VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) today announced that the Company is updating its net revenue and earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 ending January 29, 2017.
For the fourth quarter, we now anticipate that net revenue will be in the range of $775 million to $785 million based on a total comparable sales increase in the mid-single digits on a constant dollar basis. This compares to our previous guidance of net revenue in the range of $765 million to $785 million for the fourth quarter based on a total comparable sales increase in the mid-single digits on a constant dollar basis.
We also now expect diluted earnings per share will be in the range of $0.99 to $1.01 for the fourth quarter. The previous EPS guidance for the fourth quarter was a range of $0.96 to $1.01. EPS guidance continues to assume 137.3 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding and a 31.2% tax rate.
"We had a strong holiday season in both our store and digital channels driven by our assortment, operational execution and guest experience. Our entire team is excited about the momentum in the business and I am grateful to our global collective for their great work and enthusiasm. We look forward to 2017 as we continue to advance on our long term goals," said Laurent Potdevin, CEO of lululemon.
Management will be meeting with analysts and investors and presenting at the ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida this week. The audio portion of the presentation will be webcast live at www.lululemon.com. The webcast can be found in the investor relations section of the Company's website.
About lululemon athletica inc.
lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) is a healthy lifestyle inspired athletic apparel company for yoga, running, training, and most other sweaty pursuits, with products that create transformational experiences for people to live happy, healthy, fun lives. 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, visit www.lululemon.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
A constant dollar change in total comparable sales is not a United States generally accepted accounting principle ("GAAP") financial measure.
A constant dollar basis assumes the average foreign exchange rates for the current period remained constant with the average foreign exchange rates for the same period of the prior year. We provide the constant dollar change in total comparable sales because we use this measure to understand the underlying growth rate of net revenue excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates. We believe that disclosing this measure on a constant dollar basis is useful to investors because it enables them to better understand the level of growth of our business.
The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or with greater prominence to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.
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