10-Q 1 d424216d10q.htm FORM 10-Q Form 10-Q
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

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 October 31, 2012

OR

 

¨ 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: 1-9494

 

 

TIFFANY & CO.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   13-3228013

(State of

incorporation)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

727 Fifth Ave. New York, NY   10022
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 755-8000

Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report             

 

 

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  ¨

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  ¨

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

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

APPLICABLE ONLY TO CORPORATE ISSUERS: Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock as of the latest practicable date: Common Stock, $.01 par value, 126,774,061 shares outstanding at the close of business on October 31, 2012.

 

 

 


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TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES

INDEX TO FORM 10-Q

FOR THE QUARTER ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2012

 

     PAGE  

PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  

Item 1. Financial Statements

  

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets – October 31, 2012, January 31, 2012 and October  31, 2011 (Unaudited)

     3   

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings – for the three and nine months ended October  31, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)

     4   

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Earnings – for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)

     5   

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity – for the nine months ended October  31, 2012 (Unaudited)

     6   

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows – for the nine months ended October  31, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)

     7   

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

     8-20   

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

     21-30   

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     31   

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

     32   

PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

     33   

Item 1A. Risk Factors

     34   

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

     35   

Item 6. Exhibits

     36   

(a) Exhibits

  

 

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PART I. Financial Information

Item 1. Financial Statements

TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

     October 31, 2012     January 31, 2012     October 31, 2011  

ASSETS

      

Current assets:

      

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 344,512      $ 433,954      $ 279,111   

Short-term investments

     1,362        8,236        18,253   

Accounts receivable, less allowances of $8,796, $11,772 and $11,546

     160,604        184,085        170,181   

Inventories, net

     2,289,571        2,073,212        2,065,466   

Deferred income taxes

     106,744        83,124        93,790   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     180,013        107,064        117,706   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     3,082,806        2,889,675        2,744,507   

Property, plant and equipment, net

     800,225        767,174        752,151   

Deferred income taxes

     269,546        271,156        171,986   

Other assets, net

     297,418        230,987        229,640   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 4,449,995      $ 4,158,992      $ 3,898,284   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

      

Current liabilities:

      

Short-term borrowings

   $ 196,279      $ 112,973      $ 107,830   

Current portion of long-term debt

     —          60,822        61,247   

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

     284,189        328,962        287,012   

Income taxes payable

     17,958        60,977        1,459   

Merchandise and other customer credits

     65,996        62,943        64,360   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     564,422        626,677        521,908   

Long-term debt

     781,637        538,352        539,703   

Pension/postretirement benefit obligations

     322,033        338,564        212,268   

Deferred gains on sale-leasebacks

     108,962        119,692        124,047   

Other long-term liabilities

     205,720        186,802        187,635   

Commitments and contingencies

      

Stockholders’ equity:

      

Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 2,000 shares, none issued and outstanding

     —          —          —     

Common Stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 240,000 shares, issued and outstanding 126,774, 126,676 and 127,027

     1,267        1,267        1,270   

Additional paid-in capital

     1,010,418        970,215        957,915   

Retained earnings

     1,532,358        1,462,553        1,352,852   

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) gain, net of tax

     (89,320     (85,130     686   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Tiffany & Co. stockholders’ equity

     2,454,723        2,348,905        2,312,723   

Non-controlling interest

     12,498        —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     2,467,221        2,348,905        2,312,723   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 4,449,995      $ 4,158,992      $ 3,898,284   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

     Three Months Ended
October 31,
     Nine Months Ended
October 31,
 
     2012      2011      2012      2011  

Net sales

   $ 852,741       $ 821,767       $ 2,558,480       $ 2,455,497   

Cost of sales

     388,452         345,918         1,126,011         1,021,258   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Gross profit

     464,289         475,849         1,432,469         1,434,239   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     346,994         329,672         1,025,609         1,011,556   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings from operations

     117,295         146,177         406,860         422,683   

Interest and other expenses, net

     14,783         10,393         39,587         30,159   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings from operations before income taxes

     102,512         135,784         367,273         392,524   

Provision for income taxes

     39,333         46,095         130,759         131,729   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net earnings

   $ 63,179       $ 89,689       $ 236,514       $ 260,795   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

           

Basic

   $ 0.50       $ 0.71       $ 1.87       $ 2.04   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.49       $ 0.70       $ 1.85       $ 2.02   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted-average number of common shares:

           

Basic

     126,737         127,210         126,697         127,614   

Diluted

     127,902         128,812         127,914         129,329   

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
   October 31,     October 31,  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Net earnings

   $ 63,179      $ 89,689      $ 236,514      $ 260,795   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     15,029        (13,413     (6,324     21,603   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities

     989        (1,177     2,091        (702

Less: reclassification adjustment for loss included in net earnings

     6        2        6        55   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities

     995        (1,175     2,097        (647
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Unrealized gain (loss) on hedging instruments

     5,658        (11,716     (24,713     (19,862

Less: reclassification adjustments for loss included in net earnings

     3,141        1,696        10,904        2,666   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Unrealized gain (loss) on hedging instruments

     8,799        (10,020     (13,809     (17,196
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Amortization of net loss

     3,956        2,497        11,949        5,083   

Amortization of prior service cost

     89        101        267        304   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net unrealized gain on benefit plans

     4,045        2,598        12,216        5,387   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive earnings (loss), before tax

     28,868        (22,010     (5,820     9,147   

Income tax (expense) benefit related to items of other comprehensive earnings (loss)

     (4,886     1,847        1,630        4,104   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive earnings (loss), net of tax

     23,982        (20,163     (4,190     13,251   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive earnings

   $ 87,161      $ 69,526      $ 232,324      $ 274,046   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

     Total
Stockholders’
    Retained     Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
    Common Stock     Additional
Paid-In
    Non-controlling  
     Equity     Earnings     Loss     Shares     Amount     Capital     Interests  

Balances, January 31, 2012

   $ 2,348,905      $ 1,462,553      $ (85,130     126,676      $ 1,267      $ 970,215      $ —     

Exercise of stock options and vesting of restricted stock units (“RSUs”)

     8,751        —          —          866        8        8,743        —     

Tax effect of exercise of stock options and vesting of RSUs

     10,805        —          —          —          —          10,805        —     

Share-based compensation expense

     22,829        —          —          —          —          22,829        —     

Issuance of Common Stock under the Employee Profit Sharing and Retirement Savings Plan

     3,150        —          —          45        —          3,150        —     

Purchase and retirement of Common Stock

     (54,107     (48,775     —          (813     (8     (5,324     —     

Cash dividends on Common Stock

     (117,934     (117,934     —          —          —          —          —     

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax

     (4,190     —          (4,190     —          —          —          —     

Net earnings attributable to Tiffany & Co.

     236,514        236,514        —          —          —          —          —     

Non-controlling interests

     12,498        —          —          —          —          —          12,498   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balances, October 31, 2012

   $ 2,467,221      $ 1,532,358      $ (89,320     126,774      $ 1,267      $ 1,010,418      $ 12,498   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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TIFFANY & CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

     Nine Months Ended October 31,  
     2012     2011  

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

    

Net earnings

   $ 236,514      $ 260,795   

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     120,158        103,439   

Lease exit charge

     —          30,884   

Amortization of gain on sale-leasebacks

     (8,181     (8,210

Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

     (10,847     (17,621

Provision for inventories

     28,346        24,589   

Deferred income taxes

     (24,389     (18,765

Provision for pension/postretirement benefits

     34,486        24,883   

Share-based compensation expense

     22,618        22,888   

Changes in assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable

     20,351        20,288   

Inventories

     (250,222     (433,750

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     (16,319     (17,264

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

     (31,009     (5,459

Income taxes payable

     (61,936     (29,009

Merchandise and other customer credits

     (406     (1,895

Other, net

     (38,029     (12,947
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

     21,135        (57,154
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

    

Purchases of marketable securities and short-term investments

     (13,164     (34,034

Proceeds from sale of marketable securities and short-term investments

     19,289        79,399   

Capital expenditures

     (157,264     (182,044

Notes receivable funded

     (1,000     (56,605

Investment in leasehold rights

     (35,605     —     

Payment for acquisition

     (25,000     —     

Other

     —          (1,674
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (212,744     (194,958
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

    

Proceeds from credit facility borrowings, net

     57,340        61,916   

Proceeds from other credit facility borrowings

     26,972        —     

Repayment of long-term debt

     (60,000     (58,915

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

     250,000        —     

Payment for settlements of interest rate swap agreements

     (29,335     —     

Net proceeds received from termination of interest rate swap

     —          9,527   

Repurchase of Common Stock

     (54,107     (138,813

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

     8,751        62,644   

Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

     10,847        17,621   

Cash dividends on Common Stock

     (117,934     (106,066

Financing fees

     (1,199     —     

Proceeds from non-controlling interest

     12,750        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     104,085        (152,086
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     (1,918     1,718   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (89,442     (402,480

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

     433,954        681,591   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of nine months

   $ 344,512      $ 279,111   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

1. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Tiffany & Co. (the “Company”) and its subsidiaries in which a controlling interest is maintained. Controlling interest is determined by majority ownership interest and the absence of substantive third-party participating rights or, in the case of variable interest entities (VIEs), if the Company has the power to significantly direct the activities of a VIE, as well as the obligation to absorb significant losses of or the right to receive significant benefits from the VIE. Intercompany accounts, transactions and profits have been eliminated in consolidation. The interim statements are unaudited and, in the opinion of management, include all adjustments (which represent normal recurring adjustments) necessary to fairly state the Company’s financial position as of October 31, 2012 and 2011 and the results of its operations and cash flows for the interim periods presented. The condensed consolidated balance sheet data for January 31, 2012 is derived from the audited financial statements, which are included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and should be read in connection with these financial statements. As permitted by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, these financial statements do not include all disclosures required by generally accepted accounting principles.

The Company’s business is seasonal in nature, with the fourth quarter typically representing at least one-third of annual net sales and approximately one-half of annual net earnings. Therefore, the results of its operations for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011 are not necessarily indicative of the results of the entire fiscal year.

2. NEW ACCOUNTING STANDARDS

In June 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05, “Presentation of Comprehensive Income”, which allows an entity the option to present components of net income and other comprehensive income either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements. The guidance eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders’ equity. The new guidance does not change the items that must be reported in other comprehensive income or when an item of other comprehensive income must be reclassified to net income. The Company adopted the new guidance effective February 1, 2012, and it did not have an impact on the Company’s financial position or earnings.

