GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR INC.
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NYSE : GIL

GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR INC.

August 03, 2006 06:08 ET

Gildan Activewear Announces 24.6% Increase in Third Quarter EPS: Company Raises EPS Guidance for Fiscal Year 2006

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2006) - Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL) (NYSE:GIL) today announced its financial results for its fiscal quarter ended July 2, 2006, and updated its earnings guidance for fiscal year 2006.

Third Quarter Sales and Earnings

Gildan reported record third quarter net earnings of U.S. $42.8 million and diluted EPS of U.S. $0.71, up respectively 25.5% and 24.6% from U.S. $34.1 million and U.S. $0.57 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2005. The increase in net earnings and EPS compared to a year ago was due to continuing strong growth in unit sales volumes and higher gross margins, partially offset by increased selling, general and administrative and depreciation expenses.

Sales in the third quarter amounted to a record U.S. $233.9 million, up 17.6% from U.S. $198.9 million in the third quarter of last year. The increase in sales revenues reflected a 15.6% increase in unit sales volumes and the impact of a higher-valued product-mix, partially offset by an approximate 2.5% reduction in unit selling prices compared to last year. The growth in unit sales was due to continuing market share penetration, combined with 3.7% growth in overall industry unit shipments in the quarter. The Company's ability to fully capitalize on demand for its products in the third quarter continued to be constrained by limitations on production capacity.

The table below summarizes the S.T.A.R.S. data for market growth and market shares in the U.S. distributor channel for the calendar quarter ended June 30, 2006. The S.T.A.R.S. data for the quarter includes information provided by the largest wholesale distributor, which has renewed its participation in the report. In order to calculate year-over-year growth rates, S.T.A.R.S. has adjusted comparative data for the June quarter of 2005. However, market share data for last year has not yet been restated by S.T.A.R.S. on a comparable basis.



Gildan Gildan Industry
Market Share Unit Growth Unit Growth
Q3 2006 Q3 2006 vs. Q3 2005 Q3 2006 vs. Q3 2005

All products 43.6% 18.6% 3.7%
T-shirts 44.5% 19.2% 4.2%
Sport shirts 32.7% 4.2% (0.2)%
Fleece 32.3% 15.5% (4.5)%



Gross margins in the third quarter were 32.4%, versus 31.6% in the third quarter of 2005. The increase in gross margins was due to more favourable product-mix, increased manufacturing efficiencies and lower cotton costs, partially offset by the impact of the reduction in selling prices as well as higher energy and transportation costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the third quarter were U.S. $22.0 million, or 9.4% of sales, compared to U.S. $19.1 million, or 9.6% of sales, in the third quarter of last year. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was due to higher distribution expenses, professional fees for compliance with SOX-404, the impact of the stronger Canadian dollar and a write-down of surplus equipment, combined with the cost of ongoing organizational development to support the Company's growth strategy. The increase of U.S. $2.1 million in depreciation expenses was due to the Company's continuing investments in capacity expansion, in particular the new Dominican Republic textile facility.

Year-to-date Sales and Earnings

Sales for the nine months ended July 2, 2006 were U.S. $538.0 million, up 13.7% from the corresponding period of last year, due to an increase of 14.8% in unit sales volumes, partially offset by lower selling prices.

Net earnings for the first nine months amounted to U.S. $90.0 million, or U.S. $1.49 per share, up respectively 39.3% and 38.0% from adjusted net earnings of U.S. $64.6 million or U.S. $1.08 per share in the first nine months of fiscal 2005, excluding the special charge of U.S. $7.8 million after tax, or U.S. $0.13 per share, incurred in the second quarter of fiscal 2005 for the closure and relocation of the Company's Canadian yarn-spinning operations. The increase in net earnings and EPS compared to fiscal 2005 was due to continuing unit volume growth and higher gross margins, partially offset by increased selling, general and administrative and depreciation expenses. Net earnings and diluted EPS increased by 58.4% and 56.8% respectively, after taking account of the special charge in the results for fiscal 2005.

