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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549-1004

 


 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)-

 

x      Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015

 

OR

 

o         Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the transition period from               to

 

Commission file number: 1-14064

 

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

 (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

11-2408943

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

767 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

10153

(Zip Code)

 

212-572-4200

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.   Yes x No o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes x  No o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer x

 

Accelerated filer o

Non-accelerated filer o (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

Smaller reporting company o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes o No x

 

At April 28, 2015, 230,852,244 shares of the registrant’s Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value, and 147,546,137 shares of the registrant’s Class B Common Stock, $.01 par value, were outstanding.

 

 

 



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THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

 

INDEX

 

 

 

Page

 

 

 

Part I. Financial Information

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Earnings — Three and Nine Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014

 

2

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) — Three and Nine Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014

 

3

 

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets — March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014 (Audited)

 

4

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows — Nine Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014

 

5

 

 

 

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

6

 

 

 

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

29

 

 

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

46

 

 

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

47

 

 

 

Part II. Other Information

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

 

47

 

 

 

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

 

47

 

 

 

Item 6. Exhibits

 

49

 

 

 

Signatures

 

50

 



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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements.

 

THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31

 

Nine Months Ended
March 31

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

(In millions, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

 

$

2,580.5

 

$

2,549.8

 

$

8,256.0

 

$

8,243.5

 

Cost of Sales

 

502.9

 

498.7

 

1,612.6

 

1,624.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Profit

 

2,077.6

 

2,051.1

 

6,643.4

 

6,619.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

1,680.4

 

1,709.5

 

5,265.4

 

5,173.9

 

Restructuring and other charges

 

 

 

 

(2.2

)

Total operating expenses

 

1,680.4

 

1,709.5

 

5,265.4

 

5,171.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income

 

397.2

 

341.6

 

1,378.0

 

1,447.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

15.2

 

15.0

 

45.0

 

44.2

 

Interest income and investment income, net

 

3.1

 

2.7

 

8.5

 

6.0

 

Earnings before Income Taxes

 

385.1

 

329.3

 

1,341.5

 

1,409.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

112.4

 

115.6

 

401.9

 

458.5

 

Net Earnings

 

272.7

 

213.7

 

939.6

 

950.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

(0.6

)

(0.5

)

(3.7

)

(4.3

)

Net Earnings Attributable to The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

 

$

272.1

 

$

213.2

 

$

935.9

 

$

946.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. per common share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.72

 

$

0.55

 

$

2.46

 

$

2.44

 

Diluted

 

0.71

 

0.54

 

2.42

 

2.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

378.5

 

385.8

 

380.1

 

387.3

 

Diluted

 

384.7

 

392.1

 

386.3

 

394.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per common share

 

$

.24

 

$

.20

 

$

.68

 

$

.58

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31

 

Nine Months Ended
March 31

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

(In millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

 

$

272.7

 

$

213.7

 

$

939.6

 

$

950.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net unrealized investment gain (loss)

 

2.1

 

0.2

 

(0.7

)

0.6

 

Net derivative instrument gain (loss)

 

25.0

 

1.4

 

80.3

 

(14.2

)

Amounts included in net periodic benefit cost

 

10.1

 

5.5

 

23.0

 

16.3

 

Translation adjustments

 

(139.5

)

(8.2

)

(374.1

)

44.3

 

Benefit (provision) for deferred income taxes on components of other comprehensive income

 

(13.4

)

(2.0

)

(39.7

)

1.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total other comprehensive income (loss)

 

(115.7

)

(3.1

)

(311.2

)

48.8

 

Comprehensive income (loss)

 

157.0

 

210.6

 

628.4

 

999.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

 

(0.6

)

(0.5

)

(3.7

)

(4.3

)

Translation adjustments

 

2.1

 

(0.1

)

2.6

 

(0.8

)

 

 

1.5

 

(0.6

)

(1.1

)

(5.1

)

Comprehensive income attributable to The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

 

$

158.5

 

$

210.0

 

$

627.3

 

$

994.4

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

March 31

 

June 30

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

($ in millions)

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

1,288.3

 

$

1,629.1

 

Short-term investments

 

136.7

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

1,350.2

 

1,379.3

 

Inventory and promotional merchandise, net

 

1,073.1

 

1,294.0

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

580.9

 

522.8

 

Total current assets

 

4,429.2

 

4,825.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, Plant and Equipment, net

 

1,398.2

 

1,502.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term investments

 

393.7

 

13.6

 

Goodwill

 

1,147.0

 

893.2

 

Other intangible assets, net

 

330.4

 

157.3

 

Other assets

 

396.6

 

476.9

 

Total other assets

 

2,267.7

 

1,541.0

 

Total assets

 

$

8,095.1

 

$

7,868.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Current debt

 

$

135.3

 

$

18.4

 

Accounts payable

 

497.7

 

524.5

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

1,464.4

 

1,513.8

 

Total current liabilities

 

2,097.4

 

2,056.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noncurrent Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

1,317.5

 

1,324.7

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

815.3

 

618.0

 

Total noncurrent liabilities

 

2,132.8

 

1,942.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contingencies (Note 8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $.01 par value; Class A shares authorized: 1,300,000,000 at March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014; shares issued: 417,509,769 at March 31, 2015 and 412,590,913 at June 30, 2014; Class B shares authorized: 304,000,000 at March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014; shares issued and outstanding: 147,546,137 at March 31, 2015 and 148,728,082 at June 30, 2014

 

5.7

 

5.6

 

Paid-in capital

 

2,816.7

 

2,562.7

 

Retained earnings

 

6,942.1

 

6,265.8

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(408.9

)

(100.3

)

 

 

9,355.6

 

8,733.8

 

Less: Treasury stock, at cost; 186,680,701 Class A shares at March 31, 2015 and 178,434,483 Class A shares at June 30, 2014

 

(5,500.5

)

(4,878.9

)

Total stockholders’ equity — The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

 

3,855.1

 

3,854.9

 

Noncontrolling interests

 

9.8

 

14.5

 

Total equity

 

3,864.9

 

3,869.4

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

8,095.1

 

$

7,868.8

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended
March 31

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

(In millions)

 

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings

 

$

939.6

 

$

950.7

 

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

298.6

 

280.0

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(56.2

)

(33.7

)

Non-cash stock-based compensation

 

133.9

 

124.8

 

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation arrangements

 

(40.7

)

(31.9

)

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

8.1

 

7.6

 

Non-cash charges associated with restructuring charges

 

 

0.1

 

Pension and post-retirement benefit expense

 

48.3

 

52.6

 

Pension and post-retirement benefit contributions

 

(18.5

)

(22.7

)

Loss on Venezuela remeasurement

 

5.3

 

38.3

 

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

 

4.1

 

 

Other non-cash items

 

(4.4

)

(0.2

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in accounts receivable, net

 