In September 2011, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-08, “Testing Goodwill for Impairment”, which allows an entity to use a qualitative approach to test goodwill for impairment. The new guidance permits an entity to first perform a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying value. If it is concluded that this is the case, it is necessary to perform the currently prescribed two-step goodwill impairment test. Otherwise, the two-step goodwill impairment test is not required. The Company adopted the new guidance effective February 1, 2012, and it did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial position or earnings.

3. ACQUISITION

In July 2012, the Company, through a venture with a former independent distributor Damas Jewellery LLC (“Damas”), acquired the net assets associated with the five existing TIFFANY & CO. wholesale stores located in the United Arab Emirates (“U.A.E.”) for total consideration of $25,000,000, of which $24,493,000 was allocated to goodwill and the remainder to other tangible assets and liabilities. All of the goodwill associated with the transaction would be deductible for tax purposes; however the Company does not expect to receive a tax benefit as the U.A.E. does not impose a corporate income tax. Factors that contributed to a purchase price resulting in the recognition of goodwill are that the acquisition will (i) enable the Company to immediately integrate five existing TIFFANY & CO. stores into the Company’s worldwide store network and (ii) enhance awareness of the Company’s brand in the U.A.E.

 

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In accordance with the agreement, the Company owns 49% of the common shares of the venture with Damas and will be entitled to 75% of the profits or losses of the venture. The Company is responsible for all merchandise assortment and pricing, advertising and promotional activities, staffing, store design and visual display and financial services. The Company has evaluated the variable interest entity consolidation requirements with respect to this transaction and has determined that the Company is the primary beneficiary as it has the power to direct the activities that most significantly impact the venture’s economic performance. Therefore, the results of the venture will be consolidated within the financial results. Income or loss attributable to the non-controlling interests will be presented within interest and other expenses, net on the condensed consolidated statement of earnings as the amount is not material. The results of the venture and the associated goodwill will be included within the Other non-reportable segment.

4. RECEIVABLES AND FINANCE CHARGES

The Company maintains an allowance for doubtful accounts for estimated losses associated with the accounts receivable recorded on the balance sheet. The allowance is determined based on a combination of factors including, but not limited to, the length of time that the receivables are past due, the Company’s knowledge of the customer, economic and market conditions and historical write-off experiences.

For the receivables associated with Tiffany & Co. credit cards (“Credit Card Receivables”), the Company uses various indicators to determine whether to extend credit to customers and the amount of credit. Such indicators include reviewing prior experience with the customer, including sales and collection history, and using applicants’ credit reports and scores provided by credit rating agencies. Credit Card Receivables require minimum balance payments. The Company classifies a Credit Card account as overdue if a minimum balance payment has not been received within the allotted timeframe (generally 30 days), after which internal collection efforts commence. For each account receivable recorded on the balance sheet, once all internal collection efforts have been exhausted and management has reviewed the account, the account balance is written off and may be sent for external collection or legal action. At October 31, 2012 and 2011, the carrying amount of the Credit Card Receivables (recorded in accounts receivable, net in the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet) was $52,717,000 and $53,985,000 of which 97% was considered current in those same periods. The allowance for doubtful accounts for estimated losses associated with the Credit Card Receivables (approximately $1,500,000 at October 31, 2012 and $2,000,000 at October 31, 2011) was determined based on the factors discussed above, and did not change significantly from January 31, 2012. Finance charges on Credit Card accounts are not significant.

The Company may, from time to time, extend loans to diamond mining and exploration companies in order to obtain rights to purchase the mine’s output. Management evaluates these and any other loans that may arise for potential impairment by reviewing the parties’ financial statements and projections and other economic factors on a periodic basis. As of October 31, 2012, the current portion of the carrying amount of loans receivable including accrued interest was $12,426,000 and was recorded in prepaid expenses and other current assets on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet. As of October 31, 2012 and 2011, the non-current portion of the carrying amount of loans receivable including accrued interest was $46,808,000 and $57,785,000 and was included in other assets, net on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet. The Company has not recorded any material impairment charges on such loans as of October 31, 2012 and 2011.

5. INVENTORIES

 

     October 31,      January 31,      October 31,  

(in thousands)

   2012      2012      2011  

Finished goods

   $ 1,377,518       $ 1,145,680       $ 1,173,673   

Raw materials

     745,334         784,040         737,686   

Work-in-process

     166,719         143,492         154,107   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Inventories, net

   $ 2,289,571       $ 2,073,212       $ 2,065,466   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

6. INCOME TAXES

The effective income tax rate for the three months ended October 31, 2012 was 38.4% versus 33.9% in the prior year. The higher effective income tax rate for the three months ended October 31, 2012 is primarily due

 

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to the true-up of the prior year’s tax provision upon filing the tax returns as well as differences in the geographical mix of earnings. The effective income tax rate for the nine months ended October 31, 2012 was 35.6% versus 33.6% in the prior year. In the nine months ended October 31, 2011, the Company reversed a valuation allowance against certain deferred tax assets where management had determined it was more likely than not that the deferred tax assets would be realized in the future.

During the nine months ended October 31, 2012, the change in the gross amount of unrecognized tax benefits and accrued interest and penalties was not significant.

The Company is subject to taxation in the U.S. and various state and foreign jurisdictions. As a matter of course, various taxing authorities regularly audit the Company. The Company’s tax filings are currently being examined by a number of tax authorities in various jurisdictions. Ongoing audits where subsidiaries have a material presence include New York state (tax years 2004-2010), New York City (tax years 2009-2010), New Jersey (tax years 2006-2009) and the Internal Revenue Service (tax years 2006-2009). Tax years from 2004-present are open to examination in U.S. Federal and various state, local and foreign jurisdictions. The Company believes that its tax positions comply with applicable tax laws and that it has adequately provided for these matters. However, the audits may result in proposed assessments where the ultimate resolution may result in the Company owing additional taxes. Management anticipates that it is reasonably possible that the total gross amount of unrecognized tax benefits will decrease by approximately $20,000,000 in the next 12 months, a portion of which may affect the effective tax rate; however, management does not currently anticipate a significant effect on net earnings. Future developments may result in a change in this assessment.

7. EARNINGS PER SHARE

Basic earnings per share (“EPS”) is computed as net earnings divided by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted EPS includes the dilutive effect of the assumed exercise of stock options and unvested restricted stock units.

The following table summarizes the reconciliation of the numerators and denominators for the basic and diluted EPS computations:

 

     Three Months Ended October 31,      Nine Months Ended October 31,  

(in thousands)

   2012      2011      2012      2011  

Net earnings for basic and diluted EPS

   $ 63,179       $ 89,689       $ 236,514       $ 260,795   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares for basic EPS

     126,737         127,210         126,697         127,614   

Incremental shares based upon the assumed exercise of stock options and unvested restricted stock units

     1,165         1,602         1,217         1,715   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares for diluted EPS

     127,902         128,812         127,914         129,329   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

For the three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, there were 758,000 and 410,000 stock options and restricted stock units excluded from the computations of earnings per diluted share due to their antidilutive effect. For the nine months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, there were 843,000 and 358,000 stock options and restricted stock units excluded from the computations of earnings per diluted share due to their antidilutive effect.

8. HEDGING INSTRUMENTS

Background Information

The Company uses derivative financial instruments, including interest rate swaps, forward contracts, put option contracts and net-zero-cost collar arrangements (combination of call and put option contracts) to mitigate its exposures to changes in interest rates, foreign currency and precious metal prices. Derivative

 

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instruments are recorded on the consolidated balance sheet at their fair values, as either assets or liabilities, with an offset to current or comprehensive earnings, depending on whether the derivative is designated as part of an effective hedge transaction and, if it is, the type of hedge transaction. If a derivative instrument meets certain hedge accounting criteria, the derivative instrument is designated as one of the following on the date the derivative is entered into:

 

   

Fair Value Hedge – A hedge of the exposure to changes in the fair value of a recognized asset or liability or an unrecognized firm commitment. For fair value hedge transactions, both the effective and ineffective portions of the changes in the fair value of the derivative and changes in the fair value of the item being hedged are recorded in current earnings.

 

   

Cash Flow Hedge – A hedge of the exposure to variability in the cash flows of a recognized asset, liability or a forecasted transaction. For cash flow hedge transactions, the effective portion of the changes in fair value of derivatives are reported as other comprehensive income (“OCI”) and are recognized in current earnings in the period or periods during which the hedged transaction affects current earnings. Amounts excluded from the effectiveness calculation and any ineffective portions of the change in fair value of the derivative are recognized in current earnings.

The Company formally documents the nature of and relationships between the hedging instruments and hedged items for a derivative to qualify as a hedge at inception and throughout the hedged period. The Company also documents its risk management objectives, strategies for undertaking the various hedge transactions and method of assessing hedge effectiveness. Additionally, for hedges of forecasted transactions, the significant characteristics and expected terms of a forecasted transaction must be identified, and it must be probable that each forecasted transaction will occur. If it were deemed probable that the forecasted transaction would not occur, the gain or loss on the derivative financial instrument would be recognized in current earnings. Derivative financial instruments qualifying for hedge accounting must maintain a specified level of effectiveness between the hedge instrument and the item being hedged, both at inception and throughout the hedged period.

The Company does not use derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.

Types of Derivative Instruments

Interest Rate Swaps – In 2009, the Company entered into interest rate swaps to convert its fixed rate 2002 Series D and 2008 Series A obligations to floating rate obligations. Since the fair value of the Company’s fixed rate long-term debt is sensitive to interest rate changes, the interest rate swaps serve as a hedge to changes in the fair value of these debt instruments. The Company hedges its exposure to changes in interest rates over the remaining maturities of the debt agreements being hedged. The Company accounted for the interest rate swaps as fair value hedges. During 2011, the Company terminated the interest rate swap used to convert the 2008 Series A fixed obligation to a floating rate obligation. The interest rate swap associated with the 2002 Series D debt expired in July 2012.

In the six months ended July 31, 2012, the Company entered into forward-starting interest rate swaps to hedge the impact of interest rate volatility on future interest payments associated with the anticipated incurrence of additional debt which was incurred in July 2012 (refer to “Note 10. Debt”). The Company accounted for the forward-starting interest rate swaps as cash flow hedges. The Company settled the interest rate swaps in the three months ended July 31, 2012 and paid $29,335,000.

