay debt and to reinvest in our business. We believe this measure is commonly used by investors and analysts when valuing a business and its underlying assets.



(in US$ millions)
Q1 2007 Q1 2006
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Cash flows from operating activities 39.5 32.1
Cash flows from investing activities (30.9) (12.5)
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Free cash flow 8.6 19.6
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Gildan Activewear Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)


Three months ended
December 31, 2006 January 1, 2006
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(unaudited) (unaudited)

Sales $185,829 $120,310
Cost of sales 131,951 77,415
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Gross profit 53,878 42,895

Selling, general and administrative
expenses 26,110 18,063

Restructuring and other charges (note 2) 1,391 -
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Earnings before the undernoted items 26,377 24,832

Depreciation and amortization 8,774 7,430
Interest, net 971 566
Non-controlling interest in loss
of consolidated joint venture (64) (108)
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Earnings before income taxes 16,696 16,944

Income taxes 1,085 749
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Net earnings $15,611 $16,195
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Basic EPS $0.26 $0.27

Diluted EPS $0.26 $0.27

Weighted average number of shares
outstanding (in thousands)
Basic 60,139 59,970
Diluted 60,724 60,559

See accompanying condensed notes to interim consolidated financial
statements.



Gildan Activewear Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)


Three months ended
December 31, 2006 January 1, 2006
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(unaudited) (unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings $15,611 $16,195
Adjustments for:
Depreciation and amortization 8,774 7,430
Restructuring and other charges 1,124 -
Loss on disposal and writedown of
property, plant and equipment 358 40
Stock-based compensation costs 468 277
Future income taxes 244 227
Non-controlling interest (64) (108)
Unrealized foreign exchange
(gain) loss (1,458) 255
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25,057 24,316
Changes in non-cash working capital
balances:
Accounts receivable 67,417 56,829
Inventories (32,861) (43,983)
Prepaid expenses and deposits (920) 1,129
Accounts payable and accrued
liabilities (18,444) (6,277)
Income taxes payable (776) 58
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39,473 32,072
Cash flows (used in) from financing
activities:
Net (decrease) increase in
long-term debt (1,708) 92
Proceeds from the issuance of shares 369 860
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(1,339) 952

Cash flows used in investing activities:
Purchase of property, plant and
equipment (30,342) (12,374)
Increase in other assets (521) (107)
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(30,863) (12,481)
Effect of exchange rate changes
on cash and cash equivalents
denominated in foreign currencies 51 (49)
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Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
during the period 7,322 20,494
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning
of period 29,007 69,802

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Cash and cash equivalents,
end of period $36,329 $90,296
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See accompanying condensed notes to interim consolidated financial
statements.



Gildan Activewear Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)


December 31, October 1, January 1,
2006 2006 2006
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(unaudited) (audited) (unaudited)

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $36,329 $29,007 $90,296
Accounts receivable 98,347 165,870 51,699
Inventories 233,514 200,653 178,844
Prepaid expenses and
deposits 6,677 5,757 3,265
Future income taxes 4,457 5,298 11,162
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379,324 406,585 335,266

Property, plant and
equipment 318,007 302,677 265,338
Intangible assets 9,352 9,513 -
Assets held for sale (note 1) 4,658 - 5,027
Other assets 4,506 4,501 4,014
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Total assets $715,847 $723,276 $609,645
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Current liabilities:
Bank indebtedness $3,500 $3,500 $3,980
Accounts payable and
accrued liabilities 98,179 117,984 80,220
Income taxes payable 1,399 2,269 2,274
Current portion of
long-term debt 21,518 21,820 19,853
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124,596 145,573 106,327

Long-term debt 10,635 12,041 27,386
Future income taxes 28,013 29,443 32,754
Non-controlling interest in
consolidated joint venture 5,590 5,654 5,286

Shareholders' equity:
Share capital 86,953 86,584 85,037
Contributed surplus 2,833 2,365 1,873
Retained earnings 430,979 415,368 324,734
Accumulated other
comprehensive income 26,248 26,248 26,248
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547,013 530,565 437,892
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Total liabilities and
shareholders' equity $715,847 $723,276 $609,645
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See accompanying condensed notes to interim consolidated financial
statements.


Gildan Activewear Inc. - Notes to interim consolidated financial statements
(amounts in U.S. dollars)

For complete notes to the interim consolidated financial statements, please refer to filings with the various securities regulatory authorities.

1. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006, the Company announced the closure of sock manufacturing facilities in Mount Airy, North Carolina and Hillsville, Virginia, a textile manufacturing facility in Valleyfield, Quebec and a distribution centre in Montreal, Quebec. As at December 31, 2006, assets held for sale of $4.7 million represent land, building and equipment at these locations. During the first quarter of fiscal 2007, the Company ceased recording depreciation on these assets, which are recorded at the lower of their net book value or fair value less costs to sell. The Company expects these assets to be sold during the balance of fiscal 2007.

As at January 1, 2006, assets held for sale of $5.0 million were related to the closure of two Canadian yarn-spinning operations during fiscal 2005. These assets were sold during the third quarter of fiscal 2006.

2. Restructuring and other charges of $1.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 are composed of $1.1 million of accelerated depreciation related to the change in the estimated economic lives of the Company's Canadian manufacturing assets and $0.3 million of additional severance costs and carrying costs relating to closed facilities following the restructuring of the operations announced in September 2006.

3. Certain comparative figures have been reclassified in order to conform to the current period's presentation.

Contact Information

  • Gildan Activewear Inc.
    Laurence G. Sellyn
    Executive Vice-President,
    Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
    514-343-8805
    lsellyn@gildan.com