Evaluating VFC’s performance in fiscal 2016
VF Corporation (VFC) reported a flat top line from continuing operations in fiscal 2016 as revenues stood at $12 billion during the year.
Scott A. Roe, vice president and CFO of VF Corporation, commented during the company’s fiscal 4Q16 earnings call, “To recap the full year, 2016 grew 1% on a currency-neutral basis, driven by 6% growth in our international business and 9% growth in D2C. This was despite the impact of bankruptcies and reduced sales to the off-price channel compared with 2015. These two actions alone accounted for almost 2% of top-line growth.”
International revenues, which represented 38% of the company’s total sales, rose 4% YoY during fiscal 2016. On a neutral-currency basis, VFC’s revenues rose 5%, primarily driven by double-digit growth in China and the non-US America regions.
VFC’s Direct-to-Consumer business grew 8% during the year. Growth in the channel was driven by a low double-digit jump in the International business and a low-teen rise in its Outdoor & Action Sports sales. VFC’s E-Commerce business was particularly strong and grew more than 20% during the year.
The company’s Wholesale channel, however, continued to grapple with the ongoing channel disruptions in North America.
VF Corporation’s (VFC) Outdoor & Action Sports revenues grew 2% in fiscal 2016 to $7.5 billion. The segment’s growth was driven by 6% and 1% increases in the Vans and Timberland businesses, respectively. The North Face brand was, however, down 2% during the year.
Jeanswear revenues fell 2% in fiscal 2016 as a 1% increase in Wrangler sales was offset by a 3% slump in Lee sales.
VFC’s Imagewear sales rose 2% while its Sportswear segment revenue was down 16% during the year.
In the next article, we’ll look at the company’s bottom line in fiscal 2016 and fiscal 4Q16.
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