Foreign Exchange Forward and Put Option Contracts – The Company uses foreign exchange forward contracts or put option contracts to offset the foreign currency exchange risks associated with foreign currency-denominated liabilities, intercompany transactions and forecasted purchases of merchandise between entities with differing functional currencies. For put option contracts, if the market exchange rate at the time of the put option contract’s expiration is stronger than the contracted exchange rate, the Company allows the put option contract to expire, limiting its loss to the cost of the put option contract. The Company assesses hedge effectiveness based on the total changes in the put option contracts’ cash flows. These foreign exchange forward contracts and put option contracts are designated and accounted for as either cash flow hedges or economic hedges that are not designated as hedging instruments.

 

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In 2010, the Company de-designated all of its outstanding put option contracts at that time (none of which were outstanding at October 31, 2012) and entered into offsetting call option contracts. These put and call option contracts were accounted for as undesignated hedges. Any gains or losses on these de-designated put option contracts were substantially offset by losses or gains on the call option contracts.

As of October 31, 2012, the notional amount of foreign exchange forward and put option contracts accounted for as cash flow hedges was $157,288,000 and the notional amount of foreign exchange forward contracts accounted for as undesignated hedges was $61,276,000. The term of all outstanding foreign exchange forward and put option contracts as of October 31, 2012 ranged from less than one month to 13 months.

Precious Metal Collars & Forward Contracts – The Company periodically hedges a portion of its forecasted purchases of precious metals for use in its internal manufacturing operations in order to minimize the effect of volatility in precious metal prices. The Company may use either a combination of call and put option contracts in net-zero-cost collar arrangements (“precious metal collars”) or forward contracts. For precious metal collars, if the price of the precious metal at the time of the expiration of the precious metal collar is within the call and put price, the precious metal collar expires at no cost to the Company. The Company accounts for its precious metal collars and forward contracts as cash flow hedges. The Company assesses hedge effectiveness based on the total changes in the precious metal collars and forward contracts’ cash flows. The maximum term over which the Company is hedging its exposure to the variability of future cash flows for all forecasted transactions is 12 months. As of October 31, 2012, there were approximately 10,400 ounces of platinum and 273,000 ounces of silver precious metal derivative instruments outstanding.

Information on the location and amounts of derivative gains and losses in the consolidated financial statements is as follows:

 

(in thousands)

   Three Months
Ended

October  31,
2012
     Three Months
Ended

October  31,
2011
    Nine Months
Ended

October  31,
2012
    Nine Months
Ended

October  31,
2011
 

Interest Rate Swap Agreements in Fair Value Hedging Relationships:

  

      

Pre-tax gain (loss) recognized in earnings on derivatives a

   $ —         $ 1,845      $ (406   $ 3,595   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Pre-tax (loss) gain recognized in earnings on hedged item a

   $ —         $ (1,551   $ 464      $ (3,043
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     Three Months Ended October 31,  
     2012     2011  

(in thousands)

   Pre-Tax Gain
(Loss) Recognized
in OCI (Effective
Portion)
    Amount of Loss
Reclassified from
Accumulated OCI
into Earnings
(Effective Portion)
    Pre-Tax Loss
Recognized in OCI

(Effective Portion)
    Amount of (Loss)
Gain Reclassified
from Accumulated
OCI into Earnings

(Effective Portion)
 

Derivatives in Cash Flow Hedging Relationships:

        

Foreign exchange forward contracts b

   $ 2,513      $ (589   $ (4,784   $ (2,173

Put option contracts b

     (47     —          (17     (426

Precious metal forward contracts b

     3,192        (2,153     (6,915     903   

Forward-starting interest rate swaps a

     —          (399     —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 5,658      $ (3,141   $ (11,716   $ (1,696
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     Nine Months Ended October 31,  
     2012     2011  

(in thousands)

   Pre-Tax Gain
(Loss) Recognized
in OCI (Effective
Portion)
    Amount of Loss
Reclassified from
Accumulated OCI
into Earnings
(Effective Portion)
    Pre-Tax Loss
Recognized  in
OCI (Effective
Portion)
    Amount of (Loss)
Gain Reclassified
from Accumulated
OCI into Earnings

(Effective Portion)
 

Derivatives in Cash Flow Hedging Relationships:

        

Foreign exchange forward contracts b

   $ 6,774      $ (4,902   $ (14,942   $ (4,226

Put option contracts b

     (456     (129     (78     (1,765

Precious metal collars b

     —          —          —          607   

Precious metal forward contracts b

     (4,520     (5,292     (4,842     2,718   

Forward-starting interest rate swaps a

     (26,511     (533     —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ (24,713   $ (10,856   $ (19,862   $ (2,666
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Information on the total pre-tax (loss) gain recognized in earnings on derivatives not designated as hedging instruments is as follows:

 

     Pre-Tax (Loss) Gain Recognized in Earnings on Derivatives  

(in thousands)

   Three Months
Ended
October 31, 2012
    Three Months
Ended
October 31, 2011
    Nine Months
Ended
October 31, 2012
    Nine Months
Ended
October 31, 2011
 

Derivatives Not Designated as Hedging Instruments:

        

Foreign exchange forward contracts a

   $ (813 c    $ (124 c    $ (1,193 c    $ 417  c 

Call option contracts b

     —          —          —          92   

Put option contracts b

     —          —          —          (92
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ (813   $ (124   $ (1,193   $ 417   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

a 

The gain or loss recognized in earnings is included within Interest and other expenses, net on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statement of Earnings.

b 

The gain or loss recognized in earnings is included within Cost of sales on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statement of Earnings.

c 

Gains or losses on the undesignated foreign exchange forward contracts substantially offset foreign exchange losses or gains on the liabilities and transactions being hedged.

There was no material ineffectiveness related to the Company’s hedging instruments for the periods ended October 31, 2012 and 2011. The Company expects approximately $2,492,000 of net pre-tax derivative losses included in accumulated other comprehensive income at October 31, 2012 will be reclassified into earnings within the next 12 months. This amount will vary due to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and precious metal prices.

For information regarding the location and amount of the derivative instruments in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet, refer to “Note 9. Fair Value of Financial Instruments.”

 

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Concentration of Credit Risk

A number of major international financial institutions are counterparties to the Company’s derivative financial instruments. The Company enters into derivative financial instrument agreements only with counterparties meeting certain credit standards (a credit rating of A/A2 or better at the time of the agreement) and limits the amount of agreements or contracts it enters into with any one party. The Company may be exposed to credit losses in the event of non-performance by individual counterparties or the entire group of counterparties.

9. FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

Fair value is defined as the exchange price that would be received for an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date. U.S. GAAP establishes a fair value hierarchy which requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. U.S. GAAP prescribes three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value:

Level 1 – Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. Level 1 inputs are considered to carry the most weight within the fair value hierarchy due to the low levels of judgment required in determining fair values.

Level 2 – Observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data.

Level 3 – Unobservable inputs reflecting the reporting entity’s own assumptions. Level 3 inputs are considered to carry the least weight within the fair value hierarchy due to substantial levels of judgment required in determining fair values.

The Company uses the market approach to measure fair value for its mutual funds, time deposits and derivative instruments. The Company’s interest rate swaps are primarily valued using the 3-month LIBOR rate. The Company’s put and call option contracts, as well as its foreign exchange forward contracts, are primarily valued using the appropriate foreign exchange spot rates. The Company’s precious metal collars and forward contracts are primarily valued using the relevant precious metal spot rate. For further information on the Company’s hedging instruments and program, see “Note 8. Hedging Instruments.”

Financial assets and liabilities carried at fair value at October 31, 2012 are classified in the table below in one of the three categories described above:

 

     Carrying      Estimated Fair Value      Total Fair  

(in thousands)

   Value      Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Value  

Mutual funds a

   $ 42,399       $ 42,399       $ —         $ —         $ 42,399   

Time deposits b

     1,362         1,362         —           —           1,362   

Derivatives designated as hedging instruments:

              

Precious metal forward contracts c

     783         —           783         —           783   

Put option contracts c

     95         —           95         —           95   

Foreign exchange forward contracts c

     2,762         —           2,762         —           2,762   

Derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

              

Foreign exchange forward contracts c

     55         —           55         —           55   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total financial assets

   $ 47,456       $ 43,761       $ 3,695       $ —         $ 47,456   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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     Carrying      Estimated Fair Value      Total Fair  

(in thousands)

   Value      Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Value  

Derivatives designated as hedging instruments:

              

Precious metal forward contracts d

   $ 1,144       $ —         $ 1,144       $ —         $ 1,144   

Foreign exchange forward contracts d

     12         —           12         —           12   

Derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

              

Foreign exchange forward contracts d

     824         —           824         —           824   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total financial liabilities

   $ 1,980       $ —         $ 1,980       $ —         $ 1,980   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Financial assets and liabilities carried at fair value at October 31, 2011 are classified in the table below in one of the three categories described above:

 

     Carrying      Estimated Fair Value      Total Fair  

(in thousands)

   Value      Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Value  

Mutual funds a

   $ 38,561       $ 38,561       $ —         $ —         $ 38,561   

Time deposits b

     18,253         18,253         —           —           18,253   

Derivatives designated as hedging instruments:

              

Interest rate swaps a

     660         —           660         —           660   

Precious metal forward contracts c

     2,110         —           2,110         —           2,110   

Derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

              

Foreign exchange forward contracts c

     355         —           355         —           355   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total financial assets

   $ 59,939       $ 56,814       $ 3,125       $ —         $ 59,939   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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     Carrying      Estimated Fair Value      Total Fair  

(in thousands)

   Value      Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Value  

Derivatives designated as hedging instruments:

              

Foreign exchange forward contracts d

   $ 8,691       $ —         $ 8,691       $ —         $ 8,691   

Precious metal forward contracts d

     5,580         —           5,580         —           5,580   

Derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

              

Foreign exchange forward contracts d

     63         —           63         —           63   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total financial liabilities

   $ 14,334       $ —         $ 14,334       $ —         $ 14,334   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

a 

Included within Other assets, net on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.

b 

Included within Short-term investments on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.

c 

Included within Prepaid expenses and other current assets on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.

d 

Included within Accounts payable and accrued liabilities on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.

The fair value of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued liabilities approximates carrying value due to the short-term maturities of these assets and liabilities and would be measured using Level 1 inputs. The fair value of debt with variable interest rates approximates carrying value and is measured using Level 2 inputs. The fair value of debt with fixed interest rates was determined using the quoted market prices of debt instruments with similar terms and maturities, which are considered Level 2 inputs. The total carrying value of short-term borrowings and long-term debt was $977,916,000 and $708,780,000 and the corresponding fair value was approximately $1,100,000,000 and $850,000,000 at October 31, 2012 and 2011.