(94.2

)

(226.7

)

Decrease (increase) in inventory and promotional merchandise, net

 

104.9

 

(87.4

)

Increase in other assets, net

 

(14.4

)

(65.1

)

Increase in accounts payable

 

14.8

 

26.4

 

Increase in other accrued and noncurrent liabilities

 

55.8

 

156.6

 

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

 

1,385.0

 

1,169.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash Flows from Investing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

(279.8

)

(342.8

)

Acquisition of businesses and other intangible assets, net of cash acquired

 

(242.0

)

(9.2

)

Proceeds from disposition of investments

 

181.3

 

8.4

 

Purchases of investments

 

(691.7

)

(0.6

)

Net cash flows used for investing activities

 

(1,032.2

)

(344.2

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from current debt, net

 

118.7

 

5.3

 

Debt issuance costs

 

(1.1

)

 

Repayments and redemptions of long-term debt

 

(6.0

)

(9.1

)

Net proceeds from stock-based compensation transactions

 

83.5

 

55.4

 

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation arrangements

 

40.7

 

31.9

 

Payments to acquire treasury stock

 

(626.1

)

(600.3

)

Dividends paid to stockholders

 

(259.8

)

(225.2

)

Payments to noncontrolling interest holders for dividends

 

(4.3

)

(2.7

)

Net cash flows used for financing activities

 

(654.4

)

(744.7

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

(39.2

)

(46.0

)

Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

(340.8

)

34.5

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

 

1,629.1

 

1,495.7

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

 

$

1,288.3

 

$

1,530.2

 

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

NOTE 1 — SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”).  All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated.

 

Certain amounts in the consolidated financial statements of prior years have been reclassified to conform to current year presentation.

 

The unaudited interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X.  Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements.  In the opinion of management, all adjustments of a normal recurring nature considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included.  The results of operations of any interim period are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations to be expected for the full fiscal year.  The interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and accompanying footnotes included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

 

Management Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses reported in those financial statements.  Certain significant accounting policies that contain subjective management estimates and assumptions include those related to revenue recognition, inventory, pension and other post-retirement benefit costs, goodwill, other intangible assets and long-lived assets, and income taxes.  Descriptions of these policies are discussed in the notes to consolidated financial statements in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.  Management evaluates its estimates and assumptions on an ongoing basis using historical experience and other factors, including the current economic environment, and makes adjustments when facts and circumstances dictate.  As future events and their effects cannot be determined with precision, actual results could differ significantly from those estimates and assumptions.  Significant changes, if any, in those estimates and assumptions resulting from continuing changes in the economic environment will be reflected in the consolidated financial statements in future periods.

 

Currency Translation and Transactions

 

All assets and liabilities of foreign subsidiaries and affiliates are translated at period-end rates of exchange, while revenue and expenses are translated at weighted-average rates of exchange for the period.  Unrealized translation gains (losses) reported as cumulative translation adjustments through other comprehensive income (loss) (“OCI”) attributable to The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. amounted to $(144.4) million and $(7.6) million, net of tax, during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $(392.5) million and $50.4 million, net of tax, during the nine months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

 

For the Company’s Venezuelan subsidiary operating in a highly inflationary economy, the U.S. dollar is the functional currency.  Remeasurement adjustments in financial statements in a highly inflationary economy and other transactional gains and losses are reflected in earnings.  During the third quarter of fiscal 2014, the Venezuelan government enacted changes to the foreign exchange controls that expanded the use of its then-existing exchange mechanisms and created another exchange control mechanism (“SICAD II”), which allowed companies to apply for the purchase of foreign currency and foreign currency denominated securities for any legal use or purpose.  The Company considered its specific facts and circumstances in determining the appropriate remeasurment rate and determined the SICAD II rate was the most appropriate rate that reflected the economics of its Venezuelan subsidiary’s business as of March 24, 2014, when the SICAD II mechanism became operational.  As a result, the Company changed the exchange rate used to remeasure the monetary assets and liabilities of its Venezuelan subsidiary from 6.3 to the SICAD II rate, which was 49.81 as of March 31, 2014.  Accordingly, a remeasurement charge of $38.3 million, on a before and after tax basis, was reflected in Selling, general and administrative expenses in the Company’s consolidated statements of earnings for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2014.

 

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THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

On February 12, 2015, the Venezuelan government introduced a new open market foreign exchange system (“SIMADI”), which effectively replaced the SICAD II mechanism.  As the SIMADI is the only mechanism legally available at this time for the Company’s highest priority transactions, which are the import of goods, the Company changed the exchange rate used to remeasure the monetary assets and liabilities of its Venezuelan subsidiary to the SIMADI rate, which was 191.97 as of March 31, 2015.  Accordingly, a remeasurement charge of $5.3 million, on a before and after tax basis, was reflected in Selling, general and administrative expenses in the Company’s consolidated statements of earnings for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2015. The net monetary assets of the Company’s Venezuelan subsidiary were not material at March 31, 2015.

 

The Company enters into foreign currency forward contracts and may enter into option contracts to hedge foreign currency transactions for periods consistent with its identified exposures.  Accordingly, the Company categorizes these instruments as entered into for purposes other than trading.

 

The accompanying consolidated statements of earnings include net exchange gains (losses) on foreign currency transactions, including the effects of Venezuelan remeasurement charges, of $7.2 million and $(41.7) million during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $(9.2) million and $(48.1) million during the nine months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

 

Accounts Receivable

 

Accounts receivable is stated net of the allowance for doubtful accounts and customer deductions totaling $20.7 million and $23.9 million as of March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014, respectively.

 

Concentration of Credit Risk

 

The Company is a worldwide manufacturer, marketer and distributor of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products.  The Company’s sales subject to credit risk are made primarily to department stores, perfumeries, specialty multi-brand retailers and retailers in its travel retail business.  The Company grants credit to all qualified customers and does not believe it is exposed significantly to any undue concentration of credit risk.

 

The Company’s largest customer sells products primarily within the United States and accounted for $268.6 million, or 10%, and $284.0 million, or 11%, of the Company’s consolidated net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $827.4 million, or 10%, and $907.0 million, or 11%, of the Company’s consolidated net sales for the nine months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  This customer accounted for $199.7 million, or 15%, and $158.5 million, or 11%, of the Company’s accounts receivable at March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014, respectively.

