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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

(Mark one)

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For fiscal year ended January 31, 2017

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 1-16497

MOVADO GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

New York

 

13-2595932

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation or Organization)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

 

650 From Road, Ste. 375

Paramus, New Jersey

 

07652-3556

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (201) 267-8000

Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

 

Title of Each Class

 

 

 

Name of Each Exchange on which Registered

 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share

 

New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act. Yes      No  

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      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 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.

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

 

Accelerated filer

 

 

Non-accelerated filer

 

Smaller reporting company

 

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

The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of July 31, 2016, was approximately $350,678,000 (based on the closing sale price of the registrant’s Common Stock on that date as reported on the New York Stock Exchange). For purposes of this computation, each share of Class A Common Stock is assumed to have the same market value as one share of Common Stock into which it is convertible and only shares of stock held by directors and executive officers were excluded.

The number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s Common Stock and Class A Common Stock as of March 14, 2017, were 16,307,335 and 6,644,105, respectively.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the definitive proxy statement relating to registrant’s 2017 annual meeting of shareholders (the “Proxy Statement”) are incorporated by reference in Part III hereof.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements in this annual report on Form 10-K, including, without limitation, statements under Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and elsewhere in this report, as well as statements in future filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in the Company’s press releases and oral statements made by or with the approval of an authorized executive officer of the Company, which are not historical in nature, are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, “forward-looking statements” for purposes of the safe harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the Company, its future performance, the industry in which the Company operates and management’s assumptions. Words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “targets”, “goals”, “projects”, “intends”, “plans”, “believes”, “seeks”, “estimates”, “may”, “will”, “should” and variations of such words and similar expressions are also intended to identify such forward-looking statements. The Company cautions readers that forward-looking statements include, without limitation, those relating to the Company’s future business prospects, projected operating or financial results, revenues, working capital, liquidity, capital needs, plans for future operations, expectations regarding capital expenditures, operating efficiency initiatives and other items, cost savings initiatives, and operating expenses, effective tax rates, margins, interest costs, and income as well as assumptions relating to the foregoing. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, due to several important factors herein identified, among others, and other risks and factors identified from time to time in the Company’s reports filed with the SEC, including, without limitation, the following: general economic and business conditions, which may impact disposable income of consumers in the United States and the other significant markets (including Europe) where the Company’s products are sold, uncertainty regarding such economic and business conditions, trends in consumer debt levels and bad debt write-offs, general uncertainty related to possible terrorist attacks, natural disasters, the stability of the European Union (including the impact of the June 23, 2016 referendum advising that the United Kingdom exit from the European Union) and defaults on or downgrades of sovereign debt and the impact of any of those events on consumer spending, changes in consumer preferences and popularity of particular designs, new product development and introduction, the ability of the Company to successfully implement its business strategies, competitive products and pricing, the impact of “smart” watches and other wearable tech products on the traditional watch market, seasonality, availability of alternative sources of supply in the case of the loss of any significant supplier or any supplier’s inability to fulfill the Company’s orders, the loss of or curtailed sales to significant customers, the Company’s dependence on key employees and officers, the ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquired businesses without disruption to other business activities, the continuation of the company’s major warehouse and distribution centers, the continuation of licensing arrangements with third parties, losses possible from pending or future litigation, the ability to secure and protect trademarks, patents and other intellectual property rights, the ability to lease new stores on suitable terms in desired markets and to complete construction on a timely basis, the ability of the Company to successfully manage its expenses on a continuing basis, information systems failure or breaches of network security, the continued availability to the Company of financing and credit on favorable terms, business disruptions, disease, general risks associated with doing business outside the United States including, without limitation, import duties, tariffs, quotas, political and economic stability, changes to existing laws or regulations, and success of hedging strategies with respect to currency exchange rate fluctuations.

These risks and uncertainties, along with the risk factors discussed under Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, should be considered in evaluating any forward-looking statements contained in this report or incorporated by reference herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report or, in the case of any document incorporated by reference, the date of that document. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or any person acting on its behalf are qualified by the cautionary statements in this section. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or changes in expectations after the date of this report.

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Item 1.  Business

GENERAL

In this Form 10-K, all references to the “Company” or “Movado Group” include Movado Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.

Movado Group designs, sources, markets and distributes fine watches. Its portfolio of brands is currently comprised of Coach® Watches, Concord®, Ebel®, ESQ® Movado, Scuderia Ferrari® Watches, HUGO BOSS® Watches, Juicy Couture® Watches, Lacoste® Watches, Movado®, and Tommy Hilfiger® Watches. The Company is a leader in the design, development, marketing and distribution of watch brands sold in almost every major category comprising the watch industry.

The Company was incorporated in New York in 1967 under the name North American Watch Corporation to acquire Piaget Watch Corporation and Corum Watch Corporation, which had been, respectively, the exclusive importers and distributors of Piaget and Corum watches in the United States since the 1950’s. The Company sold its Piaget and Corum distribution businesses in 1999 and 2000, respectively, to focus on its own portfolio of brands. Since its incorporation, the Company has developed its brand-building reputation and distinctive image across an expanding number of brands and geographic markets. Strategic acquisitions of watch brands and their subsequent growth, along with license agreements, have played an important role in the expansion of the Company’s brand portfolio.

In 1970, the Company acquired the Concord brand and the Swiss company that had been manufacturing Concord watches since 1908. In 1983, the Company acquired the U.S. distributor of Movado watches and substantially all of the assets related to the Movado brand from the Swiss manufacturer of Movado watches. The Company changed its name to Movado Group, Inc. in 1996. In March 2004, the Company completed its acquisition of Ebel, one of the world’s premier luxury watch brands that was established in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1911.

The Company is highly selective in its licensing strategy and chooses to enter into long-term agreements with only powerful brands with strong positions in their respective businesses.

The following table sets forth the brands licensed by the Company and the year in which the Company launched each licensed brand for watches.

 

Brand

 

Licensor

 

Calendar Year Launched

 

 

 

ESQ Movado

 

Hearst Communication, Inc.

 

1992

 

 

 

Coach

 

Coach, Inc.

 

1999

 

 

 

Tommy Hilfiger

 

Tommy Hilfiger Licensing LLC

 

2001

 

 

 

HUGO BOSS

 

HUGO BOSS Trade Mark Management GmbH & Co

 

2006

 

 

 

Juicy Couture

 

ABG Juicy Couture, LLC

 

2007

 

 

 

Lacoste

 

Lacoste S.A., Sporloisirs S.A. and Lacoste Alligator S.A.

 

2007

 

 

 

Scuderia Ferrari

 

Ferrari Brand S.p.A.

 

2013

In calendar year 2016, the Company entered into a collaborative arrangement with Rebecca Minkoff, LLC to use the Rebecca Minkoff and Uri Minkoff brand names in connection with the manufacture, advertising, merchandising, promotion, sale and distribution of watches. This collaboration is expected to launch in calendar year 2017.

The Company and the licensor have decided to allow the Juicy Couture license agreement to expire by its terms on December 31, 2017, although the Company retains the right to sell-off then-remaining inventory.

The Company’s common stock is traded on the NYSE under the trading symbol MOV.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

On March 20, 2017, the Board approved the payment of a cash dividend of $0.13 for each share of the Company’s outstanding common stock and class A common stock. The dividend will be paid on April 14, 2017 to all shareholders of record as of the close of

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business on March 31, 2017. The decision of whether to declare any future cash dividend, including the amount of any such dividend and the establishment of record and payment dates, will be determined, in each quarter, by the Board of Directors, in its sole discretion.

On March 20, 2017, the Company announced cost savings initiatives to better align its global infrastructure with the current business environment by consolidating certain operations and streamlining functions to reduce costs and improve profitability. The cost savings initiatives include a reduction in the Company’s workforce predominantly impacting the Company’s North American and Swiss operations. The Company expects to realize approximately $12.0 million of savings in fiscal 2018 and estimates approximately $15.0 million in on-going annual pre-tax savings from these initiatives, with the majority being in general and administrative expenses. The Company expects to record a pre-tax charge in connection with the completion of these initiatives in a range of approximately $7.0 to $10.0 million predominantly in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 with the balance throughout the remainder of the fiscal year.

On March 8, 2017, the Company announced an arrangement with Google to launch Movado Connect, a smartwatch collection powered by Android Wear 2.0, Google’s newly redesigned platform. Movado Connect is one of the first watches designed specifically for Android Wear 2.0 and will launch fall of 2017. Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, two brands in the Company’s portfolio, are also partnering with Google and also will launch fall of 2017.

On November 22, 2016, the Board approved the payment of a cash dividend of $0.13 for each share of the Company’s outstanding common stock and class A common stock. The dividend was paid on December 16, 2016 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 2, 2016.

On November 22, 2016, the Company announced a new long-term global partnership with Rebecca Minkoff, LLC. The companies will collaborate on design, development, distribution and marketing of women’s watches for Rebecca Minkoff’s global lifestyle brand and men’s watches for the Uri Minkoff brand. Under the agreement, the Company will have principal responsibility for design, product development and merchandising. Rebecca Minkoff will be principally responsible for creative content production and certain marketing activities. Both parties will share responsibility for product sales through their respective channels.

On August 25, 2016, the Board approved the payment of a cash dividend of $0.13 for each share of the Company’s outstanding common stock and class A common stock. The dividend was paid on September 20, 2016 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 6, 2016.

On August 4, 2016, Movado Group, Inc. and Majorelle Limited, an English company (“Majorelle”), voluntarily terminated the joint venture agreement they had entered into on January 30, 2013 (the “JV Agreement”) relating to MGS Distribution Limited, an English company (“MGS”). Under the JV Agreement, the Company and Majorelle owned 90% and 10%, respectively, of the issued and outstanding shares of MGS which had been formed to distribute the Company’s licensed watch brands in the United Kingdom. In connection with the mutual agreement to terminate the JV Agreement, the Company acquired the remaining shares in MGS from Majorelle, for the purchase price of $1.7 million, thereby increasing its ownership interest in MGS to 100%. Since August 4, 2016, the Company has accounted for MGS as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

In June 2016, Rick Coté retired from his position as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, although he remains on the Board of Directors of the Company. The Company does not plan to replace the Chief Operating Officer role.

On May 26, 2016, the Board approved the payment of a cash dividend of $0.13 for each share of the Company’s outstanding common stock and class A common stock. The dividend was paid on June 21, 2016 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 7, 2016.

On March 31, 2016, the Board approved the Company’s share repurchase program, under which the Company is authorized to purchase up to $50.0 million of its outstanding common stock from time to time, depending on market conditions, share price and other factors. The Company may purchase shares of its common stock through open market purchases, repurchase programs, block trades or otherwise. This authorization expires on September 30, 2017.

Following the Company’s strategic decision in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 to reduce the presence of ESQ Movado watches in order to expand the Movado brand offering in certain retail doors, the Company discontinued the production of ESQ Movado watches going forward and, accordingly, on July 28, 2015, extended its ESQ watch license with Hearst only through December 31, 2016, with the right to sell any remaining inventory for up to six months thereafter, through third-party channels and indefinitely through the Company’s own retail outlet locations. As of the date hereof, the Company’s remaining inventory of ESQ Movado watches is immaterial.

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INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

The largest markets for watches are North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The Company divides the watch market into five principal categories as set forth in the following table.

 

Market Category

 

Suggested Retail Price Range

 

Primary Category of Movado Group, Inc. Brands

Exclusive

 

$10,000 and over

 

Luxury

 

$1,300 to $9,900

 

Concord and Ebel

Accessible Luxury

 

$500 to $2,499

 

Movado

Moderate and Fashion

 

$75 to $500

 

Coach, HUGO BOSS, Juicy Couture, Tommy Hilfiger, Scuderia Ferrari and Lacoste

Mass Market

 

Less than $75

 

Exclusive Watches

Exclusive watches are usually made of precious metals, including 18 karat gold or platinum, and are often set with precious gems. These watches are primarily mechanical or quartz-analog watches. Mechanical watches keep time with intricate mechanical movements consisting of an arrangement of wheels, jewels and winding and regulating mechanisms. Quartz-analog watches have quartz movements in which time is precisely calibrated to the regular frequency of the vibration of quartz crystal. Exclusive watches are manufactured almost entirely in Switzerland. Well-known brand names of exclusive watches include Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin. The Company does not compete in the exclusive watch category.

Luxury Watches

Luxury watches are either quartz-analog or mechanical watches. These watches typically are made with either 14 or 18 karat gold, stainless steel, ceramic or a combination of gold and stainless steel, and are occasionally set with precious gems. Luxury watches are primarily manufactured in Switzerland. In addition to a majority of the Company’s Ebel and Concord watches, well-known brand names of luxury watches include Baume & Mercier, Breitling, Cartier, Omega, Rolex and TAG Heuer.

Accessible Luxury Watches

The majority of accessible luxury watches are quartz-analog watches. These watches typically are made with gold finish, stainless steel, ceramic or a combination of gold finish and stainless steel. Accessible luxury watches are manufactured primarily in Switzerland, although some are manufactured in Asia. In addition to a majority of the Company’s Movado watches, well-known brand names of accessible luxury watches include Gucci, Rado, Michele and Raymond Weil.

Moderate and Fashion Watches

Most moderate and fashion watches are quartz-analog watches, which may also include connected technology for transmitting data wirelessly between the watch and a smartphone or other device. These watches typically are made with gold finish, stainless steel, brass, plastic or a combination of gold finish and stainless steel. Moderate and fashion watches are manufactured primarily in Asia and Switzerland. In addition to the Company’s Coach, HUGO BOSS, Juicy Couture, Tommy Hilfiger, Scuderia Ferrari and Lacoste brands, well-known brand names of watches in the moderate and fashion category include Anne Klein, Bulova, Citizen, Fossil, Guess, Seiko, Michael Kors and Swatch. Market leaders for smartwatches include Apple, Fitbit and Garmin.

Mass Market Watches

Mass market watches typically consist of digital watches and analog watches made from stainless steel, brass and/or plastic and are manufactured in Asia. Well-known brands include Casio, Pulsar, Seiko and Timex. The Company does not compete in the mass market watch category.

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BRANDS

The Company designs, develops, sources, markets and distributes products under the following watch brands:

Owned Brands

Concord

Concord was founded in 1908 in Bienne, Switzerland. Concord is a luxury watch brand with a rich history studded with iconic, award-winning timepieces and an innovative direction. Acquired by the Company in the early 1970s, Concord was re-launched as a dynamic, highly original niche brand which, in recent years, has implemented an energetic repositioning. This has encompassed a fundamental change in shifting from a revolution driven strategy to an evolution driven counterpart. Rooted in a determination to build on the remarkable technical achievements of its recent past while combining them with its current visionary thinking, this approach is entirely in keeping with the very name, Concord, which means harmony. Concord watches have Swiss movements and are made with solid 18 karat gold, stainless steel or a combination of 18 karat gold and stainless steel. Some are set with diamonds.

Ebel

The Ebel brand was established in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1911. Ebel’s success has been built upon the perfect fusion of technical excellence and a passion for aesthetically daring and timeless, distinctive design. A passion for innovation and excellence in watch design has always been at the heart of the Ebel brand. Since its inception, Ebel has remained true to its core values, manufacturing fine Swiss watches that marry beauty and function. Renowned today for its iconic bracelet design with signature wave-shaped links, Ebel continues to create timepieces that embody luxury and contemporary elegance with subtle, yet exquisite detail. All Ebel watches feature Swiss movements and are made with solid 18 karat yellow or rose gold, stainless steel or a combination of 18 karat yellow or rose gold, ceramic and, or stainless steel. Some are set with diamonds.

Movado

The Movado brand is renowned for its iconic Museum® dial and modern design aesthetic. Since its founding in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1881, Movado has earned more than 100 patents and 200 international awards for artistry and innovation in watch design and technology, and Movado timepieces have won world renown for their unique beauty and timeless design.

Movado is a hallmark of some of the most famous timepieces ever created, most notably, the Movado Museum® Watch. Designed in 1947 by Bauhaus-influenced artist Nathan George Horwitt, the watch dial defined by a solitary dot at 12:00, symbolizing the sun at high noon, has been acclaimed for purity of design unrivaled in the history of time-keeping. When Horwitt’s dial was selected for the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1960, it became the first watch dial ever awarded this distinction. Known today as the Movado Museum Watch, this legendary dial is regarded as an icon of Modernism. A trademarked and award-winning design, the celebrated single dot dial now distinguishes a wide range of Movado timepieces.

Along with its long, rich heritage of design innovation, the Movado brand experience is also defined by a close, enduring association with the arts. Expressions of Movado’s commitment to the fine and cultural arts encompass commissioned watch designs by famed artists, affiliations with talented brand ambassadors, sponsorship of major arts institutions and support of emerging artists.

The Movado BOLD collection represents iconic Movado design re-imagined for the fashion-savvy, on-trend consumer. It is innovative in both design and use of materials. The Movado Edge collection, launched in the fall of 2015, brings a dynamic new level of design innovation and sophistication to the legendary Museum Dial through a collaboration with world-renowned industrial designer Yves Béhar.

Powered by fine Swiss quartz and automatic movements, most watches in the core Swiss-made Movado collection are made of solid stainless steel, some with two-toned or gold-toned finishes. Select models feature 18 karat gold bezels, diamonds, unusual materials like ceramic, and fine or exotic leather straps.

Certain Movado collections of watches, including Movado BOLD, have Swiss quartz analog movements. They are crafted using composite materials and/or stainless steel; some with aluminum or titanium. Many models feature gold or colored ion-plated finishes, and straps made of silicone or leather.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company announced the launch of two distinct smart watch collections with iOS® and Android® compatible apps: Movado Motion Swiss smart watches and Movado BOLD Motion smart watches. Both collections use Bluetooth® technology to communicate with smartphones using iOS® and Android® operating systems.

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The initial Movado Motion Swiss smart watches feature automatic local time/date setting, steps activity tracking and sleep monitoring. The initial Movado BOLD Motion smart watches feature steps activity tracking along with alerts for upcoming appointments, incoming texts, phone calls, emails and social media updates.

Licensed Brands

Below is a description of the Company’s licensed brand watches. In March 2016, the Company announced the expansion of its use of smartwatch technology to its licensed brand portfolio.

Coach Watches

Coach watches reflect the Coach brand image and classic American style. The Coach brand stands for authenticity, innovation, and relevance, as well as effortless New York style. It is an integral part of the American luxury landscape and the lives of countless Coach customers around the world. With an expanding presence globally, the Coach brand exemplifies modern luxury. As an extension of the brand, Coach watches offer a fresh and compelling assortment of timepieces for women and men, with a wide variety of bracelets and straps constructed of stainless steel accented with gold tone finishes and leather straps.  

ESQ Movado

ESQ Movado watches have been marketed by the Company since fiscal 2013 as a collection within the Movado brand. The watches are priced to compete in the entry level Swiss watch category and are defined by bold sport and fashion designs. All ESQ Movado watches contain Swiss movements and most are made with stainless steel, gold finish or a combination of stainless steel and gold finish, with leather straps, stainless steel bracelets or gold finish bracelets. Following the Company’s strategic decision in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 to reduce the presence of ESQ Movado watches in order to expand the Movado brand offering in certain retail doors, the Company discontinued the production of ESQ Movado watches going forward and, accordingly, on July 28, 2015, extended its ESQ watch license with Hearst only through December 31, 2016, with the right to sell any remaining inventory for up to six months thereafter, through third-party channels and indefinitely through the Company’s own retail outlet locations. As of the date hereof, the Company’s remaining inventory of ESQ Movado watches is immaterial.