Cash Flow

During the third quarter, the Company generated free cash flow (defined as cash flow from operating activities less cash flow from investing activities) of U.S. $33.6 million, including U.S. $5.0 million proceeds from the disposal of the balance of the Canadian yarn-spinning assets held for sale. Inventories decreased by U.S. $25.3 million in the third quarter, compared to U.S. $9.3 million in the third quarter a year ago. Capital expenditures in the third quarter, primarily for major capacity expansion projects, amounted to U.S. $17.8 million. During the quarter, Gildan utilized U.S. $17.5 million of its cash and cash equivalents to finance the third scheduled principal repayment of its Senior Notes, and ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of U.S. $63.9 million.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year EPS Guidance

Gildan has increased its diluted EPS guidance for the full 2006 fiscal year to approximately U.S. $2.07. The revised full year guidance is up from the Company's most recent guidance of approximately U.S. $2.00 per share, and reflects a projected increase of 33.5% compared with adjusted EPS of U.S. $1.55 in fiscal 2005, before taking account of the prior year special charge.

The further increase in EPS guidance for fiscal 2006 is due to the more favourable than previously anticipated results for the third quarter, and the assumed continuation in the fourth quarter of more favourable manufacturing efficiencies and product-mix, partially offset by the projected continuation of more unfavourable industry pricing. The Company is now projecting diluted EPS of U.S. $0.58 in the fourth quarter, compared with its most recent guidance of U.S. $0.56 per share and up 23.4% from adjusted EPS of U.S. $0.47 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005. The updated guidance assumes that the Company's recent acquisition of Kentucky Derby Hosiery Co., Inc., which was completed on July 6, 2006, will be neither accretive nor dilutive to EPS in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year.

Disclosure of Outstanding Share Data

As of July 31, 2006 there were 60,093,130 common shares issued and outstanding along with 446,847 stock options and 418,500 restricted share units 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 restricted share unit entitles the holder to receive one common share at the end of the vesting period. 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.

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 sweatshirts 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, 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.

This release includes reference to certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures such as net earnings and earnings per share before the special charge. The Company uses and presents certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures because it believes such measures provide meaningful information on the Company's performance and operating results. However, investors should know that such Non-GAAP Financial Measures have no standardized meaning as prescribed by GAAP and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Accordingly, they should not be considered in isolation.

Information for shareholders

Gildan Activewear Inc. will hold a conference call to discuss these results today at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 800-261-3417 (Canada & U.S.) or 617-614-3673 (international) and entering passcode 10708813, or by live sound web cast 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 12:00 PM EST by dialing 888-286-8010 (Canada & U.S.) or 617-801-6888 (international) and entering passcode 34962382, until Thursday, August 10, 2006 at midnight, or by sound web cast on Gildan's web site for 30 days.



Gildan Activewear Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

Three months ended Nine months ended
July 2, July 3, July 2, July 3,
2006 2005 2006 2005
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(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
Sales $233,945 $198,901 $538,038 $473,179
Cost of sales 158,221 136,091 358,011 328,309
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Gross profit 75,724 62,810 180,027 144,870

Selling, general and
administrative
expenses 21,978 19,134 60,747 53,746
Special charge (note 1) - - - 11,886
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53,746 43,676 119,280 79,238

Depreciation and
amortization 8,169 6,043 23,311 18,413
Interest expense, net 759 1,191 2,028 3,691
Non-controlling
interest in
income of
consolidated
joint venture 192 72 240 187
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Earnings before
income taxes 44,626 36,370 93,701 56,947

Income tax
expense (note 2) 1,795 2,223 3,660 101
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Net earnings $42,831 $34,147 $90,041 $56,846
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Basic EPS $0.71 $0.57 $1.50 $0.95
Diluted EPS $0.71 $0.57 $1.49 $0.95

Weighted average
number of shares
outstanding
(in thousands)
Basic 60,077 59,816 60,034 59,613
Diluted 60,627 60,270 60,611 60,042

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 Nine months ended
July 2, July 3, July 2, July 3,
2006 2005 2006 2005
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(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash flows from
(used in)
operating
activities:
Net earnings $42,831 $34,147 $90,041 $56,846
Adjustments
for:
Depreciation
and amortization 8,169 6,043 23,311 18,413
Future income taxes 427 1,431 845 (1,943)
Loss on
disposal and
writedown of
fixed assets 833 287 1,175 8,646
Stock-based
compensation
expense 318 164 843 581
Other (574) 465 (407) 619
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52,004 42,537 115,808 83,162
Net changes in
non-cash working
capital balances:
Accounts receivable (29,333) (23,863) (24,077) (26,552)
Inventories 25,330 9,304 (26,400) (14,732)
Prepaid expenses
and deposits (2,413) 325 (1,908) (3,114)
Accounts
payable and
accrued
liabilities 293 7,548 (3,499) 5,437
Income taxes
payable 1,240 324 1,225 400
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47,121 36,175 61,149 44,601