 

Inventory and Promotional Merchandise

 

Inventory and promotional merchandise, net consists of:

 

 

 

March 31

 

June 30

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw materials

 

$

254.5

 

$

317.5

 

Work in process

 

133.3

 

192.4

 

Finished goods

 

551.2

 

599.5

 

Promotional merchandise

 

134.1

 

184.6

 

 

 

$

1,073.1

 

$

1,294.0

 

 

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THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Property, Plant and Equipment

 

 

 

March 31

 

June 30

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

Assets (Useful Life)

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

$

14.9

 

$

15.4

 

Buildings and improvements (10 to 40 years)

 

195.5

 

205.0

 

Machinery and equipment (3 to 10 years)

 

642.1

 

673.9

 

Computer hardware and software (4 to 10 years)

 

985.0

 

994.8

 

Furniture and fixtures (5 to 10 years)

 

68.0

 

75.1

 

Leasehold improvements

 

1,534.5

 

1,565.7

 

 

 

3,440.0

 

3,529.9

 

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

 

2,041.8

 

2,027.3

 

 

 

$

1,398.2

 

$

1,502.6

 

 

The cost of assets related to projects in progress of $156.8 million and $229.9 million as of March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014, respectively, is included in their respective asset categories above.  Depreciation and amortization of property, plant and equipment was $97.2 million and $94.0 million during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $292.3 million and $275.1 million during the nine months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  Depreciation and amortization related to the Company’s manufacturing process is included in Cost of Sales, and all other depreciation and amortization is included in Selling, general and administrative expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of earnings.

 

Other Accrued Liabilities

 

Other accrued liabilities consist of the following:

 

 

 

March 31

 

June 30

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising, merchandising and sampling

 

$

305.7

 

$

301.7

 

Employee compensation

 

384.6

 

468.2

 

Payroll and other taxes

 

155.0

 

161.2

 

Accrued income taxes

 

147.9

 

113.6

 

Other

 

471.2

 

469.1

 

 

 

$

1,464.4

 

$

1,513.8

 

 

Income Taxes

 

The effective rate for income taxes was 29.2% and 35.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  The decrease in the effective income tax rate was primarily attributable to a reduction in the effective tax rate on the Company’s foreign operations, partially offset by an increase in income tax reserve adjustments. Contributing to a higher effective tax rate in the prior-year period was the impact of the Venezuelan remeasurement charge for which no tax benefit was provided.

 

The effective rate for income taxes was 30.0% and 32.5% for the nine months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  The decrease in the effective income tax rate was primarily attributable to a reduction in the effective tax rate on the Company’s foreign operations, partially offset by an increase in income tax reserve adjustments.  Contributing to a higher effective tax rate in the prior-year period was the impact of the Venezuelan remeasurement charge for which no tax benefit was provided.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

As of March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014, the gross amount of unrecognized tax benefits, exclusive of interest and penalties, totaled $75.1 million and $58.1 million, respectively.  The total amount of unrecognized tax benefits at March 31, 2015 that, if recognized, would affect the effective tax rate was $51.6 million.  The total gross interest and penalties accrued related to unrecognized tax benefits during the three and nine months ended March 31, 2015 in the accompanying consolidated statements of earnings was $0.9 million and $5.7 million, respectively.  The total gross accrued interest and penalties in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets at March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014 was $16.7 million and $12.5 million, respectively.  On the basis of the information available as of March 31, 2015, the Company does not expect any significant changes to the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits within the next 12 months.

 

During the nine months ended March 31, 2015, the Company formally concluded the compliance process with respect to fiscal 2013 under the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Compliance Assurance Program.  The conclusion of this process did not impact the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

As of March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014, the Company had current net deferred tax assets of $262.3 million and $295.1 million, respectively, substantially all of which are included in Prepaid expenses and other current assets in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.  In addition, the Company had noncurrent net deferred tax assets of $76.4 million and $85.5 million as of March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014, respectively, substantially all of which are included in Other assets in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.

 

Recently Adopted Accounting Standards

 

In July 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued authoritative guidance that requires an entity to present an unrecognized tax benefit, or a portion of an unrecognized tax benefit, in the financial statements as a reduction to a deferred tax asset for a net operating loss (“NOL”) carryforward, a similar tax loss, or a tax credit carryforward.  If either (i) an NOL carryforward, a similar tax loss, or tax credit carryforward is not available as of the reporting date under the governing tax law to settle taxes that would result from the disallowance of the tax position or (ii) the entity does not intend to use the deferred tax asset for this purpose (provided that the tax law permits a choice), an entity should present an unrecognized tax benefit in the financial statements as a liability and should not net the unrecognized tax benefit with a deferred tax asset.  This guidance became effective for unrecognized tax benefits that existed as of the Company’s fiscal 2015 first quarter.  The adoption of this guidance did not have a significant impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

In March 2013, the FASB issued authoritative guidance to resolve the diversity in practice concerning the release of the cumulative translation adjustment (“CTA”) into net income (i) when a parent sells a part or all of its investment in a foreign entity or no longer holds a controlling financial interest in a subsidiary or group of assets within a foreign entity, and (ii) in connection with a step acquisition of a foreign entity.  This amended guidance requires that CTA be released in net income only if the sale or transfer results in the complete or substantially complete liquidation of the foreign entity in which the subsidiary or group of assets had resided, and that a pro rata portion of the CTA be released into net income upon a partial sale of an equity method investment in a foreign entity only.  In addition, the amended guidance clarifies the definition of a sale of an investment in a foreign entity to include both, events that result in the loss of a controlling financial interest in a foreign entity and events that result in an acquirer obtaining control of an acquiree in which it held an equity interest immediately prior to the date of acquisition.  The CTA should be released into net income upon the occurrence of such events.  This guidance became effective prospectively for the Company’s fiscal 2015 first quarter.  The adoption of this guidance did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

 

In April 2015, the FASB issued authoritative guidance that simplifies the presentation of debt issuance costs.  Under the revised guidance, entities would no longer be able to recognize debt issuance costs as an asset in the balance sheet.  The amendments in this update require that debt issuance costs related to a recognized debt liability be presented in the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of that debt liability, consistent with debt discounts.  The recognition and measurement guidance for debt issuance costs are not affected by the amendments in this update.  This guidance becomes effective for the Company’s fiscal 2017 first quarter.  Early adoption is only permitted for financial statements that have not been previously issued.  Upon adoption, a reporting entity is required to apply the new guidance on a retrospective basis and required to comply with the applicable disclosures for a change in an accounting principle.  The Company will apply this new guidance retrospectively when it becomes effective, and the adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a significant impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

In April 2015, the FASB issued authoritative guidance to clarify the accounting treatment for fees paid by a customer in cloud computing arrangements.  Under the revised guidance, if a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license, then the customer should account for the software license element of the arrangement consistent with the acquisition of other software licenses.  If the cloud computing arrangement does not include a software license, the customer should account for the arrangement as a service contract.  The revised guidance will not change a customer’s accounting for service contracts. The guidance becomes effective for the Company’s fiscal 2017 first quarter, with early adoption permitted.  Upon adoption, a reporting entity can elect to apply the new guidance prospectively after the effective date, or retrospectively.  The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adoption of this standard on its consolidated financial statements.

