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  • The aggregate market value of the voting and non voting common shares held by non affiliates of the registrant as of August 31 2023 based upon the closing price of the common shares as reported by The NASDAQ Global Select Market on such date was approximately 2 883 4 million
  • Portions of the Proxy Statement for the 2024 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be filed within one hundred and twenty days of the fiscal year ended February 29 2024 2024 Proxy Statement are incorporated by reference into Part III of this report to the extent described herein
  • In this Annual Report on Form 10 K the Annual Report which includes the accompanying consolidated financial statements and notes unless otherwise indicated or the context suggests otherwise references to the Company our Company Helen of Troy we us or our refer to Helen of Troy Limited and its subsidiaries We refer to our common shares par value 0 10 per share as common stock References to EMEA refer to the combined geographic markets of Europe the Middle East and Africa We use product and service names in this Annual Report for identification purposes only and they may be protected in the United States and other jurisdictions by trademarks trade names service marks and other intellectual property rights of ours and other parties The absence of a specific attribution in connection with any such mark does not constitute a waiver of any such right All trademarks trade names service marks and logos referenced herein belong to their respective owners References to fiscal in connection with a numeric year number denotes our fiscal year ending on the last day of February during the year number listed References to the FASB refer to the Financial Accounting Standards Board References to GAAP refer to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America the U S References to ASU refer to the codification of GAAP in the Accounting Standards Updates issued by the FASB References to ASC refer to the codification of GAAP in the Accounting Standards Codification issued by the FASB
  • We incorporated as Helen of Troy Corporation in Texas in 1968 and were reorganized as Helen of Troy Limited in Bermuda in 1994 We are a leading global consumer products company offering creative products and solutions for our customers through a diversified portfolio of brands We have built leading market positions through new product innovation product quality and competitive pricing We go to market under a number of brands some of which are licensed Our Leadership Brands are brands which have leading positions in their respective categories and include the OXO Hydro Flask Osprey Vicks Braun Honeywell PUR Hot Tools and Drybar brands
  • Offers a broad range of outstanding world class brands that help consumers enjoy everyday living inside their homes and outdoors Our innovative products for home activities include food preparation and storage cooking cleaning organization and beverage service Our outdoor performance range on the go food storage and beverageware includes lifestyle hydration products coolers and food storage solutions backpacks and travel gear Sales for this global segment are primarily to online and brick mortar retailers and through our direct to consumer channel
  • Provides consumers with a broad range of outstanding world class brands for beauty and wellness In Beauty we deliver innovation through products such as hair styling appliances grooming tools and liquid and aerosol personal care products that help consumers look and feel more beautiful In Wellness we are there when you need us most with highly regarded humidifiers thermometers water and air purifiers heaters and fans Sales for this global segment are primarily to online and brick mortar retailers distributors and through our direct to consumer channel
  • Fiscal 2019 marked the completion of Phase I of our transformation strategy which delivered improved organic sales growth by focusing on our Leadership Brands strategic acquisitions becoming a more efficient operating company with strong global shared services upgrading our organization and culture improved inventory turns and return on invested capital and returning capital to shareholders
  • Fiscal 2020 began Phase II of our transformation which was designed to drive the next five years of progress The long term objectives of Phase II included improved organic sales growth continued margin expansion and strategic and effective capital deployment Phase II included plans to continue to invest in our Leadership Brands with a focus on growing them through consumer centric innovation expanding them more aggressively outside the U S and adding new brands through acquisition We sought to build further shared service capability and operating efficiency as well as focus on attracting retaining unifying and training the best people Additionally we strove to enhance and consolidate our Environmental Social and Governance ESG efforts and accelerate programs related to Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging DEI B to support our Phase II transformation
  • Fiscal 2024 concluded Phase II of our transformation strategy which produced net sales and organic net sales growth and gross profit margin expansion We expanded our Leadership Brands and international footprint with the acquisitions of Drybar Osprey and Curlsmith We completed the divestiture of our Personal Care business as defined below and extended our Revlon trademark license for a period of up to 100 years We strategically and effectively deployed capital to construct our new distribution facility in Gallaway Tennessee repurchased shares of our common stock and repaid amounts outstanding under our long term debt agreement We began publishing an annual ESG Report which summarizes our ESG strategy and performance providing further transparency into our ESG efforts During Phase II we also initiated a global restructuring plan referred to as Project Pegasus intended to expand operating margins through initiatives designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness and reduce costs
  • Project Pegasus includes initiatives to further optimize our brand portfolio streamline and simplify the organization accelerate cost of goods savings projects enhance the efficiency of our supply chain network optimize our indirect spending and improve our cash flow and working capital as well as other activities We anticipate these initiatives will create operating efficiencies as well as provide a platform to fund future growth investments During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 we made changes to the structure of our organization which resulted in our previous Health Wellness and Beauty operating segments being combined into a single reportable segment the creation of a North America RMO responsible for sales and go to market strategies and further centralization of operations and finance functions under shared services to better support our business segments and RMOs This new structure reduced the size of our global workforce by approximately 10 We believe that these changes better focus business segment resources on brand development consumer centric innovation and marketing the RMOs on sales and go to market strategies and shared services on their respective areas of expertise while also creating a more efficient and effective organizational structure During the second quarter of fiscal 2024 we announced plans to geographically consolidate the U S Beauty business currently located in El Paso Texas and Irvine California and co locate it with our Wellness business in the Boston Massachusetts area This geographic consolidation and relocation is the next step in our initiative to streamline and simplify the organization and is expected to be completed during fiscal 2025 We expect these changes will enable a greater opportunity to capture synergies and enhance collaboration and innovation within the Beauty Wellness segment See Note 11 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements for additional information
  • Fiscal 2025 begins our Elevate for Growth era which provides our strategic roadmap through fiscal 2030 The long term objectives of Elevate for Growth include continued organic sales growth further margin expansion and accretive capital deployment through strategic acquisitions share repurchases and capital structure management The Elevate for Growth era includes an enhanced portfolio management strategy to invest in our brands and grow internationally based upon defined criteria with an emphasis on brand building new product introductions and expanded distribution We are continuing to execute our initiatives under Project Pegasus which we expect to generate incremental investments in our brand portfolio and new capabilities We intend to further leverage our operational scale and assets including our new state of the art distribution center improved go to market structure with our North America RMO and our expanded shared services capabilities We also plan to complete the geographic consolidation of our Beauty Wellness businesses create a centralized marketing organization that embraces next level data analytics and consumer insight capabilities and further integrate our supply chain and finance functions within our shared services Additionally we are committed to fostering a winning culture and continuing our ESG efforts to support our Elevate for Growth era
  • On April 22 2022 we completed the acquisition of Recipe Products Ltd a producer of innovative prestige hair care products for all types of curly and wavy hair under the Curlsmith brand Curlsmith The Curlsmith brand and products were added to the Beauty Wellness segment The total purchase consideration was 147 9 million in cash net of a final net working capital adjustment and cash acquired The acquisition of Curlsmith added another prestige market brand of products to our Beauty Wellness portfolio and further advanced our Phase II objective of continuing to expand margin