Cash flows from
(used in)
financing
activities:
Increase in
long-term debt - 1,139 691 2,420
Repayment of
long-term debt (18,007) (17,569) (19,279) (18,495)
Contribution
by non-
controlling
interest - - - 2,500
Proceeds from
the issuance
of shares 167 1,310 1,614 4,997
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(17,840) (15,120) (16,974) (8,578)

Cash flows from
(used in)
investing
activities:
Purchase of
fixed assets (17,772) (23,563) (53,995) (66,693)
Proceeds from
the disposal
of assets
held for sale 5,027 2,599 5,027 2,599
(Increase)
decrease in
other assets (756) 676 (1,007) (1,933)
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(13,501) (20,288) (49,975) (66,027)

Effect of
exchange rate
changes on
cash and cash
equivalents (26) (26) (119) 117
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Net increase
(decrease) in
cash and cash
equivalents
during the
period 15,754 741 (5,919) (29,887)

Cash and cash
equivalents,
beginning of
period 48,129 30,043 69,802 60,671
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Cash and cash
equivalents,
end of period $63,883 $30,784 $63,883 $30,784
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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)

July 2, October 2, July 3,
2006 2005 2005
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(unaudited) (audited) (unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $63,883 $69,802 $30,784
Accounts receivable 133,666 108,646 112,354
Inventories 161,261 134,861 131,803
Prepaid expenses and deposits 6,302 4,394 6,426
Future income taxes 8,575 10,135 9,943
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373,687 327,838 291,310

Fixed assets 292,985 260,615 249,984
Assets held for sale - 5,027 5,426
Other assets 6,475 4,036 4,928
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Total assets $ 673,147 $ 597,516 $ 551,648
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Current liabilities:
Bank indebtedness $ 3,980 $ 3,980 $ -
Accounts payable and
accrued liabilities 86,579 86,843 81,425
Income taxes payable 3,516 2,206 2,400
Current portion of
long-term debt 19,582 19,859 19,724
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113,657 112,888 103,549

Long-term debt 8,977 27,288 24,159
Future income taxes 31,821 31,386 28,373
Non-controlling interest 5,634 5,394 5,548

Shareholders' equity:
Share capital 85,791 84,177 83,167
Contributed surplus 2,439 1,596 1,262
Retained earnings 398,580 308,539 279,342
Cumulative translation
adjustment 26,248 26,248 26,248
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513,058 420,560 390,019
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Total liabilities and
shareholders' equity $ 673,147 $ 597,516 $ 551,648
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See accompanying condensed notes to interim consolidated financial
statements.


Condensed Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

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

1. During the second quarter of fiscal 2005, the Company closed its two Canadian yarn-spinning operations and recognized a charge of $11.9 million before tax, or $7.8 million after tax ($0.13 per share). The components of the special charge were as follows:



Writedown of fixed assets $7,872
Employee severance 3,688
Other 326
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$ 11,886


Basic and diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended July 3, 2005 have been presented below as reported and before the impact of these closure costs:



Basic and diluted EPS as reported $ 0.95
Special charge 0.13
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Basic and diluted EPS before special charge $ 1.08


A major portion of the Canadian yarn-spinning equipment was transferred to a new facility in Clarkton, North Carolina, which is operated by the Company's joint venture with Frontier Spinning Mills, Inc. The Company reduced the carrying values of the remaining fixed assets considered to be held for sale to their fair values. All severance payments had been paid as at July 3, 2005.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, the Company realized an after-tax gain of $0.8 million, or $0.01 per share, from the sale of equipment, thereby reducing the cumulative amount of the charge to $10.7 million before tax, or $7.0 million after-tax ($0.12 per share), for the full fiscal year.

During the third quarter of fiscal 2006, the assets held for sale were sold for proceeds of $5.0 million, which approximated their carrying value.

2. The income tax expense of $0.1 million for the nine months ended July 3, 2005 included an income tax recovery arising from the special charge of the closure of the Canadian yarn-spinning operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2005. Excluding the impact of the tax recovery due to the closure costs, the tax provision for the nine month period ended July 3, 2005 was $4.2 million, resulting in a tax rate of 6.1%.

Contact Information

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