10. DEBT

In July 2012, the Company, in two private transactions with various institutional note purchasers, issued, at par, $250,000,000 in the aggregate of its 4.40% Senior Notes due July 2042. A portion of the proceeds was used to repay $60,000,000 of long-term 6.56% debt that came due in July 2012 and the remainder will be used for general corporate purposes. The note purchase agreements require repayments of $50,000,000 every five years beginning in the tenth year. The note purchase agreements include certain financial and negative covenants that limit, among other items, the incurrence of indebtedness and liens and the occurrence of asset sales and consolidations and mergers, and contain certain other provisions customary for such issuances.

In July 2012, the commitments under each of the Company’s three-year and five-year credit facilities were increased from $200,000,000 to $275,000,000 resulting in a total borrowing capacity of $550,000,000 under the Company’s two principal credit facilities.

11. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Leases. In April 2010, Tiffany and Company (“Tiffany”), the Company’s principal operating subsidiary, committed to a plan to relocate its New York headquarters staff to a single location in New York City from three separate locations leased in midtown Manhattan. The move occurred in June 2011. Tiffany intends to sublease its existing properties (much of which has occurred) through the end of their lease terms which run through 2015, but expects to recover only a portion of its rent obligations due to current market conditions.

The Company recorded accrued exit charges of $30,884,000 during the second quarter of 2011 within other long-term liabilities on the condensed consolidated balance sheet associated with the relocation. The following is a reconciliation of the accrued exit charges:

 

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(in thousands)

      

Balance at February 1, 2012

   $ 23,980   

Cash payments, net of estimated sublease income

     (2,049

Interest accretion

     156   
  

 

 

 

Balance at April 30, 2012

     22,087   

Cash payments, net of estimated sublease income

     (2,101

Interest accretion

     145   
  

 

 

 

Balance at July 31, 2012

     20,131   

Cash payments, net of estimated sublease income

     (2,171

Interest accretion

     133   
  

 

 

 

Balance at October 31, 2012

   $ 18,093   
  

 

 

 

Litigation. On June 24, 2011, The Swatch Group Ltd. (“Swatch”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Tiffany Watch Co. (“Watch Company”; Swatch and Watch Company, together, the “Swatch Parties”), initiated an arbitration proceeding against the Registrant and its wholly-owned subsidiaries Tiffany and Company and Tiffany (NJ) Inc. (the Registrant and such subsidiaries, together, the “Tiffany Parties”) seeking damages for alleged breach of agreements entered into by and among the Swatch Parties and the Tiffany Parties that came into effect in December 2007 (the “License and Distribution Agreements”). The License and Distribution Agreements pertain to the development and commercialization of a watch business and, among other things, contained various licensing and governance provisions and approval requirements relating to business, marketing and branding plans and provisions allocating profits relating to sales of the watch business between the Swatch Parties and the Tiffany Parties.

All claims and counterclaims between and among the Swatch Parties and the Tiffany Parties under the License and Distribution Agreements will be determined through a confidential arbitration (the “Arbitration”). The Arbitration is pending before a three-member arbitral panel (the “Panel”) convened pursuant to the Arbitration Rules of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute in the Netherlands.

On September 12, 2011, the Swatch Parties publicly issued a Notice of Termination purporting to terminate the License and Distribution Agreements due to alleged material breach by the Tiffany Parties.

On December 23, 2011, the Swatch Parties filed a Statement of Claim in the Arbitration providing additional detail with regard to the allegations by the Swatch Parties and setting forth their damage claims. In general terms, the Swatch Parties allege that the Tiffany Parties have breached the License and Development Agreements by obstructing and delaying development of Watch Company’s business and otherwise failing to proceed in good faith. The Swatch Parties seek damages based on alternate theories ranging from CHF 73,000,000 (or approximately $78,000,000 at October 31, 2012) (based on its alleged wasted investment) to CHF 3,800,000,000 (or approximately $4,100,000,000 at October 31, 2012) (calculated based on alleged future lost profits of the Swatch Parties and their affiliates).

The Registrant believes the claim is without merit and intends to defend vigorously the Arbitration and (together with the remaining Tiffany Parties) filed a Statement of Defense and Counterclaim on March 9, 2012. As detailed in the filing, the Tiffany Parties dispute both the merits of the Swatch Parties’ claims and the calculation of the alleged damages. The Tiffany Parties have also asserted counterclaims for damages attributable to breach by the Swatch Parties and for termination due to such breach. In general terms, the Tiffany Parties allege that the Swatch Parties did not have grounds for termination and have failed to provide appropriate management, distribution, marketing and other resources for TIFFANY & CO. brand watches and to honor their contractual obligations to the Tiffany Parties regarding brand management. The Tiffany Parties’ counterclaims seek damages based on alternate theories ranging from CHF 120,000,000 (or approximately $129,000,000 at October 31, 2012) (based on its wasted investment) to approximately CHF 540,000,000 (or approximately $579,000,000 at October 31, 2012) (calculated based on future lost profits of the Tiffany Parties).

 

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The arbitration hearing was held in October 2012. At the hearing, witnesses were examined and the Panel ordered additional briefs and submissions to complete the record. The record is expected to be complete in mid-February, 2013 with the Panel issuing its decision at an undetermined subsequent date.

Management has not included any accrual in the condensed consolidated financial statements related to the Arbitration as a result of its assessment that an award of damages to the Swatch Parties in the Arbitration is not probable. If the Swatch Parties’ claims were accepted on their merits, the damages award cannot be reasonably estimated at this time but could have a material adverse effect on the Registrant’s consolidated financial statements or liquidity.

If, as requested by both parties, the Arbitration tribunal determines that the License and Distribution Agreements were properly terminated, the Tiffany Parties will need to find a new manufacturer for TIFFANY & CO. brand watches and the Swatch Parties will no longer be responsible for distributing such watches to third-party distributors. Royalties payable to the Tiffany Parties by Watch Company under the License and Distribution Agreements have not been significant in any year. Watches manufactured by Watch Company and sold in TIFFANY & CO. stores constituted 1% of net sales in 2011, 2010 and 2009.

12. STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Accumulated Other Comprehensive (Loss) Gain

 

(in thousands)

   October 31,
2012
    January 31,
2012
    October 31,
2011
 

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) gain, net of tax:

      

Foreign currency translation adjustments

   $ 44,267      $ 49,209      $ 63,329   

Deferred hedging loss

     (16,824     (8,729     (11,981

Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities

     1,493        130        (278

Net unrealized loss on benefit plans

     (118,256     (125,740     (50,384
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ (89,320   $ (85,130   $ 686   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

13. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS

The Company maintains several pension and retirement plans, and also provides certain health-care and life insurance benefits.

Net periodic pension and other postretirement benefit expense included the following components:

 

     Three Months Ended October 31,  
     Pension Benefits     Other
Postretirement Benefits
 

(in thousands)

   2012     2011     2012     2011  

Net Periodic Benefit Cost:

        

Service cost

   $ 4,528      $ 3,386      $ 596      $ 642   

Interest cost

     6,701        6,508        710        821   

Expected return on plan assets

     (5,104     (4,339     —          —     

Amortization of prior service cost

     254        265        (165     (164

Amortization of net loss

     3,949        2,491        7        6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net expense

   $ 10,328      $ 8,311      $ 1,148      $ 1,305   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     Nine Months Ended October 31,  
     Pension Benefits     Other
Postretirement  Benefits
 

(in thousands)

   2012     2011     2012     2011  

Net Periodic Benefit Cost:

        

Service cost

   $ 13,566      $ 10,568      $ 1,787      $ 1,649   

Interest cost

     20,099        18,989        2,130        2,326   

Expected return on plan assets

     (15,312     (14,036     —          —     

Amortization of prior service cost

     762        798        (495     (494

Amortization of net loss

     11,927        5,071        22        12   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net expense

   $ 31,042      $ 21,390      $ 3,444      $ 3,493   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

14. SEGMENT INFORMATION

The Company’s reportable segments are as follows:

 

   

Americas includes sales in TIFFANY & CO. stores in the United States, Canada and Latin America, as well as sales of TIFFANY & CO. products in certain markets through business-to-business, Internet, catalog and wholesale operations;

 

   

Asia-Pacific includes sales in TIFFANY & CO. stores, as well as sales of TIFFANY & CO. products in certain markets through Internet and wholesale operations;

 

   

Japan includes sales in TIFFANY & CO. stores, as well as sales of TIFFANY & CO. products through business-to-business, Internet and wholesale operations;

 

   

Europe includes sales in TIFFANY & CO. stores, as well as sales of TIFFANY & CO. products in certain markets through Internet and wholesale operations; and

 

   

Other consists of all non-reportable segments. Other consists of wholesale sales of TIFFANY & CO. merchandise to independent distributors for resale in certain emerging markets (primarily in the Middle East and Russia) and beginning in the three months ended July 31, 2012 retail sales in five TIFFANY & CO. stores in the U.A.E. In addition, Other includes wholesale sales of diamonds obtained through bulk purchases that were subsequently deemed not suitable for the Company’s needs and earnings received from third-party licensing agreements.

 

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Certain information relating to the Company's segments is set forth below:

 

     Three Months Ended October 31,     Nine Months Ended October 31,  

(in thousands)

   2012      2011     2012     2011  

Net sales:

         

Americas

   $ 400,113       $ 387,713      $ 1,219,776      $ 1,200,588   

Asia-Pacific

     187,685         183,220        556,893        523,708   

Japan

     146,723         146,437        447,175        412,297   

Europe

     97,644         92,528        285,765        279,503   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total reportable segments

     832,165         809,898        2,509,609        2,416,096   

Other

     20,576         11,869        48,871        39,401   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 852,741       $ 821,767      $ 2,558,480      $ 2,455,497   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings (losses) from operations*:

     

Americas

   $ 51,890       $ 64,716      $ 191,697      $ 233,812   

Asia-Pacific

     36,589         50,469        122,675        145,809   

Japan

     42,732         43,137        135,558        115,944   

Europe

     16,119         19,285        53,371        63,235   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total reportable segments

     147,330         177,607        503,301        558,800   

Other

     586         (1,986     (3,353     (374
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 147,916       $ 175,621      $ 499,948      $ 558,426   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

* Represents earnings from operations before unallocated corporate expenses, interest and other expenses, net and other expense.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of the segments’ earnings from operations to the Company’s consolidated earnings from operations before income taxes:

 

     Three Months Ended October 31,     Nine Months Ended October 31,  

(in thousands)

   2012     2011     2012     2011  

Earnings from operations for segments

   $ 147,916      $ 175,621      $ 499,948      $ 558,426   

Unallocated corporate expenses

     (30,621     (29,444     (93,088     (93,024

Interest and other expenses, net

     (14,783     (10,393     (39,587     (30,159

Other expense

     —          —          —          (42,719
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings from operations before income taxes

   $ 102,512      $ 135,784      $ 367,273      $ 392,524   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Unallocated corporate expenses include certain costs related to administrative support functions which the Company does not allocate to its segments. Such unallocated costs include those for centralized information technology, finance, legal and human resources departments.