  • On December 29 2021 we completed the acquisition of Osprey Packs Inc Osprey a longtime U S leader in technical and everyday packs for 409 3 million in cash net of a final net working capital adjustment and cash acquired Osprey is highly respected in the outdoor industry with a product lineup that includes a wide range of backpacks and daypacks for hiking mountaineering skiing climbing mountain biking trail running commuting and school as well as rugged adventure travel packs wheeled luggage and travel accessories The Osprey brand and products were added to the Home Outdoor segment The acquisition of Osprey complemented our outdoor platform accelerated our international strategy and added a 9th Leadership Brand to the Company
  • Consistent with our Phase II transformation strategy of focusing resources on our Leadership Brands during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 we committed to a plan to divest certain assets within our Beauty Wellness segment s mass channel personal care business which included liquid powder and aerosol products under brands such as Pert Brut Sure and Infusium Personal Care On June 7 2021 we completed the sale of our North America Personal Care business to HRB Brands LLC for 44 7 million in cash and recognized a gain on the sale in selling general and administrative expense SG A totaling 0 5 million On March 25 2022 we completed the sale of the Latin America and Caribbean Personal Care business to HRB Brands LLC for 1 8 million in cash and recognized a gain on the sale in SG A totaling 1 3 million
  • Food storage containers kitchen utensils for cooking and preparing salads fruits vegetables and meats graters slicers and choppers baking essentials kitchen organization bath cleaning infant and toddler products and coffee preparation tools and electronics
  • Thermometers blood pressure monitors pulse oximeters nasal aspirators humidifiers faucet mount and pitcher water filtration systems air purifiers heaters fans and humidification thermometry water filtration and air purification consumables
  • We market products under a number of trademarks that we own and sell certain of our products under trademarks licensed from third parties We believe our principal trademarks both owned and licensed have high levels of brand name recognition among retailers and consumers throughout the world Through our favorable partnerships with our licensors we believe we have developed stable enduring relationships that provide access to unique brands that complement our owned and internally developed trademarks
  • The Beauty Wellness segment relies on the continued use of trademarks licensed under various agreements for a significant portion of its net sales revenue New product introductions under licensed trademarks require approval from the respective licensors The licensors must also approve the product packaging Some of our license agreements require us to pay minimum royalties
  • We maintain utility and design patents in the U S and several foreign countries We also protect certain details about our processes products and strategies as trade secrets keeping confidential the information that we believe provides us with a competitive advantage
  • We currently market our products in over 100 countries throughout the world Sales within the U S comprised approximately 74 of total net sales revenue in both fiscal 2024 and 2023 and 78 of total net sales revenue in fiscal 2022 Our segments primarily sell their products through mass merchandisers sporting goods retailers department stores drugstore chains home improvement stores grocery stores specialty stores prestige beauty chains beauty supply retailers e commerce retailers wholesalers warehouse clubs and various types of distributors as well as directly to consumers We take a consumer centric approach to assortment planning by fostering close collaborations with our retail customers In many instances we produce specific versions of our product lines with exclusive designs and packaging for our retail customers which are appropriately priced for their respective customer bases We market products principally through the use of outside sales representatives and our own internal sales staff supported by our internal marketing category management engineering creative services and customer and consumer service staff These groups work closely together to develop pricing and distribution strategies to design packaging and to help develop product line extensions and new products
  • Our research and development activities focus on new differentiated and innovative products designed to drive sustained organic growth We continually invest to strengthen our product design and research and development capabilities including extensive studies to gain consumer insights Research and development expenses consist primarily of salaries and employee benefits contracted development and testing efforts and third party design agencies associated with the development of products
  • We contract with unaffiliated manufacturers primarily in China Mexico and Vietnam to manufacture a significant portion of our finished goods for the Home Outdoor segment and our Beauty Wellness segment s hair appliances and accessories as well as certain wellness product categories The hair liquids category of the Beauty Wellness segment sources most of its products from U S manufacturers Finished goods manufactured by vendors in Asia comprised approximately 79 87 and 88 of finished goods purchased in fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively
  • We occupy owned and leased office and distribution space in various locations to support our operations These facilities include our U S headquarters in El Paso Texas and distribution centers in Southaven and Olive Branch Mississippi and Gallaway Tennessee which are used to support a significant portion of our domestic distribution See Note 4 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements for additional information
  • Sales to our largest customer Amazon com Inc accounted for approximately 21 17 and 19 of our consolidated net sales revenue in fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively Sales to our second largest customer Target Corporation accounted for approximately 10 in both fiscal 2024 and 2023 and 11 in fiscal 2022 of our consolidated net sales revenue Sales to our third largest customer Walmart Inc including its worldwide affiliates accounted for approximately 9 10 and 11 of our consolidated net sales revenue in fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively No other customers accounted for 10 or more of consolidated net sales revenue during these fiscal years Sales to our top five customers accounted for approximately 47 43 and 49 of our consolidated net sales revenue in fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively
  • When placing orders our individual consumer retail and wholesale customers usually request that we ship the related products within a short time frame As such there usually is no significant backlog of orders in any of our distribution channels
  • Our sales are seasonal due to different calendar events holidays and seasonal weather and illness patterns Historically the third fiscal quarter produces the highest net sales revenue during the fiscal year
  • We generally sell our products in markets that are very competitive and mature Our products compete against similar products of many large and small companies including well known global competitors In many of the markets and industry segments in which we sell our products we compete against other branded products as well as retailers private label brands We believe that we have certain key competitive advantages such as well recognized brands engineering expertise and innovation sourcing and supply chain know how and productive co development relationships with our manufacturers We support our products with advertising promotions strategic partnerships with ambassadors and influencers and other marketing activities as well as an extensive sales force in order to build awareness and to encourage new consumers to try our brands and products We are well positioned in the industry segments and markets in which we operate often holding a leadership or significant market share position We believe these advantages allow us to bring our retailers a differentiated value proposition
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  • Our operations are subject to national state local and provincial jurisdictions environmental health and safety laws and regulations and industry specific product certifications Many of the products we sell are subject to product safety laws and regulations in various jurisdictions These laws and regulations specify the maximum allowable levels of certain materials that may be contained in our products provide statutory prohibitions against misbranded and adulterated products establish ingredients and manufacturing procedures for certain products specify product safety testing requirements and set product identification labeling and claim requirements For example some of our Beauty Wellness segment s customers require that our hair appliances comply with various safety certifications including UL certifications Similarly thermometers distributed by our Beauty Wellness segment must comply with various regulations governing the production and distribution of medical devices Additionally some of our product lines are subject to product identification labeling and claim requirements which are monitored and enforced by regulatory agencies such as the U S Environmental Protection Agency the EPA U S Customs and Border Protection the U S Food and Drug Administration and the U S Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • During fiscal 2022 we were in discussions with the EPA regarding the compliance of packaging claims on certain of our products in the air and water filtration categories and a limited subset of humidifier products within the Beauty Wellness segment that are sold in the U S The EPA did not raise any product quality safety or performance issues As a result of these packaging compliance discussions we voluntarily implemented a temporary stop shipment action on the impacted products as we worked with