 

In June 2014, the FASB amended its authoritative guidance on accounting for certain share-based payment awards.  The amended guidance requires that if share-based compensation awards have terms of a performance target that affect vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period, such performance target should be treated as a performance condition.  As such, the performance target should not be reflected in estimating the grant-date fair value of the award and compensation cost should be recognized in the period in which it becomes probable that the performance target will be achieved.  This guidance becomes effective for the Company’s fiscal 2017 first quarter, with early adoption permitted.  The guidance will permit an entity to apply the amendments in the update either (a) prospectively to all awards granted or modified after the effective date or (b) retrospectively to all awards with performance targets that are outstanding as of the beginning of the earliest annual period presented in the consolidated financial statements and to all new or modified awards thereafter.  The Company will apply this new guidance when it becomes effective, and is currently evaluating the impact of adoption on its consolidated financial statements.

 

In May 2014, the FASB issued authoritative guidance that defines how companies should report revenues from contracts with customers.  The standard requires an entity to recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services.  It provides companies with a single comprehensive five-step principles-based model to use in accounting for revenue and supersedes current revenue recognition requirements, including most industry-specific and transaction-specific revenue guidance.  This guidance becomes effective for the Company’s fiscal 2018 first quarter, and early adoption is not permitted.  In April 2015, the FASB proposed a deferral of the effective date of the new revenue standard by one year.  The proposal will be subject to the FASB’s due process requirements, which include a period for public comments.  If the proposed deferral is passed, the new standard would not be effective for the Company until fiscal 2019.  The guidance permits an entity to apply the standard retrospectively to all prior periods presented, with certain practical expedients, or apply the requirements in the year of adoption, through a cumulative adjustment.  The Company will apply this new guidance when it becomes effective and has not yet selected a transition method.  The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adoption on its consolidated financial statements.

 

In April 2014, the FASB issued authoritative guidance which changes the criteria for a disposal to qualify as a discontinued operation.  This revised standard defines a discontinued operation as (i) a component of an entity or group of components that has been disposed of or is classified as held for sale that represents a strategic shift that has or will have a major effect on an entity’s operations and financial results or (ii) an acquired business or nonprofit activity that is classified as held for sale on the date of acquisition.  The standard also requires expanded disclosures related to discontinued operations and added disclosure requirements for individually material disposal transactions that do not meet the discontinued operations criteria.  This guidance becomes effective prospectively for the Company’s fiscal 2016 first quarter, with early adoption permitted, but only for disposals (or classifications as held for sale) that have not been reported in financial statements previously issued or available to be issued.  The Company will apply this new guidance when it becomes effective, and the adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a significant impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

NOTE 2 — INVESTMENTS

 

During the fiscal 2015 second quarter, the Company modified its cash investment strategy to invest a portion of its cash and cash equivalents in short- and long-term investments.  The Company’s investment objectives include capital preservation, maintaining adequate liquidity, asset diversification, and achieving appropriate returns within the guidelines set forth in the Company’s investment policy.  These investments are classified as available-for-sale, with any temporary difference between the cost and fair value of an investment presented as a separate component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (“AOCI”).  See Note 6 — Fair Value Measurements for further information about how the fair value of investments are determined.

 

Investments in privately-held companies in which the Company has significant influence, but less than a controlling financial interest, are generally accounted for under the equity method of accounting.  These investments were not material to the Company’s consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014 and are included in Long-term investments in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.

 

The Company evaluates investments held in unrealized loss positions for other-than-temporary impairment on a quarterly basis.  Such evaluation involves a variety of considerations, including assessments of the risks and uncertainties associated with general economic conditions and distinct conditions affecting specific issuers.  Factors considered by the Company include, but are not limited to (i) the length of time and extent the security has been in a material loss position; (ii) the financial condition and creditworthiness of the issuer; (iii) future economic conditions and market forecasts related to the issuer’s industry, sector, or geography; (iv) the Company’s intent and ability to retain its investment until maturity or for a period of time sufficient to allow for recovery of market value; and (v) an assessment of whether it is more likely than not that the Company will be required to sell its investment before recovery of market value.

 

Gains and losses recorded in AOCI related to the Company’s available-for-sale investments as of March 31, 2015 were as follows:

 

(In millions) 

 

Cost

 

Gross
Unrealized
Gains

 

Gross
Unrealized
Losses

 

Fair Value

 

U.S. government and agency securities

 

$

292.7

 

$

0.2

 

$

(0.1

)

$

292.8

 

Foreign government and agency securities

 

20.5

 

 

 

20.5

 

Corporate notes and bonds

 

166.7

 

0.2

 

(0.1

)

166.8

 

Time deposits

 

12.9

 

 

 

12.9

 

Other securities

 

30.2

 

1.2

 

 

31.4

 

Total

 

$

523.0

 

$

1.6

 

$

(0.2

)

$

524.4

 

 

Gross unrealized investment gains recorded in AOCI related to the Company’s available-for-sale investments as of June 30, 2014 were $2.1 million.

 

The following table presents the Company’s available-for-sale securities by contractual maturity as of March 31, 2015:

 

(In millions)

 

Cost

 

Fair Value

 

Due within one year

 

$

136.7

 

$

136.7

 

Due after one through five years

 

386.3

 

387.7

 

 

 

$

523.0

 

$

524.4

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

The following table presents the fair market value of the Company’s investments with gross unrealized losses that are not deemed to be other-than temporarily impaired as of March 31, 2015:

 

 

 

In a Loss Position for Less Than 12
Months

 

In a Loss Position for More Than 12
Months

 

(In millions)

 

Fair Value

 

Gross Unrealized
Losses

 

Fair Value

 

Gross Unrealized
Losses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available-for-sale securities

 

$

291.2

 

$

(0.2

)

$

 

$

 

 

Gross gains and losses realized on sales of investments included in the consolidated statements of earnings were as follows:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31

 

Nine Months Ended March 31

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross realized gains

 

$

0.1

 

$

 

$

1.6

 

$

 

Gross realized losses

 

(0.1

)

 

(0.1

)

 

Total

 

$

 

$

 

$

1.5

 

$

 

 

The Company utilizes the first-in, first-out method to determine the cost of the security sold.

 

NOTE 3 — ACQUISITION OF BUSINESSES

 

The Company acquired Le Labo, a fragrance brand, in November 2014, RODIN olio lusso, a skin care brand, in October 2014 and in January 2015, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, a fragrance brand, and GLAMGLOW, a skin care brand.  The results of operations of these businesses are included in the accompanying consolidated financial statements commencing with the date they were acquired.  The purchase price related to each of these acquisitions includes cash paid at closing plus additional amounts to be paid in the future, a portion of which is contingent on the achievement of certain future operating results. The amounts paid at closing were funded by cash on hand and through the issuance of commercial paper.  The additional amounts are expected to be paid from fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2020 with the exception of working capital adjustments, which are anticipated to be settled during fiscal 2015.  The aggregate acquisition-date fair value of these transactions was approximately $445 million.  The purchase prices recorded are provisional pending final working capital adjustments and completion of the final valuations.