Other expense in the nine months ended October 31, 2011 represents charges associated with Tiffany’s consolidation and relocation of its New York headquarters staff. See “Note 11. Commitments and Contingencies.”

15. SUBSEQUENT EVENT

On November 15, 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.32 per share of Common Stock. This dividend will be paid on January 10, 2013 to stockholders of record on December 20, 2012.

 

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PART I. Financial Information

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

OVERVIEW

Tiffany & Co. (the “Company”) is a holding company that operates through its subsidiary companies. The Company’s principal subsidiary, Tiffany and Company (“Tiffany”), is a jeweler and specialty retailer whose principal merchandise offering is jewelry. The Company also sells timepieces, leather goods, sterling silverware, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances and accessories. Through Tiffany and other subsidiaries, the Company is engaged in product design, manufacturing and retailing activities.

The Company’s reportable segments are as follows:

 

   

Americas includes sales in TIFFANY & CO. stores in the United States, Canada and Latin America, as well as sales of TIFFANY & CO. products in certain markets through business-to-business, Internet, catalog and wholesale operations;

 

   

Asia-Pacific includes sales in TIFFANY & CO. stores, as well as sales of TIFFANY & CO. products in certain markets through Internet and wholesale operations;

 

   

Japan includes sales in TIFFANY & CO. stores, as well as sales of TIFFANY & CO. products through business-to-business, Internet and wholesale operations;

 

   

Europe includes sales in TIFFANY & CO. stores, as well as sales of TIFFANY & CO. products in certain markets through Internet and wholesale operations; and

 

   

Other consists of all non-reportable segments. Other consists of wholesale sales of TIFFANY & CO. merchandise to independent distributors for resale in certain emerging markets (primarily in the Middle East and Russia) and beginning in the three months ended July 31, 2012 retail sales in five TIFFANY & CO. stores in the United Arab Emirates (“U.A.E.”). In addition, Other includes wholesale sales of diamonds obtained through bulk purchases that were subsequently deemed not suitable for the Company’s needs and earnings received from third-party licensing agreements.

All references to years relate to fiscal years ended or ending on January 31 of the following calendar year.

HIGHLIGHTS

 

   

Worldwide net sales increased 4% in the three months (“third quarter”) ended October 31, 2012 to $852,741,000 led by sales growth in most regions. Worldwide net sales increased 4% in the nine months (“year-to-date”) ended October 31, 2012 to $2,558,480,000 due to sales growth in all regions.

 

   

On a constant-exchange-rate basis (see “Non-GAAP Measures” below), worldwide net sales increased 5% in both the third quarter and the year-to-date and comparable store sales increased 1% in both the third quarter and the year-to-date.

 

   

The Company opened 25 (net) stores in the year-to-date (of a planned 28 (net) stores for the full year): 11 stores in the Americas, six stores in Asia Pacific, one store (net) in Japan, two stores in Europe and five stores in Emerging Markets.

 

   

Operating margin decreased 4.0 percentage points in the third quarter and 1.3 percentage points in the year-to-date primarily due to declines in gross margin in both periods. In the year-to-date of 2011, the Company recorded nonrecurring charges (primarily within selling, general and administrative expenses) of $42,719,000 associated with Tiffany’s relocation of its New York headquarters staff. Excluding those charges, operating margin decreased 3.1 percentage points in the year-to-date primarily due to declines in gross margin.

 

   

Net earnings decreased 30% to $63,179,000 or $0.49 per diluted share, in the third quarter and decreased 9% to $236,514,000 or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-to-date. Excluding the nonrecurring charges noted above, net earnings declined 18% in the year-to-date.

 

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In July 2012, the Company issued $250,000,000 of 4.40% Senior Notes due July 2042. Additionally, the Company increased the commitments under each of the Company’s three-year and five-year credit facilities from $200,000,000 to $275,000,000 resulting in a total borrowing capacity of $550,000,000 under the Company’s two principal credit facilities.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company’s reported sales reflect either a translation-related benefit from strengthening foreign currencies or a detriment from a strengthening U.S. dollar.

The Company reports information in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). Internally, management monitors its sales performance on a non-GAAP basis that eliminates the positive or negative effects that result from translating sales made outside the U.S. into U.S. dollars (“constant-exchange-rate basis”). Management believes this constant-exchange-rate basis provides a more representative assessment of sales performance and provides better comparability between reporting periods.

The Company’s management does not, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company presents such non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate the Company’s operating results. The table below reconciles sales percentage increases (decreases) from the GAAP to the non-GAAP basis versus the previous year.

 

     Third Quarter 2012 vs. 2011    Year-to-date 2012 vs. 2011  
     GAAP
Reported
    Translation
Effect
    Constant-
Exchange-
Rate Basis
   GAAP
Reported
    Translation
Effect
    Constant-
Exchange-
Rate Basis
 

Net Sales:

             

Worldwide

     4     (1 )%    5%      4     (1 )%      5

Americas

     3     —        3%      2     —          2

Asia-Pacific

     2     —        2%      6     —          6

Japan

     —          (3 )%    3%      8     —          8

Europe

     6     (5 )%    11%      2     (7 )%      9

Comparable Store Sales:

             

Worldwide

     —          (1 )%    1%      —          (1 )%      1

Americas

     —          (1 )%    1%      (2 )%      —          (2 )% 

Asia-Pacific

     (3 )%      1   (4)%      —          —          —     

Japan

     2     (3 )%    5%      9     —          9

Europe

     2     (6 )%    8%      (3 )%      (6 )%      3

Comparable Store Sales

Comparable store sales include only sales transacted in Company-operated stores. A store’s sales are included in comparable store sales when the store has been open for more than 12 months. In markets other than Japan, sales for relocated stores are included in comparable store sales if the relocation occurs within the same geographical market. In Japan, sales for a new store are not included if the store was relocated from one department store to another or from a department store to a free-standing location. In all markets, the results of a store in which the square footage has been expanded or reduced remain in the comparable store base.

 

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Net Sales

Net sales by segment were as follows:

 

     Third Quarter  

(in thousands)

   2012      2011      Increase  

Americas

   $ 400,113       $ 387,713         3

Asia-Pacific

     187,685         183,220         2

Japan

     146,723         146,437         —     

Europe

     97,644         92,528         6

Other

     20,576         11,869         73
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 852,741       $ 821,767         4
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

     Year-to-date  

(in thousands)

   2012      2011      Increase  

Americas

   $ 1,219,776       $ 1,200,588         2

Asia-Pacific

     556,893         523,708         6

Japan

     447,175         412,297         8

Europe

     285,765         279,503         2

Other

     48,871         39,401         24
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 2,558,480       $ 2,455,497         4
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Americas. Total sales in the Americas increased $12,400,000, or 3%, in the third quarter due to an increase in the average price per unit sold partly offset by a decrease in the number of units sold. Comparable store sales increased $1,571,000, or less than 1%, consisting of a 5% increase in New York Flagship store sales and a 1% decrease in comparable branch store sales. Non-comparable stores grew $10,581,000. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, sales in the Americas increased 3% from the prior year and comparable store sales increased 1%. Sales along the East Coast of the United States were modestly affected by hurricane Sandy at the end of the third quarter. However, management believes there may be some continued negative effect on consumer demand in the fourth quarter. Combined Internet and catalog sales in the Americas increased $833,000, or 3%.

Total sales in the Americas increased $19,188,000, or 2%, in the year-to-date due to an increase in the average price per unit sold partly offset by a decrease in the number of units sold. Comparable store sales decreased $21,357,000, or 2%, consisting of a 3% decrease in New York Flagship store sales and a 2% decrease in comparable branch store sales. Non-comparable stores grew $32,740,000 and sales of TIFFANY & CO. merchandise to independent distributors increased $5,559,000. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, sales in the Americas increased 2% and comparable store sales declined 2%. Combined Internet and catalog sales in the Americas increased $2,622,000, or 2%, due to an increase in the average price per order.

Asia-Pacific. Total sales in Asia-Pacific increased $4,465,000, or 2%, in the third quarter primarily due to an increase in the number of units sold partly offset by a decrease in the average price per unit sold. Comparable store sales decreased $5,875,000, or 3%, and non-comparable store sales grew $10,728,000. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, Asia-Pacific sales increased 2% while comparable store sales decreased 4% primarily due to sales declines in Greater China, especially in Hong Kong.

Total sales in Asia-Pacific increased $33,185,000, or 6%, in the year-to-date primarily due to an increase in the number of units sold. Comparable store sales increased $619,000, or less than 1%, non-comparable store sales grew $23,163,000 and sales of TIFFANY & CO. merchandise to independent distributors increased $8,360,000. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, Asia-Pacific sales increased 6% and comparable store sales were equal to the prior year.

Japan. Total sales in Japan increased $286,000, or less than 1%, in the third quarter due to an increase in the average price per unit sold largely offset by a decrease in the number of units sold. Comparable store sales increased

 

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$3,291,000, or 2%, and non-comparable store sales decreased $2,583,000. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales increased 3% and comparable store sales increased 5%.

Total sales in Japan increased $34,878,000, or 8%, in the year-to-date primarily due to an increase in the average price per unit sold and a slight decrease in the number of units sold. Comparable store sales increased $34,994,000, or 9%. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales increased 8% and comparable store sales increased 9%.

Europe. Total sales in Europe increased $5,116,000, or 6%, in the third quarter due to an increase in the average price per unit sold and a slight increase in jewelry unit volume. Comparable store sales increased $1,971,000, or 2%, and non-comparable store sales grew $2,527,000. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, sales increased 11% and comparable store sales increased 8% reflecting sales growth in most of continental Europe and a modest sales decline in the United Kingdom.