  • the EPA towards an expedient resolution Our fiscal 2022 consolidated and Beauty Wellness segment s net sales revenue gross profit and operating income were materially and adversely impacted by the stop shipment actions and the time needed to execute repackaging and relabeling plans We resumed normalized levels of shipping of the affected inventory during fiscal 2022 and we completed the repackaging and relabeling of our existing inventory of impacted products during fiscal 2023 Additionally as a result of continuing dialogue with the EPA we executed further repackaging and relabeling plans on certain additional humidifier products and certain additional air filtration products which were also completed during fiscal 2023 Although we have not been notified of any fines or penalties imposed against us by the EPA related to this matter there can be no assurances that such fines or penalties will not be imposed in the future
  • We recorded charges to cost of goods sold to write off obsolete packaging for the affected products in our inventory on hand and in transit We have also incurred additional compliance costs comprised of obsolete packaging storage and other charges from vendors which were recognized in cost of goods sold and incremental warehouse storage costs and legal fees which were recognized in SG A We refer to these charges as EPA compliance costs throughout this Annual Report
  • Includes a 4 4 million charge to write off the obsolete packaging for the affected additional humidifier products and affected additional air filtration products in our inventory on hand and in transit as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2023
  • Includes a 13 1 million charge to cost of goods sold to write off the obsolete packaging for the affected air filtration water filtration and humidifier products in our inventory on hand and in transit as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2022
  • In addition we incurred and capitalized into inventory costs to repackage a portion of our existing inventory of the affected products beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 through completion of the repackaging in the third quarter of fiscal 2023
  • An emerging trend with governmental and non governmental organizations consumers shareholders retail customers communities and other stakeholders is increased focus and expectations on ESG matters These trends have led to among other things increased public and private social accountability reporting requirements relating to labor practices climate change human trafficking and other ESG matters and greater demands on our packaging and products In our product space some requirements have already been mandated and we believe others may become required in the future Examples of current requirements include conflict minerals content reporting customer reporting of foreign fair labor practices in connection with our supply chain vendors and evaluating the risks of human trafficking and slavery
  • We believe that we are in material compliance with these laws regulations and other reporting requirements Due to the nature of our operations and the frequently changing nature of compliance and social reporting standards and technology we cannot predict with any certainty what future material capital or operating expenditures if any will be required in order to comply with applicable laws regulations and other reporting mandates Further any failure to achieve our ESG goals or a perception of our failure to act responsibly or to effectively respond to new or changes in legal or regulatory requirements relating to ESG concerns could adversely affect our business financial condition results of operations and reputation
  • We seek to maintain a best in class level of corporate governance on behalf of our stakeholders including our associates customers consumers communities and shareholders We also recognize the importance of environmental and social factors related to how we operate our business We continued to enhance and consolidate our ESG efforts and accelerate programs related to DEI B to support our Phase II transformation that concluded at the end of fiscal 2024 and we will continue these efforts as we enter our Elevate for Growth era
  • The Corporate Governance Committee of our Board of Directors has oversight of ESG related matters including climate change risks and opportunities Our ESG Task Force which includes associate representatives from our business segments and global shared services leads the development and implementation of our strategic ESG plan with the goal of aligning our ESG performance with relevant standards such as the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board SASB and the Task Force on Climate Finance Disclosures TCFD In June 2023 we published our third ESG Report which aligns with relevant standards such as the SASB the TCFD and the Global Reporting Initiative Our ESG Report summarizes our ESG strategy and performance including in the areas of climate change DEI B
  • and human capital and environmental and natural capital management Information in our ESG Report is not part of this Annual Report or any other report we file with or furnish to the Securities and Exchange Commission SEC
  • We are implementing a system that is designed to minimize negative impacts of our practices on the environment and we continue to work on initiatives to reduce emissions in our supply chain and product use As part of these efforts and in order to strengthen our support of climate action we became a signatory of We Mean Business a coalition of organizations and businesses with a goal of catalyzing business action to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy With our participation in this coalition we intend to 1 report climate change data and measures to the Carbon Disclosure Project aligned with the guidelines of the TCFD 2 implement a responsible climate policy and 3 develop targets which were approved in October 2021 by the Science Based Targets initiative
  • We will also continue to advance our DEI B efforts as part of our ESG initiatives to support our focus on attracting and retaining top talent and to help promote a work environment where everyone has the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential We believe progress on these ESG initiatives will have a positive impact on our shareholders consumers customers our talented worldwide associates and the communities in which we are proud to live and work
  • We are committed to fostering a positive and engaging culture of inclusion care belonging and support where all people throughout our global workforce can thrive Resources provided to enhance associates total well being include learning and development opportunities charitable leave policy financial and retirement planning advice and employee stock purchase programs health and wellness programs and product discounts Perks and benefits vary by region and office We also monitor our culture and associate engagement through a number of methods including periodic culture surveys
  • We have a performance evaluation and feedback process for all of our associates We encourage career planning at all levels of the Company We have a formal system for identifying and developing talent and growth for associates within our organization and support the creation of development and succession plans across key positions in the Company Our senior leadership team develops and recommends to the Board of Directors succession plans for all of our senior management Our compensation processes support fair and equitable pay for all of our associates and is based on a pay for performance philosophy
  • We believe our culture fair pay benefits rewards and recognition healthy living initiatives collaborative projects and open communication between management and staff enables us to attract and retain talented associates
  • None of our U S associates are covered by a collective bargaining agreement Certain of our associates in Europe and Vietnam are covered by collective arrangements or works counsel in accordance with local practice We have never experienced a work stoppage and we believe that we have satisfactory working relations with our associates
  • We believe that a diverse workforce is essential to innovation growth and the well being of our associates We celebrate the diversity of our people and value the unique perspectives they bring We are committed to cultivating an inclusive culture where all of our associates can thrive and feel accepted for who they are
  • We are advancing short and long term initiatives which include leadership coaching and training to build awareness and sponsorship recruitment actions to ensure we have diversity of new hires associate learning programs to develop skills that foster inclusion associate resource groups to further support inclusion ongoing dialogue sessions with our associates and charitable donations to non profit organizations whose missions and values align with our culture
  • We have a 50 plus year tradition of supporting the communities where we live and work through charitable donations from both the Company and its associates In addition we provide our associates two paid community service days to donate their time to organizations that matter most to them We believe our community engagement and good corporate citizenship will lead to stronger communities and shared success for our Company