 

These fiscal 2015 acquisitions were not material, individually or in the aggregate, to the Company’s consolidated financial statements.  Pro forma results of operations of the prior-year period have not been presented, as the impact on the Company’s consolidated financial results would not have been material.

 

NOTE 4 — GOODWILL AND OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS

 

During the nine months ended March 31, 2015, the Company acquired Le Labo, RODIN olio lusso, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle and GLAMGLOW, which included the addition of goodwill of $254.2 million, amortizable intangible assets of $27.5 million (with a weighted-average amortization period of approximately 9 years) and non-amortizable intangible assets of $157.2 million related to the Company’s fragrance and skin care product categories.  Approximately $159 million of goodwill recorded in connection with certain of these acquisitions is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.  During the nine months ended March 31, 2015, the Company recognized $7.2 million of goodwill associated with the continuing earn-out obligations related to the acquisition of the Bobbi Brown brand.

 

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The following table presents goodwill by product category and the related change in the carrying amount:

 

(In millions)

 

Skin Care

 

Makeup

 

Fragrance

 

Hair Care

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as of June 30, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

$

68.9

 

$

440.7

 

$

54.8

 

$

402.3

 

$

966.7

 

Accumulated impairments

 

(33.6

)

 

 

(39.9

)

(73.5

)

 

 

35.3

 

440.7

 

54.8

 

362.4

 

893.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill acquired during the period

 

121.2

 

7.2

 

133.0

 

 

261.4

 

Translation adjustments

 

(0.6

)

(1.0

)

(2.0

)

(4.0

)

(7.6

)

 

 

120.6

 

6.2

 

131.0

 

(4.0

)

253.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as of March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

184.3

 

446.9

 

185.8

 

393.4

 

1,210.4

 

Accumulated impairments

 

(28.4

)

 

 

(35.0

)

(63.4

)

 

 

$

155.9

 

$

446.9

 

$

185.8

 

$

358.4

 

$

1,147.0

 

 

Other intangible assets consist of the following:

 

 

 

March 31, 2015

 

June 30, 2014

 

(In millions)

 

Gross
Carrying
Value

 

Accumulated
Amortization

 

Total Net
Book
Value

 

Gross
Carrying
Value

 

Accumulated
Amortization

 

Total Net
Book
Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortizable intangible assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer lists and other

 

$

293.7

 

$

225.0

 

$

68.7

 

$

268.3

 

$

216.7

 

$

51.6

 

License agreements

 

43.0

 

43.0

 

 

43.0

 

43.0

 

 

 

 

$

336.7

 

$

268.0

 

68.7

 

$

311.3

 

$

259.7

 

51.6

 

Non-amortizable intangible assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trademarks and other

 

 

 

 

 

261.7

 

 

 

 

 

105.7

 

Total intangible assets

 

 

 

 

 

$

330.4

 

 

 

 

 

$

157.3

 

 

The aggregate amortization expense related to amortizable intangible assets was $3.6 million and $3.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and was $9.7 million and $9.3 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  The estimated aggregate amortization expense for the remainder of fiscal 2015 and for each of fiscal 2016 to 2019 is $3.9 million, $15.2 million, $13.2 million, $11.7 million and $10.7 million, respectively.

 

NOTE 5 — DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

 

The Company addresses certain financial exposures through a controlled program of risk management that includes the use of derivative financial instruments.  The Company enters into foreign currency forward contracts and may enter into option contracts to reduce the effects of fluctuating foreign currency exchange rates and interest rate derivatives to manage the effects of interest rate movements on the Company’s aggregate liability portfolio.  The Company also enters into foreign currency forward contracts and may use option contracts, not designated as hedging instruments, to mitigate the change in fair value of specific assets and liabilities on the balance sheet.  The Company does not utilize derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.  Costs associated with entering into derivative financial instruments have not been material to the Company’s consolidated financial results.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

For each derivative contract entered into where the Company looks to obtain hedge accounting treatment, the Company formally and contemporaneously documents all relationships between hedging instruments and hedged items, as well as its risk-management objective and strategy for undertaking the hedge transaction, the nature of the risk being hedged, how the hedging instruments’ effectiveness in offsetting the hedged risk will be assessed prospectively and retrospectively, and a description of the method of measuring ineffectiveness.  This process includes linking all derivatives to specific assets and liabilities on the balance sheet or to specific firm commitments or forecasted transactions.  The Company also formally assesses, both at the inception of the hedges and on an ongoing basis, whether the derivatives that are used in hedging transactions are highly effective in offsetting changes in fair values or cash flows of hedged items.  If it is determined that a derivative is not highly effective, or that it has ceased to be a highly effective hedge, the Company will be required to discontinue hedge accounting with respect to that derivative prospectively.

 

The fair values of the Company’s derivative financial instruments included in the consolidated balance sheets are presented as follows:

 

 

 

Asset Derivatives

 

Liability Derivatives

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Value (1)

 

 

 

Fair Value (1)

 

(In millions)

 

Balance Sheet
Location

 

March 31
2015

 

June 30
2014

 

Balance Sheet
Location

 

March 31
2015

 

June 30
2014

 

Derivatives Designated as Hedging Instruments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency forward contracts

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

$

67.4

 

$

3.4

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

$

2.1

 

$

18.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derivatives Not Designated as Hedging Instruments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency forward contracts

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

3.6

 

0.8

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

13.3

 

0.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Derivatives

 

 

 

$

71.0

 

$

4.2

 

 

 

$

15.4

 

$

19.1

 

 


(1) See Note 6 — Fair Value Measurements for further information about how the fair value of derivative assets and liabilities are determined.

 

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The amounts of the gains and losses related to the Company’s derivative financial instruments designated as hedging instruments are presented as follows:

 

 

 

Amount of Gain or (Loss)
Recognized in OCI on
Derivatives
(Effective Portion)

 

Location of Gain or
(Loss) Reclassified
from AOCI into
Earnings
(Effective Portion)

 

Amount of Gain or (Loss)
Reclassified from AOCI
into Earnings
 (Effective Portion) 
(1)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

Derivatives in Cash-Flow Hedging Relationships:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency forward contracts

 

$

39.1

 

$

3.2

 

Cost of sales

 

$

3.6

 

$

1.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

10.5

 

0.6

 

Total derivatives

 

$

39.1

 

$

3.2

 

 

 

$

14.1

 

$

1.7

 

 


(1) The amount of gain (loss) recognized in earnings related to the amount excluded from effectiveness testing was $(0.2) million and $0.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  There was no gain (loss) recognized in earnings related to the ineffective portion of the hedging relationships for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014.