Total sales in Europe increased $6,262,000, or 2%, in the year-to-date due to an increase in the average price per unit sold partly offset by a decrease in the number of units sold. Comparable store sales decreased $7,813,000, or 3%, and non-comparable store sales grew $12,698,000. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, sales increased 9% and comparable store sales increased 3% reflecting sales growth in most of continental Europe and a sales decline in the United Kingdom.

Store Data. Management currently expects to add 28 (net) Company-operated TIFFANY & CO. stores in 2012, increasing the store base by 11%, including 13 stores in the Americas, eight stores in Asia-Pacific, two stores in Europe and five stores in emerging markets which is included as part of the ‘Other’ non-reportable segment. The following table shows locations which have already been opened or closed, or where plans have been finalized:

 

Location

  

Actual Openings

(Closings)

Year-to-Date 2012

   Expected Openings
(Closings) 2012
Americas:      

Montreal, Canada

   First Quarter   

Salt Lake City, Utah

   First Quarter   

Mexico City – Interlomas, Mexico

   First Quarter   

Mexico City – Altavista, Mexico

   Second Quarter   

New York – Soho, New York

   Third Quarter   

San Francisco – San Francisco Center, California

   Third Quarter   

Toronto – Sherway Gardens, Canada

   Third Quarter   

Ottawa – Holt Renfrew, Canada *

   Third Quarter   

Montreal – Holt Renfrew, Canada *

   Third Quarter   

Calgary – Holt Renfrew, Canada *

   Third Quarter   

Vancouver – Holt Renfrew, Canada *

   Third Quarter   

San Diego – Westfield UTC Mall, California

      Fourth Quarter

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      Fourth Quarter
Asia-Pacific:      

Wuhan – International Plaza Mall, China

   First Quarter   

Nanjing – Deji Plaza Mall, China

   Second Quarter   

Shanghai – Grand Gateway, China

   Second Quarter   

Harbin – Mykal Place, China

   Third Quarter   

Shenyang – Forum 66, China

   Third Quarter   

Singapore – Changi Airport, Singapore

   Third Quarter   

Sydney – Bondi Junction, Australia

      Fourth Quarter

Tianjin – Galaxy Mall, China

      Fourth Quarter
Japan:      

Shinjuku, Mitsukoshi

   (First Quarter)   

Shinjuku, Odakyu

   First Quarter   

Chiba, Sogo

   Third Quarter   

Chiba, Mitsukoshi

      (Fourth Quarter)

 

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Location

  

Actual Openings

(Closings)

Year-to-Date 2012

   Expected Openings
(Closings) 2012
Europe:      

Nice, France

   Second Quarter   

Prague, Czech Republic

   Third Quarter   
Emerging Markets:      

Dubai – Dubai Mall, United Arab Emirates *

   Second Quarter   

Dubai – Mall of Emirates, United Arab Emirates *

   Second Quarter   

Dubai – Atlantis, United Arab Emirates *

   Second Quarter   

Abu Dhabi – Marina Mall, United Arab Emirates *

   Second Quarter   

Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi Mall, United Arab Emirates *

   Second Quarter   

 

* Represents conversion from wholesale operations to Company-operated retail stores.

Other. Other sales increased $8,707,000, or 73%, in the third quarter and increased $9,470,000, or 24%, in the year-to-date due to the opening of five stores in the Middle East in the second quarter of 2012.

Gross Margin

 

     Third Quarter     Year-to-date  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Gross profit as a percentage of net sales

     54.4     57.9     56.0     58.4
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross margin (gross profit as a percentage of net sales) decreased by 3.5 percentage points in the third quarter and by 2.4 percentage points in the year-to-date largely due to continued high precious metal and diamond costs, as well as sales mix favoring higher-priced, lower margin products and reduced sales leverage on fixed costs. Sales mix was affected by, among other items, a decline in sales of silver jewelry.

Management periodically reviews and adjusts its retail prices when appropriate to address product cost increases, specific market conditions and longer-term changes in foreign currencies/U.S. dollar relationships. Among the market conditions that the Company addresses are consumer demand for the product category involved, which may be influenced by consumer confidence, and competitive pricing conditions. The Company uses derivative instruments to mitigate foreign exchange and precious metal price exposures (see “Item 1. Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements – Note 8. Hedging Instruments”). In recent years the Company has increased retail prices to address higher product costs and its strategy is to continue that approach, when appropriate, in the future.

Selling, General and Administrative (“SG&A”) Expenses

 

     Third Quarter     Year-to-date  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales

     40.7     40.1     40.1     41.2
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

SG&A expenses increased $17,322,000, or 5%, in the third quarter primarily due to an increase in marketing expenses of $8,752,000 and increased store occupancy and depreciation expenses of $7,012,000 related to new and existing stores. Labor and benefit costs were approximately equal to the prior year due to reduced variable incentive compensation. SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales increased 0.6 percentage point as sales growth was insufficient to absorb increased costs.

SG&A expenses increased $14,053,000, or 1%, in the year-to-date. The Company had recorded nonrecurring charges of $42,506,000 in the year-to-date of 2011 associated with Tiffany’s relocation of its New York headquarters staff. Excluding these charges, SG&A expenses increased $56,559,000, or 6%, primarily due to increased store occupancy and depreciation expenses of $26,148,000 related to new and existing stores, increased labor and benefit costs of $15,628,000, and increased marketing expenses of $8,760,000. SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales decreased 1.1 percentage points in the year-to-date. Excluding the nonrecurring charges noted above, SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales would have increased 0.6 percentage point as sales growth was insufficient to absorb increased costs.

 

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Earnings from Operations

 

(in thousands)

   Third Quarter
2012
    % of Net
Sales*
    Third Quarter
2011
    % of Net
Sales*
 

Earnings (losses) from operations:

        

Americas

   $ 51,890        13.0   $ 64,716        16.7

Asia-Pacific

     36,589        19.5     50,469        27.5

Japan

     42,732        29.1     43,137        29.5

Europe

     16,119        16.5     19,285        20.8

Other

     586        2.8     (1,986     (16.7 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     147,916          175,621     

Unallocated corporate expenses

     (30,621     (3.6 )%      (29,444     (3.6 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings from operations

   $ 117,295        13.8   $ 146,177        17.8
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

* Percentages represent earnings from operations as a percentage of each segment’s net sales.

Earnings from operations decreased 20% in the third quarter. On a segment basis, the ratio of earnings from operations (before the effect of unallocated corporate expenses) to each segment’s net sales in the third quarter of 2012 and 2011 was as follows:

 

   

Americas – the ratio decreased 3.7 percentage points primarily resulting from a decline in gross margin partly offset by the sales leveraging of operating expenses;

 

   

Asia-Pacific – the ratio decreased 8.0 percentage points primarily due to increased operating expenses related to the opening of new stores and increased marketing as well as a decline in gross margin;

 

   

Japan – the ratio decreased 0.4 percentage point primarily due to a decline in gross margin mostly offset by reduced operating expenses;

 

   

Europe – the ratio decreased 4.3 percentage points primarily due to a decline in gross margin partly offset by the sales leveraging of operating expenses; and

 

   

Other – the operating income is primarily attributable to the conversion of the five locations in the U.A.E. from wholesale operations to Company-operated retail stores.

 

(in thousands)

   Year-to-date
2012
    % of Net
Sales*
    Year-to-date
2011
    % of Net
Sales*
 

Earnings (losses) from operations:

        

Americas

   $ 191,697        15.7   $ 233,812        19.5

Asia-Pacific

     122,675        22.0     145,809        27.8

Japan

     135,558        30.3     115,944        28.1

Europe

     53,371        18.7     63,235        22.6

Other

     (3,353     (6.9 )%      (374     (0.9 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     499,948          558,426     

Unallocated corporate expenses

     (93,088     (3.6 )%      (93,024     (3.8 )% 

Other expense

     —            (42,719  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings from operations

   $ 406,860        15.9   $ 422,683        17.2
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

* Percentages represent earnings from operations as a percentage of each segment’s net sales.

Earnings from operations decreased 4% in the year-to-date. On a segment basis, the ratio of earnings from operations (before the effect of unallocated corporate expenses and other expense) to each segment’s net sales in the year-to-date of 2012 and 2011 was as follows:

 

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Americas – the ratio decreased 3.8 percentage points primarily resulting from a decline in gross margin as well as increased operating expenses due to the opening of new stores;

 

   

Asia-Pacific – the ratio decreased 5.8 percentage points primarily due to increased operating expenses due to the opening of new stores and increased marketing as well as a decline in gross margin;

 

   

Japan – the ratio increased 2.2 percentage points primarily due to the sales leveraging of operating expenses;

 

   

Europe – the ratio decreased 3.9 percentage points primarily due to a decline in gross margin; and

 

   

Other – the increased operating loss is primarily attributable to spending for the development of the Emerging Markets region.

Unallocated corporate expenses include certain costs related to administrative support functions which the Company does not allocate to its segments. Such unallocated costs include those for centralized information technology, finance, legal and human resources departments.

Other expense in the year-to-date of 2011 represents charges associated with Tiffany’s consolidation and relocation of its New York headquarters staff. See “Item 1. Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements – Note 11. Commitments and Contingencies.”

Interest and Other Expenses, net

Interest and other expenses, net increased $4,390,000, or 42%, in the third quarter of 2012 and $9,428,000, or 31%, in the year-to-date of 2012 primarily due to increased interest expense related to increased debt.

Provision for Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2012 was 38.4% versus 33.9% in the prior year. The higher effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2012 was primarily due to the true-up of the prior year’s tax provision upon filing the tax returns as well as differences in the geographical mix of earnings. The effective income tax rate for the year-to-date of 2012 was 35.6% versus 33.6% in the prior year. In the prior year, the Company reversed a valuation allowance against certain deferred tax assets where management had determined it was more likely than not that the deferred tax assets would be realized in the future.

2012 Outlook

Management’s current outlook is based on assumptions, which may or may not prove valid, and should be read in conjunction with risk factors disclosed in Part I, Item 1A in the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012 as well as in “ Part II, Item 1A. Risk Factors” on page 34.

For the full year ending January 31, 2013, management expects net earnings in a range of $409,000,000 – $435,000,000, or $3.20 – $3.40 per diluted share (compared with the previous second quarter forecast of $3.55 – $3.70 per diluted share). This expectation is based on the following assumptions:

 

   

Worldwide net sales (in U.S. dollars) increasing 5% – 6% versus the previous second quarter expectation of 6% – 7% growth.