  • We maintain our main Internet site at http www helenoftroy com The information contained on this website is not included as a part of or incorporated by reference into this Annual Report We make available on or through our main website s Investor Relations page under the heading Financials SEC Filings certain reports and amendments to those reports that we file with or furnish to the SEC in accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended the Exchange Act These include our annual reports on Form 10 K our quarterly reports on Form 10 Q our current reports on Form 8 K our proxy statements on Schedule 14A amendments to these reports and the reports required under Section 16 of the Exchange Act of transactions in our common stock by directors and officers We make this information available on our website free of charge as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file the information with or furnish it to the SEC The SEC maintains a website at https www sec gov that contains reports proxy and information statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC Also on the Investor Relations page under the heading Governance are our Code of Ethics Code of Conduct Corporate Governance Guidelines and the Charters of the Committees of the Board of Directors
  • Carefully consider the risks described below and all of the other information included in our Annual Report when deciding whether to invest in our securities or otherwise evaluating our business If any of the risks or other events or circumstances described elsewhere in this Annual Report materialize our business operating results or financial condition may suffer In this case the trading price of our common stock and the value of your investment might significantly decline The risks listed below are not the only risks that we face Additional risks unknown to us or that we currently believe are insignificant may also affect our business
  • You should also refer to the explanation of the qualifications and limitations on forward looking statements under Information Regarding Forward Looking Statements at the end of Item 7 Management s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations All forward looking statements made by us are qualified by the risk factors described below
  • The occurrence of cyber incidents or failure by us or our third party service providers to maintain cybersecurity and the integrity of confidential internal or customer data could have a material adverse effect on our operations and profitability
  • A cybersecurity breach obsolescence or interruptions in the operation of our central global Enterprise Resource Planning systems and other peripheral information systems could have a material adverse effect on our operations and profitability
  • We are dependent on third party manufacturers most of which are located in Asia and any inability to obtain products from such manufacturers could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • Our operating results may be adversely affected by trade barriers exchange controls expropriations and other risks associated with domestic and foreign operations including uncertainty and business interruptions resulting from political changes and events in the U S and abroad and volatility in the global credit and financial markets and economy
  • We are subject to risks related to our dependence on the strength of retail economies and may be vulnerable in the event of a prolonged economic downturn including a downturn from the effects of macroeconomic conditions any public health crises or similar conditions
  • Changes in laws and regulations including environmental employment and health and safety and tax laws and the costs and complexities of compliance with such laws could have a material adverse impact on our business
  • We face risks associated with global legal developments regarding privacy and data security that could result in changes to our business practices penalties increased cost of operations or otherwise harm our business
  • All of our products are manufactured by unaffiliated manufacturers most of which are located in China Mexico and Vietnam we face risks of significant tariffs or other restrictions being placed on imports from China Mexico or Vietnam or any retaliatory trade measures taken by China Mexico or Vietnam adversely impacting our business
  • You should carefully consider this summary with the more detailed descriptions of risks described below and all of the other information included in our Annual Report when deciding whether to invest in our securities or otherwise evaluating our business
  • Certain of our U S distribution facilities are geographically concentrated This factor increases our risk that disruptions could occur and significantly affect our ability to deliver products to our customers in a timely manner Such disruptions could have a material adverse effect on our business
  • During fiscal 2024 most of our U S distribution receiving and storage functions were consolidated into three distribution facilities in northern Mississippi and our new distribution facility in Gallaway Tennessee that became operational during the first quarter of fiscal 2024 Our new distribution facility is in proximity
  • to our three distribution facilities in northern Mississippi Approximately 59 of our consolidated gross sales volume shipped from facilities in this region in fiscal 2024 Due to this geographical concentration any disruption in our distribution process in any of these facilities even for a few days could adversely affect our business operating results and financial condition As examples government mandated or suggested isolation protocols relating to a pandemic or other public health crisis or severe weather events could limit or disrupt the distribution process at these facilities or even cause the closure of a facility which could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition These factors described above could cause delays in the delivery of our products that could have a material and adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • The occurrence of cyber incidents or failure by us or our third party service providers to maintain cybersecurity and the integrity of confidential internal or customer data could have a material adverse effect on our operations and profitability Such incidents may also result in faulty business decisions operational inefficiencies damage to our reputation or our associate and business relationships and or subject us to costs fines or lawsuits
  • Information systems require constant updates to their security policies networks software and hardware systems to reduce the risk of unauthorized access malicious destruction of data or information theft In addition attacks upon information technology systems are increasing in their frequency level of sophistication persistence and intensity and are being conducted by sophisticated and organized groups and individuals with a wide range of motives and expertise We rely on commercially available systems software tools third party service providers and monitoring to provide security for processing transmission and storage of confidential information and data While we have security measures in place our systems networks and third party service providers have been and will continue to be subject to ongoing threats We and our third party service providers have experienced and expect to continue to experience actual or attempted cyber attacks of our information systems or networks We do not believe we have experienced any material system security breach that to date has had a material impact on our operations or financial condition However if any such event whether actual or perceived were to occur it could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition Our security measures may also be breached in the future as a result of associate error failure to implement appropriate processes and procedures advances in computer and software capabilities and encryption technology new tools and discoveries malfeasance third party action including cyber attacks hacking phishing attacks malware e g ransomware or other misconduct by computer hackers or otherwise Additionally we may have heightened cybersecurity information security and operational risks as a result of work from home arrangements Our workforce operates with a combination of remote work and flexible work schedules opening us up for cybersecurity threats and potential breaches as a result of increased associate usage of networks other than company managed networks Furthermore due to geopolitical tensions around the world the risk of cyber attacks may be elevated This could result in one or more third parties obtaining unauthorized access to our customer or supplier data or our internal data including personally identifiable information intellectual property and other confidential business information Third parties may also attempt through phishing attacks or other forms of social engineering schemes or deceptive practices to fraudulently induce associates into disclosing sensitive information such as usernames passwords or other information in order to gain access to customer or supplier data or our internal data including intellectual property financial and other confidential business information