HUGO BOSS Watches

HUGO BOSS is one of the market leaders in the global apparel market. HUGO BOSS focuses on developing and marketing of premium fashion and accessories for men and women. Licensed products such as watches and other accessories complement the apparel collections. BOSS watches reflect the sophisticated character and craftsmanship for which all BOSS products are known.

Juicy Couture Timepieces

Juicy Couture is an L.A. inspired, casual, affordable luxury lifestyle brand. Juicy infuses couture in the everyday through the use of bold colors and graphics, flirty feminine designs and whimsical prints, across lifestyle categories.

Juicy Couture timepieces reflect the brand’s clear vision and unique identity in the upscale contemporary category, encompassing both trend-right and core styling contemporary watches. The Company and the licensor have decided to allow the Juicy Couture license agreement to expire by its terms on December 31, 2017, although the Company retains the right to sell-off then-remaining inventory.

Lacoste Watches

The Lacoste watch collection embraces the Lacoste lifestyle proposition which encompasses elegance, comfort and joy of living, as well as a dedication to quality and innovation. Mirroring key attributes of the Lacoste brand, the collection features stylish timepieces with a contemporary sport elegant feel.

Scuderia Ferrari Watches

Asserting Scuderia Ferrari’s proud racing heritage and Italian pedigree, Movado Group’s Scuderia Ferrari watch collection for men and women brings the excitement and distinctive style of the time honored racing team to fans around the world.

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Tommy Hilfiger Watches

Reflecting the fresh, fun all-American style for which Tommy Hilfiger is known, Tommy Hilfiger watches feature quartz, digital or analog-digital movements, with stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, silver-tone, two-tone or gold-tone cases and bracelets, and leather, fabric, plastic or rubber straps. The line includes fashion and sport models.

DESIGN AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

The Company’s offerings undergo two phases before they are produced for sale to customers: design and product development. The design phase includes the creation of artistic and conceptual renderings while product development involves the construction of prototypes. Certain Movado collections, including Movado BOLD, and the Company’s licensed brands are designed by in-house design teams in Switzerland and the United States in cooperation with outside sources, including (in the case of the licensed brands) licensors’ design teams. Product development for the licensed brands and certain Movado collections, including Movado BOLD, takes place in the Company’s Asia operations. For the Company’s Movado (with the exception of certain Movado collections, including Movado BOLD), Ebel and Concord brands, the design phase is performed by a combination of in-house and freelance designers in Europe and the United States while product development is carried out in the Company’s Swiss operations. Senior management of the Company is actively involved in the design and product development process.

MARKETING

The Company’s marketing strategy is to communicate a consistent, brand-specific message to the consumer. Recognizing that advertising is an integral component to the successful marketing of its product offerings, the Company devotes significant resources to advertising and maintains its own in-house advertising department which focuses primarily on the implementation and management of global marketing and advertising strategies for each of the Company’s brands, ensuring consistency of presentation. The Company develops advertising campaigns individually for each of the Company’s brands, utilizing outside agencies as deemed appropriate. These campaigns are directed primarily to the end consumer rather than to trade customers. The Company’s advertising targets consumers with particular demographic characteristics appropriate to the image and price range of each brand. Company advertising is placed in magazines and other print media, on radio and television, online, in catalogs, on outdoor signs and through other promotional materials. Marketing expenses totaled 13.7%, 13.0% and 12.8% of net sales in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

OPERATING SEGMENTS

The Company conducts its business primarily in two operating segments: Wholesale and Retail. For operating segment data and geographic segment data for the years ended January 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, see Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements regarding Segment and Geographic Information.

The Company’s Wholesale segment includes the design, development, sourcing, marketing and distribution of high quality watches, and unallocated corporate expenses, in addition to after-sales service activities and shipping. The Retail segment includes the Company’s retail outlet locations.

The Company divides its business into two major geographic locations: United States operations, and International, which includes the results of all other Company operations. The allocation of geographic revenue is based upon the location of the customer. The Company’s International operations in Europe, the Americas (excluding the United States), the Middle East and Asia account for 23.1%, 8.9%, 8.1% and 6.3%, respectively, of the Company’s total net sales for fiscal 2017. Substantially all of the Company’s International assets are located in Switzerland and Hong Kong. For a discussion of the risks associated with the Company’s operations conducted outside the United States, see “A significant portion of the Company’s business is conducted outside of the United States. Many factors affecting business activities outside the United States could adversely impact this business” under Item 1A. Risk Factors, below.

Wholesale

United States Wholesale

The Company sells all of its brands in the U.S. wholesale market primarily to major jewelry store chains such as Sterling, Inc. and Helzberg Diamonds Corp.; department stores, such as Macy’s and Nordstrom; as well as independent jewelers. Sales to trade customers in the United States are made directly by the Company’s U.S. sales force and, to a lesser extent, independent sales representatives. Sales representatives are responsible for a defined geographic territory, generally specialize in a particular brand and sell to and service independent jewelers within their territory. The sales force also consists of account executives and account representatives who, respectively, sell to and service chain and department store accounts.

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International Wholesale

Internationally, the Company’s brands are sold in department stores, jewelry chains and independent jewelers. The Company employs its own international sales force operating at the Company’s sales and distribution offices in Canada, China, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the Company sells all of its brands through a network of independent distributors operating in numerous countries around the world. A majority of the Company’s arrangements with its international distributors are long-term, generally require certain minimum purchases and minimum advertising expenditures and impose restrictions on the distributor’s sale of competitive products.

In the U.K., the Company distributed both its licensed brands as well as Movado and Ebel watches through MGS Distribution Limited (“MGS”), an English company that was owned 90% by the Company and 10% by Majorelle Limited, an English company (“Majorelle”), which provided MGS with logistical support and after-sales service. As of August 4, 2016, the Company acquired the remaining 10% interest from Majorelle and simultaneously terminated the joint venture agreement. Since that date, the Company has accounted for MGS as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Retail

The Company’s subsidiary, Movado Retail Group, Inc., operates 40 retail outlet locations in outlet centers across the United States, which serve as an effective vehicle to sell discontinued models and factory seconds of all of the Company’s watches.

SEASONALITY

The Company’s U.S. sales are traditionally greater during the Christmas and holiday season. Consequently, the Company’s net sales historically have been higher during the second half of its fiscal year. The amount of net sales and operating profit generated during the second half of each fiscal year depends upon the general level of retail sales during the Christmas and holiday season, as well as economic conditions and other factors beyond the Company’s control. Major selling seasons in certain international markets center on significant local holidays that occur in late winter or early spring. The second half of each fiscal year accounted for 56.2%, 55.3% and 54.9% of the Company’s net sales for the fiscal years ended January 31, 2017, 2016, and 2015, respectively.

BACKLOG

At March 14, 2017, the Company had unfilled orders of $45.0 million compared to $50.3 million at March 24, 2016 and $54.1 million at March 24, 2015. Unfilled orders include both confirmed orders and orders that the Company believes will be confirmed based on the historical experience with the customers. It is customary for many of the Company’s customers not to confirm their future orders with formal purchase orders until shortly before their desired delivery dates.

CUSTOMER SERVICE, WARRANTY AND REPAIR

The Company assists in the retail sales process of its wholesale customers by monitoring their sales and inventories by product category and style. The Company also assists in the conception, development and implementation of customers’ marketing vehicles. The Company places considerable emphasis on cooperative advertising programs with its wholesale customers. The Company’s assistance in the retail sales process has resulted in close relationships with its principal customers, often allowing for influence on the mix, quantity and timing of their purchasing decisions. The Company believes that customers’ familiarity with its sales approach has facilitated, and should continue to facilitate, the introduction of new products through its distribution network.

The Company permits the return of damaged or defective products. In addition, although the Company generally has no obligation to do so, it accepts other returns from customers in certain instances.

The Company has service facilities around the world including four Company-owned service facilities and multiple independent service centers which are authorized to perform warranty repairs. A list of authorized service centers can be accessed online at www.mgiservice.com. In order to maintain consistency and quality at its service facilities and authorized independent service centers, the Company conducts training sessions and distributes technical information and updates to repair personnel. All watches sold by the Company come with limited warranties covering the movement against defects in material and workmanship for periods ranging from two to three years from the date of purchase, with the exception of Tommy Hilfiger watches, for which the warranty period is ten years. In addition, the warranty period is five years for the gold plating on certain Movado watch cases and bracelets. Products that are returned under warranty to the Company are generally serviced by the Company’s employees at its service facilities.

The Company retains adequate levels of component parts to facilitate after-sales service of its watches for an extended period of time after the discontinuance of such watches.

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The Company makes available a web-based system at www.mgiservice.com providing immediate access for the Company’s retail partners to information they may want or need about after sales service issues. The website allows the Company’s retailers to track their repair status online 24 hours a day. The system also permits customers to authorize repairs, track repair status through the entire repair life cycle, view repair information and obtain service order history.

SOURCING, PRODUCTION AND QUALITY

The Company does not manufacture any of the products it sells. The Company employs a flexible manufacturing model that relies on independent manufacturers to meet shifts in marketplace demand and changes in consumer preferences. All product sources must achieve and maintain the Company’s high quality standards and specifications. With strong supply chain organizations in Switzerland, China and Hong Kong, the Company maintains control over the quality of its products, wherever they are manufactured. Compliance is monitored with strictly enforced quality control standards, including on-site quality inspections.

A majority of the Swiss watch movements used in the manufacture of Movado, Ebel and Concord watches are purchased from two suppliers. The Company obtains other watch components for all of its brands, including movements, cases, hands, dials, bracelets and straps from a number of other suppliers. The Company does not have long-term supply commitments with any of its component parts suppliers.

Movado (with the exception of certain Movado collections, including Movado BOLD), Ebel and Concord watches are manufactured in Switzerland by independent third party assemblers using Swiss movements. Movado smart watches include connected technology licensed from third parties that also provide end users with the necessary applications and cloud services. All of the Company’s products are manufactured using components obtained from third party suppliers. Certain Movado collections of watches, including Movado BOLD, are manufactured by independent contractors in Asia using Swiss movements. Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, HUGO BOSS, Juicy Couture, Scuderia Ferrari and Lacoste watches are manufactured by independent contractors in Asia and the licensed brands smart watches include connected technology licensed from a third party.

TRADEMARKS, PATENTS AND LICENSE AGREEMENTS

The Company owns the trademarks CONCORD®, EBEL® and MOVADO®, as well as trademarks for the Movado Museum dial design, and related trademarks for watches and jewelry in the United States and in numerous other countries.

The Company licensed ESQUIRE®, ESQ® and related trademarks on an exclusive worldwide basis for use in connection with the manufacture, distribution, advertising and sale of watches pursuant to a license agreement with Hearst Magazine, a division of Hearst Communications, Inc., dated as of January 1, 1992 (as amended, the “Hearst License Agreement”). The Hearst License Agreement expired December 31, 2016, although the Company has the right to sell any remaining inventory through third-party channels and indefinitely through the Company’s own retail outlet locations.

The Company licenses the trademark COACH® and related trademarks on an exclusive worldwide basis for use in connection with the manufacture, distribution, advertising and sale of watches pursuant to an amended and restated license agreement with Coach, Inc., dated January 30, 2015, which expires on June 30, 2020.

Under an amended and restated license agreement with Tommy Hilfiger Licensing LLC dated September 16, 2009 (the “Tommy Hilfiger License Agreement”), the Company has the exclusive license to use the trademark TOMMY HILFIGER® and related trademarks in connection with the manufacture of watches and jewelry worldwide and in connection with the marketing, advertising, sale and distribution of watches and jewelry at wholesale (and at retail through its outlet locations) worldwide (excluding certain accounts in Japan). The term of the Tommy Hilfiger License Agreement expires December 31, 2019 and may be extended by the Company for an additional five years ending on December 31, 2024, subject to the satisfaction of minimum sales requirements and approval of a new business plan.

On March 5, 2012, the Company entered into an amended and restated license agreement with HUGO BOSS Trade Mark Management GmbH & Co. (the “Hugo Boss License Agreement”), extending the term and making certain other changes to the license agreement originally entered by the parties on December 15, 2004, under which the Company received a worldwide exclusive license to use the trademark HUGO BOSS® and any other trademarks containing the names “HUGO” or “BOSS”, in connection with the production, promotion and sale of watches. The term of the Hugo Boss License Agreement continues through December 31, 2018.

In November 2005, the Company entered into a license agreement with L.C. Licensing, Inc., for the exclusive worldwide license to use the trademarks JUICY COUTURE® and related trademarks in connection with the manufacture, advertising, merchandising, promotion, sale and distribution of timepieces and components (the “Juicy Couture License Agreement”). In November 2013, L.C. Licensing, Inc. assigned its entire interest in the Juicy Couture License Agreement to ABG Juicy Couture, LLC. The current term of

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the Juicy Couture License Agreement is through December 31, 2017. The Company and the licensor have decided to allow the Juicy Couture license agreement to expire by its terms on December 31, 2017, although the Company retains the right to sell-off then-remaining inventory.

On March 28, 2014, the Company entered into an amended and restated license agreement with Lacoste S.A., Sporloisirs S.A. and Lacoste Alligator S.A. (the “Lacoste License Agreement”), extending the term and making certain other changes to the license agreement originally entered into by the parties in 2006, under which the Company received a worldwide exclusive license to use the Lacoste® name and the distinctive “alligator” logo to design, produce, market and distribute watches. The term of the Lacoste License Agreement continues through December 31, 2022.

On March 22, 2012, the Company entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Ferrari S.p.A. to use certain well known trademarks of Ferrari including the S.F. and Prancing Horse device in shield, FERRARI OFFICIAL LICENSED PRODUCT and SCUDERIA FERRARI, in connection with the manufacture, advertising, merchandising, promotion, sale and distribution of watches with a suggested retail price not exceeding €1,500 (the “Ferrari License Agreement”). The current term of the Ferrari License Agreement is through December 31, 2017. The Company is currently in negotiations for the renewal of this license agreement.

On October 21, 2016, the Company entered into a license and collaboration arrangement with Rebecca Minkoff, LLC to use the Rebecca Minkoff and Uri Minkoff brand names, including any related logos and trademarks, in connection with the manufacture, advertising, merchandising, promotion, sale and distribution of watches. This collection is expected to launch in calendar year 2017. The current term of the Rebecca Minkoff license and collaboration agreement is through October 21, 2026.   

The Company also owns, and has pending applications for, a number of design patents in the United States and internationally for various watch designs, as well as designs of watch dials, cases, bracelets and jewelry.

The Company actively seeks to protect and enforce its intellectual property rights by working with industry associations, anti-counterfeiting organizations, private investigators and law enforcement authorities, including customs authorities in the United States and internationally, and, when necessary, suing infringers of its trademarks and patents. Consequently, the Company is involved from time to time in litigation or other proceedings to determine the enforceability, scope and validity of these rights. The Company has registered the trademarks MOVADO®, EBEL®, CONCORD® and certain other related trademarks with customs authorities in the United States and certain other countries in order to assist such authorities in their efforts to prevent the importation of counterfeit goods or goods bearing confusingly similar trademarks. Customs regulations do not, however, cover the unauthorized importation of genuine Movado, Ebel and Concord watches because the Company is considered the manufacturer of such watches.

COMPETITION

The markets for each of the Company’s watch brands are highly competitive. With the exception of Swatch Group, Ltd., a large Swiss-based competitor, no single company competes with the Company across all of its brands. Multiple companies, however, compete with Movado Group with respect to one or more of its watch brands. Certain of these companies have, and other companies that may enter the Company’s markets in the future may have, greater financial, distribution, marketing and advertising resources than the Company. The Company’s future success will depend, to a significant degree, upon its continued ability to compete effectively with regard to, among other things, the style, quality, price, advertising, marketing, distribution and availability of supply of the Company’s watches and other products.

EMPLOYEES

As of January 31, 2017, the Company had approximately 1,100 full-time employees in its global operations. Approximately 202 Company employees in Switzerland and 17 Company employees in France are subject to collective bargaining agreements. The Company has never experienced a work stoppage due to labor difficulties and believes that its employee relations are good.

AVAILABLE INFORMATION

The Company’s annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, are available free of charge on the Company’s website, located at www.movadogroup.com, as soon as reasonably practicable after the same are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC. The public may read any materials filed by the Company with the SEC at the SEC’s public reference room at 100 F. Street, N.E., Washington, D.C., 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the public reference room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains a website that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding the Company at www.sec.gov.

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The Company has adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to all directors, officers and employees, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and principal accounting and financial officers, which is posted on the Company’s website. The Company will post any amendments to the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and any waivers that are required to be disclosed by SEC regulations on the Company’s website. In addition, the committee charters for the audit committee, the compensation committee and the nominating/corporate governance committee of the Board of Directors of the Company and the Company’s corporate governance guidelines have been posted on the Company’s website.

 

 

Item 1A.  Risk Factors

The following risk factors and the forward-looking statements contained in this Form 10-K should be read carefully in connection with evaluating Movado Group’s business. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated. Additional risks which the Company does not presently consider material, or of which it is not currently aware, may also have an adverse impact on the business. Please also see “Forward-Looking Statements” on page 1.

Adverse economic conditions in the U.S. or in other key markets, and the resulting declines in consumer confidence and spending, could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s operating results.

The Company’s results are dependent on a number of factors impacting consumer confidence and spending, including, but not limited to, general economic and business conditions; wages and employment levels; volatility in the stock market; home values; inflation; consumer debt levels; availability and cost of consumer credit; economic uncertainty; solvency concerns of major financial institutions; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; fuel and energy costs and/or shortages; tax issues; and general political conditions, both domestic and abroad.

Adverse economic conditions, including declines in employment levels, disposable income, consumer confidence and economic growth could result in decreased consumer spending that would adversely affect sales of consumer goods, particularly those, such as the Company’s products, that are viewed as discretionary items. In addition, events such as war, terrorism, natural disasters or outbreaks of disease could further suppress consumer spending on discretionary items. If any of these events should occur, the Company’s future sales could decline.

Changes to existing laws or regulations, or the adoption of new laws or regulations, whether in the United States or in any of the other key markets in which the Company does business, could require the Company to change any number of its business practices which could have a material adverse effect on its financial condition or results of operations.

The Company conducts business, either directly or indirectly, in numerous countries and accordingly is subject to a multitude of legal requirements impacting every aspect of its operations. Changes to existing laws and regulations or new laws and regulations could impose new requirements and additional, associated costs on the Company and its suppliers, making the Company’s products more costly to produce, forcing the Company to change its existing business practices and potentially affecting its financial condition and results of operations. For example, upon request of the Swiss Federal Government, an ordinance was drafted by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (“FH”), which became effective on January 31, 2017, subject to a two-year transition period. Under the FH ordinance, a watch may only be marked with a Swiss indication of origin if, in addition to meeting existing requirements, the design and prototyping of the watch occurred in, and that at least 60% of the manufacturing costs were incurred in Switzerland. Compliance with the new Swissness law and regulations may require the Company to incur additional costs and seek different sources of supply, which may increase the production costs of Movado, Ebel and Concord watches. The Company may also be unable to secure adequate Swiss-based suppliers to meet all of its needs. If the production costs for these watches become more expensive or the watches can no longer be marked as “Swiss,” the Company may then be at a competitive disadvantage as compared to other watch brands and sales of its products may decline, adversely affecting its financial condition and results of operations. In addition, President Trump and officials in his administration have raised the possibility of significantly increasing U.S. tariffs or taxes on the importation of foreign goods. Any such increase could materially increase the Company’s cost of watches sold in the U.S., which is the Company’s single largest market, and could thereby materially and adversely affect the Company’s sales, costs and results of operations.    