 

 

 

Amount of Gain or (Loss)
Recognized in OCI on
Derivatives
(Effective Portion)

 

Location of Gain or
(Loss) Reclassified
from AOCI into
Earnings
(Effective Portion)

 

Amount of Gain or (Loss)
Reclassified from AOCI
into Earnings
(Effective Portion) 
(1)

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended
March 31

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended
March 31

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

Derivatives in Cash-Flow Hedging Relationships:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency forward contracts

 

$

103.2

 

$

(7.1

)

Cost of sales

 

$

5.4

 

$

3.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

17.3

 

3.3

 

Total derivatives

 

$

103.2

 

$

(7.1

)

 

 

$

22.7

 

$

6.9

 

 


(1) The amount of gain (loss) recognized in earnings related to the amount excluded from effectiveness testing was $(1.0) million and $0.9 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  The amount of gain (loss) recognized in earnings related to the ineffective portion of the hedging relationships was $0.6 million and $0.5 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

 

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The amounts of the gains and losses related to the Company’s derivative financial instruments not designated as hedging instruments are presented as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Amount of Gain or (Loss)
Recognized in Earnings on Derivatives

 

 

 

Location of Gain or (Loss)
Recognized in Earnings on

 

Three Months Ended
March 31

 

Nine Months Ended
March 31

 

(In millions)

 

Derivatives

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

Foreign currency forward contracts

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

$

(9.8

)

$

(2.3

)

$

(9.7

)

$

(0.9

)

 

Foreign Currency Cash-Flow Hedges

 

The Company enters into foreign currency forward contracts to hedge anticipated transactions, as well as receivables and payables denominated in foreign currencies, for periods consistent with the Company’s identified exposures.  The purpose of the hedging activities is to minimize the effect of foreign exchange rate movements on costs and on the cash flows that the Company receives from foreign subsidiaries.  The majority of foreign currency forward contracts are denominated in currencies of major industrial countries.  The Company may also enter into foreign currency option contracts to hedge anticipated transactions where there is a high probability that anticipated exposures will materialize.  The foreign currency forward contracts entered into to hedge anticipated transactions have been designated as foreign currency cash-flow hedges and have varying maturities through the end of March 2017.  Hedge effectiveness of foreign currency forward contracts is based on a hypothetical derivative methodology and excludes the portion of fair value attributable to the spot-forward difference which is recorded in current-period earnings.  Hedge effectiveness of foreign currency option contracts is based on a dollar offset methodology.

 

The ineffective portion of both foreign currency forward and option contracts is recorded in current-period earnings.  For hedge contracts that are no longer deemed highly effective, hedge accounting is discontinued and gains and losses in AOCI are reclassified to earnings when the underlying forecasted transaction occurs.  If it is probable that the forecasted transaction will no longer occur, then any gains or losses in AOCI are reclassified to current-period earnings.  As of March 31, 2015, the Company’s foreign currency cash-flow hedges were highly effective in all material respects.  The estimated net gain as of March 31, 2015 that is expected to be reclassified from AOCI into earnings, net of tax, within the next twelve months is $32.6 million.  The accumulated gain (loss) on derivative instruments in AOCI was $68.0 million and $(12.5) million as of March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2014, respectively.

 

At March 31, 2015, the Company had foreign currency forward contracts in the amount of $2,162.1 million.  The foreign currencies included in foreign currency forward contracts (notional value stated in U.S. dollars) are principally the British pound ($442.1 million), Euro ($333.4 million), Swiss franc ($307.7 million), Canadian dollar ($162.2 million), Hong Kong dollar ($148.8 million), Australian dollar ($140.8 million) and Japanese yen ($101.1 million).

 

Fair-Value Hedges

 

The Company may enter into interest rate derivative contracts to manage the exposure to interest rate fluctuations on its funded indebtedness and anticipated issuance of debt for periods consistent with the identified exposures.

 

Credit Risk

 

As a matter of policy, the Company enters into derivative contracts only with counterparties that have a long-term credit rating of at least A- or higher by at least two nationally recognized rating agencies.  The counterparties to these contracts are major financial institutions.  Exposure to credit risk in the event of nonperformance by any of the counterparties is limited to the gross fair value of contracts in asset positions, which totaled $71.0 million at March 31, 2015.  To manage this risk, the Company has established strict counterparty credit guidelines that are continually monitored.  Accordingly, management believes risk of loss under these hedging contracts is remote.

 

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Certain of the Company’s derivative financial instruments, with two counterparties, contain credit-risk-related contingent features.  At March 31, 2015, the Company was in a net asset position for certain derivative contracts that contain such features.  The fair value of those contracts as of March 31, 2015 was $19.2 million.  As of March 31, 2015, the Company was in compliance with such credit-risk-related contingent features.

 

NOTE 6 — FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

 

The Company records certain of its financial assets and liabilities at fair value, which is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability, in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability, in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.  The accounting for fair value measurements must be applied to nonfinancial assets and nonfinancial liabilities that require initial measurement or remeasurement at fair value, which principally consist of assets and liabilities acquired through business combinations and goodwill, indefinite-lived intangible assets and long-lived assets for the purposes of calculating potential impairment.  The Company is required to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value.  The three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value are as follows:

 

Level 1: Inputs based on quoted market prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets at the measurement date.

 

Level 2: Observable inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1, such as quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets; quoted prices for identical or similar assets and liabilities in markets that are not active; or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data.

 

Level 3: Inputs reflect management’s best estimate of what market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability at the measurement date.  The inputs are unobservable in the market and significant to the instrument’s valuation.

 

The following table presents the Company’s hierarchy for its financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 31, 2015:

 

(In millions) 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency forward contracts

 

$

 

$

71.0

 

$

 

$

71.0

 

Available-for-sale securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. government and agency securities

 

 

292.8

 

 

292.8

 

Foreign government and agency securities

 

 

20.5

 

 

20.5

 

Corporate notes and bonds

 

 

166.8

 

 

166.8

 

Time deposits

 

 

12.9

 

 

12.9

 

Other securities

 

6.7

 

24.7

 

 

31.4

 

Total

 

$

6.7

 

$

588.7

 

$

 

$

595.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency forward contracts

 

$

 

$

15.4

 

$

 

$

15.4

 

Contingent consideration

 

 

 

160.7

 

160.7

 

Total

 

$

 

$

15.4

 

$

160.7

 

$

176.1

 

 

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The following table presents the Company’s hierarchy for its financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of June 30, 2014:

 

(In millions) 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency forward contracts

 

$

 

$

4.2

 

$

 

$

4.2

 

Available-for-sale securities

 

7.6

 

 

 

7.6

 

Total

 

$

7.6

 

$

4.2

 

$

 

$

11.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency forward contracts

 

$

 

$

19.1

 

$

 

$

19.1

 

 

The estimated fair values of the Company’s financial instruments are as follows:

 

 

 

March 31
2015

 

June 30
2014

 

(In millions)

 

Carrying
Amount

 

Fair
Value

 

Carrying
Amount

 

Fair
Value

 

Nonderivatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

1,288.3

 

$

1,288.3

 

$

1,629.1

 

$

1,629.1

 

Available-for-sale securities

 

524.4

 

524.4

 

7.6

 

7.6

 

Note receivable

 

 

 

8.4

 

8.5

 

Current and long-term debt

 

1,452.8

 

1,617.3

 

1,343.1

 

1,428.3

 

Additional purchase price payable

 

36.9

 

36.9

 

 

 

Contingent consideration

 

160.7

 

160.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derivatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency forward contracts, net — asset (liability)

 

55.6

 

55.6

 

(14.9

)

(14.9

)

 

The following methods and assumptions were used to estimate the fair value of the Company’s other classes of financial instruments for which it is practicable to estimate that value:

 

Cash and cash equivalents — Cash and all highly-liquid securities with original maturities of three months or less are classified as cash and cash equivalents, primarily consisting of cash deposits in interest bearing accounts, money market funds and time deposits. The carrying amount approximates fair value, primarily because of the short maturity of cash equivalent instruments.

 

Available-for-sale securities — Available-for-sale securities classified within Level 1 of the valuation hierarchy are generally comprised of mutual funds and are valued using quoted market prices on an active exchange.  Available-for-sale securities classified within Level 2 of the valuation hierarchy are valued using third-party pricing services and for time deposits, the carrying amount approximates fair value. To determine fair value, the pricing services use market prices or prices derived from other observable market inputs such as benchmark curves, credit spreads, broker/dealer quotes, and other industry and economic factors.

 

Note receivable — During the second quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company amended the agreement related to the August 2007 sale of Rodan + Fields (a brand then owned by the Company) to receive a fixed amount in lieu of future contingent consideration and other rights.  The fair value of the receivable under the amended agreement was determined by discounting the future cash flows using an implied market rate of 6.1%.  This implied market rate reflected the Company’s estimate of interest rates prevailing in the market for notes with comparable remaining maturities, the creditworthiness of the counterparty, and an assessment of the ultimate collectability of the instrument.  The implied market rate was deemed to be an unobservable input and as such the Company’s note receivable was classified within Level 3 of the valuation hierarchy as of June 30, 2014.  The remaining $8.4 million principal amount was received in August 2014.

 

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Foreign currency forward contracts — The fair values of the Company’s foreign currency forward contracts were determined using an industry-standard valuation model, which is based on an income approach.  The significant observable inputs to the model, such as swap yield curves and currency spot and forward rates, were obtained from an independent pricing service.  To determine the fair value of contracts under the model, the difference between the contract price and the current forward rate was discounted using LIBOR for contracts with maturities up to 12 months, and swap yield curves for contracts with maturities greater than 12 months.

 

Current and long-term debt — The fair value of the Company’s debt was estimated based on the current rates offered to the Company for debt with the same remaining maturities.  To a lesser extent, debt also includes capital lease obligations for which the carrying amount approximates the fair value.  The Company’s debt is classified within Level 2 of the valuation hierarchy.

 

Additional purchase price payable — The Company’s additional purchase price payable represents fixed minimum additional purchase price that was discounted using the Company’s incremental borrowing rate, which was approximately 1%.  The additional purchase price payable is classified within Level 2 of the valuation hierarchy.

 

Contingent Consideration — The fair value of the Company’s contingent consideration obligations is measured using Level 3 inputs which include a probability weighted-average cost of capital to discount estimated future cash flows based upon the likelihood of achieving certain future operating results. The fair value of the contingent consideration related to the acquisition earn-outs was determined by discounting the future cash flows using discount rates ranging from 9% to 14%.  These rates reflect the relative risk and probability of achieving future operating results with the potential earn-outs on the individual acquisitions.  These implied rates are deemed to be unobservable inputs and as such the Company’s contingent consideration is classified within Level 3 of the valuation hierarchy.  An increase or decrease in the risk premium of 100 basis points would result in a value that is approximately $6 million higher or lower than the current liability recorded.

 

Changes in the fair value of the contingent consideration obligations for the nine months ended March 31, 2015 were as follows:

 

(In millions) 

 

Fair Value

 

 

 

 

 

Contingent consideration at June 30, 2014

 

$

 

Acquisitions

 

156.6

 

Change in fair value

 

4.1

 

Contingent consideration at March 31, 2015

 

$

160.7

 

 

NOTE 7 — PENSION AND POST-RETIREMENT BENEFIT PLANS

 

The Company maintains pension plans covering substantially all of its full-time employees for its U.S. operations and a majority of its international operations.  The Company also maintains post-retirement benefit plans which provide certain medical and dental benefits to eligible employees.  Descriptions of these plans are discussed in the notes to consolidated financial statements in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

 

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The components of net periodic benefit cost for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other than

 

 

 

Pension Plans

 

Pension Plans

 

 

 

U.S.

 

International

 

Post-retirement

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service cost

 

$

8.0

 

$

7.9

 

$

5.7

 

$

6.2

 

$

0.8

 

$

0.8

 

Interest cost

 

7.6

 

7.8

 

4.1

 

4.8

 

1.9

 

2.0

 

Expected return on plan assets

 

(12.5

)

(11.7

)

(5.3

)

(5.2

)

(0.6

)

(0.5

)

Amortization of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior service cost

 

0.1

 

0.1

 

0.5

 

0.7

 

0.2

 

0.3

 

Actuarial loss

 

2.4

 

1.8

 

2.4

 

2.4

 

0.4

 

0.2

 

Settlements and curtailments

 

 

 

(1.1

)

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

 

$

5.6

 

$

5.9

 

$

6.3

 

$

8.9

 

$

2.7

 

$

2.8

 

 

The components of net periodic benefit cost for the nine months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other than

 

 

 

Pension Plans

 

Pension Plans

 

 

 

U.S.

 

International

 

Post-retirement

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service cost

 

$

23.8

 

$

23.7

 

$

18.2

 

$

18.5

 

$

2.5

 

$

2.5

 

Interest cost

 

22.8

 

23.4

 

13.1

 

14.2

 

5.7

 

6.0

 

Expected return on plan assets

 

(37.5

)

(35.1

)

(16.3

)

(15.4

)

(1.8

)

(1.5

)

Amortization of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior service cost

 

0.4

 

0.5

 

1.6

 

2.1

 

0.6

 

0.7

 

Actuarial loss

 

7.3

 

5.5

 

7.8

 

6.9

 

1.2

 

0.6

 

Settlements and curtailments

 

 

 

(1.1

)

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

 

$

16.8

 

$

18.0

 

$

23.3

 

$

26.3

 

$

8.2

 

$

8.3

 

 

During the nine months ended March 31, 2015, the Company made contributions to its international pension plans totaling approximately $10 million.