  • Furthermore although we limit the use of generative artificial intelligence including machine learning AI technologies by our associates our third party manufacturers vendors and service providers may use generative AI technologies or systems The development adoption and use of AI technologies are still in their early stages and are complex The algorithms and models utilized in generative AI technologies and systems may have limitations including biases errors or inability to handle certain data types or scenarios There are also risks of system failures disruptions or vulnerabilities that could compromise the integrity security or privacy of the AI generated content including the use of cyberattacks against such emerging technologies The ineffective or inadequate AI development or
  • We believe our mitigation measures reduce but cannot eliminate the risk of a cyber incident however there can be no assurance that our existing and planned precautions of backup systems regular data backups security protocols and other procedures will be adequate to prevent significant damage system failure or data loss and the same is true for our partners vendors and other third parties on which we rely Because techniques used to obtain unauthorized access or sabotage systems change frequently and generally are not identified until they are launched against a target we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or to implement adequate preventative or mitigating measures Though it is difficult to determine what harm may directly result from any specific interruption or breach any failure to maintain performance reliability security and availability of our network infrastructure or otherwise maintain the confidentiality security and integrity of data that we store or otherwise maintain on behalf of third parties may harm our reputation and our associate customer and consumer relationships
  • If such unauthorized disclosure or access does occur we may be required to notify our customers consumers associates or those persons whose information was improperly used disclosed or accessed We may also be subject to claims of breach of contract for such use or disclosure investigation and penalties by regulatory authorities and potential claims by persons whose information was improperly used or disclosed We could also become the subject of regulatory action or litigation from our consumers customers associates suppliers service providers and shareholders which could damage our reputation require significant expenditures of capital and other resources and cause us to lose business and revenue Additionally an unauthorized disclosure or use of information could cause interruptions in our operations and might require us to spend significant management time and other resources investigating the event and coordinating with local and federal law enforcement Regardless of the merits and ultimate outcome of these matters we may be required to devote time and expense to their resolution
  • In addition the increase in the number and the scope of data security incidents has increased regulatory and industry focus on security requirements and heightened data security industry practices The rapid evolution and increased adoption of complex AI technologies has amplified this focus and continues to influence and impact data security industry requirements and practices New regulation evolving industry standards and the interpretation of both may cause us to incur additional expense in complying with any new data security requirements As a result the failure to maintain the integrity of and protect customer or supplier data or our confidential internal data could result in unintended consequences such as reputational damage legal liabilities or loss of business which could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • We rely on central global Enterprise Resource Planning ERP systems and other peripheral information systems A cybersecurity breach obsolescence or interruptions in the operation of our computerized systems or other information technologies could have a material adverse effect on our operations and profitability
  • Our operations are largely dependent on our ERP system We continuously make adjustments to improve the effectiveness of the ERP and other peripheral information systems including the installation of significant new subsystems Our ERP system is subject to continually evolving cybersecurity and technological risks including risks associated with cloud data storage Any failures or disruptions in the ERP and other information systems including a cybersecurity breach or any complications resulting from ongoing adjustments to our systems could cause interruption or loss of data in our information or logistical systems that could materially impact our ability to procure products from our factories and suppliers transport them to our distribution facilities and store and deliver them to our customers on time and in the correct amounts In addition natural disasters or other extraordinary events may disrupt our
  • Our long term success in the competitive retail environment depends on our ability to develop and commercialize a continuing stream of innovative new products that meet changing consumer preferences and take advantage of opportunities sooner than our competition We face the risk that our competitors will introduce innovative new products that compete with our products There are numerous uncertainties inherent in successfully developing and commercializing new products on a continuing basis and new product launches may not deliver expected growth in sales or operating income If we are unable to develop and introduce a continuing stream of competitive new products it may have an adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • With the continuing trend towards retail trade consolidation we are increasingly dependent upon key customers whose bargaining strength is substantial and growing We may be negatively affected by changes in the policies of our customers such as on hand inventory reductions limitations on access to shelf space use of private label brands price and term demands actions to respond to public health crises and other conditions which could negatively impact our business operating results and financial condition
  • Certain of our customers source and sell products under their own private label brands that compete with our products Additionally as large traditional retail and online customers grow even larger and become more sophisticated they may continue to demand lower pricing special packaging shorter lead times for the delivery of products smaller more frequent shipments or impose other requirements on product suppliers These business demands may relate to inventory practices logistics or other aspects of the customer supplier relationship If we do not effectively respond to these demands these customers could decrease their purchases from us A reduction in the demand for our products by these customers and the costs of complying with their business demands could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • Our operating results are dependent on sales to several large customers and the loss of or substantial decline in sales to a top customer could have a material adverse effect on our revenues and profitability
  • A few customers account for a substantial percentage of our net sales revenue Our financial condition and operating results could suffer if we lost all or a portion of the sales to any one of these customers In particular sales to our two largest customers accounted for approximately 31 of our consolidated net sales revenue in fiscal 2024 While only two customers individually accounted for 10 or more of our consolidated net sales revenue in fiscal 2024 sales to our top five customers in aggregate accounted for approximately 47 of fiscal 2024 consolidated net sales revenue We expect that a small group of customers will continue to account for a significant portion of our net sales revenue Although we have long standing relationships with our major customers we generally do not have written agreements that require these customers to buy from us or to purchase a minimum amount of our products A substantial decrease in sales to any of our major customers could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and operating results For example we had reduced sales to Bed Bath Beyond during fiscal 2024 in comparison to the prior year as a result of its bankruptcy Some of our customers creditworthiness may be vulnerable to the impact of a prolonged economic downturn or a public health crisis We regularly monitor and evaluate the credit status of our customers and attempt to adjust sales terms as appropriate Despite these efforts a deterioration in the credit worthiness or bankruptcy filing of