The overall tax environment has made it increasingly challenging for multinational corporations to operate with certainty around taxation in many jurisdictions. For example, the European Commission has investigated whether local country tax rulings or tax legislation provide preferential tax treatment that violates European Union state aid rules. In addition, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which represents a coalition of western countries, is supporting changes to numerous long-standing tax principles through its base erosion and profit shifting project, which is focused on a number of issues, including the shifting of profits among affiliated entities located in different tax jurisdictions. Furthermore, a number of countries where the Company does business, including the United States and many European countries, are considering changes in relevant tax, accounting and other laws, regulations and interpretations, including changes to tax laws applicable to multinational corporations. The increasingly complex

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global tax environment could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s effective tax rate, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition.

The “Brexit” vote has created significant uncertainty for the Company’s U.K. business operations which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition or results of operations.

On June 23, 2016, the results of the United Kingdom (“U.K”) European Union (“E.U.”) Membership Referendum (“Brexit”) were announced. The results advised for the exit of the U.K from the E.U. Although the Referendum is non-binding, if Brexit is passed into law, negotiations would commence to determine the future terms of the U.K.’s relationship with the E.U., including the terms of trade between the U.K. and the E.U. The two houses of the U.K. Parliament are currently considering Brexit bills but have yet to agree upon final language, which is needed before a bill can be passed into law. The effects of Brexit will depend on the final language of the law as well as any agreements the U.K. makes to retain access to E.U. markets either during a transitional period or more permanently. Because the Company’s U.K. subsidiary imports watches from its subsidiaries based in Switzerland, Brexit could potentially disrupt the Company’s ability to service the U.K. market and increase tariffs that the Company pays to import product into the U.K. In addition, Brexit could lead to legal uncertainty and potentially divergent national laws and regulations as the U.K. determines which E.U. laws to replace or replicate, including financial laws and regulations, tax and free trade agreements, immigration and employment laws, environmental and health and safety laws and intellectual property laws. Furthermore, the announcement of Brexit caused significant volatility in global stock markets and currency exchange rate fluctuations that resulted in the weakening of the British Pound against other currencies in which the Company conducts business and has also caused other members of the E.U. to consider exit as well, which could lead to further disruptions and uncertainty with respect to the Company’s business operations. This weakening of the British Pound may adversely affect the Company’s results of operations in a number of ways, including by increasing the Company’s U.K. subsidiary’s costs of goods sold and by reducing the U.S. dollar value of operating income earned by the Company’s U.K. subsidiary. Any such disruption and uncertainty could affect the Company’s relationships with customers, suppliers and employees, which could have an adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

The Company faces intense competition in the worldwide watch industry not only from competitors selling traditional watches but also from those selling smart watches and other smart wearables.

The watch industry is highly competitive and the Company competes globally with numerous manufacturers, importers, distributors and Internet-based retailers, some of which are larger than the Company and have greater financial, distribution, advertising and marketing resources than the Company. The Company’s products compete on the basis of price, features, brand image, design, perceived desirability, reliability and perceived attractiveness. However, there can be no assurance that the Company’s products will compete effectively in the future and, unless the Company remains competitive, its future results of operations and financial condition could be adversely affected. The Company also faces increased, new competition from companies introducing and selling smart wearable devices including smart watches. Many of these companies have significantly greater financial, distribution, advertising and marketing resources than does the Company. The sale of these new smart products could materially adversely impact the traditional watch market and the Company’s results of operations and financial condition unless the Company is able to effectively compete in this new product area. The Company’s ability to successfully design, produce, market and sell products which are competitive with smart watches and other similar wearables depends, among other things, on its ability to obtain and maintain the necessary expertise in this area by enhancing its internal capabilities or by entering into and maintaining business relationships with third parties that have such expertise. The Company may not be able to launch commercially successful smart watch models or other such products in a timely manner or frequently enough to remain competitive. Any of these events could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition or could result in the Company’s products not achieving market acceptance or becoming obsolete.  

The design, sourcing, marketing, distribution and after-sales servicing of smart watches involve additional challenges to those applicable to traditional watches.

Although smart watches share certain characteristics with traditional watches, there are important differences in the way the two sets of products are designed, sourced, marketed, distributed, and serviced after they are sold. These differences may make it more difficult to compete successfully in the smart watch market, particularly for competitors such as the Company that do not have significant experience with similar consumer technology products. Although the Company has used and expects to continue to use reputable technology companies to assist it in bringing smart watches to market and supporting end-user customers, there are technology-related and other risks of competing in this market that cannot be eliminated. For example, smart watches’ significant reliance on technology increases the risk of allegations of infringement on the intellectual property rights of others. In addition, technical difficulties or product defects may adversely impact sales of smart watches and may have a negative impact on any brand under which an affected smart watch is sold. In addition, although the Company does not currently provide longer warranties on its smart watches than it does for its traditional watches, consumers may expect that smart watches purchased by them, particularly smart watches in the Company’s Luxury category, will for many years continue to function and be compatible with the smart phone operating systems with which they

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were intended to interface, including future updates to such operating systems. Since the Company has no control over such operating system updates, it cannot be certain that it will be able to ensure that its smart watches continue to interface with smart phones using such updated operating systems. If the Company fails to meet consumers’ expectations regarding the long-term functioning of its smart watches, the Company may suffer reputational damage that could adversely affect its business, results of operations and financial condition.

Maintaining favorable brand recognition is essential to the success of the Company, and failure to do so could materially and adversely affect the Company’s results of operations.

Favorable brand recognition is an important factor to the future success of the Company. The Company sells its products under a variety of owned and licensed brands. Factors affecting brand recognition are often outside the Company’s control, and the Company’s efforts to create or enhance favorable brand recognition, such as making significant investments in marketing and advertising campaigns, product design and anticipation of fashion trends, may not have their desired effects. Additionally, the Company relies on its licensors to maintain favorable brand recognition of their respective brands, and the Company often has no control over the brand management efforts of its licensors. Finally, although the Company’s independent distributors are subject to contractual requirements to protect the Company’s brands, it may be difficult to monitor or enforce such requirements, particularly in foreign jurisdictions.

Any decline in perceived favorable recognition of the Company’s owned or licensed brands could materially and adversely affect future results of operations and profitability. If the Company is unable to respond to changes in consumer demands and fashion trends in a timely manner, sales and profitability could be adversely affected.

Fashion trends and consumer demands and tastes often shift quickly. The Company attempts to monitor these trends in order to adapt its product offerings to suit customer demand. There is a risk that the Company will not properly perceive changes in trends or tastes, which may result in the failure to adapt the Company’s products accordingly. In addition, new model designs are regularly introduced into the market for all brands to keep ahead of evolving fashion trends as well as to initiate new trends of their own. There is risk that the public may not favor these new models or that the models may not be ready for sale until after the trend has passed. If the Company fails to respond to and keep up to date with fashion trends and consumer demands and tastes, its brand image, sales, profitability and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.

If the Company misjudges the demand for its products, high inventory levels could adversely affect future operating results and profitability.

Consumer demand for the Company’s products can affect inventory levels. If consumer demand is lower than expected, inventory levels can rise causing a strain on operating cash flows. If the inventory cannot be sold through the Company’s wholesale channel or retail outlet locations, additional write-downs or write-offs to future earnings could be necessary. Conversely, if consumer demand is higher than expected, insufficient inventory levels could result in unfilled customer orders, loss of revenue and an unfavorable impact on customer relationships. In particular, volatility and uncertainty related to macro-economic factors make it more difficult for the Company to forecast customer demand in its various markets. Failure to properly judge consumer demand and properly manage inventory could have a material adverse effect on profitability and liquidity.

An increase in product returns could negatively impact the Company’s operating results and profitability.

The Company recognizes revenue as sales when merchandise is shipped and title and risk of loss transfers to the customer. The Company permits the return of damaged or defective products and accepts limited amounts of product returns in certain instances. Accordingly, the Company provides allowances for the estimated amounts of these returns at the time of revenue recognition based on historical experience. While such returns have historically been within management’s expectations and the provisions established, future return rates may differ from those experienced in the past, in particular in light of the Company’s entry into the smart watch market. Any significant increase in damaged or defective products or expected returns could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s operating results for the period or periods in which such returns materialize.

The Company’s business relies on the use of independent parties to manufacture its products. Any loss of an independent manufacturer, or the Company’s inability to deliver quality goods in a timely manner, could have an adverse effect on customer relations, brand image, net sales and results of operations.

The Company employs a flexible manufacturing model that relies on independent manufacturers to meet shifts in marketplace demand. Most of these manufacturers rely on third party suppliers for the various component parts needed to assemble finished watches sold to the Company. All such independent manufacturers and suppliers must achieve and maintain the Company’s high quality standards and specifications. The inability of a manufacturer to ship orders in a timely manner or to meet the Company’s high

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quality standards and specifications could cause the Company to miss committed delivery dates with customers, which could result in cancellation of the customers’ orders. In addition, delays in delivery of satisfactory products could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s profitability, particularly if the delays cause the Company to be unable to market certain products during the seasonal periods when its sales are typically higher. See “Risk Factors – The Company’s business is seasonal, with sales traditionally greater during certain holiday seasons, so events and circumstances that adversely affect holiday consumer spending will have a disproportionately adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations.” A majority of the Swiss watch movements used in the manufacture of Movado, Ebel and Concord watches are purchased from two suppliers, one of which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of one of the Company’s competitors. Additionally, the Company generally does not have long-term supply commitments with its manufacturers and thus competes for production facilities with other organizations, some of which are larger and have greater resources. Any loss of an independent manufacturer or disruption in the supply chain with respect to critical component parts may result in the Company’s inability to deliver quality goods in a timely manner and could have an adverse effect on customer relations, brand image, net sales and results of operations.

The Company contractually obligates its contract manufacturers to adhere to the Company’s vendor code of conduct and similar codes of conduct adopted by the Company’s trademark licensors and the Company monitors compliance with those codes by conducting periodic factory audits. There can be no assurance, however, that any of those independent manufacturers or one or more of the Company’s licensors might not violate labor or other laws or use labor practices that deviate from those generally accepted as ethical in the United States or other countries in which the violation or other activities occurred. Such an event could interrupt or otherwise disrupt the shipment of finished products or damage the Company’s reputation and could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

The loss or shut down of any of the Company’s major warehouse and distribution centers could materially adversely affect its business.

The Company operates one distribution facility in New Jersey that is responsible for importing and warehousing products as well as fulfilling and shipping orders to all of the Company’s customers in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Company operates a smaller, similar facility in Bienne, Switzerland for the distribution of its Swiss watch brands throughout Europe and the Middle East, and has contracted with a third party warehouse and fulfillment provider in Asia to handle most of the distribution of its licensed brands. In early fiscal 2018, the Company began the consolidation of two third-party warehouse and distribution centers in France and the U.K. into a new third-party facility in the Netherlands for the distribution of its licensed watch brands in Europe. The Company expects to complete the consolidation in the first half of fiscal 2018. Due to the complexities involved in this consolidation, the project could result in cost overruns or temporary disruptions in distribution. More generally, the complete or partial loss or temporary shutdown of any of the Company’s or third parties’ warehouse and distribution facilities (including as a result of fire or other casualty or labor or other disturbances) could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business. In addition, the Company’s New Jersey warehouse and distribution facility is operated in a special purpose sub-zone established by the U.S. Department of Commerce Foreign Trade Zone Board and is highly regulated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which, under certain circumstances, has the right to shut down the entire sub-zone and, therefore, the entire warehouse and distribution facility. If that were to occur, the Company’s ability to fill orders for its U.S., Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean customers would be significantly impacted, which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

If the Company loses any of its license agreements, there may be significant loss of revenues and a negative effect on business.

The Company has the right to produce, market and distribute watches under the brand names of Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, HUGO BOSS, Juicy Couture, Scuderia Ferrari, Lacoste and Rebecca Minkoff pursuant to license agreements with the respective owners of those trademarks. The Company had the right to distribute watches under the brand name ESQ through December 31, 2016, and retains the right to sell any remaining inventory through its retail outlet locations. There are certain minimum royalty payments as well as other requirements associated with these agreements. Failure to meet any of these requirements could result in the loss of the license. Additionally, after the term of any license agreement has concluded, the licensor may decide not to renew with the Company. For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017, the above mentioned licensed brands represented approximately 48% of the Company’s net sales. While no individual licensed brand represented net sales greater than 20% of the Company’s total consolidated net sales and the Company is not substantially dependent on any one licensed brand, the loss of any single licensed brand could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations and financial condition. In addition, the Company’s revenues and profitability under its various license agreements may change from period to period due to various factors, including the maturity of the Company's relationship with the respective licensor, changes in consumer preferences, brand repositioning activities and other factors, some of which are outside of the Company's control.

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Changes in the sales or channel mix of the Company’s products could impact gross profit margins.

The individual brands that are sold by the Company are sold at a wide range of price points and yield a variety of gross profit margins. In addition, sales of excess and/or discontinued inventory into the liquidation channel generate a lower gross profit margin than non-liquidation sales. Thus, the mix of sales by brand as well as by distribution channel can have an impact on the gross profit margins of the Company. If the Company’s sales mix shifts unfavorably toward brands with lower gross profit margins than the Company’s historical consolidated gross profit margin or if a greater proportion of liquidation sales are made, it could have an adverse effect on the results of operations.

The Company’s business is seasonal, with sales traditionally greater during certain holiday seasons, so events and circumstances that adversely affect holiday consumer spending will have a disproportionately adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations.

The Company’s sales are seasonal by nature. The Company’s U.S. sales are traditionally greater during the Christmas and holiday season. Internationally, major selling seasons center on significant local holidays that occur in late winter or early spring. The amount of net sales and operating income generated during these seasons depends upon the general level of retail sales at such times, as well as economic conditions and other factors beyond the Company’s control. The second half of each year accounted for 56.2%, 55.3%, and 54.9% of the Company’s net sales for the fiscal years ended January 31, 2017, 2016, and 2015, respectively. If events or circumstances were to occur that negatively impact consumer spending during such holiday seasons, it could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s sales, profitability and results of operations.

Sales in the Company’s retail outlet locations are dependent upon customer foot traffic.

The success of the Company’s retail outlet locations is, to a certain extent, dependent upon the amount of customer foot traffic generated by the outlet centers in which those stores are located.

Factors that can affect customer foot traffic include:

 

changes in customer discretionary spending;

 

the location of the outlet center;

 

the location of the Company’s store within the outlet center;

 

the other tenants in the outlet center;

 

the occupancy rate of the outlet center;

 

the success of the outlet center and tenant advertising to attract customers;

 

changes in competition in areas surrounding the outlet center; and

 

increased competition from shopping over the internet and other alternatives such as mail-order.

Additionally, since most of the Company’s retail outlets are located near vacation destinations, factors that affect travel could decrease outlet center traffic. Such factors include the price and supply of fuel, travel concerns and restrictions, international instability, terrorism and inclement weather. A reduction in foot traffic in relevant shopping centers could have a material adverse effect on retail sales and profitability.

If the Company is unable to maintain existing space or to lease new space for its retail outlets in prime outlet center locations or is unable to complete construction on a timely basis, the Company’s ability to achieve favorable results in its retail business could be adversely affected.

The Company’s outlet stores are strategically located in top outlet centers in the United States, most of which are located near vacation destinations. If the Company cannot maintain and secure locations in prime outlet centers for its outlet stores on acceptable lease terms, it could jeopardize the operations of the stores and business plans for the future. Additionally, if the Company cannot complete construction in new stores within the planned timeframes, cost overruns and lost revenue could adversely affect the profitability of the retail segment.

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Current or future cost reduction, streamlining, restructuring or business optimization initiatives could result in the Company incurring various charges and other items, which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s reported earnings per share and other unadjusted financial measures.

In the course of the Company’s efforts to implement its business plan to adapt to the changing economic environment, the Company may be required to take actions that could result in the incurrence of various charges and other items. These charges and other items may include severance and relocation expenses, write-offs or write-downs of assets, impairment charges, facilities closure costs or other business optimization costs. In general, these costs will reduce the Company’s operating income and net income (along with the associated per share measures). Therefore, such charges and other items could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s reported results of operations and the market price of the Company’s securities.

If the Company is unable to successfully implement its growth strategies, its future operating results could suffer.

There are certain risks involved in the Company seeking to expand its business through acquisitions, license agreements, joint ventures and other initiatives. Acquisitions and new license agreements require the Company to ensure that new brands will successfully complement the other brands in its portfolio. The Company assumes the risk that the new brand will not be viewed by the public as favorably as its other brands. In addition, the integration of an acquired company or licensed brand into the Company’s existing business can strain the Company’s current infrastructure with the additional work required and there can be no assurance that the integration of acquisitions or licensed brands will be successful or that acquisitions or licensed brands will generate sales increases. The Company needs to ensure it has the adequate human resources and systems in place to allow for successful assimilation of new businesses. The inability to successfully implement its growth strategies could adversely affect the Company’s future financial condition and results of operations.

The loss or infringement of the Company’s trademarks or other intellectual property rights could have an adverse effect on future results of operations.

The Company believes that its trademarks and other intellectual property rights are vital to the competitiveness and success of its business and therefore it takes appropriate actions to register and protect them. Such actions may not be adequate to prevent imitation of the Company’s products or infringement of its intellectual property rights, or to assure that others will not challenge the Company’s rights, or that such rights will be successfully defended. Moreover, the laws of some foreign countries, including some in which the Company sells its products, may not protect intellectual property rights to the same extent as do the laws of the United States, which could make it more difficult to successfully defend such challenges to them. The Company’s inability to obtain or maintain rights in its trademarks, including its licensed marks, could have an adverse effect on brand image and future results of operations.

Fluctuations in the pricing of commodities or the cost of labor could adversely affect the Company’s ability to produce products at favorable prices.

Some of the Company’s higher-end watch offerings are made with materials such as diamonds, precious metals and gold. The Company relies on independent contractors to manufacture and assemble its watch brands. A significant change in the prices of these commodities or the cost of third-party labor could adversely affect the Company’s business by:

 

reducing gross profit margins; and/or

 

forcing an increase in suggested retail prices, which could lead to decreasing consumer demand and higher inventory levels.

Any and all of the above events could adversely affect the Company’s future cash flows and results of operations.

The Company’s business is subject to foreign currency exchange rate risk.

