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Guess to close 60 stores in fiscal 2018 to improve profitability

The European and Asia businesses continue to drive growth for the company. Revenues for the quarter just missed expectations, but it increased 3.2% to $679.3 million. European revenues increased 11.4% and Asia revenues increased 26.6%, both offsetting the 6.4% decrease in Americas retail revenue and the 7.0% decrease in retail comp sales including e-commerce.

Victor Herrero, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “In Europe, our revenues were up 11% driven by new store openings and another good quarter of positive comp store sales. Turning to Asia, revenues finished up 27% driven by new store openings and positive comp store sales in China. We are encouraged by the progress we are making in these two regions and will continue to allocate the majority of our capital investment there.”

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Fourth quarter adjusted net earnings fell to $34.6 million and full year adjusted earnings fell 55.3% to $37.2 million. Net revenues increased 0.2%, driven by the 8.9% increase in European revenues and 3.6% increase in Asia revenues, and full year adjusted diluted earnings per share fell 55.1% to $0.44.

Herrero added, “As we head into fiscal year 2018, we will build on the good momentum we are experiencing in both Europe and Asia and will continue our retail expansion plan there. In the Americas Retail, where the retail environment remains challenging, we are focused on profitability improvements. We will continue to negotiate rent reductions whenever possible and plan to close 60 stores in fiscal 2018. And finally, we will remain focused on implementing supply chain initiatives that should drive profit improvement in fiscal 2018.”

In the first quarter of 2017, Guess expects diluted net loss per share to range from $0.33 to $0.30 and consolidated net revenues to range from a decline of $0.5 to an increase of $1.5. In addition, full year consolidated net revenues are projected to increase between 2.0% and 4.0% and diluted earnings per share are expected to range from $0.28 to $0.40.

(Source: Fashion Network)

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