 

   

The opening of 28 (net) Company-operated stores (13 in the Americas, eight in Asia-Pacific, two in Europe and commencing operation of five stores in emerging markets). 25 (net) stores were opened in the year-to-date.

 

   

The operating margin below the prior year due to a decline in gross margin.

 

   

Interest and other expenses, net of approximately $53,000,000—$55,000,000.

 

   

An effective income tax rate of approximately 35%.

 

   

An increase in net inventories of approximately 10% and capital expenditures of approximately $230,000,000.

 

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New Accounting Standards

See “Item 1. Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements – Note 2. New Accounting Standards.”

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

The Company’s liquidity needs have been, and are expected to remain, primarily a function of its ongoing, seasonal and expansion-related working capital requirements and capital expenditures needs. Over the long term, the Company manages its cash and capital structure to maintain a strong financial position that provides flexibility to pursue strategic initiatives. Management regularly assesses its working capital needs, capital expenditure requirements, debt service, dividend payouts, share repurchases and future investments. Management believes that cash on hand, internally-generated cash flows, the funds available under its revolving credit facilities and the ability to access the debt and capital markets are sufficient to support the Company’s liquidity and capital requirements for the foreseeable future.

The following table summarizes cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities:

 

     Year-to-Date  

(in thousands)

   2012     2011  

Net cash provided by (used in):

    

Operating activities

   $ 21,135      $ (57,154

Investing activities

     (212,744     (194,958

Financing activities

     104,085        (152,086

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

     (1,918     1,718   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

   $ (89,442   $ (402,480
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating Activities

The Company had a net cash inflow from operating activities of $21,135,000 in the year-to-date of 2012 compared with an outflow of $57,154,000 in the same period in 2011. The variance is primarily due to decreased inventory purchases offset by various other outflows. Additionally, the year-to-date of 2012 includes the Company’s contribution of $35,000,000 to its pension plan versus a contribution of $25,000,000 to its pension plan in the comparable period in 2011, which is reflected in Other, net on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

Working Capital. Working capital (current assets less current liabilities) and the corresponding current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) were $2,518,384,000 and 5.5 at October 31, 2012, compared with $2,262,998,000 and 4.6 at January 31, 2012 and $2,222,599,000 and 5.3 at October 31, 2011.

Accounts receivable, less allowances at October 31, 2012 were 13% lower than January 31, 2012 due to the seasonality of the Company’s business. Accounts receivable, less allowances at October 31, 2012 were 6% lower than October 31, 2011, due to the timing of collections of third party credit card receivables.

Inventories, net at October 31, 2012 were 10% higher than January 31, 2012 and were 11% higher than October 31, 2011. Finished goods inventories rose 20% and 17% from January 31, 2012 and October 31, 2011 and combined raw material and work-in-process inventories decreased 2% from January 31, 2012 and rose 2% in October 31, 2011. The overall increase resulted from store openings, expanded product assortments and higher product acquisition costs.

Investing Activities

The Company had a net cash outflow from investing activities of $212,744,000 in the year-to-date of 2012 compared with an outflow of $194,958,000 in the year-to-date of 2011. The year-to-date of 2012 includes a $35,605,000 payment to secure a prime retail location in Europe as well as a $25,000,000 payment related to the acquisition of net assets associated with the five existing TIFFANY & CO. wholesale stores located in the U.A.E. See “Item 1. Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements – Note 3. Acquisition.” The year-to-date of 2011 includes a $56,605,000 outflow related to notes receivable funded to diamond mining and exploration companies in order to obtain rights to purchase the mine’s output.

 

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Financing Activities

The Company had a net cash inflow from financing activities of $104,085,000 in the year-to-date of 2012 compared with an outflow of $152,086,000 in the year-to-date of 2011. Year-over-year changes in cash flows from financing activities are largely driven by proceeds from the issuance of $250,000,000 of long-term debt in July 2012 and reduced share repurchase activity.

Recent Borrowings. The Company had net repayments of or net proceeds from short-term and long-term borrowings as follows:

 

     Year-to-date  

(in thousands)

   2012     2011  

Short-term borrowings:

    

Proceeds from credit facility borrowings, net

   $ 57,340      $ 61,916   

Proceeds from other credit facility borrowings

     26,972        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net proceeds from short-term borrowings

     84,312        61,916   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Long-term borrowings:

    

Repayments

     (60,000     (58,915

Proceeds

     250,000        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net proceeds from (repayments of) long-term borrowings

     190,000        (58,915
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net proceeds from (repayments of) total borrowings

   $ 274,312      $ 3,001   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

In July 2012, the commitments under each of the Company’s three-year and five-year credit facilities were increased from $200,000,000 to $275,000,000 resulting in a total borrowing capacity of $550,000,000 under the Company’s two principal credit facilities. There was $196,279,000 outstanding and $487,185,000 available under all revolving credit facilities at October 31, 2012. The weighted average interest rate for the outstanding amount at October 31, 2012 was 2.72%.

In July 2012, the Company, in two private transactions with various institutional note purchasers, issued, at par, $250,000,000 in the aggregate of its 4.40% Senior Notes due July 2042. A portion of the proceeds was used to repay $60,000,000 of long-term 6.56% debt that came due in July 2012 and the remainder will be used for general corporate purposes. The note purchase agreements require repayments of $50,000,000 every five years beginning in the tenth year. The note purchase agreements include certain financial and negative covenants that limit, among other items, the incurrence of indebtedness and liens and the occurrence of asset sales and consolidations and mergers, and contain certain other provisions customary for such issuances.

The ratio of total debt (short-term borrowings, current portion of long-term debt and long-term debt) to stockholders’ equity was 40% at October 31, 2012, 30% at January 31, 2012 and 31% at October 31, 2011.

At October 31, 2012, the Company was in compliance with all debt covenants.

Share Repurchases. The Company’s share repurchase activity was as follows:

 

     Third Quarter      Year-to-date  

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

   2012      2011      2012      2011  

Cost of repurchases

   $     —         $ 86,326       $ 54,107       $ 138,813   

Shares repurchased and retired

     —           1,321         813         2,104   

Average cost per share

   $     —         $ 65.37       $ 66.54       $ 65.97   

In January 2011, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program (“2011 Program”) and terminated the previously existing program. The 2011 Program authorizes the Company to repurchase up to $400,000,000 of its Common Stock through open market or private transactions. The 2011 Program expires on January 31, 2013. The timing of repurchases and the actual number of shares to be repurchased depend on a variety of discretionary factors such as stock price, cash-flow forecasts and other market conditions. At least annually, the Company’s Board of Directors reviews its policies with respect to dividends and share repurchases with a view to actual and projected earnings, cash flows and capital requirements. At October 31, 2012, approximately $163,794,000 of authorization for future purchases remained under the stock repurchase program. The Company is not currently purchasing shares of its common stock under the stock repurchase program in order to allow for a more effective

 

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allocation of resources consistent with the Company’s growth strategies. The Company may resume repurchases under the stock repurchase program at any time in its discretion.

Contractual Obligations

Management anticipates that it is reasonably possible that the total gross amount of unrecognized tax benefits will decrease by approximately $20,000,000 in the next 12 months, a portion of which may affect the effective tax rate; however, management does not currently anticipate a significant effect on net earnings. Future developments may result in a change in this assessment.

The Company’s contractual cash obligations and commercial commitments at October 31, 2012 and the effects such obligations and commitments are expected to have on the Company’s liquidity and cash flows in future periods have not changed significantly since January 31, 2012.

Seasonality

As a jeweler and specialty retailer, the Company’s business is seasonal in nature, with the fourth quarter typically representing at least one-third of annual net sales and approximately one-half of annual net earnings. Management expects such seasonality to continue.

Forward-Looking Statements

This quarterly report on Form 10-Q contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 concerning the Company’s goals, plans and projections with respect to store openings, sales, retail prices, gross margin, products, growth opportunities, expenses, effective tax rate, net earnings and net earnings per share, inventories, capital expenditures, cash flow and liquidity. In addition, management makes other forward-looking statements from time to time concerning objectives and expectations. One can identify these forward-looking statements by the fact that they use words such as “believes,” “intends,” “plans,” and “expects” and other words and terms of similar meaning and expression in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. One can also identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Such forward-looking statements are based on management’s current plan and involve inherent risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from the current plan. The Company has included important factors in the cautionary statements included in its 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in this quarterly report, particularly under “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” that the Company believes could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement.

Although the Company believes it has been prudent in its plans and assumptions, no assurance can be given that any goal or plan set forth in forward-looking statements can or will be achieved, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements which speak only as of the date this quarterly report was first filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking information included in this document, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in expectations or otherwise.

 

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PART I. Financial Information

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

The Company is exposed to market risk from fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, precious metal prices and interest rates, which could affect its consolidated financial position, earnings and cash flows. The Company manages its exposure to market risk through its regular operating and financing activities and, when deemed appropriate, through the use of derivative financial instruments. The Company uses derivative financial instruments as risk management tools and not for trading or speculative purposes, and does not maintain such instruments that may expose the Company to significant market risk.

Foreign Currency Risk

The Company uses foreign exchange forward contracts or put option contracts to offset the foreign currency exchange risks associated with foreign currency-denominated liabilities, intercompany transactions and forecasted purchases of merchandise between entities with differing functional currencies. The fair value of foreign exchange forward contracts and put option contracts is sensitive to changes in foreign exchange rates. Gains or losses on foreign exchange forward contracts substantially offset losses or gains on the liabilities and transactions being hedged. For put option contracts, if the market exchange rate at the time of the put option contract’s expiration is stronger than the contracted exchange rate, the Company allows the put option contract to expire, limiting its loss to the cost of the put option contract. The term of all outstanding foreign exchange forward contracts and put option contracts as of October 31, 2012 ranged from less than one month to 13 months.

Precious Metal Price Risk

The Company periodically hedges a portion of its forecasted purchases of precious metals for use in its internal manufacturing operations in order to minimize the effect of volatility in precious metals prices. The Company may use either a combination of call and put option contracts in net-zero-cost collar arrangements (“precious metal collars”) or forward contracts. For precious metal collars, if the price of the precious metal at the time of the expiration of the precious metal collar is within the call and put price, the precious metal collar expires at no cost to the Company. The maximum term over which the Company is hedging its exposure to the variability of future cash flows for all forecasted transactions is 12 months.