A significant portion of the Company’s inventory purchases are denominated in Swiss francs. The Company also sells to third-party customers in a variety of foreign currencies, most notably the Euro and the British Pound. The Company reduces its exposure to the Swiss franc, Euro and British Pound exchange rate risks through a hedging program. Under the hedging program, the Company manages most of its foreign currency exposures on a consolidated basis, which allows it to net certain exposures and take advantage of natural offsets. In the event these exposures do not offset, the Company has the ability under a hedging program to utilize forward exchange contracts and purchased foreign currency options to mitigate foreign currency risk. If the Company does not utilize hedge instruments or if such instruments are unsuccessful at minimizing the risk or are deemed ineffective, any fluctuation of the Swiss franc, Euro or British Pound exchange rates could impact the future results of operations. Changes in currency exchange rates may also affect relative prices at which the Company and its foreign competitors sell products in the same market. Additionally, a portion

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of the Company’s net sales are recorded in its foreign subsidiaries in a currency other than the local currency of that subsidiary. This predominantly occurs in the Company’s Hong Kong and Swiss subsidiaries when they sell to Euro and British Pound based customers. Beginning in fiscal 2016, the Company utilized forward exchange contracts to mitigate this exposure. To the extent not hedged, any fluctuation in the Euro and British Pound exchange rates in relation to the Hong Kong dollar and Swiss franc would have an effect on these sales that are recorded in Euros and British Pounds. The currency effect on these sales has an equal effect on their recorded gross profit since the costs of these sales are recorded in the entities’ respective local currency. As a result of these and other foreign currency sales, certain of the Company’s subsidiaries have outstanding foreign currency receivables. Furthermore, since the Company’s consolidated financial statements are presented in U.S. dollars, revenues, income and expenses, as well as assets and liabilities of foreign currency denominated subsidiaries must be translated into U.S. dollars at exchange rates in effect during or at the end of each reporting period. Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could adversely affect the Company’s reported revenues, earnings, financial position and the comparability of results of operations from period to period.

The Grinberg family owns a majority of the voting power of the Company’s stock.

Each share of common stock of the Company is entitled to one vote per share while each share of class A common stock of the Company is entitled to ten votes per share. While the members of the Grinberg family do not own a majority of the Company’s outstanding common stock, by their significant holdings of class A common stock they control a majority of the voting power represented by all outstanding shares of both classes of stock. Consequently, the Grinberg family is in a position to determine or significantly influence any matters that are brought to a vote of the shareholders including, but not limited to, the election of the Board of Directors and any action requiring the approval of shareholders, including any amendments to the Company’s certificate of incorporation, mergers or sales of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets. This concentration of ownership also may delay, defer or even prevent a change in control of the Company and make some transactions more difficult or impossible without the support of the Grinberg family. These transactions might include proxy contests, tender offers, mergers or other purchases of shares of common stock that could give stockholders the opportunity to realize a premium over the then-prevailing market price for shares of the Company’s common stock.

The Company’s stock price could fluctuate and possibly decline due to changes in revenue, operating results and cash flows.

The Company’s revenue, results of operations and cash flows can be affected by several factors, some of which are not within its control. Those factors include, but are not limited to, those described as risk factors in this Item 1A. and under “Forward-Looking Statements” on page 1.

Any or all of these factors could cause a decline in revenues or increased expenses, both of which could have an adverse effect on the results of operations. If the Company’s earnings failed to meet the expectations of the public in any given period, the Company’s stock price could fluctuate and possibly decline.

If the Company were to lose its relationship with any of its key customers or distributors or any of such customers or distributors were to experience financial difficulties or go out of business, there may be a significant loss of revenue and operating results.

The Company’s customer base covers a wide range of distribution including national jewelry store chains, department stores, independent regional jewelers, licensors’ retail stores and a network of independent distributors in many countries throughout the world. Except for its agreements with independent distributors, the Company does not have long-term sales contracts with its customers. Customer purchasing decisions could vary with each selling season. A material change in the Company’s customers’ purchasing decisions could have an adverse effect on its revenue and operating results.

The Company extends credit to its customers based on an evaluation of each customer’s financial condition usually without requiring collateral. Should any of the Company’s larger customers experience financial difficulties, it could result in the Company’s curtailing of doing business with them, an increased rate of product returns or an increase in its exposure related to its accounts receivable. The inability to collect on these receivables could have an adverse effect on the Company’s financial results and cash flows.

In many countries, independent distributors are entitled to seek compensation from the entity that granted them distribution rights upon termination of the parties’ contractual relationship. Such compensation can equal or exceed one year’s worth of the distributor’s profits attributable to the distribution of the relevant goods. Although the Company generally renews its agreements with most of its distributors at the end of the then-current contractual term, if the Company elects not to renew its distribution agreements with large distributors or with multiple smaller distributors, it may be required to make material termination payments to such distributors, which would have an adverse effect on its operating results.

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The inability or difficulty of the Company’s customers, suppliers and business partners to obtain credit could materially and adversely affect its results of operations and liquidity.

Many of the Company’s customers, suppliers and business partners rely on a stable, liquid and well-functioning financial system to fund their operations and a disruption in their ability to access liquidity could cause serious disruptions to or an overall deterioration of their businesses which could impair their ability to meet their obligations to the Company, including delivering product ordered by the Company and placing or paying for future orders of the Company’s products, any of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations and liquidity.

The Company’s wholesale business could be negatively affected by further changes of ownership, contraction and consolidation in the retail industry, as well as by the consumer shift toward online sales.

A large portion of the Company’s U.S. wholesale business is based on sales to major jewelry store chains and department stores. In recent years, the retail industry has experienced changes in ownership, contraction and consolidations, with a number of jewelry chain stores and department store operators going out of business and liquidating their inventories. Future reorganizations, changes of ownership and consolidations could further reduce the number of retail doors in which the Company’s products are sold and increase the concentration of sales among fewer national or large regional retailers, which could materially adversely affect the Company’s wholesale business. In addition, consumers’ growing preference for purchasing products online may reduce foot traffic at traditional retail stores and increase price competition for the Company’s products, which could discourage traditional retailers from investing in sales support for those products. This could reduce consumer demand for the Company’s products and thereby materially adversely affect the Company’s wholesale business.

If the Company were to lose key members of management or be unable to attract and retain the talent required for the business, operating results could suffer.

The Company’s ability to execute key operating initiatives as well as to deliver product and marketing concepts appealing to target consumers depends largely on the efforts and abilities of key executives and senior management’s competencies. The unexpected loss of one or more of these individuals could have an adverse effect on the future business. The Company cannot guarantee that it will be able to attract and retain the talent and skills needed in the future.

If the Company cannot secure financing and credit on favorable terms, the Company’s financial condition and results of operations may be materially adversely affected.

Credit and equity markets remain sensitive to world events and macro-economic developments. Therefore, the Company’s cost of borrowing may increase and it may be more difficult to obtain financing for the Company’s operations or to refinance long-term obligations as they become payable. In addition, the Company’s borrowing costs can be affected by independent rating agencies’ short and long-term debt ratings which are based largely on the Company’s performance as measured by credit metrics including interest coverage and leverage ratios. A decrease in these ratings would likely also increase the Company’s cost of borrowing and make it more difficult for it to obtain financing. A significant increase in the costs that the Company incurs to finance its operations may have a material adverse impact on its business results and financial condition.

A significant portion of the Company’s business is conducted outside of the United States. Many factors affecting business activities outside the United States could adversely impact this business.

Substantially all of the Company’s watches are assembled in Europe and Asia. The Company also generates approximately 46% of its revenue from international sources.

Factors that could affect this business activity vary by region and market and generally include, without limitation:

 

instability or changes in social, political and/or economic conditions that could disrupt the trade activity in the countries where the Company’s manufacturers, suppliers and customers are located;

 

the imposition of additional duties, taxes and other charges on imports and exports;

 

changes in foreign laws and regulations;

 

the adoption or expansion of trade sanctions;

 

recessions in foreign economies; and

 

a significant change in currency valuation in specific countries or markets.

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If the Company was unable to protect the security of personal information about its customers or employees or prevent a privacy breach, it could be subject to costly government enforcement actions and private litigation and suffer significant negative publicity which could materially and adversely affect the Company’s results of operations.

As part of the normal course of business the Company is involved in the receipt and storage of electronic information about customers and employees, as well as proprietary financial and non-financial data. Although the Company believes it has taken reasonable and appropriate actions to protect the security of this information, if the Company were to experience a security breach, acts of vandalism, computer viruses, misplaced or lost data, programming and/or human errors or other similar events, it could result in government enforcement actions and private litigation, attract a substantial amount of media attention, and damage the Company’s reputation and its relationships with its customers and employees, materially adversely affecting the Company’s sales and results of operations. This risk has increased with the launch of the Company’s smart watches, which collect and transmit personal data about the consumers who purchase and use them.

The Company relies on information systems to conduct its business, and failure to protect these systems against security breaches could adversely affect its business and results of operations. Additionally, if these systems fail or become unavailable for any significant period of time, the Company’s business could be harmed.

The efficient operation of the Company’s business is dependent on computer hardware and software systems. Information systems are vulnerable to security breaches by computer hackers and cyber terrorists. The Company relies on industry accepted security measures and technology to securely maintain confidential and proprietary information maintained on its information systems. However, these measures and technology may not adequately prevent security breaches. In addition, the unavailability of the information systems or the failure of these systems to perform as anticipated for any reason could disrupt the Company’s business and could result in decreased performance and increased operating costs, causing the Company’s business and results of operations to suffer. Any significant interruption or failure of the Company’s information systems or any significant breach of security could adversely affect the Company’s business and results of operations.

The Company is subject to complex and evolving U.S. and foreign laws and regulations regarding privacy and data protection that could result in legal claims, changes to business practices and increased costs that could materially and adversely affect the Company’s results of operations.

The Company is subject to a variety of U.S and foreign laws and regulations governing privacy and data protection. The introduction of new products, such as smart watches, and the expansion of our business in certain jurisdictions may subject us to additional such laws and regulations. These U.S. federal and state and foreign laws and regulations are evolving and the restrictions imposed thereby may increase and are not always clear. There are currently a number of proposals pending before federal, state, and foreign legislative and regulatory bodies that may increase restrictions relating to the receipt, transfer and processing of personal data. In addition, foreign court decisions and regulatory actions could impact our ability to receive, transfer and process personal data relating to our employees and direct and indirect customers. For example, in October 2015 the European Union’s highest court, the European Court of Justice, struck down an agreement with the U.S. government regarding a 15-year-old “safe harbor” relied upon by thousands of companies, including the Company, to transfer personal information of European residents to the United States. On February 2, 2016, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an agreement on a new framework for transatlantic data flows to replace the invalidated U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor framework. The final E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield was adopted in July 2016, and the Company is considering possible participation in the program. In the meantime, the Company complies with the European Commission’s directives regarding transatlantic data flows via intercompany agreements between its European and U.S. entities by regulating such flows with agreements that contain clauses in the form approved by the European Commission. Existing and proposed privacy and data protection laws and regulations result and may continue to result in significant compliance and operating costs and negative publicity for the Company, and may subject it to remedies that may harm its business, including fines and orders to modify or cease existing business practices. Any of the foregoing could materially adversely affect the Company’s results of operations and financial condition.

The Company depends on its information systems to run its business and any significant disruption to those systems could materially disrupt the Company’s business and adversely affect its results of operations.

The Company relies on its information systems to operate every aspect of its world-wide business, including, without limitation, order processing, inventory and supply chain management, customer communications, purchasing and financial reporting. Although the Company attempts to take all reasonable steps to mitigate the risks to its information management systems, including such measures as the use of firewalls, automatically expiring passwords, encryption technology and periodic vulnerability tests, no system can be completely secure against all threats. It is possible that the Company’s information systems will experience system failures, viruses, security breaches, power outages, network and telecommunications failures, usage errors by our employees, harmful acts by our website visitors or other events which could disable or significantly impair the systems’ functionality. Additionally, the Company’s

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systems may fail to operate properly or effectively, experience problems transitioning to upgraded or replacement systems or difficulties in integrating new systems. Any material disruption or slowdown of the Company’s information systems could result in the loss of critical data, the inability to process and properly record transactions and could materially impair the Company’s ability to conduct business, leading to cancelled orders and lost sales. In addition, the Company engages in e-commerce and is vulnerable to certain additional risks and uncertainties associated with the Internet, including changes in required technology interfaces, website downtime and other technical failures, security breaches and consumer privacy concerns. A breach and loss of data could also subject the Company to liability to its customers or suppliers and could also cause competitive harm if sensitive information is publicized. In the event the Company is not successful in responding to these risks and uncertainties, its online sales may decline, the associated costs with its e-commerce activity may increase and the reputation of its brands may be damaged.

 

 

Item 1B.  Unresolved Staff Comments

None.

 

 

 

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Item 2.  Properties

The Company leases various facilities in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia for its corporate, watch assembly, distribution and sales operations. As of January 31, 2017, the Company’s leased facilities were as follows:

 

Location

 

Function

 

Square

Footage

 

Lease

Expiration

Moonachie, New Jersey

 

Watch distribution and repair

 

100,000

 

July 2019

Paramus, New Jersey

 

Executive offices

 

98,300

 

June 2018

Bienne, Switzerland

 

Watch distribution, assembly and repair

 

35,790

 

October 2017

Bienne, Switzerland

 

Corporate functions and watch sales

 

35,500

 

June 2017*

Hong Kong

 

Watch sales, distribution and repair

 

16,560

 

March 2019

New York, New York

 

Public relations office, licensed brand showroom

 

9,900

 

February 2027

Markham, Canada

 

Watch sales

 

7,800

 

August 2019

Munich, Germany

 

Watch sales and repair

 

6,900

 

January 2019

Hackensack, New Jersey

 

Warehouse

 

6,600

 

July 2017

ChangAn Dongguan, China

 

Quality control and engineering

 

6,460

 

December 2018

Aalen, Germany

 

Watch sales

 

5,520

 

February 2019

Shanghai, China

 

Watch sales and distribution

 

4,700

 

December 2019

Coral Gables, Florida

 

Caribbean office, watch sales

 

2,880

 

May 2022

Grenchen, Switzerland

 

Watch sales

 

2,800

 

July 2017

Villers le Lac, France

 

Watch sales

 

2,510

 

July 2025

Paris, France

 

Watch sales

 

1,180

 

June 2017

Singapore

 

Watch sales and distribution

 

950

 

May 2019

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

Watch sales

 

730

 

May 2017*

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Watch sales and distribution

 

200

 

January 2019

*As of January 31, 2017 the current lease for this facility was under negotiation.

All of the foregoing facilities are used exclusively in connection with the Wholesale segment of the Company’s business except that a portion of the Company’s executive office space in Paramus, New Jersey is used in connection with management of its retail business.

Since acquiring Ebel in 2004, the Company owns an architecturally significant building in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

The Company also owns approximately 2,500 square feet of office space in Hanau, Germany, which it previously used for sales, distribution and watch repair functions.

The Company leases retail space averaging 1,700 square feet per store with leases expiring from May 2017 to May 2027 for the operation of the Company’s 40 retail outlet locations in the United States.

The Company leases space in China for approximately 24 concession shops averaging 180 square feet per shop with leases expiring from March 2017 to November 2019.

The Company believes that its existing facilities are suitable and adequate for its current operations.

 

 

Item 3.  Legal Proceedings

The Company is involved in legal proceedings and claims from time to time, in the ordinary course of its business. Legal reserves are recorded in accordance with the accounting guidance for contingencies. Contingencies are inherently unpredictable and it is possible that results of operations, balance sheets or cash flows could be materially and adversely affected in any particular period by unfavorable developments in, or resolution or disposition of, such matters. For those legal proceedings and claims for which the Company believes that it is probable and reasonably estimable that a loss may result, the Company records a reserve for the potential loss. For proceedings and claims where the Company believes it is reasonably possible that a loss may result that is materially in excess of amounts accrued for the matter, the Company either discloses an estimate of such possible loss or range of loss or includes a statement that such an estimate cannot be made. The Company is party to legal proceedings and contingencies, the resolution of which is not expected to materially affect its financial condition, future results of operations beyond the amounts accrued, or cash flows.

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In December 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“U.S. Customs”) issued an audit report concerning the methodology used by the Company to allocate the cost of certain watch styles imported into the U.S. among the component parts of those watches for tariff purposes. The report disputes the reasonableness of the Company’s historical allocation formulas and proposes an alternative methodology that would imply approximately $5.1 million in underpaid duties over the five-year period covered by the statute of limitations. The Company believes that U.S. Customs’ alternative duty methodology and estimate are not consistent with the Company’s facts and circumstances and is disputing U.S. Customs’ position. On February 24, 2017, the Company provided U.S. Customs with supplemental analyses and information supporting the Company’s historical allocation formulas and requested a meeting to discuss that information. Although the Company disagrees with U.S. Customs’ position, it cannot predict with any certainty the outcome of this matter. The Company intends to continue to work with U.S. Customs to reach a mutually-satisfactory resolution.

 

 

Item 4.  Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

 

 

 

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PART II

 

Item 5.  Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

As of March 14, 2017 there were 50 holders of record of the Company’s class A common stock and, the Company estimates, 8,500 beneficial owners of the common stock represented by 375 holders of record. The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MOV” and on March 14, 2017, the closing price of the Company’s common stock was $22.50. In connection with the October 7, 1993 public offering, each share of the Company’s then currently existing class A common stock was converted into 10.46 shares of new class A common stock, par value of $0.01 per share (the “class A common stock”). Each share of common stock is entitled to one vote per share and each share of class A common stock is entitled to 10 votes per share on all matters submitted to a vote of the shareholders. Each holder of class A common stock is entitled to convert, at any time, any and all such shares into the same number of shares of common stock. Each share of class A common stock is converted automatically into common stock in the event that the beneficial or record ownership of such shares of class A common stock is transferred to any person, except to certain family members or affiliated persons deemed “permitted transferees” pursuant to the Company’s Restated Certificate of Incorporation as amended. The class A common stock is not publicly traded and, consequently, there is currently no established public trading market for these shares. The following table sets forth high and low bid quotations reported for the Company’s common stock for each quarter during fiscal 2017 and 2016 and the dividends declared per share in respect of each such quarter.

 

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended

January 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended

January 31, 2016

 

 

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Low

 

 

High

 

 

Dividends

per Share

 

 

Low

 

 

High

 

 

Dividends

per Share

 

April 30

 

$

24.16

 

 

$

30.54

 

 

$

0.13

 

 

$

23.32

 

 

$

31.78

 

 

$

0.11

 

July 31

 

$

19.27

 

 

$

28.74

 

 

$

0.13

 

 

$

24.63

 

 

$

29.43

 

 

$

0.11

 

October 31

 

$

20.86

 

 

$

24.60

 

 

$

0.13

 

 

$

21.42

 

 

$

28.59

 

 

$

0.11

 

January 31

 

$

20.70

 

 

$

31.85

 

 

$

0.13

 

 

$

21.54

 

 

$

27.83

 

 

$

0.11

 

 

During each of fiscal 2017 and 2016, the Company declared four quarters of dividends as indicated in the table above. The decision of whether to declare any future cash dividend, including the amount of any such dividend and the establishment of record and payment dates, will be determined, in each quarter, by the Board of Directors, in its sole discretion.