  • We are dependent on third party manufacturers most of which are located in Asia and any inability to obtain products from such manufacturers could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • All of our products are manufactured by unaffiliated companies most of which are in Asia principally in China For fiscal 2024 finished goods manufactured in Asia comprised approximately 79 of total finished goods purchased This concentration exposes us to risks associated with doing business globally including among others global public health crises such as pandemics and epidemics changing international political relations and conflicts labor availability and cost changes in laws including tax laws regulations and treaties changes in labor laws regulations and policies changes in customs duties additional tariffs and other trade barriers changes in shipping costs currency exchange fluctuations local political unrest an extended and complex transportation cycle the impact of changing economic conditions and the availability and cost of raw materials and merchandise In recent years increasing labor costs import tariffs regional labor dislocations driven by new government policies local inflation changes in ocean cargo carrier capacity and costs the impact of energy prices on transportation and fluctuations in the Chinese Renminbi against the U S Dollar have resulted in variability in our cost of goods sold In the past certain Chinese suppliers have closed operations due to economic conditions that pressured their profitability Although we have multiple sourcing partners for certain products occasionally we may be unable to source certain items on a timely basis due to changes occurring with our suppliers We believe that we can source certain similar products outside of China and are moving towards a more diversified supplier base through continuously exploring the expansion of sourcing alternatives in other countries making progress towards such capabilities during fiscal 2024 However the relocation of any production capacity will continue to require more time and could require substantial costs The political legal and cultural environment in Asia is rapidly evolving and any change that impairs our ability to obtain products from manufacturers in that region or to obtain products at marketable rates could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • Any disruption to our supply chain even for a relatively short period of time could cause a loss of revenue which could adversely affect our operating results Additionally any surges in demand and shifts in shopping patterns as well as other factors can strain the global supply chain network resulting in higher inbound freight costs and surges in prices for raw materials components and semiconductor chips which could adversely impact our operating costs During fiscal 2024 inbound freight costs have continued to decline from the higher costs we experienced from the COVID 19 pandemic and related global supply chain disruptions and have begun to approach levels seen prior to the impact of such factors However if global supply chain disruptions re emerge we may experience further cost increases which could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • With most of our manufacturers located in Asia our production lead times are relatively long Therefore we must commit to production in advance of customer orders If we fail to forecast customer or consumer demand accurately we may encounter difficulties in filling customer orders on a timely basis or in liquidating excess inventories We may also find that customers are canceling orders or returning products Any of these results could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • Retailers place great emphasis on timely delivery of our products for specific selling seasons especially during our third fiscal quarter and on the fulfillment of consumer demand throughout the year We cannot
  • control all of the various factors that might affect product delivery to retailers Vendor production delays difficulties encountered in shipping from overseas customs clearance delays and operational issues with any of the third party logistics providers we use in certain countries are on going risks of our business We also rely upon third party carriers for our product shipments from our distribution facilities to customers In certain circumstances we rely on the shipping arrangements our suppliers have made in the case of products shipped directly to retailers from the suppliers Accordingly we are subject to risks including labor disputes inclement weather public health crises such as pandemics and epidemics natural disasters possible acts of terrorism port and canal backlogs and blockages availability of shipping containers carrier imposed capacity restrictions carrier delays shortages of qualified drivers and increased security restrictions associated with the carriers ability to provide delivery services to meet our shipping needs Our third party manufacturing partners are not equipped to hold meaningful amounts of inventory and if shipping container capacity is limited or unavailable they could pause manufacturing which could ultimately impact our ability to meet consumer demand on a timely basis Further our delivery process must often accommodate special vendor requirements to use specific carriers and delivery schedules Failure to deliver products to our retailers in a timely and effective manner could damage our reputation and brands and result in the loss of customers or reduced orders which could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • Our operating results may be adversely affected by trade barriers exchange controls expropriations and other risks associated with domestic and foreign operations including uncertainty and business interruptions resulting from political changes and events in the U S and abroad and volatility in the global credit and financial markets and economy
  • The economies of foreign countries important to our operations including countries in Asia EMEA and Latin America could suffer slower economic growth or economic social and or political instability or hyperinflation in the future Our international operations in countries in Asia EMEA and Latin America including manufacturing and sourcing operations and the international operations of our customers are subject to inherent risks which could adversely affect us Additionally there may be uncertainty and business interruptions resulting from political changes and events in the U S and abroad ongoing terrorist activity and other global events The global credit and financial markets have recently experienced volatility and disruptions including diminished liquidity and credit availability declines in consumer confidence declines in economic growth and uncertainty about economic stability The financial markets and the global economy may also be adversely affected by the current or anticipated impact of military conflict or other geopolitical events Sanctions imposed by the U S and other countries in response to such conflicts may also adversely impact the financial markets and the global economy and any economic countermeasures by affected countries and others could exacerbate market and economic instability There can be no assurance that further deterioration in credit and financial markets and confidence in economic conditions will not occur
  • changes in and the burdens and costs of compliance with a variety of U S and foreign laws and regulations including environmental laws occupational health and safety laws tax laws and accounting standards
  • Should any of these events occur our ability to sell or export our products or repatriate profits could be impaired we could experience a loss of sales and profitability from our domestic or international operations and or we could experience a substantial impairment or loss of assets any of which could materially and adversely affect our business operating results and financial condition
  • We are subject to risks related to our dependence on the strength of retail economies and may be vulnerable in the event of a prolonged economic downturn including a downturn from the effects of macroeconomic conditions any public health crises or similar conditions
  • Our business depends on the strength of the retail economies in various parts of the world primarily in North America and to a lesser extent EMEA Asia and Latin America These retail economies are affected for the most part by factors such as consumer demand and the condition of the retail industry which in turn are affected by general economic conditions and specific events such as natural disasters public health crises such as pandemics and epidemics terrorist attacks and political unrest Consumer spending in any geographic region is generally affected by a number of factors including among others local economic conditions government actions inflation interest rates and credit availability energy costs commodity prices unemployment rates higher consumer debt levels reductions in net worth home foreclosures and reductions in home values gasoline prices and consumer confidence all of which are beyond our control Consumer purchases of discretionary items tend to decline during recessionary periods when disposable income is lower and may impact sales of our products Measures imposed or that may be imposed by national state and local authorities in response to any public health crises may have impacts of uncertain severity and duration on domestic and foreign economies The effectiveness of economic stabilization efforts including government payments and loans to affected citizens and industries is uncertain Any sustained economic downturn in the U S or any of the other countries in which we conduct significant business may cause significant readjustments in both the volume and mix of our product sales which could materially and adversely affect our business operating results and financial condition We cannot reasonably estimate the duration and severity of existing macroeconomic conditions which have had and may continue to have a material impact on our business Additionally global issues may affect our business and the global economy including the geopolitical impact of military conflict and any related economic or other sanctions As a result current financial information may not necessarily be indicative of future operating results and our plans to address the impact of macroeconomic trends and global issues may change
  • Our business is subject to weather conditions the duration and severity of the cold and flu season and other related factors which can cause our operating results to vary from quarter to quarter and year to year
  • Sales in our Beauty Wellness segment are influenced by weather conditions Sales volumes for thermometers and humidifiers and heating appliances are higher during and subject to the severity of the cold weather months while sales of fans are higher during and subject to weather conditions in spring and summer months Weather conditions can also more broadly impact sales across the organization Additionally natural disasters such as wildfires hurricanes and ice storms public health crises such as pandemics and epidemics or unusually severe winter weather may result in temporary unanticipated fluctuations in retail traffic and consumer demand may impact our ability to staff our
