For immediate release Herzogenaurach, March 7, 2007

Adidas Full Year 2006 Results:

-Net income attributable to shareholders up 26%

-Currency-neutral sales up 53%

-Dividend payout increases 29%

-Full year net sales top 10 billion euro mark for the first time

-Currency-neutral sales for the adidas Group excluding Reebok up 14%

-Group operating profit increases 25%

-Currency-neutral adidas backlogs up 1%

-Reebok backlogs improve sequentially to -12%

Currency-neutral sales grow 53%

In 2006, adidas Group sales increased 53% on a currency-neutral basis, strongly supported by the first-time consolidation of Reebok. In euro terms, Group revenues grew 52% to € 10.084 billion in 2006 from € 6.636 billion in 2005, exceeding the € 10 billion level for the first time in the Group’s history. Sales for the adidas Group excluding Reebok increased 14% both on a currency-neutral basis and in euro terms to € 7.548 billion in 2006 from € 6.636 billion in the prior year, representing the highest organic growth of the adidas Group within the last eight years. Double-digit growth was generated in all regions except Europe, where sales increased by high-single-digit rates.

 

"2006 was a truly exciting year for the adidas Group, as we strengthened our brand portfolio by acquiring Reebok and exceeded the € 10 billion sales mark for the first time in the Group’s history," commented adidas AG Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer. "Our performance at the 2006 World Cup was a stand-out in leveraging our brand strength, and we clearly delivered strong operational and financial results."

Double-digit growth at adidas and TaylorMade-adidas Golf

The adidas segment was the main driver of the Group’s organic sales growth in 2006. Currency-neutral adidas revenues grew 14% in 2006 driven by increases in nearly all Sport Performance categories as well as double-digit growth in the Sport Heritage and Sport Style divisions. First-time consolidation of the Reebok segment added € 2.473 billion in sales to the adidas Group. Compared to the prior year, in which Reebok was not consolidated within the adidas Group, this represents a decline of 9%. On a like-for-like basis excluding the effect of the transfer of the NBA and Liverpool licensed businesses to brand adidas, currency-neutral sales for the Reebok segment decreased 6%, in line with Management’s initial expectations. At TaylorMade-adidas Golf, currency-neutral revenues increased 22%. This strong performance was driven by solid growth in nearly all major product categories. Further, the inclusion of the Greg Norman apparel business, which was acquired as part of the Reebok acquisition, also had a positive impact on the Group’s sales development. Excluding the Greg Norman apparel business, segment sales increased 13% on a currency-neutral basis. Sales recorded in the HQ/Consolidation segment increased by 97% on a currency-neutral basis, as a result of the Group’s cooperation agreement with Amer Sports Corporation. Currency translation effects had only a minor negative impact on sales in euro terms. adidas sales in euros increased 13% to € 6.626 billion in 2006 from € 5.861 billion in 2005. TaylorMade-adidas Golf sales in euro terms grew 21% to € 856 million in 2006 from € 709 million in 2005. HQ/Consolidation sales in euro terms increased 96% to € 129 million in 2006 from € 66 million in 2005.

 

2006

2005

Change y-o-y in euro terms

Change y-o-y currency-neutral

 

€ in millions

€ in millions

in %

in %

adidas

6,626

5,861

13

14

Reebok

2,473

2,718

(9)

(9)

TaylorMade-adidas Golf

856

709

21

22

HQ/Consolidation

129

66

96

97

Total

10,084

6,636

52

53

Sales increase strongly in all regions

adidas Group sales grew robustly in all regions driven by the first-time inclusion of Reebok as well as strong revenue increases at both adidas and TaylorMade-adidas Golf. Group sales in Europe grew 32% on a currency-neutral basis. This represents an improvement of 31% in euro terms to € 4.162 billion in 2006 from € 3.166 billion in the prior year. In North America, Group sales increased 107% on a currency-neutral basis. In euro terms, sales also grew 107% to € 3.234 billion in 2006 from € 1.561 billion in 2005. Sales for the adidas Group in Asia increased 35% on a currency-neutral basis. In euro terms, revenues in Asia grew 33% to € 2.020 billion in 2006 from € 1.523 billion in 2005. In Latin America, currency-neutral sales increased 53%. In euro terms, sales grew 56% to € 499 million in 2006 from € 319 million in 2005. For the adidas Group excluding Reebok, currency-neutral sales grew 8% in Europe, 14% in North America, 20% in Asia and 31% in Latin America.