On March 31, 2016, the Board approved a new share repurchase program under which the Company is authorized to purchase up to $50.0 million of its outstanding common stock from time to time, depending on market conditions, share price and other factors, through open market purchases, repurchase plans, block trades or otherwise. This authorization expires on September 30, 2017. During the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017, the Company repurchased a total of 157,499 shares of its common stock at a total cost of approximately $3.9 million, or an average of $24.54 per share, which included 35,000 shares repurchased from the Movado Group Foundation at a total cost of approximately $1.0 million, or an average of $29.03 per share.

At the election of an employee, upon the vesting of a stock award or the exercise of a stock option, shares of common stock having an aggregate value on the vesting of the award or the exercise date of the option, as the case may be, equal to the employee’s withholding tax obligation may be surrendered to the Company by netting them from the vested shares issued. Similarly, shares having an aggregate value equal to the exercise price of an option may be tendered to the Company in payment of the option exercise price and netted from the shares of common stock issued upon the option exercise. An aggregate of 47,310 shares were repurchased during the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017 as a result of the surrender of shares of common stock in connection with the vesting of certain restricted stock awards and stock options.

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The following table summarizes information about the Company’s purchases of shares of its common stock in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

Issuer Repurchase of Equity Securities

 

Period

  

Total Number

of Shares

Purchased

 

  

Average

Price Paid
Per Share

 

  

Total Number of

Shares

Purchased as

Part of Publicly

Announced

Plans or

Programs

 

  

Maximum

Amount

that May Yet Be

Purchased Under

the Plans or

Programs

 

November 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016

  

 

  

  

$

  

  

 

  

  

$

46,736,698

  

December 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

  

 

20,000

  

  

$

30.05

  

  

 

20,000

  

  

$

46,135,698

  

January 1, 2017 – January 31, 2017

  

 

  

  

$

  

  

 

  

  

$

46,135,698

  

Total

  

 

20,000

  

  

$

30.05

  

  

 

20,000

  

  

$

46,135,698

  

 

PERFORMANCE GRAPH

The performance graph set forth below compares the cumulative total shareholder return of the Company’s shares of common stock for the last five fiscal years through the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017 with that of the Broad Market (NYSE Stock Market – U.S. Companies), the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index. Each index assumes an initial investment of $100.0 on January 31, 2012 and the reinvestment of dividends (where applicable).

 

 

Company Name / Index

  

1/31/12

 

  

1/31/13

 

  

1/31/14

 

  

1/31/15

 

  

1/31/16

 

  

1/31/17

 

Movado Group, Inc.

  

 

100.00

  

  

 

208.44

 

 

 

216.66

 

 

 

139.53

 

 

 

151.69

 

 

 

163.68

  

S&P SmallCap 600 Index

  

 

100.00

  

  

 

115.45

 

 

 

148.29

 

 

 

157.41

 

 

 

150.03

 

 

 

201.55

  

NYSE (U.S. Companies)

  

 

100.00

  

  

 

118.24

 

 

 

140.36

 

 

 

156.42

 

 

 

147.47

 

 

 

179.85

  

Russell 2000 Index

  

 

100.00

  

  

 

115.47

 

 

 

146.69

 

 

 

153.15

 

 

 

137.96

 

 

 

184.21

  

 

 

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Item 6.  Selected Financial Data

The selected financial data presented below has been derived from the Consolidated Financial Statements. This information should be read in conjunction with, and is qualified in its entirety by, the Consolidated Financial Statements and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” contained in Item 7 of this report. Amounts are in thousands except per share amounts:

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended January 31,

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

2013

 

Statement of income data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales (4) (5)

$

552,752

  

 

$

594,923

  

 

$

586,980

  

 

$

570,255

  

 

$

505,478

  

Cost of sales (3) (6) 

 

257,935

  

 

 

277,993

  

 

 

276,998

  

 

 

264,994

  

 

 

227,596

  

Gross profit (3) (4) (5) (6)

 

294,817

  

 

 

316,930

  

 

 

309,982

  

 

 

305,261

  

 

 

277,882

  

Selling, general and administrative (1) (3) (7) (8) 

 

240,836

  

 

 

246,823

  

 

 

238,495

  

 

 

237,519

  

 

 

228,536

  

Operating income (1) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)

 

53,981

  

 

 

70,107

  

 

 

71,487

  

 

 

67,742

  

 

 

49,346

  

Other expense (2)

 

(1,282

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income, net (9) 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

1,526

  

 

 

  

Interest expense

 

(1,464

)

 

 

(1,109

 

 

(489

 

 

(436

 

 

(434

Interest income

 

219

  

 

 

127

  

 

 

166

  

 

 

86

  

 

 

144

  

Income before income taxes

 

51,454

  

 

 

69,125

  

 

 

71,164

  

 

 

68,918

  

 

 

49,056

  

Provision for / (benefit from) income taxes (10) (11) 

 

16,315

 

 

 

23,360

 

 

 

19,264

 

 

 

17,373

 

 

 

(8,812

Net income

 

35,139

  

 

 

45,765

  

 

 

51,900

  

 

 

51,545

  

 

 

57,868

  

Less: Net income attributed to noncontrolling interests

 

78

  

 

 

671

  

 

 

124

  

 

 

668

  

 

 

785

  

Net income attributed to Movado Group, Inc.

$

35,061

  

 

$

45,094

  

 

$

51,776

  

 

$

50,877

  

 

$

57,083

  

Basic income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted basic average shares outstanding

 

23,070

  

 

 

23,525

  

 

 

25,276

  

 

 

25,506

  

 

 

25,267

  

Net income per share attributed to Movado Group, Inc.

$

1.52

  

 

$

1.92

  

 

$

2.05

  

 

$

1.99

  

 

$

2.26

  

Diluted income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted diluted average shares outstanding

 

23,267

  

 

 

23,774

  

 

 

25,581

  

 

 

25,849

  

 

 

25,664

  

Net income per share attributed to Movado Group, Inc.

$

1.51

  

 

$

1.90

  

 

$

2.02

  

 

$

1.97

  

 

$

2.22

  

Cash dividends paid per share

$

0.52

  

 

$

0.44

  

 

$

0.40

  

 

$

0.26

  

 

$

1.45

  

Balance sheet data (end of period):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working capital (12)

$

433,378

  

 

$

410,853

  

 

$

412,996

  

 

$

388,571

  

 

$

349,835

  

Total assets

$

607,802

  

 

$

585,170

  

 

$

583,023

  

 

$

578,610

  

 

$

526,362

  

Total long-term debt

$

25,000

  

 

$

35,000

  

 

$

  

 

$

  

 

$

  

Total equity

$

473,993

  

 

$

441,147

  

 

$

484,285

  

 

$

465,990

  

 

$

425,692

  

 

(1)

Fiscal 2017 selling, general and administrative expenses include a pre-tax charge of $1.8 million, as a result of the immediate vesting of stock awards and certain other compensation related to the announcement of the retirement of Rick Coté, the Company’s former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, in fiscal 2017.

(2)

Fiscal 2017 other expense consists of a pre-tax charge of $1.3 million for the impairment of a long-term investment in a privately held company.

(3)

Fiscal 2016 cost of sales include a pre-tax charge of $0.6 million and selling, general and administrative expenses include a pre-tax charge of $3.4 million, as a result of actions taken by the Company in fiscal 2016 to achieve greater operating efficiencies and streamline its operations.

(4)

Fiscal 2014 net sales include a pre-tax charge of $7.8 million for anticipated returns in fiscal 2015, as a result of the Company’s decision to reduce the presence of ESQ Movado while expanding the Movado brand offering in certain retail doors.

(5)

Fiscal 2013 net sales include a sales allowance of $4.9 million related to the repositioning of the Coach watch brand.

(6)

Fiscal 2014 includes a $2.5 million pre-tax duty refund received relating to payments made by the Company in calendar years 2008 through 2011 for drawback claims filed with U.S. Customs & Border Protection and a $7.5 million pre-tax charge related to anticipated ESQ Movado product returns and the write down of ESQ Movado excess inventory. This charge resulted from the Company’s decision to reduce the presence of ESQ Movado while expanding the Movado brand offering in certain retail doors.

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(7)

Fiscal 2014 includes a $2.0 million donation to the Movado Group Foundation and a $0.8 million pre-tax charge related to the write down of excess displays and point of sale materials, as a result of the Company’s decision to reduce the presence of ESQ Movado while expanding the Movado brand offering in certain retail doors.

(8)

Fiscal 2013 includes a $3.0 million donation to the Movado Group Foundation.

(9)

Fiscal 2014 other income consists of a pre-tax gain of $1.5 million on the sale of a building which was completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

(10)

Fiscal 2014 provision for income taxes includes a benefit of $1.0 million related to U.S. and foreign tax settlements and the release of uncertain tax positions.

(11)

Fiscal 2013 effective tax rate of (18.0)% includes a tax benefit of $19.8 million attributable to the reversal of a majority of the valuation allowance on the U.S. net deferred tax assets and a tax benefit of $0.5 million attributable to foreign business restructurings in Japan and the UK.

(12)

The Company defines working capital as current assets less current liabilities. As a result of early adoption of ASU 2015-17, “Income Taxes: Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes” during fiscal 2016, current deferred tax liabilities and assets were reclassified to non-current in all periods presented.

 

 

 

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Item 7.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

GENERAL

Net Sales.    The Company operates and manages its business in two principal business segments: Wholesale and Retail. The Company also operates in two geographic locations: United States and International. Since April 30, 2014, the Company has divided its watch business into two principal categories: the luxury and the licensed brands categories. The luxury brands category consists of the Ebel®, Concord®, Movado® and ESQ® Movado brands. Previously, the Company classified the Movado and the ESQ Movado brands together as a separate category referred to as accessible luxury. Watches in the licensed brands category include the following brands manufactured and distributed under license agreements with the respective brand owners: Coach®, HUGO BOSS®, Juicy Couture®, Lacoste®, Tommy Hilfiger® and SCUDERIA FERRARI®. These changes to the Company’s watch brand categories did not change the Company’s reportable segments.

The primary factors that influence annual sales are general economic conditions in the Company’s U.S. and international markets, new product introductions, the level and effectiveness of advertising and marketing expenditures and product pricing decisions.

Approximately 46.4% of the Company’s total sales are from international markets (see Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements), and therefore reported sales made in those markets are affected by foreign exchange rates. The Company’s international sales are primarily billed in local currencies (predominantly Euros, British pounds and Swiss francs) and translated to U.S. dollars at average exchange rates for financial reporting purposes.

The Company divides its business into two major geographic locations: United States operations, and International, which includes the results of all other Company operations. The allocation of geographic revenue is based upon the location of the customer. The Company’s International operations in Europe, the Americas (excluding the United States), the Middle East and Asia account for 23.1%, 8.9%, 8.1% and 6.3%, respectively, of the Company’s total net sales for fiscal 2017. Substantially all of the Company’s International assets are located in Switzerland and Hong Kong.

The Company’s business is seasonal. There are two major selling seasons in the Company’s markets: the spring season, which includes school graduations and several holidays and, most importantly, the Christmas and holiday season. Major selling seasons in certain international markets center on significant local holidays that occur in late winter or early spring. The Company’s net sales historically have been higher during the second half of the fiscal year. The second half of each fiscal year accounted for 56.2%, 55.3%, and 54.9% of the Company’s net sales for the fiscal years ended January 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The Company’s retail operations consist of 40 retail outlet locations throughout the United States.  

The significant factors that influence annual sales volumes in the Company’s retail operations are similar to those that influence U.S. wholesale sales. In addition, most of the Company’s retail outlet locations are near vacation destinations and, therefore, the seasonality of these stores is driven by the peak tourist seasons associated with these locations.

Gross Margins.    The Company’s overall gross margins are primarily affected by four major factors: channel and product sales mix, product pricing strategy, manufacturing costs and fluctuation in foreign currency exchange rates, in particular the relationship between the U.S. dollar and the Swiss franc and the Euro. Gross margins for the Company may not be comparable to those of other companies, since some companies include all the costs related to their distribution networks in cost of sales whereas the Company does not include the costs associated with its U.S. and Asia warehousing and distribution facilities nor the occupancy costs for the Retail segment in the cost of sales line item. Those costs are included in selling, general and administrative expenses.

Gross margins vary among the brands included in the Company’s portfolio and also among watch models within each brand. Watches in the luxury brands category generally earn higher gross margin percentages than watches in the licensed brands category. The difference in gross margin percentages for the licensed brands category is primarily due to the impact of royalty payments made on the licensed brands. Gross margins in the Company’s outlet business are affected by the mix of product sold and may exceed those of the wholesale business since the Company earns margins on its outlet location sales from manufacture to point of sale to the consumer.

All of the Company’s brands compete with a number of other brands not only on styling but also on wholesale and retail price. The Company’s ability to improve margins through price increases is therefore, to some extent, constrained by competitors’ actions.

Cost of sales of the Company’s products consists primarily of costs for raw materials, component costs, royalties, assembly costs, design costs, depreciation, amortization and unit overhead costs associated with the Company’s supply chain operations in Switzerland and Asia. The Company’s supply chain operations consist of logistics management of assembly operations and product sourcing in Switzerland and Asia and minor assembly in Switzerland. Through productivity improvement efforts, the Company has

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controlled the level of overhead costs and maintained flexibility in its cost structure by outsourcing a significant portion of its component and assembly requirements.

In fiscal 2016, the Company recorded a $0.6 million pre-tax charge as a result of actions taken by the Company to achieve greater operating efficiencies and streamline its operations.

Since a substantial amount of the Company’s product costs are incurred in Swiss francs, fluctuations in the U.S. dollar/Swiss franc exchange rate can impact the Company’s cost of goods sold and, therefore, its gross margins. The Company reduces its exposure to the Swiss franc exchange rate risk through a hedging program. Under the hedging program, the Company manages most of its foreign currency exposures on a consolidated basis, which allows it to net certain exposures and take advantage of natural offsets. In the event these exposures do not offset, the Company has the ability to hedge its Swiss franc purchases using a combination of forward contracts and purchased currency options. The Company’s hedging program mitigated the impact of the exchange rate fluctuations on product costs and gross margins for fiscal years 2017, 2016 and 2015.

Selling, General and Administrative (“SG&A”) Expenses.    The Company’s SG&A expenses consist primarily of marketing, selling, distribution, general and administrative expenses. In fiscal 2017, the Company recorded a $1.8 million pre-tax charge for the immediate vesting of stock awards and certain other compensation related to the announcement of the retirement of Rick Coté, the Company’s former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. In fiscal 2016, the Company recorded a $3.4 million pre-tax charge for severance agreements, occupancy costs and fixed assets, related to the Company’s operating efficiencies initiative and other items as a result of actions taken to achieve greater operating efficiencies and streamline its operations.

Annual marketing expenditures are based principally on overall strategic considerations relative to maintaining or increasing market share in markets that management considers to be crucial to the Company’s continued success as well as on general economic conditions in the various markets around the world in which the Company sells its products. Marketing expenses include various forms of media advertising, digital advertising and co-operative advertising with customers and distributors and other point of sale marketing and promotion spending.

Selling expenses consist primarily of salaries, sales commissions, sales force travel and related expenses, depreciation and amortization, expenses associated with the annual Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show and other industry trade shows and operating costs incurred in connection with the Company’s retail business. Sales commissions vary with overall sales levels. Retail selling expenses consist primarily of payroll related and store occupancy costs.

Distribution expenses consist primarily of salaries of distribution staff, rental and other occupancy costs, security, depreciation and amortization of furniture and leasehold improvements and shipping supplies.

General and administrative expenses consist primarily of salaries and other employee compensation including performance based compensation, employee benefit plan costs, office rent, management information systems costs, professional fees, bad debts, depreciation and amortization of furniture, computer software and leasehold improvements, patent and trademark expenses and various other general corporate expenses.

Interest Expense.    To the extent it borrows, the Company records interest expense on its revolving credit facility. Additionally, interest expense includes the amortization of deferred financing costs associated with the Company’s revolving credit facility.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

The Company’s consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and those significant policies are more fully described in Note 1 to the Company’s consolidated financial statements. The preparation of these financial statements and the application of certain critical accounting policies require management to make judgments based on estimates and assumptions that affect the information reported. On an on-going basis, management evaluates its estimates and judgments, including those related to sales discounts and markdowns, product returns, bad debt, inventories, income taxes, warranty obligations, useful lives of property, plant and equipment, impairments, stock-based compensation and contingencies and litigation. Management bases its estimates and judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources on historical experience, contractual commitments and on various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results could differ from these estimates. Management believes the following are the critical accounting policies requiring significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of its consolidated financial statements.

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Revenue Recognition

In the Wholesale segment, the Company recognizes revenue upon transfer of title and risk of loss in accordance with its FOB shipping point terms of sale and after the sales price is fixed and determinable and collectability is reasonably assured. In the Retail segment, transfer of title and risk of loss occurs at the time of register receipt. The Company records estimates for sales returns and sales and cash discount allowances as a reduction of revenue in the same period that the sales are recorded. These estimates are based upon historical analysis, customer agreements and/or currently known factors that arise in the normal course of business. While returns have historically been within the Company’s expectations and the provisions established, future return rates may differ from those experienced in the past. In the event that returns are authorized at a rate significantly higher than the Company’s historical rate, the resulting returns could have an adverse impact on its operating results for the period in which such returns occur. Taxes imposed by governmental authorities on the Company's revenue-producing activities with customers, such as sales taxes and value added taxes, are excluded from net sales.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company announced the launch of two distinct smart watch collections with iOS and Android compatible software apps: Movado Motion and Movado’s BOLD Motion. During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company announced the expansion of its use of smartwatch technology to its licensed brands portfolio, including Coach, HUGO BOSS, Lacoste, Juicy Couture, Tommy Hilfiger, and Scuderia Ferrari. Smart watches contain hardware and software components. Software components consist of both firmware embedded in the physical watch as well as an app that will run on iOS and Android mobile devices. The hardware and software components function together to deliver the watches’ essential functionality. As typical with numerous consumer products containing embedded or companion software, updates to the software will be provided from time to time, when and if available. Updates are generally limited to bug fixes or enhancements that incrementally improve on the existing functionality. Arrangements, including those that combine hardware (watch) with software that function together to deliver the watch’s essential functionality, are considered multiple element arrangements and are subject to the accounting principles applicable to such arrangements.

For multiple element arrangements that include smart watches containing software essential to the smart watch’s functionality and undelivered software elements (cloud service updates and app upgrades) that relate to the smart watch’s essential software, the Company allocates revenue to all deliverables based on their relative selling prices. In such circumstances, the accounting principles establish a hierarchy to determine the selling price to be used for allocating revenue to deliverables as follows: (i) vendor-specific objective evidence of fair value (VSOE), (ii) third-party evidence of selling price (TPE), and (iii) best estimate of the selling price (ESP). Because the Company has neither VSOE nor TPE for the software elements, revenue is allocated to these rights and services based on the Company’s ESPs. ESPs for the software elements reflect the Company’s best estimate of the selling prices if they were sold regularly on a stand-alone basis.