  • distribution facilities or could otherwise impede timely transport and delivery of products to and from our distribution facilities Sales in our Beauty Wellness segment are also impacted by cough cold and flu seasonal trends including the duration and severity of the cold and flu season These factors could have a material effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • The loss of our CEO or any of our key senior officers could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition particularly if we are unable to hire and integrate suitable replacements on a timely basis Further as we continue to grow our business we will continue to adjust our senior management team If we are unable to attract or retain the right individuals for the team it could hinder our ability to efficiently execute our business and could disrupt our operations or otherwise have a material adverse effect on our business
  • We rely on licensed trademarks from third parties and license certain trademarks to third parties in exchange for royalty income the loss of which could have a material adverse effect on our revenues and profitability
  • A significant portion of our sales revenue comes from selling products under licensed trademarks particularly in the Beauty Wellness segment As a result we are dependent upon the continued use of these trademarks Additionally we license certain owned trademarks to third parties in exchange for royalty income It is possible that certain actions taken by us our licensors licensees or other third parties might diminish greatly the value of any of our licensed trademarks Some of our licensors and licensees also have the ability to terminate their license agreements with us at their option subject to each parties right to continue the license for a limited period of time following notice of termination If we or our licensees were unable to sell products under these licensed trademarks or one or more of our license agreements were terminated or the value of the trademarks were diminished the effect on our business operating results and financial condition could be both negative and material
  • We may be unsuccessful in executing and realizing expected synergies from strategic business initiatives such as acquisitions divestitures and global restructuring plans including Project Pegasus which may adversely affect the price of our common stock
  • We continue to look for strategic business opportunities to drive long term growth and operating efficiencies which may include acquisitions divestitures and or global restructuring plans We frequently evaluate our brand portfolio and product portfolio and may consider acquisitions that complement our business or divestitures or exits of businesses that we no longer believe to be an appropriate strategic fit We have initiated and may initiate in the future global restructuring plans such as Project Pegasus to achieve strategic objectives and improve financial results Any acquisition divestiture or global restructuring plan if not favorably received by consumers shareholders analysts and others in the investment community could have a material adverse effect on the price of our common stock
  • Changes in laws and regulations including environmental employment and health and safety and tax laws and the costs and complexities of compliance with such laws could have a material adverse impact on our business
  • The impact of future legislation in the U S or abroad including such things as employment and health insurance laws environmental and climate change related legislation tax legislation regulations or treaties is always uncertain Global federal and local legislative agendas from time to time contain numerous proposals dealing with environmental policy energy policy taxes financial regulation transportation policy and infrastructure policy among others that if enacted into law could increase our costs of doing business Changes in government administrations in the U S or abroad increase the uncertainty of future changes in legislation enhanced regulations and greater oversight or more stringent interpretations of existing policies by regulatory agencies Changes in such laws regulations or oversight could cause us to incur material capital or operating expenditures in the future to comply with applicable laws and regulations increase our effective income tax rate delay or interrupt distribution of our products or make them more costly to produce all of which could have a material adverse impact on our business
  • For example the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development has introduced a framework to implement a global minimum corporate income tax of 15 referred to as Pillar Two Certain countries in which we operate have enacted legislation to adopt Pillar Two and other countries are considering changes to their tax laws to implement this framework The EU agreed to implement Pillar Two starting in 2024 In response to Pillar Two the government of Bermuda enacted a 15 corporate income tax in December 2023 that will become effective for us in fiscal 2026 Although we currently do not expect this tax enacted by Bermuda to have a material impact to our consolidated financial statements we will continue to monitor and evaluate impact as further regulatory guidance becomes available Whether and to what extent Pillar Two is adopted or enacted by the other jurisdictions in which we operate is uncertain and could increase the cost and complexity of compliance and may adversely affect our global effective tax rate financial condition and results of operations
  • As additional tax or financial regulatory guidance is issued by the applicable authorities and accounting treatment is clarified we perform additional analysis on the application of the law and we refine our estimates Our final analysis may be different from provisional amounts which could materially affect our tax obligations effective tax rate and operating results in the period completed
  • Increased focus and expectations on ESG are emerging trends with governmental and non governmental organizations consumers shareholders retail customers communities and other stakeholders These trends have led to among other things increased public and private social accountability reporting requirements relating to labor practices climate change human trafficking and other ESG matters and greater demands on our packaging and products The increased focus on ESG matters may also lead to new or more regulations and customer shareholder and consumer demands that could require us to incur additional costs or make changes to our operations to comply with new regulations or address these demands For example we anticipate the reporting requirements under the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive to be effective for us in fiscal 2029
  • We expect that these trends will continue If we are unable to adequately respond to or we are not perceived as adequately responding to existing or new requirements or demands customers and consumers may choose to purchase products from another company or a competitor Increased requirements and costs to comply with these requirements such as climate change regulations and international accords may also cause disruptions in or higher costs associated with manufacturing or distributing our products Any failure to achieve our ESG goals or a perception of our failure to act responsibly or to effectively respond to new or changes in legal or regulatory requirements relating to ESG matters could adversely affect our business financial condition results of operations and reputation
  • As a global company we are subject to U S and foreign regulations including environmental health and safety laws and industry specific product certifications Many of the products we sell are subject to product safety laws and regulations in various jurisdictions These laws and regulations specify the maximum allowable levels of certain materials that may be contained in our products provide statutory prohibitions against misbranded and adulterated products establish ingredients and manufacturing procedures for certain products specify product safety testing requirements and set product identification labeling and claim requirements For example thermometers distributed by our Beauty Wellness segment must comply with various regulations governing the production and distribution of medical devices
  • Significant new regulations material changes to existing regulations or greater oversight enforcement or changes in interpretation of existing regulations could further delay or interrupt distribution of our products in the U S and other countries result in fines or penalties or cause our costs of compliance to increase We cannot guarantee that our products will receive regulatory approval in all countries Similarly some of our Beauty Wellness segment s customers require that our hair appliances comply with various safety certifications including UL certifications Significant new certification requirements or changes to existing certification requirements could further delay or interrupt distribution of our products or make them more costly to produce
  • We are not able to predict the nature of potential changes to or enforcement of laws regulations product certification requirements repeals or interpretations Nor are we able to predict the impact that any of these changes would have on our business in the future Further if we were found to be noncompliant with applicable laws and regulations in these or other areas we could be subject to governmental or regulatory actions including fines import detentions injunctions product withdrawals or recalls or asset
