Shares of VF Corp. rose after hours on Tuesday after the footwear and clothing maker reported fourth-quarter results that were better than expected, as stronger demand for company’s North Face gear offset weaker trends for Vans shoes. The company reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $214.9 million, or 55 cents a share, contrasting with a profit of $80.8 million, or 21 cents a share, in the same quarter last year. Sales fell to $2.74 billion, compared with $2.8 billion in the prior-year quarter.
Adjusted for impairments and a pension settlement charge, VF
earned 17 cents a share. Analysts polled by FactSet expected adjusted earnings of 14 cents a share, on revenue of $2.72 billion. Vans sales fell 14% during the quarter, but sales at outdoor-wear maker The North Face were up 12%. Management said it expects sales for the year ahead to be “flat to up slightly in constant dollars.” But they said they expected a “high-single-digits” dip for those sales in the first quarter, reflecting “a challenging U.S. wholesale environment” where retailers have been more cautious about ordering lower-demand items like clothing and accessories. The company forecast earnings per share of $2.05 to $2.25. FactSet forecast adjusted earn …
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