The Company has identified multiple deliverables contained in its smart watch collections. The first deliverable is the watch along with the software essential to the functionality of the watch delivered at the time of sale. The second deliverable is the software downloaded free of charge that enables users to sync and view data on the Company’s mobile app. The third deliverable is the embedded right included with the purchase to receive unspecified firmware and software upgrades, when and if available, as well as related cloud storage services. The Company allocates revenue to all deliverables using the relative selling price method. Amounts allocated to the delivered smart watch collections and the related essential software are recognized at the time of sale, provided the other conditions for revenue recognition have been met. Amounts allocated to the cloud service and app updates are deferred and recognized on a straight-line basis over the estimated two year period the updates are expected to be provided.

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

Accounts receivable are reduced by an allowance for amounts that may be uncollectible in the future. Estimates are used in determining the allowance for doubtful accounts and are based on an analysis of the aging of accounts receivable, assessments of collectability based on historical trends, the financial condition of the Company’s customers and an evaluation of economic conditions. In general, the actual bad debt losses have historically been within the Company’s expectations and the allowances it established. As of January 31, 2017, except for those accounts provided for in the reserve for doubtful accounts, the Company knew of no situations with any of the Company’s major customers which would indicate the customer’s inability to make their required payments.

Inventories

The Company values its inventory at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined using the average cost method. The Company reviews its on-hand inventory to determine amounts, if any, of inventory that is deemed discontinued, excess, or unsaleable. Inventory classified as discontinued, together with the related component parts that can be assembled into saleable finished goods, is sold primarily through the Company’s retail outlet locations. When management determines that finished product is unsaleable or that it is

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economically impractical to build the excess components into watches for sale, a charge is recorded to value those products and components at the lower of cost or market value.

Long-Lived Assets

The Company periodically reviews the estimated useful lives of its depreciable assets based on factors including historical experience, the expected beneficial service period of the asset, the quality and durability of the asset and the Company’s maintenance policy including periodic upgrades. Changes in useful lives are made on a prospective basis unless factors indicate the carrying amounts of the assets may not be recoverable and an impairment is necessary.

The Company performs an impairment review of its long-lived assets once events or changes in circumstances indicate, in management’s judgment, that the carrying value of such assets may not be recoverable. When such a determination has been made, management compares the carrying value of the assets with their estimated future undiscounted cash flows. If it is determined that an impairment has occurred, the loss is recognized during that period. The impairment is calculated as the difference between asset carrying values and their estimated fair values.

Warranties

All watches sold by the Company come with limited warranties covering the movement against defects in material and workmanship for periods ranging from two to three years from the date of purchase, with the exception of Tommy Hilfiger watches, for which the warranty period is ten years. In addition, the warranty period is five years for the gold plating on certain Movado watch cases and bracelets. The Company records an estimate for future warranty costs based on historical repair costs. Warranty costs have historically been within the Company’s expectations and the provisions established. If such costs were to substantially exceed estimates, they could have an adverse effect on the Company’s operating results.

Stock-Based Compensation

Under the accounting guidance for share-based payments, the Company utilizes the Black-Scholes option-pricing model to calculate the fair value of each employee stock option at its grant date which requires that certain assumptions be made. The expected life of stock option grants is determined using historical data and represents the time period during which the stock option is expected to be outstanding until it is exercised. The risk free interest rate is the yield on the grant date of U.S. Treasury constant maturities with a maturity date closest to the expected life of the stock option. The expected stock price volatility is derived from historical volatility and calculated based on the estimated term structure of the stock option grant. The expected dividend yield is calculated using a historical average of annualized dividend yields.

Compensation expense for equity instruments is accrued based on the estimated number of instruments for which the requisite service is expected to be rendered. This estimate is reflected in the period the stock option is either granted or canceled. Expense related to stock option compensation is recognized on a straight-line basis over the vesting term.

Collaborative Arrangement

The Company from time to time participates in collaborative arrangements. These types of arrangements typically involve one (or more) parties who are active participants in the collaboration and are exposed to significant risks and rewards dependent on the commercial success of the activities. These arrangements usually involve various activities by one or more parties, including design, development, distribution and marketing. Amounts due between partners in the arrangement related to sales and related activities are generally recorded in the Company’s cost of sales while general and administrative activities are recorded as an adjustment to selling, general and administrative expenses.

Income Taxes

The Company follows the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes under which deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax laws and tax rates, in each jurisdiction where the Company operates, and applied to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities due to a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. In addition, the amounts of any future tax benefits are reduced by a valuation allowance to the extent such benefits are not expected to be realized on a more-likely-than-not basis. The Company calculates estimated income taxes in each of the jurisdictions in which it operates. This process involves estimating actual current tax expense along with assessing temporary differences resulting from differing treatment of items for both book and tax purposes.

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The Company follows guidance for accounting for uncertainty in income taxes. This guidance clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise’s financial statements and prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement standard for the financial statement recognition and measurement of an income tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. This guidance also provides guidance for de-recognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosures and transitions.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following is a discussion of the results of operations for fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2016 compared to fiscal 2015 along with a discussion of the changes in financial condition during fiscal 2017.

The following are net sales by business segment and geographic location (in thousands):

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended January 31,

 

 

2017

 

  

2016

 

  

2015

 

Wholesale:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

$

228,003

 

 

$

261,292

 

 

$

255,705

 

International

 

256,441

 

 

 

268,717

 

 

 

266,555

 

Retail

 

68,308

 

 

 

64,914

 

 

 

64,720

 

Net sales

$

552,752

 

 

$

594,923

 

 

$

586,980

 

 

The following are net sales by category (in thousands):

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended January 31,

 

 

2017

 

  

2016

 

  

2015

 

Wholesale:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury brands category

$

205,396

 

 

$

219,012

 

 

$

212,684

 

Licensed brands category

 

265,137

 

 

 

297,227

 

 

 

294,316

 

After-sales service and all other

 

13,911

 

 

 

13,770

 

 

 

15,260

 

Total Wholesale

 

484,444

 

 

 

530,009

 

 

 

522,260

 

Retail

 

68,308

 

 

 

64,914

 

 

 

64,720

 

Consolidated total

$

552,752

 

 

$

594,923

 

 

$

586,980

 

 

The following table presents the Company’s results of operations expressed as a percentage of net sales for the fiscal years indicated:

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended January 31,

 

 

2017

% of net sales

 

 

2016

% of net sales

 

 

2015

% of net sales

 

Net sales

 

100.0

%

 

 

100.0

%

 

 

100.0

%

Gross margin

 

53.3

%

 

 

53.3

%

 

 

52.8

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

43.5

%

 

 

41.5

%

 

 

40.6

%

Operating income

 

9.8

%

 

 

11.8

%

 

 

12.2

%

Other expense

 

0.2

%

 

 

0.0

%

 

 

0.0

%

Interest expense

 

0.3

%

 

 

0.2

%

 

 

0.1

%

Interest income

 

0.1

%

 

 

0.1

%

 

 

0.1

%

Provision for income taxes

 

3.0

%

 

 

4.0

%

 

 

3.3

%

Noncontrolling interests

 

0.1

%

 

 

0.1

%

 

 

0.1

%

Net income attributed to Movado Group, Inc.

 

6.3

%

 

 

7.6

%

 

 

8.8

%

 

Fiscal 2017 Compared to Fiscal 2016

Net Sales

Net sales in fiscal 2017 were $552.8 million, $42.2 million or 7.1% below the prior year. For fiscal 2017, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates unfavorably impacted net sales by $6.5 million when compared to the prior year.

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United States Wholesale Net Sales

Net sales in fiscal 2017 in the United States location of the Wholesale segment were $228.0 million, below the prior year by $33.3 million or 12.7%, primarily driven by net sales decreases in both the licensed and luxury brands categories. The net sales decreases recorded in the licensed and luxury brands categories were $23.3 million, or 26.3%, and $9.1 million, or 5.6%, respectively. The sales decreases in both categories reflected the overall watch market, which continues to be challenging, and unpredictable, as well as declining traffic in malls and traditional department stores.

International Wholesale Net Sales

Net sales in fiscal 2017 in the International location of the Wholesale segment were $256.4 million, below the prior year by $12.3 million or 4.6%, which included fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates that unfavorably impacted net sales by $6.5 million. This decrease was primarily driven by net sales decreases in both the licensed and luxury brands categories. The net sales decreases recorded in the licensed and luxury brands categories were $8.8 million, or 4.2%, and $4.5 million, or 8.1%, respectively. The sales decreases in both categories were primarily due to the challenging and unpredictable overall economic and retail environment in Latin America, Asia and Canada, partially offset by sales increases in the Middle East and Europe.

Retail Net Sales

Net sales in fiscal 2017 in the Retail segment were $68.3 million, above the prior year by $3.4 million, or 5.2%, as a result of higher net sales in both comparable and non-comparable outlet stores. The increase in comparable outlet store sales of 3.4% was primarily driven by higher conversion rates, partially offset by reduced foot traffic. As of January 31, 2017 and 2016, the Company operated 40 retail outlet locations.

The Company considers comparable outlet store sales to be sales of stores that were open as of February 1st of the prior fiscal year through January 31st of the current fiscal year. The Company had 38 comparable outlet stores for the year ended January 31, 2017. The sales from stores that have been relocated, renovated or refurbished are included in the calculation of comparable store sales. The method of calculating comparable store sales varies across the retail industry. As a result, the Company’s method for the calculation of comparable store sales may not be the same as measures used or reported by other companies.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for fiscal 2017 was $294.8 million or 53.3% of net sales as compared to $316.9 million or 53.3% of net sales in the prior year. The decrease in gross profit of $22.1 million was due to lower net sales and flat gross margin percentage. The flat gross margin percentage for fiscal 2017, reflected a favorable impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates of approximately 20 basis points, a positive impact of approximately 10 basis points from a shift in channel and product mix, and a favorable impact of approximately 10 basis points related to the non-recurrence of costs from the Company’s operating efficiency initiatives, which were implemented in the prior year. These increases in the gross profit margin percentage were offset by an impact of approximately 40 basis points related to the reduced leveraging of certain fixed costs as a result of lower net sales.

Selling, General and Administrative

SG&A expenses for fiscal 2017 were $240.8 million, representing a decrease from the prior year of $6.0 million or 2.4%. The decrease in SG&A expenses was attributable to lower performance-based compensation of $3.7 million, resulting from the Company not fully meeting the corporate financial targets established under its annual bonus plan, the non-recurrence of a $3.4 million charge related to the Company’s operating efficiency initiatives and other items, which were implemented in the prior year and the favorable effect of foreign currency translation of foreign subsidiary results of $1.6 million. Also contributing to the decrease in SG&A expenses was lower depreciation and amortization expense of $0.5 million and lower professional fees of $0.5 million. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in compensation and benefit expenses of $1.9 million, primarily due to an increase in payroll related and stock award expenses, which includes the one-time charge of $1.8 million related to the retirement announcement of the Company’s former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. Also, included in the partial offset are the unfavorable effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates of $1.4 million, which was the result of the weaker average British Pound and Euro to Swiss franc currency rates, when compared to the prior year.

Wholesale Operating Income

For fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively, the Company recorded Wholesale segment operating income of $41.8 million and $58.2 million, which included $25.5 million and $27.0 million of unallocated corporate expenses as well as $40.0 million and $44.5 million of certain intercompany profits related to the Company’s supply chain operations. The $16.4 million decrease in operating income was

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the net result of a decrease in gross profit of $23.4 million partially offset by a decrease in SG&A expenses of $7.0 million. The decrease in gross profit of $23.4 million was primarily due to lower sales. The decrease in SG&A expenses was attributable to lower performance-based compensation of $3.7 million, resulting from the Company not fully meeting the corporate financial targets established under its annual bonus plan, the non-recurrence of a $3.4 million charge related to the Company’s operating efficiency initiatives and other items, which were implemented in the prior year and the favorable effect of foreign currency translation of foreign subsidiary results of $1.6 million. Also contributing to the decrease in SG&A expenses was lower depreciation and amortization expense of $0.5 million and lower professional fees of $0.5 million. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in compensation and benefit expenses of $1.5 million, primarily due to an increase in payroll related and stock award expenses, which includes the one-time charge of $1.8 million related to the retirement announcement of the Company’s former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. Also, included in the partial offset are the unfavorable effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates of $1.4 million, which was the result of the weaker average British Pound and Euro to Swiss franc currency rates, when compared to the prior year.

United States Wholesale Operating Income

In the United States location of the Wholesale segment, for fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively, the Company recorded operating income of $4.7 million and $18.0 million, which included $25.5 million and $27.0 million of unallocated corporate expenses. The decrease in operating income of $13.3 million was the net result of lower gross profit of $16.9 million, partially offset by lower SG&A expenses of $3.6 million. The decrease in gross profit of $16.9 million was primarily due to lower sales. The decrease in SG&A expenses of $3.6 million was attributable to lower performance-based compensation of $3.4 million, resulting from the Company not fully meeting the corporate financial targets established under its annual bonus plan. Also contributing to the decrease in SG&A expenses was lower professional fees of $1.3 million, lower human resources related expenses of $0.5 million, lower trade show expenses of $0.3 million, primarily related to the Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show, and lower depreciation and amortization expense of $0.2 million. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in compensation and benefit expenses of $2.6 million, primarily due to an increase in payroll related and stock award expenses, which includes the one-time charge of $1.8 million related to the retirement announcement of the Company’s former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer.

 

International Wholesale Operating Income

In the International location of the Wholesale segment, for fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively, the Company recorded operating income of $37.1 million and $40.2 million, which included $40.0 million and $44.5 million of certain intercompany profits related to the Company’s International supply chain operations. The decrease in operating income of $3.1 million was primarily due to a lower gross profit of $6.6 million, partially offset by lower SG&A expenses of $3.5 million. The decrease in gross profit of $6.6 million was primarily due to lower net sales. The decrease in SG&A expenses of $3.5 million was primarily due to the non-recurrence of a $3.4 million charge related to the Company’s operating efficiency initiatives and other items, which were implemented in the prior year, and a decrease in compensation and benefit expenses of $1.1 million, primarily due to a decrease in payroll related and stock award expenses. Also contributing to the decrease in SG&A expenses was lower marketing expense of $0.4 million, favorable effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates of $0.3 million and lower depreciation and amortization of $0.3 million. These decreases were partially offset by higher professional fees of $0.8 million and higher selling related expenses of $0.6 million.

Retail Operating Income

Operating income of $12.2 million and $11.9 million was recorded in the Retail segment for fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively. The increase in operating income of $0.3 million was the result of higher gross profit of $1.3 million offset by an increase in SG&A expenses of $1.0 million. The increase in gross profit of $1.3 million was primarily attributable to higher sales, partially offset by a lower gross margin percentage. The increase in SG&A expenses of $1.0 million was primarily due to higher compensation, benefit and occupancy expenses primarily related to the timing of opening new outlet locations when compared to the prior year.

Other Expense

The Company recorded other expense of $1.3 million for fiscal 2017. The Company had a long-term investment in a privately held company, accounted for under the cost method, with a carrying value of $1.3 million. Due to the increasingly competitive and difficult market conditions, the operating performance and business outlook for the Company’s long-term investment declined significantly during fiscal 2017. As such, the Company determined the investment experienced an other than temporary impairment and recorded a charge of $1.3 million, to reduce the carrying value to zero.

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Interest Expense

Interest expense was $1.5 million and $1.1 million for fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively, which primarily consisted of the amortization of deferred financing costs and interest on the Company’s revolving credit facility.

For information on the Company’s borrowings for fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2016, see Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.  

Interest Income

Interest income was $0.2 million and $0.1 million for fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Income Taxes

The Company recorded a tax expense of $16.3 million and $23.4 million for fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively. The effective tax rate for fiscal 2017 was 31.7%, primarily as a result of foreign profits being taxed in lower taxing jurisdictions offset by no tax benefit being recognized on certain earnings of foreign subsidiaries and U.S. tax provided on earnings of non-U.S. subsidiaries. The effective tax rate for fiscal 2016 was 33.8%, primarily as a result of foreign profits being taxed in lower taxing jurisdictions offset by U.S. tax provided on earnings of non-U.S. subsidiaries. See Note 7 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements for further information regarding income taxes.

Net Income Attributed to Movado Group, Inc.

For fiscal 2017 and 2016, the Company recorded net income attributed to Movado Group, Inc. of $35.1 million and $45.1 million, respectively.

Fiscal 2016 Compared to Fiscal 2015

Net Sales

Net sales in fiscal 2016 were $594.9 million, $7.9 million or 1.4% above the prior year. For fiscal 2016, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates unfavorably impacted net sales by $24.3 million when compared to the prior year.

United States Wholesale Net Sales

Net sales in fiscal 2016 in the United States location of the Wholesale segment were $261.3 million, above the prior year by $5.6 million or 2.2%, primarily driven by sales increases in the luxury brands category. Net sales in the luxury brands category were above the prior year by $5.8 million, or 3.7%. The increase in net sales in the luxury brands category was primarily due to higher sales in the Movado brand, partially offset by lower sales primarily in the ESQ Movado and Ebel brands. The net sales increase in the Movado brand was primarily due to strong sell-through in the Company’s Movado brand distribution channels, which included higher net sales of the Movado BOLD and the introduction of new products in the current year, all of which were supported by the Company’s continued focus and investment in marketing and advertising. This net sales increase was partially offset by the lower sales in the ESQ Movado brand which was primarily the result of limited distribution due to the Company’s decision to discontinue production of the brand, and lower sales from the after-sales service and all other category as compared to such sales in the prior year, which benefited from special events in that year. The net sales increase was also partially offset by a decrease in net sales in the Ebel brand, primarily due to a shift in focus to key international markets. The net sales in the licensed brands category was relatively flat compared to the prior year.  

International Wholesale Net Sales

Net sales in fiscal 2016 in the International location of the Wholesale segment were $268.7 million, above the prior year by $2.2 million or 0.8%, which included fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates that unfavorably impacted net sales by $24.3 million. This increase was driven by net sales increases in both the licensed brands and the luxury brands categories. The net sales in the licensed brands category were above the prior year by $2.6 million, or 1.3%, due to higher sales of certain licensed brands, primarily due to strong sell-through, as design and key price points resonated well with customers. These net sales increases were partially offset by lower net sales of certain other licensed brands, primarily due to the translational impact of the weaker European and Canadian currencies when compared to the prior year. The net sales in the luxury brands category were above the prior year by $0.5 million, or 0.9%, primarily the result of higher net sales of certain luxury brands, partially offset by lower net sales of certain other luxury brands. The higher net sales of certain luxury brands were primarily due to a special sale in Europe, partially offset by lower net sales of

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certain other luxury brands, primarily due to the translational impact of the weaker European and Canadian currencies when compared to the prior year.

Retail Net Sales

Net sales in fiscal 2016 in the Retail segment were $64.9 million, relatively flat compared to the prior year sales of $64.7 million. Comparable outlet store sales decreased 2.3% from the prior year sales, primarily related to the lower levels of international travelers to the Company’s outlet store locations. As of January 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company operated 40 and 38 retail outlet locations, respectively.