 

 

2006

2005

Change y-o-y in euro terms

Change y-o-y currency-neutral

 

€ in millions

€ in millions

in %

in %

Europe

4,162

3,166

31

32

North America

3,234

1,561

107

107

Asia

2,020

1,523

33

35

Latin America

499

319

56

53

Total

10,084

6,636

52

53

Group gross profit increases 41%

The Group’s gross margin in 2006 declined 3.6 percentage points to 44.6% of sales in 2006 (2005: 48.2%), mainly reflecting the first-time consolidation of Reebok, which more than offset a positive gross margin development in the adidas segment. Due to Reebok’s strong presence in North America, where average gross margins are lower than in other regions, Reebok carries a significantly lower gross margin than the Group average. In addition, Reebok’s gross profit in 2006 includes negative impacts from purchase price allocation in an amount of € 76 million. As a result of the Group’s strong top-line growth, however, gross profit rose by 41% in 2006 to reach € 4.495 billion versus € 3.197 billion in the prior year. For the adidas Group excluding Reebok, gross margin decreased 0.4 percentage points to 47.8% in 2006 (2005: 48.2%), mainly due to a gross margin decline in the Group’s HQ/Consolidation segment as a result of the Group’s cooperation agreement with Amer Sports Corporation. Gross profit for the Group excluding Reebok grew by 13% to € 3.605 billion in 2006 (2005: € 3.197 billion).

Operating profit grows 25%

Group operating margin declined 1.9 percentage points to 8.7% of sales in 2006 (2005: 10.7%). This mainly reflects the first-time consolidation of the Reebok business, which carries a significantly lower operating margin than the Group average. The segment’s operating margin also includes a negative impact from purchase price allocation on cost of sales and operating expenses in a total amount of € 89 million. These impacts more than compensated Reebok’s lower operating expenses as a percentage of sales. As a result of strong sales growth, however, operating profit for the adidas Group rose 25% in 2006 to reach € 881 million versus € 707 million in 2005. For the adidas Group excluding Reebok, the operating margin decreased 0.2 percentage points to 10.5% in 2006 from 10.7% in the prior year. An operating margin decline in the Group’s HQ/Consolidation segment as a result of the Group’s cooperation agreement with Amer Sports Corporation more than offset operating margin increases at both adidas and TaylorMade-adidas Golf. Operating profit for the adidas Group excluding Reebok grew by 12% to € 789 million in 2006 from € 707 million in the prior year.

Income before taxes up 10%

Income before taxes (IBT) increased 10% to € 723 million in 2006 from € 655 million in 2005. Operating improvements in the adidas and TaylorMade-adidas Golf segments more than offset a significant increase in net financial expenses. Net financial expenses increased 203% to € 158 million in 2006 from € 52 million in the prior year, reflecting the financing of the Reebok acquisition.

Net income from continuing operations grows 14%

The Group’s net income from continuing operations increased 14% to € 496 million in 2006 from € 434 million in 2005. The Group’s strong sales increase was the main driver of this improvement. In addition, net income was positively impacted by the lower tax rate, which declined 2.3 percentage points to 31.4% in 2006 (2005: 33.7%), mainly due to a more favorable earnings mix throughout the Group as well as one-time tax benefits in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Net income attributable to shareholders increases 26%

The Group’s net income attributable to shareholders increased 26% to € 483 million in 2006 from € 383 million in the prior year. This improvement reflects the outstanding performance of the adidas and TaylorMade-adidas Golf segments, while Reebok earnings did not exceed additional interest expenses related to the acquisition and negative purchase price allocation effects. The non-recurrence of losses from discontinued operations related to the Salomon business in 2005 also contributed to this positive development.

Basic and diluted earnings per share up 16% and 17%

On June 6, 2006, adidas AG conducted a share split in a ratio of 1:4, with each existing adidas AG share being divided into four shares. All numbers of shares have been restated. The Group’s basic earnings per share from continuing and discontinued operations increased 16% to € 2.37 in 2006 versus € 2.05 in 2005. Diluted earnings per share from continuing and discontinued operations in 2006 increased 17% to € 2.25 from € 1.93 in the prior year. The dilutive effect mainly results from approximately 16 million potential additional shares that could be created in relation to the outstanding convertible bond, for which conversion criteria were met for the first time at the end of 2004.

 

 

Inventories and receivables increase due to Reebok consolidation

Group inventories increased 31% to € 1.607 billion in 2006 versus € 1.230 billion in 2005, largely as a result of the first-time inclusion of € 404 million in inventories related to the Reebok business. On a currency-neutral basis, this increase was 41%. Inventories for the adidas Group excluding Reebok declined 2% (+5% currency-neutral). The increase on a currency-neutral basis reflects the Group’s growth expectations as well as higher inventory levels in Latin America in advance of new import regulations in Brazil and Argentina. Group receivables grew 47% (+57% currency-neutral) to € 1.415 billion at the end of 2006 versus € 965 million in the prior year, primarily due to the first-time inclusion of receivables totaling € 461 million related to the Reebok business. Receivables for the adidas Group excluding Reebok decreased 1% (+5% currency-neutral). The increase on a currency-neutral basis is lower than sales growth during the fourth quarter of 2006.