 

The Company disclosed in its consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 that it did not expect to make cash contributions to its domestic trust based, noncontributory qualified defined benefit pension plan (“U.S. Qualified Plan”) during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.  As part of its ongoing review of funded levels, the Company made a discretionary contribution of $25.0 million to the U.S. Qualified Plan in April 2015.

 

The amounts recognized in the consolidated balance sheets related to the Company’s pension and post-retirement benefit plans consist of the following:

 

 

 

March 31

 

June 30

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

Other assets

 

$

127.2

 

$

135.2

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

(26.9

)

(26.9

)

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

(358.8

)

(380.5

)

Funded status

 

(258.5

)

(272.2

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

294.2

 

338.2

 

Net amount recognized

 

$

35.7

 

$

66.0

 

 

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NOTE 8 — CONTINGENCIES

 

Legal Proceedings

 

The Company is involved, from time to time, in litigation and other legal proceedings incidental to its business.  Management believes that the outcome of current litigation and legal proceedings will not have a material adverse effect upon the Company’s results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.  However, management’s assessment of the Company’s current litigation and other legal proceedings could change in light of the discovery of facts with respect to legal actions or other proceedings pending against the Company not presently known to the Company or determinations by judges, juries or other finders of fact which are not in accord with management’s evaluation of the possible liability or outcome of such litigation or proceedings.  Reasonably possible losses in addition to the amounts accrued for litigation and other legal proceedings are not material to the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

NOTE 9 — STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

 

The Company has various stock-based compensation programs (the “Plans”) under which awards, including stock options, performance share units (“PSU”), restricted stock units (“RSU”), market share units (“MSU”), performance share units based on total stockholder return, and share units, may be granted.  As of March 31, 2015, approximately 11,067,200 shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock were reserved and available to be granted pursuant to these Plans.

 

Total net stock-based compensation expense is attributable to the granting of, and the remaining requisite service periods of stock options, PSUs, RSUs, MSUs, performance share units based on total stockholder return, and share units.  Compensation expense attributable to net stock-based compensation is as follows:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31

 

Nine Months Ended
March 31

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation expense

 

$

33.0

 

$

29.9

 

$

133.9

 

$

124.8

 

Income tax benefit

 

10.9

 

9.9

 

43.9

 

41.0

 

 

As of March 31, 2015, the total unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested stock-based awards was $138.9 million and the related weighted-average period over which it is expected to be recognized is approximately 2 years.

 

Stock Options

 

The following is a summary of the Company’s stock option programs as of March 31, 2015 and changes during the nine months then ended:

 

(Shares in thousands)

 

Shares

 

Weighted-
Average
Exercise
Price Per
Share

 

Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value 
(1)
(in millions)

 

Weighted-
Average
Contractual Life
Remaining in
Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding at June 30, 2014

 

14,127.8

 

$

41.51

 

 

 

 

 

Granted at fair value

 

2,172.0

 

76.12

 

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

(2,219.8

)

37.62

 

 

 

 

 

Expired

 

(21.6

)

36.97

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(89.4

)

65.02

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding at March 31, 2015

 

13,969.0

 

47.36

 

$

500.1

 

6.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vested and expected to vest at March 31, 2015

 

13,845.4

 

47.15

 

$

498.6

 

6.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercisable at March 31, 2015

 

9,653.0

 

37.37

 

$

442.0

 

5.5

 

 


(1) The intrinsic value of a stock option is the amount by which the market value of the underlying stock exceeds the exercise price of the option.

 

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The following is a summary of the per-share weighted-average grant date fair value of stock options granted and total intrinsic value of stock options exercised:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31

 

Nine Months Ended
March 31

 

(In millions, except per share data)

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per-share weighted-average grant date fair value of stock options granted

 

$

19.58

 

$

23.58

 

$

22.46

 

$

23.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intrinsic value of stock options exercised

 

$

57.0

 

$

21.7

 

$

88.9

 

$

69.8

 

 

The fair value of each option grant was estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model with the following assumptions:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31

 

Nine Months Ended
March 31

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

Weighted-average expected stock-price volatility

 

27%

 

32%

 

28%

 

33%

 

Weighted-average expected option life

 

7 years

 

7 years

 

7 years

 

7 years

 

Average risk-free interest rate

 

1.6%

 

2.2%

 

2.2%

 

2.5%

 

Average dividend yield

 

1.1%

 

1.1%

 

1.1%

 

1.1%

 

 

The Company uses a weighted-average expected stock-price volatility assumption that is a combination of both current and historical implied volatilities of the underlying stock.  The implied volatilities were obtained from publicly available data sources.  For the weighted-average expected option life assumption, the Company considers the exercise behavior of past grants and models the pattern of aggregate exercises.  The average risk-free interest rate is based on the U.S. Treasury strip rate for the expected term of the options and the average dividend yield is based on historical experience.

 

Performance Share Units

 

During the nine months ended March 31, 2015, the Company granted approximately 261,700 PSUs, which will be settled in stock subject to the achievement of the Company’s net sales, diluted net earnings per common share and return on invested capital goals for the three fiscal years ending June 30, 2017, all subject to the continued employment or retirement of the grantees.  PSUs granted in fiscal 2015 are accompanied by dividend equivalent rights that will be payable in cash upon settlement of the PSU.  In September 2014, approximately 377,300 shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock were issued and related accrued dividends were paid, relative to the target goals set at the time of the PSU issuance, in settlement of approximately 259,700 PSUs that vested as of June 30, 2014.

 

The following is a summary of the status of the Company’s PSUs as of March 31, 2015 and activity during the nine months then ended:

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-Average

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Date

 

(Shares in thousands)

 

Shares

 

Fair Value Per Share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonvested at June 30, 2014

 

538.6

 

$

63.53

 

Granted

 

261.7

 

76.23

 

Vested

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

 

 

Nonvested at March 31, 2015

 

800.3

 

67.68

 

 

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Restricted Stock Units

 

The Company granted approximately 1,431,000 RSUs during the nine months ended March 31, 2015 which, at the time of grant, were scheduled to vest as follows: 501,700 in fiscal 2016, 517,600 in fiscal 2017 and 411,700 in fiscal 2018.  All RSUs are subject to the continued employment or retirement of the grantees.  The RSUs granted in fiscal 2015 are accompanied by dividend equivalent rights, payable upon settlement of the RSU either in cash or shares (based on the terms of the particular award) upon settlement of the RSU and, as such, were valued at the closing market price of the Company’s Class A Common Stock on the date of grant.

 

The following is a summary of the status of the Company’s RSUs as of March 31, 2015 and activity during the nine months then ended:

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-Average

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Date

 

(Shares in thousands)

 

Shares

 

Fair Value Per Share