The Company considers comparable store sales to be sales of stores that were open as of February 1st of the prior fiscal year through January 31st of the current fiscal year. The Company had 35 comparable outlet stores for the year ended January 31, 2016. The sales from stores that have been relocated, renovated or refurbished are included in the calculation of comparable store sales. The method of calculating comparable store sales varies across the retail industry. As a result, the Company’s method for the calculation of comparable store sales may not be the same as measures used or reported by other companies.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for fiscal 2016 was $316.9 million or 53.3% of net sales as compared to $310.0 million or 52.8% of net sales in the prior year. The increase in gross profit of $6.9 million was primarily due to higher net sales for the current year and, to a lesser extent, a higher gross margin percentage. The gross margin percentage for fiscal 2016 increased by approximately 50 basis points. The increase reflects approximately 240 basis points of positive impact from a shift in channel and product mix, selective price increases, and sourcing improvements. The increase in the gross margin percentage was partially offset by an approximately 180 basis points unfavorable impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and an approximately 10 basis points unfavorable impact related to severance agreements as a result of the Company’s operating efficiencies initiative.

Selling, General and Administrative

SG&A expenses for fiscal 2016 were $246.8 million, representing an increase from the prior year of $8.3 million or 3.5%. The increase in SG&A expenses was attributable to higher compensation and benefit expense of $8.3 million primarily resulting from higher performance-based compensation, headcount, salaries and stock awards. Also contributing to the increase in SG&A expenses was a $3.4 million charge for severance agreements, occupancy costs and fixed assets, related to the Company’s operating efficiencies initiative and other items. Further contributing to the increase in SG&A expenses were higher marketing expenses of $1.6 million, higher bad debt expenses of $0.8 million primarily related to a customer in Switzerland and higher depreciation and amortization expense of $0.6 million. The increases in SG&A expenses were partially offset by the favorable effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates of $6.0 million, due to the translation of foreign subsidiary results and the stronger average Swiss franc and Hong Kong dollar to Euro currency rates when compared to the prior year. Also, these increases in SG&A expenses were partially offset by lower other selling related expenses of $0.4 million.

Wholesale Operating Income

For both fiscal 2016 and 2015, the Company recorded Wholesale segment operating income of $58.2 million, which included $27.0 million and $19.3 million of unallocated corporate expenses as well as $44.5 million and $47.1 million of certain intercompany profits related to the Company’s supply chain operations, respectively. The relatively flat operating income was the net result of an increase in gross profit of $7.0 million, offset by an increase in SG&A expenses of $7.0 million. The increase in gross profit of $7.0 million was primarily due to higher net sales and to a lesser extent higher gross margin percentage. The increase in SG&A expenses of $7.0 million was attributable to higher compensation and benefit expense of $7.9 million primarily resulting from higher performance-based compensation, headcount, salaries and stock awards. Also contributing to the increase in SG&A expenses was a $3.4 million charge for severance agreements, occupancy costs and fixed assets, related to the Company’s operating efficiencies initiative and other items. Also contributing to the increase in SG&A expenses were higher marketing expenses of $1.6 million, higher bad debt expenses of $0.8 million primarily related to a customer in Switzerland and higher depreciation and amortization expense of $0.6 million. The increases in SG&A expenses were partially offset by the favorable effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates of $6.0 million, due to the translation of foreign subsidiary results and the stronger average Swiss franc and Hong Kong dollar to Euro currency rates when compared to the prior year. Also, these increases in SG&A expenses were partially offset by lower other selling related expenses of $0.4 million.

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United States Wholesale Operating Income

In the United States location of the Wholesale segment, for fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively, the Company recorded operating income of $18.0 million and $5.5 million, which included $27.0 million and $19.3 million of unallocated corporate expenses. The increase in operating income of $12.5 million was due to higher gross profit of $18.8 million partially offset by higher SG&A expenses of $6.3 million. The increase in gross profit of $18.8 million was primarily due to higher sales and a higher gross margin percentage. The increase in SG&A expenses of $6.3 million was attributable to higher compensation and benefit expense of $7.2 million primarily resulting from higher performance-based compensation, headcount, salaries and stock awards. Also contributing to the increase in SG&A expenses were higher depreciation and amortization expense of $0.3 million. These increases in SG&A were partially offset by a $0.9 million transfer of the provision related to severance agreements as a result of the Company’s operating efficiencies initiative and other items. Also contributing to the partial offset were lower other selling related expenses of $0.3 million and lower marketing expenses of $0.3 million.

International Wholesale Operating Income

In the International location of the Wholesale segment, for fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively, the Company recorded operating income of $40.2 million and $52.7 million, which included $44.5 million and $47.1 million of certain intercompany profits related to the Company’s International supply chain operations. The decrease in operating income of $12.5 million was the result of a lower gross profit of $11.8 million and higher SG&A expenses of $0.7 million. The decrease in gross profit of $11.8 million was primarily due to a lower gross margin percentage, partially offset by higher sales, which were both unfavorably impacted by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. The increase in SG&A expenses of $0.7 million was attributable to a $4.3 million charge for severance agreements, occupancy costs and fixed assets, related to the Company’s operating efficiencies initiative and other items, higher marketing of $1.9 million, higher bad debt expenses of $0.8 million primarily related to a customer in Switzerland, and higher compensation and benefit expense of $0.7 million primarily resulting from higher performance-based compensation, headcount, salaries and stock awards. These increases in SG&A expenses were partially offset by the favorable effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates of $6.0 million due to the translation of foreign subsidiary results and the stronger average Swiss franc and Hong Kong dollar to Euro currency rates when compared to the prior year. Also contributing to the partial offset were lower other selling related expenses of $0.5 million, and lower rent of $0.2 million and legal expenses of $0.2 million.

Retail Operating Income

Operating income of $11.9 million and $13.3 million was recorded in the Retail segment for fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively. The $1.4 million decrease in operating income was primarily the result of an increase in SG&A expenses of $1.3 million. Gross profit and gross margin percentage were both relatively flat compared to prior year. The increase in SG&A expenses of $1.3 million was primarily due to higher compensation, benefit expenses and occupancy expenses related to the opening of new retail outlet locations in the current year.

Interest Expense

Interest expense was $1.1 million and $0.5 million for fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively, which primarily consisted of the amortization of deferred financing costs and interest on the Company’s revolving credit facility.

For information on the Company’s borrowings for fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2015, see Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.  

Interest Income

Interest income was $0.1 million and $0.2 million for fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Income Taxes

The Company recorded a tax expense of $23.4 million and $19.3 million for fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively. The effective tax rate for fiscal 2016 was 33.8%, primarily as a result of foreign profits being taxed in lower taxing jurisdictions offset by U.S. tax provided on earnings of non-U.S. subsidiaries. The effective tax rate for fiscal 2015 was 27.1%, primarily as a result of foreign profits being taxed in lower taxing jurisdictions and the recognition of a tax benefit related to intercompany profit in certain jurisdictions. See Note 7 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements for further information regarding income taxes.

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Net Income Attributed to Movado Group, Inc.

For fiscal 2016 and 2015, the Company recorded net income attributed to Movado Group, Inc. of $45.1 million and $51.8 million, respectively.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

At January 31, 2017 and January 31, 2016, the Company had $256.3 million and $228.2 million of cash and cash equivalents, $238.2 million and $203.5 million of which consisted of cash and cash equivalents at the Company’s foreign subsidiaries, respectively. The majority of the foreign cash balances are associated with earnings that the Company has asserted are permanently reinvested, and which are required to support continued growth outside the U.S. through funding of capital expenditures, operating expenses and similar cash needs of the foreign operations. The Company has recorded a federal income tax liability of $3.0 million related to $12.7 million of pre-2013 foreign earnings which have been earmarked for future repatriation. This deferred tax liability is net of the estimated foreign tax credits that would be generated upon the repatriation of such earnings. A deferred tax liability has not been recorded for the remaining undistributed foreign earnings of approximately $307 million, because the Company intends to permanently reinvest such earnings in its foreign operations. It is not practicable to estimate the amount of tax that may be payable on the future possible distribution of these earnings.

At January 31, 2017, the Company had working capital of $433.4 million as compared to $410.9 million in the prior year. The Company defines working capital as the difference between current assets and current liabilities.

Cash provided by operating activities was $58.4 million, $74.6 million and $59.6 million for fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The $58.4 million of cash provided by operating activities for fiscal 2017 was primarily due to income of $35.1 million, non-cash items decreasing net income of $21.4 million and favorable changes in working capital as presented on the cash flow of $4.0 million. The change in working capital of $4.0 million was primarily due to lower inventory of $7.4 million, primarily related to better management of inventory to be in line with sales and lower accounts receivables of $2.9 million, primarily due to lower sales. These favorable changes in working capital were partially offset by lower accrued liabilities of $4.0 million, primarily due to a decrease in bonus accrual and lower income tax payable of $2.5 million, primarily related to the decrease in the effective tax rate. The $74.6 million of cash provided by operating activities for fiscal 2016 was primarily due to income of $45.8 million, non-cash items decreasing net income of $22.5 million and a favorable change in working capital of $5.3 million. The change in working capital of $5.3 million was primarily due to higher accrued liabilities of $5.9 million, primarily related to higher accrued bonus, lower other current assets of $2.8 million, primarily related to tax refunds applied to current year tax payments, partially offset by an increase in inventory purchases of $3.1 million. The $59.6 million of cash provided by operating activities for fiscal 2015 was primarily due to income of $51.9 million and favorable non-cash items of $28.1 million, partially offset by the change in working capital of $20.2 million. The change in working capital of $20.2 million was primarily due to the payout of the Company’s prior year performance-based compensation and the timing of payments of other liabilities. Also contributing to the change in working capital were higher accounts receivable primarily due to lower levels of allowances for returns related to the Company’s strategic decision to reduce the presence of ESQ Movado watches in certain chain and department store retail doors while expanding Movado brand offerings in those same retail doors, partially offset by lower inventory related to the Company’s efforts to manage inventory levels.

Cash used in investing activities was $7.6 million and $9.2 million and cash provided by investing activities was $21.6 million for fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The cash used in investing for fiscal 2017 was primarily for capital expenditures of $5.9 million, related to the construction of shop-in-shops at some of the Company’s wholesale customers, computer hardware and software, spending on tooling and design and restricted cash deposits of $1.2 million as it relates to a certain vendor agreement. The cash used in investing for fiscal 2016 was primarily for capital expenditures of $8.1 million, related to the construction of shop-in-shops at some of the Company’s wholesale customers, expenditures on hardware and software, spending on new store openings and renovations, improvements to Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show booths and spending on tooling and design. Cash used in investing activities for fiscal 2016 also included $0.7 million primarily related to spending on developed technology used in the Company’s smart watches and $0.4 million due to a restricted deposit as it relates to a lease agreement. The cash provided by investing for fiscal 2015 consisted of proceeds from the maturity of time-deposits of $33.7 million, proceeds from available-for-sale securities of $0.3 million, partially offset by capital expenditures of $11.1 million, primarily related to the construction of shop-in-shops at some of the Company’s wholesale customers, expenditures on hardware and software, spending on new store openings and renovations, improvements to Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show booths, spending on tooling and design and cash used on a long-term investment of $1.2 million.

The Company expects that annual capital expenditures in fiscal 2018 will be approximately $8.0 million as compared to approximately $5.9 million in fiscal 2017. The capital spending will be primarily for projects in the ordinary course of business including facilities improvements, shop-in-shops, computer hardware and software, tooling costs and Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show improvements. The Company has the ability to manage a portion of its capital expenditures on discretionary projects.

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Cash used in financing activities was $27.7 million, $23.7 million and $36.2 million for fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Cash used in financing activities for fiscal 2017 included the payment of dividends, the repurchase of shares of the Company’s common stock, the repayments of bank borrowings, the purchase of the remaining incremental ownership in a joint venture and the surrender of shares by employees in connection with the vesting of certain stock awards. Cash used in financing activities for fiscal 2016 primarily included the repurchase of the Company’s common stock and the payment of dividends, the acquisition of the remaining 49% of the Company’s joint venture with TWC, and net bank borrowings. In fiscal 2015, cash used in financing activities included the repurchase of the Company’s common stock and the payment of dividends, payment of debt issuance costs and distribution of noncontrolling interest earnings, partially offset by the result of stock option exercises for the period.

Management believes that the cash on hand in addition to the expected cash flows from operations and the Company’s short-term borrowing capacity will be sufficient to meet its working capital needs for at least the next twelve months.

On January 30, 2015, the Company, together with Movado Group Delaware Holdings Corporation, Movado Retail Group, Inc. and Movado LLC (collectively, the “Borrowers”), each a wholly-owned domestic subsidiary of the Company, entered into a Credit Agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with the lenders party thereto and Bank of America, N.A. as administrative agent (in such capacity, the “Agent”). The Credit Agreement provides for a $100.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Facility”), including a $15.0 million letter of credit sub-facility, that matures on January 30, 2020, with provisions for uncommitted increases of up to $50.0 million in the aggregate, subject to customary terms and conditions. In connection with the Credit Agreement, the Borrowers also entered into a Security and Pledge Agreement dated as of January 30, 2015 in favor of the Agent (the “Security Agreement”).

As of January 31, 2017, $30.0 million in loans were drawn under the Facility. Additionally, approximately $0.3 million in letters of credit, which were outstanding under the Borrower’s pre-existing asset-based revolving credit facility that was concurrently terminated when the Credit Agreement became effective, are deemed to be issued and outstanding under the Facility. As of January 31, 2017, availability under the Facility was approximately $69.7 million.

Borrowings under the Facility bear interest at rates selected periodically by the Company at LIBOR plus a spread ranging from 1.25% to 1.75% per annum, based on the Company’s consolidated leverage ratio, or at a base rate plus a spread ranging from 0.25% to 0.75% per annum based on the Company’s consolidated leverage ratio (as defined in the Credit Agreement). At January 31, 2017, the Company’s spreads were 1.25% over LIBOR and 0.25% over the base rate. The Company has also agreed to pay certain fees and expenses and to provide certain indemnities, all of which are customary for such financings.

The borrowings under the Facility are joint and several obligations of the Borrowers and are also cross-guaranteed by each Borrower. In addition, pursuant to the Security Agreement, the Borrowers’ obligations under the Facility are secured by first priority liens, subject to permitted liens, on substantially all of the Borrowers’ assets other than certain excluded assets. The Security Agreement contains representations, warranties and covenants, which are customary for pledge and security agreements of this type, relating to the creation and perfection of security interests in favor of the Agent over various categories of the Borrowers’ assets.

The Credit Agreement contains affirmative and negative covenants binding on the Borrowers and their subsidiaries that are customary for credit facilities of this type, including, but not limited to, restrictions and limitations on the incurrence of debt and liens, dispositions of assets, capital expenditures, dividends and other payments in respect of equity interests, the making of loans and equity investments, mergers, consolidations, liquidations and dissolutions, and transactions with affiliates (in each case, subject to various exceptions).

The Borrowers are also subject to a minimum consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the Credit Agreement) test of $50.0 million, measured at the end of each fiscal quarter based on the four most recent fiscal quarters and a consolidated leverage ratio (as defined in the Credit Agreement) covenant not to exceed 2.50 to 1.00, measured as of the last day of each fiscal quarter. As of January 31, 2017, the Company was in compliance with its covenants under the Credit Agreement.

The Credit Agreement contains events of default that are customary for facilities of this type, including, but not limited to, nonpayment of principal, interest, fees and other amounts when due, failure of any representation or warranty to be true in any material respect when made or deemed made, violation of covenants, cross default with material indebtedness, material judgments, material ERISA liability, bankruptcy events, asserted or actual revocation or invalidity of the loan documents, and change of control.

As of January 31, 2017, the Company classified $5.0 million of the outstanding balance under the Facility as current based on voluntary payments estimated to be made in the next twelve months, with the remainder classified as long-term debt based on the 2020 maturity date of the Facility and the Company's intent and ability to refinance its obligations thereunder.

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As of January 31, 2017, Bank of America, N.A. issued two irrevocable standby letters of credit in connection with retail and operating facility leases to various landlords and for Canadian payroll to the Royal Bank of Canada. As of January 31, 2017, the Company had outstanding letters of credit totaling $0.3 million with expiration dates through May 31, 2017.

A Swiss subsidiary of the Company maintains unsecured lines of credit with an unspecified maturity with a Swiss bank. As of January 31, 2017 and 2016, these lines of credit totaled 6.5 million Swiss francs and 5.0 million Swiss francs with a dollar equivalent of $6.6 million and $4.9 million, respectively. As of January 31, 2017 and 2016, there were no borrowings against these lines.

As of January 31, 2017, two European banks have guaranteed obligations to third parties on behalf of two of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries in the dollar equivalent of $1.2 million, in various foreign currencies, of which $0.6 million is a restricted deposit as it relates to lease agreements. As of January 31, 2016, two European banks have guaranteed obligations to third parties on behalf of two of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries in the dollar equivalent of $1.0 million, of which $0.4 million is a restricted deposit as it relates to a lease agreement.

The Company paid cash dividends of $0.52 per share or approximately $11.9 million for fiscal 2017. The Company paid cash dividends of $0.44 per share or approximately $10.3 million for fiscal 2016. The Company paid cash dividends of $0.40 per share or approximately $10.1 million for fiscal 2015.

On March 20, 2017, the Board approved the payment of a cash dividend of $0.13 for each share of the Company’s outstanding common stock and class A common stock. The dividend will be paid on April 14, 2017 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 31, 2017. The decision of whether to declare any future cash dividend, including the amount of any such dividend and the establishment of record and payment dates, will be determined, in each quarter, by the Board of Directors, in its sole discretion.

On November 22, 2016, the Board approved the payment of a cash dividend of $0.13 for each share of the Company’s outstanding common stock and class A common stock. The dividend was paid on December 16, 2016 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 2, 2016.

On August 25, 2016, the Board approved the payment of a cash dividend of $0.13 for each share of the Company’s outstanding common stock and class A common stock. The dividend was paid on September 20, 2016 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 6, 2016.

On May 26, 2016, the Board approved the payment of a cash dividend of $0.13 for each share of the Company’s outstanding common stock and class A common stock. The dividend was paid on June 21, 2016 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 7, 2016.

On March 31, 2016, the Board approved a share repurchase program under which the Company is authorized to purchase up to $50.0 million of its outstanding common stock from time to time, depending on market conditions, share price and other factors. The Company may purchase shares of its common stock through open market purchases, repurchase programs, block trades or otherwise. This authorization expires on September 30, 2017. During the twelve months ended January 31, 2017, the Company repurchased a total of 157,499 shares of its common stock at a total cost of approximately $3.9 million, or an average of $24.54 per share, which included 35,000 shares repurchased from the Movado Group Foundation at a total cost of approximately $1.0 million or an average of $29.03 per share.

 

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CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS AND OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

Payments due by period (in thousands):

 

 

Total

 

 

Less than

1 year

 

 

2-3

years

 

 

4-5

years

 

 

More than

5 years

 

Contractual Obligations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Lease Obligations (1)

$

47,539

 

 

$

13,097

 

 

$

14,314

 

 

$

6,840

 

 

$

13,288

 

Purchase Obligations (2)

 

68,769

 

 

 

68,769

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Long-Term Obligations (3)

 

118,766

 

 

 

38,884

 

 

 

52,876

 

 

 

18,865

 

 

 

8,141

 

Total Contractual Obligations

$

235,074

 

 

$

120,750

 

 

$

67,190

 

 

$

25,705

 

 

$

21,429

 

 

(1)

Includes store operating leases, which generally provide for payment of direct operating costs in addition to rent. These obligation amounts only include future minimum lease payments and exclude direct operating costs.