Net borrowings at € 2.231 billion

Net debt at December 31, 2006 was € 2.231 billion, up € 2.782 billion versus a net cash position of € 551 million in the prior year. This increase was driven by the payment of around € 3.2 billion for the acquisition of Reebok International Ltd. (USA), paid on January 31, 2006, including the buyback of employee stock options and Reebok’s convertible bond. In addition, expenditure of around € 170 million for the buyback of Reebok’s major properties in the USA and in Europe influenced this development. The Group’s financial leverage was 78.9% at the end of 2006, which is clearly below Management’s original year-end target of 100%.

adidas backlogs grow moderately

Backlogs for the adidas brand at the end of 2006 increased 1% versus the prior year on a currency-neutral basis. This represents a decrease of 4% in euro terms. Footwear backlogs declined 1% in currency-neutral terms (–6% in euros). Softness in several categories in North America and Europe was largely offset by growth across all major categories in Asia. Apparel backlogs grew 5% on a currency-neutral basis (stable in euros), driven in particular by improvements in the Sport Performance training and basketball categories. Hardware backlogs, particularly in Europe, negatively affected growth rates due to declines in the football category. The transfer of the NBA and Liverpool licensed businesses from Reebok to adidas had a positive impact of approximately 1 percentage point on the development of brand adidas backlogs.

 

 

 

Footwear

Apparel

Total

 

in €

currency-neutral

in €

currency-neutral

in €

currency-neutral

Europe

(6)

(5)

(2)

(1)

(6)

(5)

North America

(22)

(13)

(6)

(5)

(16)

(6)

Asia

19

29

6

16

11

21

Total

(6)

(1)

(0)

5

(4)

1

Year-over-year development adidas order backlogs by product category and region as at December 31, 2006

Backlogs at Reebok brand improve sequentially

Backlogs for the Reebok brand at the end of 2006 decreased 12% versus the prior year on a currency-neutral basis, showing a sequential improvement from the prior quarter. In euro terms, this represents a decline of 18%. Higher backlogs in Asia could not compensate declines in Europe and North America. Footwear backlogs declined 15% in currency-neutral terms (–21% in euros), mainly due to decreases in Reebok’s lifestyle offering in North America. Apparel backlogs were down 9% on a currency-neutral basis (–14% in euros) as a result of a decline in both Reebok’s licensed and branded apparel business, particularly in North America. The transfer of the NBA and Liverpool licensed businesses from Reebok to adidas also negatively affected apparel backlogs development. On a like-for-like basis, excluding the effects of this transfer, total Reebok backlogs decreased 10% on a currency-neutral basis.

 

 

Footwear

Apparel

Total

 

in €

currency-neutral

in €

currency-neutral

in €

currency-neutral

Europe

(9)

(8)

(13)

(11)

(8)

(7)

North America

(33)

(25)

(32)

(24)

(33)

(25)

Total

(21)

(15)

(14)

(9)

(18)

(12)

Year-over-year development Reebok order backlogs by product category and region as at December 31, 2006

Group sales expected to reach new record level

In 2007, adidas Group sales are expected to increase at a mid-single-digit rate on a currency-neutral basis, driven by growth at all brands and in all regions. Revenue growth is likely to be weighted towards the second half of 2007 owing to difficult comparisons in the first half of the year. Brand adidas is projected to achieve mid-single-digit currency-neutral sales growth in 2007. Reported sales in the Reebok segment are expected to grow at low-single-digit rates. This increase will be positively impacted by the consolidation of one extra month in 2007 (low-single-digit percentage point impact), compared to the prior year. Currency-neutral TaylorMade-adidas Golf sales are expected to grow at mid-single-digit rates on a like-for-like basis. On a regional basis, adidas Group sales in Asia and Latin America are expected to grow at double-digit rates in currency-neutral terms, while low-single-digit growth rates are expected in Europe and North America.

 

Visible improvement in both gross and operating margin expected in 2007

The adidas Group gross margin is expected to increase strongly and be in a range of between 45 and 47%, driven by improvements in all three brand segments, in particular Reebok, partly offset by increasing raw material and labor costs as well as the cooperation agreement with Amer Sports Corporation. The Group’s operating margin is expected to be around 9%, which will be modestly higher than in 2006. This development will be driven by gross margin improvements at all brands, largely offset by higher operating expenses at Reebok and TaylorMade-adidas Golf. At Reebok, the increase in operating expenses is mainly due to the € 50 million of additional spend announced in November 2006 necessary to accelerate the return to growth of the Reebok brand. In addition, effects from purchase price allocation (in an expected amount of between € 10 million and € 20 million) will negatively impact Reebok’s operating margin in 2007. At TaylorMade-adidas Golf, operating expenses as a percentage of net sales are expected to increase slightly as a result of a higher marketing working budget to support new product initiatives.

 

Net income growth in 2007 to approach 15%

Based on the expected top-line improvement and increased profitability, net income attributable to shareholders for the adidas Group is expected to grow at double-digit rates, approaching 15%, outpacing the expected sales development of the Group in 2007.

Dividend Payout Increases 29%

At the Group’s Annual General Meeting on May 10, 2007, the adidas AG Executive and Supervisory Boards intend to propose a dividend of € 0.42 per share for the 2006 financial year. As a result, the dividend payout will increase 29% to € 85 million (2005: € 66 million), outpacing earnings growth for the year. This represents a payout ratio of 18% (2005: 17%) and shows Management’s confidence in the Group’s future business performance.

 

Herbert Hainer stated: "Having turned in a strong 2006, our focus this year will be on getting Reebok back onto a growth track and again achieving further improvements in sales and bottom-line profitability. We are also committed to delivering on our medium-term goals and expect increasing momentum throughout the year."

 

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