 

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PART I. Financial Information

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Based on their evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934), the Registrant’s chief executive officer and chief financial officer concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this report, the Registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Registrant in the reports that it files or submits under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is (i) recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and (ii) accumulated and communicated to our management, including our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

In the ordinary course of business, the Registrant reviews its system of internal control over financial reporting and makes changes to its systems and processes to improve controls and increase efficiency, while ensuring that the Registrant maintains an effective internal control environment. Changes may include such activities as implementing new, more efficient systems and automating manual processes.

The Registrant’s chief executive officer and chief financial officer have determined that there have been no changes in the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting during the period covered by this report identified in connection with the evaluation described above that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

The Registrant’s management, including its chief executive officer and chief financial officer, necessarily applied their judgment in assessing the costs and benefits of such controls and procedures. By their nature, such controls and procedures cannot provide absolute certainty, but can provide reasonable assurance regarding management’s control objectives. Our chief executive officer and our chief financial officer have concluded that the Registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures are (i) designed to provide such reasonable assurance and (ii) are effective at that reasonable assurance level.

 

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PART II. Other Information

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

On June 24, 2011, The Swatch Group Ltd. (“Swatch”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Tiffany Watch Co. (“Watch Company”; Swatch and Watch Company, together, the “Swatch Parties”), initiated an arbitration proceeding against the Registrant and its wholly-owned subsidiaries Tiffany and Company and Tiffany (NJ) Inc. (the Registrant and such subsidiaries, together, the “Tiffany Parties”) seeking damages for alleged breach of agreements entered into by and among the Swatch Parties and the Tiffany Parties that came into effect in December 2007 (the “License and Distribution Agreements”). The License and Distribution Agreements pertain to the development and commercialization of a watch business and, among other things, contained various licensing and governance provisions and approval requirements relating to business, marketing and branding plans and provisions allocating profits relating to sales of the watch business between the Swatch Parties and the Tiffany Parties.

All claims and counterclaims between and among the Swatch Parties and the Tiffany Parties under the License and Distribution Agreements will be determined through a confidential arbitration (the “Arbitration”). The Arbitration is pending before a three-member arbitral panel (the “Panel”) convened pursuant to the Arbitration Rules of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute in the Netherlands.

On September 12, 2011, the Swatch Parties publicly issued a Notice of Termination purporting to terminate the License and Distribution Agreements due to alleged material breach by the Tiffany Parties.

On December 23, 2011, the Swatch Parties filed a Statement of Claim in the Arbitration providing additional detail with regard to the allegations by the Swatch Parties and setting forth their damage claims. In general terms, the Swatch Parties allege that the Tiffany Parties have breached the License and Development Agreements by obstructing and delaying development of Watch Company’s business and otherwise failing to proceed in good faith. The Swatch Parties seek damages based on alternate theories ranging from CHF 73,000,000 (or approximately $78,000,000 at October 31, 2012) (based on its alleged wasted investment) to CHF 3,800,000,000 (or approximately $4,100,000,000 at October 31, 2012) (calculated based on alleged future lost profits of the Swatch Parties and their affiliates).

The Registrant believes the claim is without merit and intends to defend vigorously the Arbitration and (together with the remaining Tiffany Parties) filed a Statement of Defense and Counterclaim on March 9, 2012. As detailed in the filing, the Tiffany Parties dispute both the merits of the Swatch Parties’ claims and the calculation of the alleged damages. The Tiffany Parties have also asserted counterclaims for damages attributable to breach by the Swatch Parties and for termination due to such breach. In general terms, the Tiffany Parties allege that the Swatch Parties did not have grounds for termination and have failed to provide appropriate management, distribution, marketing and other resources for TIFFANY & CO. brand watches and to honor their contractual obligations to the Tiffany Parties regarding brand management. The Tiffany Parties’ counterclaims seek damages based on alternate theories ranging from CHF 120,000,000 (or approximately $129,000,000 at October 31, 2012) (based on its wasted investment) to approximately CHF 540,000,000 (or approximately $579,000,000 at October 31, 2012) (calculated based on future lost profits of the Tiffany Parties).

The arbitration hearing was held in October 2012. At the hearing, witnesses were examined and the Panel ordered additional briefs and submissions to complete the record. The record is expected to be complete in mid-February, 2013 with the Panel issuing its decision at an undetermined subsequent date.

Management has not included any accrual in the condensed consolidated financial statements related to the Arbitration as a result of its assessment that an award of damages to the Swatch Parties in the Arbitration is not probable. If the Swatch Parties’ claims were accepted on their merits, the damages award cannot be reasonably estimated at this time but could have a material adverse effect on the Registrant’s consolidated financial statements or liquidity.

If, as requested by both parties, the Arbitration tribunal determines that the License and Distribution Agreements were properly terminated, the Tiffany Parties will need to find a new manufacturer for TIFFANY & CO. brand watches and the Swatch Parties will no longer be responsible for distributing such watches to third-party distributors. Royalties payable to the Tiffany Parties by Watch Company under the License and Distribution Agreements have not been significant in any year. Watches manufactured by Watch Company and sold in TIFFANY & CO. stores constituted 1% of net sales in 2011, 2010 and 2009.

 

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Item 1A. Risk Factors

Except as presented below, there have been no material changes to the risk factors disclosed in Part I, Item 1A in the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012.

(i) Risk: that the Registrant will be unable to continue to offer merchandise designed by Elsa Peretti.

Elsa Peretti, age 72, licenses Tiffany and Company (“Tiffany”) to make, have made and sell jewelry and other products made in conformance to her designs and bearing her trademarks. Since 1974, Tiffany has been the sole licensee for the intellectual property rights necessary to make and sell Peretti-designed products under Ms. Peretti’s trademarks (the “Peretti Intellectual Property”). Under the written license agreement (the “License Agreement”) between Ms. Peretti and Tiffany, Ms. Peretti retains ownership of the Peretti Intellectual Property and exercises approval rights with respect to important aspects of the promotion, display, manufacture and merchandising of Peretti-designed products. In addition, Tiffany is contractually required to devote a portion of its advertising budget to the promotion of the Peretti-designed products. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, the designs of Ms. Peretti accounted for 10% of the Registrant’s net sales. Ms. Peretti receives a royalty for Tiffany’s use of the Peretti Intellectual Property.

As disclosed in the Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on May 23, 2012 and the Registrant’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2012 and July 31, 2012, Ms. Peretti expressed interest in retiring from her relationship with Tiffany and authorized her advisors to discuss the possible purchase by Tiffany of the Peretti Intellectual Property. In response, Tiffany made an offer to Ms. Peretti in an amount based upon the value of the Peretti Intellectual Property to Tiffany. A purchase of the Peretti Intellectual Property at the offered price would represent a significant investment for the Registrant and would likely improve cash flows and operating results in subsequent years. Tiffany and Ms. Peretti’s advisors have also been discussing alternatives to such a purchase, including amendments to the License Agreement, which could, among other changes extend the term of the License Agreement or provide Tiffany with an extended period in which to wind-down sales under the License Agreement.

Ms. Peretti’s advisors have informed Tiffany that, if an agreement in respect of the Peretti Intellectual Property is not reached, Ms. Peretti may consider exercising her right to terminate the License Agreement. The License Agreement may be terminated by either party by written notice. If the License Agreement is terminated by either party, Tiffany would, for six months following the date of notice of termination, retain all rights under the License Agreement, including the right to make and have made Peretti-designed products. Following such six-month period, Tiffany would have an additional year to sell any Peretti-designed products on hand or on order. Thereafter, Tiffany would be permitted to sell any Peretti-designed products on hand, subject to Ms. Peretti’s right to purchase these remaining products.

The Registrant can provide no assurance that arrangements for the purchase of the Peretti Intellectual Property will be agreed upon, an amendment to the License Agreement will be successfully negotiated and agreed or that the License Agreement will otherwise remain in effect. Further, no agreement has been made for the continued sale of the designs or use of the Peretti Intellectual Property following the death or disability of Ms. Peretti. If Tiffany ceases to have an exclusive license to use the Peretti Intellectual Property, the Registrant’s operating results may be adversely affected.

(ii) Risk: that the Registrant will be unable to mitigate any adverse effects on its operating results that may result from its inability to continue to offer Peretti-designed merchandise.

Tiffany regularly reviews its product offerings and its strategies for the promotion and merchandising of products. Tiffany’s management believes that there are opportunities for the development, design and manufacturing of new products. Further, Tiffany is committed to evaluating changes in the promotion and merchandising of existing products to enhance net sales. Should Tiffany cease to have the right to offer Peretti-designed products, Tiffany’s management will evaluate and pursue changes to its product offerings and to its merchandising and promotional strategies in an effort to mitigate any adverse effects on its operating results. Such efforts could include redeployment of advertising and display resources now devoted to Peretti-designed products. However, there can be no assurance that the Registrant will be successful in implementing such efforts or that such efforts will have the anticipated effect on the Registrant’s operating results.

 

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PART II. Other Information

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

The following table contains the Company’s stock repurchases of equity securities in the third quarter of 2012:

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

Period

   (a) Total Number of
Shares (or Units)
Purchased
     (b) Average
Price Paid per
Share (or Unit)
     (c) Total Number of
Shares (or Units)
Purchased as Part of
Publicly Announced
Plans or Programs
     (d) Maximum Number
(or Approximate Dollar
Value) of Shares, (or
Units) that May Yet Be
Purchased Under the
Plans or Programs
 

August 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012

     —           —           —         $ 163,794,000   

September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012

     —           —           —         $ 163,794,000   

October 1, 2012 to October 31, 2012

     —           —           —         $ 163,794,000   

TOTAL

     —           —           —         $ 163,794,000   

In January 2011, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program (“2011 Program”) and terminated the previously existing program. The 2011 Program authorizes the Company to repurchase up to $400,000,000 of its Common Stock through open market or private transactions. The 2011 Program expires on January 31, 2013. The Registrant is not currently purchasing shares of its common stock under the stock repurchase program in order to allow for a more effective allocation of resources consistent with the Registrant’s growth strategies. The Registrant may resume repurchases under the stock repurchase program at any time in its discretion.

 

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ITEM 6 Exhibits

(a) Exhibits:

 

31.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101    The following financial information from Tiffany & Co.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2012, filed with the SEC, formatted in Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL): (i) the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets; (ii) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings; (iii) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Earnings; (iv) the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity; (v) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows; and (vi) the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

    TIFFANY & CO.
  (Registrant)

Date: November 29, 2012

  By:  

/s/ Patrick F. McGuiness

  Patrick F. McGuiness
  Senior Vice President and
  Chief Financial Officer
  (principal financial officer)