(2)

The Company had outstanding purchase obligations with suppliers at the end of fiscal 2017 for raw materials, finished watches and packaging in the normal course of business. These purchase obligation amounts do not represent total anticipated purchases but represent only amounts to be paid for items required to be purchased under agreements that are enforceable, legally binding and specify minimum quantity, price and term.

(3)

Other long-term obligations primarily consist of two items: minimum commitments related to the Company’s license agreements and endorsement agreements with brand ambassadors. The Company sources, distributes, advertises and sells watches pursuant to its exclusive license agreements with unaffiliated licensors. Royalty amounts are generally based on a stipulated percentage of revenues, although most of these agreements contain provisions for the payment of minimum annual royalty amounts. The license agreements have various terms and some have additional renewal options, provided that minimum sales levels are achieved. Additionally, the license agreements require the Company to pay minimum annual advertising amounts.

Liabilities for unrecognized income tax benefits are excluded from the table above as the Company is unable to reasonably predict the ultimate amount or timing of a settlement of such liabilities. See Note 7, Income Taxes for more information.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

The Company does not have off-balance sheet financing, other than letters of credit and operating leases.

Accounting Changes and Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 18 to the accompanying audited consolidated financial statements for a description of certain accounting changes and recent accounting pronouncements which may impact our consolidated financial statements in future reporting periods.

 

 

Item 7A.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure about Market Risk

Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Risk

The Company’s primary market risk exposure relates to foreign currency exchange risk (see Note 5 to the Consolidated Financial Statements). A significant portion of the Company’s purchases are denominated in Swiss francs. The Company also sells to third-party customers in a variety of foreign currencies, most notably the Euro and the British Pound. The Company reduces its exposure to the Swiss franc, Euro and British Pound exchange rate risk through a hedging program. Under the hedging program, the Company manages most of its foreign currency exposures on a consolidated basis, which allows it to net certain exposures and take advantage of natural offsets. In the event these exposures do not offset, the Company uses various derivative financial instruments to further reduce the net exposures to currency fluctuations, predominately forward and option contracts. When entered into, the Company designates and documents these derivative instruments as a cash flow hedge of a specific underlying exposure, as well as the risk management objectives and strategies for undertaking the hedge transactions. Changes in the fair value of a derivative that is designated and documented as a cash flow hedge and is highly effective, are recorded in other comprehensive income until the underlying transaction affects earnings, and then are later reclassified into earnings in the same account as the hedged transaction. The earnings impact is mostly offset by the effects of currency movements on the underlying hedged transactions. If the Company does not engage in a hedging program, any change in the Swiss franc, Euro and British Pound exchange rates to local currency would have an equal effect on the Company’s earnings.

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The Company uses forward exchange contracts to offset its exposure to certain foreign currency receivables and liabilities. These forward contracts are not designated as qualified hedges and, therefore, changes in the fair value of these derivatives are recognized in earnings in the period they arise, thereby offsetting the current earnings effect resulting from the revaluation of the related foreign currency receivables and liabilities.

As of January 31, 2017, the Company’s entire net forward contracts hedging portfolio consisted of 20.0 million Swiss francs equivalent, 5.9 million Euros equivalent and 4.8 million British Pounds equivalent with various expiry dates ranging through July 6, 2017 compared to a portfolio of 30.0 million Swiss francs and 5.0 million Euros equivalent, with no British Pounds equivalent, with various expiry dates ranging through July 12, 2016 as of January 31, 2016. If the Company were to settle its Swiss franc forward contracts at January 31, 2017, the net result would be insignificant. As of January 31, 2017, the Company’s Euro and British Pound forward contracts had no value. The Company had no Swiss franc, Euro or British Pound option contracts related to cash flow hedges as of January 31, 2017 and January 31, 2016, respectively.

Commodity Risk

The Company considers its exposure to fluctuations in commodity prices to be primarily related to gold used in the manufacturing of the Company’s watches. Under its hedging program, the Company can purchase various commodity derivative instruments, primarily futures contracts. When held, these derivatives are documented as qualified cash flow hedges, and the resulting gains and losses on these derivative instruments are first reflected in other comprehensive income, and later reclassified into earnings, partially offset by the effects of gold market price changes on the underlying actual gold purchases. The Company did not hold any future contracts in its gold hedge portfolio as of January 31, 2017 and 2016; thus, any changes in the gold purchase price will have an equal effect on the Company’s cost of sales.

Debt and Interest Rate Risk

The Company has certain debt obligations with variable interest rates, which are based on LIBOR plus a spread ranging from 1.25% to 1.75% or on a base rate plus a spread ranging from 0.25% to 0.75% per annum. The Company does not hedge these interest rate risks. As of January 31, 2017, the Company had $30.0 million in outstanding debt. The Company estimates that a 1% increase in interest rates would decrease the Company’s annual income by approximately $0.4 million. For additional information concerning potential changes to future interest obligations, see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Liquidity and Capital Resources.”

 

 

 

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Item 8.  Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 

 

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

 

 

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Item 9.  Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

None.

 

 

Item 9A.  Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

The Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives. However, it should be noted that a control system, no matter how well conceived or operated, can only provide reasonable, not absolute, assurance that its objectives will be met and may not prevent all errors or instances of fraud.

The Company, under the supervision and with the participation of its management, including the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, has evaluated the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures, as such terms are defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective at a reasonable assurance level as of the end of the period covered by this report.

The Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have furnished the Sections 302 and 906 certifications required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in this annual report on Form 10-K. In addition, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer certified to the NYSE in August 2016 that he was not aware of any violation by the Company of the NYSE’s corporate governance listing standards.

Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

The management of the Company is responsible for establishing and maintaining internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act, for the Company. With the participation of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, the Company’s management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on the framework and criteria established in the Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Based on this evaluation, the Company’s management has concluded that the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was effective as of January 31, 2017.

Our internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2017 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report, which appears in this report.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There has been no change in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act) during the three months ended January 31, 2017, that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

See Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data for the Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

 

 

Item 9B.  Other Information

None.

 

 

 

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PART III

 

Item 10.  Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

The information required by this item will be included in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders under the captions “Election of Directors” and “Management” and is incorporated herein by reference.

Information on the beneficial ownership reporting for the Company’s directors and executive officers will be contained in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders under the caption “Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance” and is incorporated herein by reference.

Information on the Company’s Audit Committee and Audit Committee Financial Expert will be contained in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders under the caption “Information Regarding the Board of Directors and Its Committees” and is incorporated herein by reference.

The Company has adopted and posted on its website at www.movadogroup.com a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to all directors, officers and employees, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and principal financial and accounting officers. The Company will post any amendments to the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and any waivers that are required to be disclosed by SEC regulations, on the Company’s website.

 

 

Item 11.  Executive Compensation

The information required by this item will be included in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders under the captions “Executive Compensation” and “Compensation of Directors” and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

Item 12.  Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

The information required by this item will be included in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders under the caption “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management” and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

Item 13.  Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence

The information required by this item will be included in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders under the caption “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions” and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

Item 14.  Principal Accounting Fees and Services

The information required by this item will be included in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders under the caption “Fees Paid to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP” and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

 

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PART IV

 

Item 15.  Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

(a)

Documents filed as part of this report

 

1.

Financial Statements:

See Financial Statements Index on page 42 included in Item 8 of Part II of this annual report.

 

2.

Financial Statement Schedule:

Schedule II                    Valuation and Qualifying Accounts and Reserves

All other schedules are omitted because they are not applicable, or not required, or because the required information is included in the Consolidated Financial Statements or notes thereto.

 

3.

Exhibits:

Incorporated herein by reference is a list of the Exhibits contained in the Exhibit Index on pages 47 through 49 of this annual report.

 

Item 16.  Form 10-K Summary

None.

 

 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) 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.

 

 

 

MOVADO GROUP, INC.

(Registrant)

Dated: March 20, 2017

By: 

/s/ Efraim Grinberg

 

 

Efraim Grinberg

 

 

Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

 

and Chief Executive Officer

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the date indicated.

 

Dated: March 20, 2017

 

/s/ Efraim Grinberg 

 

 

Efraim Grinberg

 

 

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Director

 

 

and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

Dated: March 20, 2017

 

/s/ Sallie A. DeMarsilis 

 

 

Sallie A. DeMarsilis

 

 

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

and Principal Accounting Officer

 

 

 

Dated: March 20, 2017

 

/s/ Peter Bridgman 

 

 

Peter Bridgman

 

 

Director

 

 

 

Dated: March 20, 2017

 

/s/ Richard J. Coté 

 

 

Richard J. Coté

 

 

Director

 

 

 

Dated: March 20, 2017

 

/s/ Alex Grinberg 

 

 

Alex Grinberg

 

 

Director

 

 

 

Dated: March 20, 2017

 

/s/ Margaret Hayes Adame 

 

 

Margaret Hayes Adame

 

 

Director

 

 

 

Dated: March 20, 2017

 

/s/ Alan H. Howard 

 

 

Alan H. Howard

 

 

Director

 

 

 

Dated: March 20, 2017

 

/s/ Richard D. Isserman 

 

 

Richard D. Isserman

 

 

Director

 

 

 

Dated: March 20, 2017

 

/s/ Nathan Leventhal 

 

 

Nathan Leventhal

 

 

Director

 

 

 

Dated: March 20, 2017

 

/s/ Maurice Reznik 

 

 

Maurice Reznik

 

 

Director

 

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit

Number

 

Description

3.1

  

Restated By-Laws of the Registrant. Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 14, 2014.

 

 

 

3.2

  

Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant as amended. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3(i) to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 1999.

 

 

 

4.1

  

Specimen Common Stock Certificate. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 1998.

 

 

 

4.2

 

Master Credit Agreement dated August 17, 2004 and August 20, 2004 between MGI Luxury Group S.A. and UBS AG. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2004.*

 

 

 

4.3

  

Credit Agreement, dated as of January 30, 2015, by and among Movado Group, Inc., Movado Group Delaware Holdings Corporation, Movado Retail Group, Inc. and Movado LLC, as Borrowers, the lenders party thereto from time to time and Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed February 5, 2015.*

 

 

 

4.4

  

Security and Pledge Agreement, dated as of January 30, 2015, by and among Movado Group, Inc., Movado Group Delaware Holdings Corporation, Movado Retail Group, Inc. and Movado LLC, as Grantors, and Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed February 5, 2015.*

 

 

 

10.1

  

Movado Group, Inc. 1996 Stock Incentive Plan, Amended and Restated as of April 8, 2013. Incorporated herein by reference to Annex A to the Registrant’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on May 2, 2013.**

 

 

 

10.2

  

Form of Stock Award Agreement under the Movado Group, Inc. 1996 Stock Incentive Plan, amended and restated as of April 4, 2013. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2015.**

 

 

 

10.3

  

Form of Option Award Agreement under the Movado Group, Inc. 1996 Stock Incentive Plan, amended and restated as of April 4, 2013. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2015.**

 

 

 

10.4

  

Movado Group, Inc. Amended and Restated Deferred Compensation Plan for Executives, effective January 1, 2013. Incorporated herein by reference to Annex B to the Registrant’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on May 2, 2013.**

 

 

 

10.5

  

Offer letter to Ricardo Quintero dated May 29, 2014. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed July 14, 2014.**

 

 

 

10.6

 

Letter Agreement between the Registrant and Ricardo Quintero dated June 23, 2016.* Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed June 27, 2016.**

 

 

 

10.7

  

Severance Agreement dated December 15, 1999, and entered into December 16, 1999 between the Registrant and Richard J. Coté. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.35 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2000.**

 

 

 

10.8

 

Letter agreement dated March 29, 2016 between Rick Coté and the Registrant relating to Mr. Coté’s retirement. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2016.**

 

 

 

10.9

  

Lease made December 21, 2000 between the Registrant and Mack-Cali Realty, L.P. for premises in Paramus, New Jersey together with First Amendment thereto made December 21, 2000. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.22 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2000.

 

 

 

10.10

  

Second Amendment of Lease dated July 26, 2001 between Mack-Cali Realty, L.P., as landlord, and Movado Group, Inc., as tenant, further amending lease dated as of December 21, 2000. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed for the quarter ended October 31, 2001.

 

 

 

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Exhibit

Number

 

Description

10.11

  

Third Amendment of Lease dated November 6, 2001 between Mack-Cali Realty, L.P., as lessor, and Movado Group, Inc., as lessee, for additional space at Mack-Cali II, One Mack Drive, Paramus, New Jersey. Incorporated herein by reference

to Exhibit 10.4 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed for the quarter ended October 31, 2001.

 

 

 

10.12

  

Fifth Amendment of Lease dated October 20, 2003 between Mack-Cali Realty, L.P. as landlord, and the Registrant as tenant further amending the lease dated as of December 21, 2000. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.29 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2004.

 

 

 

10.13

  

Tenth Amendment to Lease dated March 10, 2011 between Mack-Cali Realty, L.P., as landlord, and the Registrant, as tenant, further amending the lease dated as of December 21, 2000. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.36 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2011.

 

 

 

10.14

  

Lease Agreement dated May 22, 2000 between Forsgate Industrial Complex and the Registrant for premises located at 105 State Street, Moonachie, New Jersey. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2000.

 

 

 

10.15

  

First Amendment dated as of February 27, 2009 to Lease dated May 22, 2000 between Forsgate Industrial Complex as Landlord and Movado Group, Inc. as Tenant for the premises known as 105 State Street, Moonachie, New Jersey. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.42 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2009.

 

 

 

10.16

  

Amended and Restated License Agreement dated January 13, 2015 between the Registrant, Swissam Products Limited and Coach, Inc. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.35 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2015.

 

 

 

10.17

  

Amended and Restated License Agreement between MGI Luxury Group, S.A., a wholly-owned Swiss subsidiary of Movado Group, Inc., Lacoste S.A., Sporloisirs S.A. and Lacoste Alligator S.A., dated March 28, 2014 with an effective date as of January 1, 2015. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K/A filed, December 30, 2014.

 

 

 

10.18

  

License agreement dated January 1, 1992, between The Hearst Corporation and the Registrant, as amended on January 17, 1992. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.8 to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 33-666000).

 

 

 

10.19

  

Letter Agreement between the Registrant and The Hearst Corporation dated October 24, 1994 executed October 25, 1995 amending License Agreement dated as of January 1, 1992, as amended. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 1995.

 

 

 

10.20

  

Third Amendment to License Agreement dated as of January 1, 1992 between the Registrant and Hearst Magazines, a Division of Hearst Communications, Inc. (successor in interest to The Hearst Corporation), effective February 15, 2007. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2007.

 

 

 

10.21

  

Amended and Restated License Agreement among Tommy Hilfiger Licensing LLC, Movado Group, Inc. and Swissam Products Limited, dated as of September 16, 2009. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2009.

 

 

 

10.22

  

Second Amendment entered into as of September 30, 2012 to Amended and Restated License Agreement dated September 16, 2009 by and between the Registrant, Swissam Products Limited and Tommy Hilfiger Licensing, LLC. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2012. 

 

 

 

10.23

  

Third Amendment entered into as of November 13, 2013 to Amended and Restated License Agreement dated September 16, 2009 by and between the Registrant, Swissam Products Limited and Tommy Hilfiger Licensing, LLC. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.43 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2014.

 

 

 

10.24

  

Amended and Restated License Agreement, effective as of January 1, 2012 by and between MGI Luxury Group, S.A. and Hugo Boss Trademark Management GmbH & Co. KG. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.39 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2012.

 

 

 

10.25

  

License Agreement entered into as of March 22, 2012 by and between the Registrant and Ferrari S.p.A. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.40 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2012.

 

 

 

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Exhibit

Number

 

Description

10.26

  

License Agreement entered into November 21, 2005 by and between the Registrant, Swissam Products Limited and L.C. Licensing, Inc. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.37 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2006.

 

 

 

10.27

 

Second Amendment to License Agreement between L.C. Licensing, Inc., Movado Group, Inc. and Swissam Products Limited dated as of December 6, 2010, further amending the License Agreement dated as of November 15, 2005. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.35 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2011.

 

 

 

10.28

 

Third Amendment dated as of June 1, 2011 to the License Agreement dated as of November 15, 2005 by and between L.C. Licensing, Inc., Registrant and Swissam Products Limited. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2011.

 

 

 

10.29

 

Fourth Amendment dated as of September 28, 2012 to the License Agreement dated as of November 15, 2005 by and between L.C. Licensing, Inc. (now ABG Juicy Couture, LLC), Registrant and Swissam Products Limited. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2012.

 

 

 

10.30

 

Fifth Amendment effective as of January 1, 2014 to the License Agreement dated as of November 15, 2005 by and between ABG Juicy Couture, LLC (previously L.C. Licensing, Inc.), Registrant and Swissam Products Limited. Incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2015.

 

 

 

10.31

 

Movado Group, Inc. Executive Performance Plan, Amended and Restated as of February 1, 2014. Incorporated herein by reference to Appendix A to the Registrant’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on May 8, 2014.*

 

 

 

21.1

  

Subsidiaries of the Registrant.***

 

 

 

23.1

  

Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.***

 

 

 

31.1

  

Certification of Chief Executive Officer.***

 

 

 

31.2

  

Certification of Chief Financial Officer.***

 

 

 

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 materials from the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2017, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets, (ii) Consolidated Statements of Operations, (iii) the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income, (iv) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, (v) Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity, (vi) Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, (vii) Schedule II- Valuation and Qualifying Accounts and Reserves.

 

*

Pursuant to Item 601(b)(4) of Regulation S-K, certain instruments with respect to long-term debt not exceeding 10 percent of the total assets of Registrant and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis are not filed as exhibits to this report. Registrant agrees to furnish a copy of any such instrument to the Commission upon request.

**

Constitutes a compensatory plan or arrangement.

***

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Movado Group, Inc.:

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the index appearing under Item 15(a)1 present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Movado Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) at January 31, 2017 and January 31, 2016, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 31, 2017 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the index appearing under Item 15(a)2 presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2017, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company's management is responsible for these financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management's Annual Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting, appearing under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, on the financial statement schedule, and on the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

New York, New York

March 20, 2017

 

 

 

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MOVADO GROUP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended January 31,

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015

 

Net sales

$

552,752

 

 

$

594,923

 

 

$

586,980

 

Cost of sales

 

257,935

 

 

 

277,993

 

 

 

276,998

 

Gross profit

 

294,817

 

 

 

316,930

 

 

 

309,982

 

Selling, general, and administrative

 

240,836

 

 

 

246,823

 

 

 

238,495

 

Operating income

 

53,981

 

 

 

70,107

 

 

 

71,487

 

Other expense (Note 6)

 

(1,282

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

(1,464

)

 

 

(1,109

)

 

 

(489

)

Interest income

 

219

 

 

 

127

 

 

 

166

 

Income before income taxes

 

51,454

 

 

 

69,125

 

 

 

71,164

 

Provision for income taxes (Note 7)

 

16,315

 

 

 

23,360

 

 

 

19,264

 

Net income

 

35,139

 

 

 

45,765

 

 

 

51,900

 

Less: Net income attributed to noncontrolling interests

 

78

 

 

 

671

 

 

 

124

 

Net income attributed to Movado Group, Inc.

$

35,061