  • Additionally some of our product lines are subject to product identification labeling and claim requirements which are monitored and enforced by regulatory agencies such as the EPA U S Customs and Border Protection the U S Food and Drug Administration and the U S Consumer Product Safety Commission As discussed elsewhere in this Annual Report during fiscal 2022 we were in discussions with the EPA regarding the compliance of packaging claims on certain of our products in the air and water filtration categories and a limited subset of humidifier products within the Beauty Wellness segment that are sold in the U S As a result of these packaging compliance discussions we voluntarily implemented a temporary stop shipment action on the impacted products as we worked with the EPA towards an expedient resolution We resumed normalized levels of shipping of the affected inventory during fiscal 2022 and we completed the repackaging and relabeling of our existing inventory of impacted products during fiscal 2023 Additionally as a result of continuing dialogue with the EPA we executed further repackaging and relabeling plans on certain additional humidifier products and certain additional air filtration products which were also completed during fiscal 2023 Although we have not been notified of any fines or penalties imposed against us by the EPA related to this matter there can be no assurances that such fines or penalties will not be imposed in the future Additional impacts or more pronounced adverse impacts may arise that we are not currently aware of today As a result our business results of operations and financial condition could be adversely and materially impacted in ways that we are not able to predict today For additional information refer to Item 7 Management s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations including EPA Compliance Costs in this Annual Report
  • As a global company we are subject to global privacy and data security laws regulations and codes of conduct that apply to our various business units These laws and regulations may be inconsistent across jurisdictions and are subject to evolving and differing interpretations Government regulators privacy advocates and class action attorneys are increasingly scrutinizing how companies collect process use store share and transmit personal data This increased scrutiny may result in new interpretations of existing laws thereby further impacting our business
  • New and emerging global and local laws on privacy data and related technologies as well as industry self regulatory codes are creating new compliance obligations and expanding the scope of potential liability either jointly or severally with our customers and suppliers While we have invested in readiness to comply with applicable requirements these new and emerging laws regulations and codes may affect our ability to reach current and prospective consumers to respond to consumer requests under such laws such as individual rights of access correction and deletion of their personal information and to implement our business models effectively The costs of compliance or failure to comply with such laws regulations codes of conduct and expectations could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition and results of operations
  • If significant tariffs or other restrictions are placed on imports from China Mexico or Vietnam or any retaliatory trade measures are taken by China Mexico or Vietnam our business and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected
  • All of our products are manufactured by unaffiliated manufacturers most of which are located in China Mexico Vietnam and the U S This concentration exposes us to risks associated with doing business globally including changes in tariffs Any alteration of trade agreements and terms between China Mexico Vietnam and the U S including limiting trade with China Mexico and Vietnam imposing additional tariffs on imports from China Mexico or Vietnam and potentially imposing other restrictions on
  • imports from China Mexico or Vietnam to the U S may result in further or higher tariffs or retaliatory trade measures by China Mexico or Vietnam all of which could have a material adverse effect on our business and operating results
  • Under current U S federal income tax law tax treatment of our non U S income is dependent on whether we are classified as a controlled foreign corporation for U S federal income tax purposes Changes in the composition of our stock ownership could have an impact on our classification If our classification were to change it could have a material adverse effect on the largest U S shareholders and in turn on our business
  • A non U S corporation such as ours will constitute a controlled foreign corporation or CFC for U S federal income tax purposes if its largest U S shareholders together own more than 50 percent of the stock outstanding A U S shareholder is defined as any U S person who owns directly indirectly or constructively 1 10 percent or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock or 2 10 percent or more of the total value of shares of all classes of stock If the IRS or a court determined that we were a CFC at any time during the tax year then each of our U S shareholders as defined above would be required to include in gross income for U S federal income tax purposes its pro rata share of our subpart F income and the subpart F income of any of our subsidiaries determined to be a CFC for the period during which we and our non U S subsidiaries were deemed a CFC In addition any gain on the sale of our shares realized by such a shareholder may be treated as ordinary income to the extent of the shareholder s proportionate share of our and our CFC subsidiaries undistributed earnings and profits accumulated during the shareholder s holding period of the shares while we were deemed to be a CFC
  • Our jurisdiction of organization is Bermuda and one of our subsidiaries is organized in Barbados two of the countries identified in the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council ECOFIN report issued in December 2017 listing non cooperative tax jurisdictions In response to the ECOFIN report economic substance legislation was enacted in Bermuda and Barbados and ECOFIN subsequently declared that both countries cooperate with the EU and are considered to have implemented all commitments
  • The economic substance legislation in each of Bermuda and Barbados requires certain entities engaged in relevant activities in that country to maintain a substantial economic presence in the country and to satisfy economic substance requirements The list of relevant activities in the respective statutes includes carrying on as a business any one or more of several enumerated activities such as headquarters shipping distribution and service center intellectual property and holding entities Any entity that is required to satisfy economic substance requirements must file a declaration with the Bermuda Registrar of Companies and the Ministry of International Business and Industry in Barbados as applicable
  • Although the local authorities have released some implementing guidelines the impact of the foregoing legislation and developments is unclear including how the requirements will be measured and whether additional or revised requirements may be enacted by Bermuda or Barbados Failure to comply with the economic substance requirements could result in automatic disclosure of relevant information to competent authorities in the relevant EU member state or other jurisdiction in which the Company has its holding entity its ultimate parent entity or an owner or beneficial owner Other sanctions include financial penalties restriction or regulation of business activities and or being struck off as a registered entity in Bermuda or Barbados We cannot predict the effect of Bermuda s or Barbados s current or future economic substance requirements on our business which may impact the manner and jurisdictions in which we operate and which could adversely affect our business financial condition or results of operations
  • Significant judgment is required to determine our effective tax rate and evaluate our tax positions We provide for uncertain tax positions when such tax positions do not meet the recognition thresholds or measurement criteria prescribed by applicable accounting standards Fluctuations in federal state local and foreign taxes or a change to uncertain tax positions including related interest and penalties may impact our effective tax rate and financial results Additionally we are subject to audits in the various taxing jurisdictions in which we conduct business In cases where audits are conducted and issues are raised a number of years may elapse before such issues are finally resolved Unfavorable resolution of any tax matter could increase the effective tax rate which could have an adverse effect on our operating results and cash flow For additional information regarding our taxes see Note 18 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • We are from time to time involved in various claims litigation matters and regulatory proceedings that arise in the ordinary course of our business and that could have a material adverse effect on us These matters may include personal injury and other tort claims deceptive trade practice disputes intellectual property disputes including the Patent Litigation and ITC Action each as defined below regarding our PUR gravity fed water filters product recalls contract disputes warranty disputes employment and tax matters and other proceedings and litigation including class actions It is not possible to predict the outcome of pending or future litigation As with any litigation it is possible that some of the actions could be decided unfavorably resulting in significant liability and regardless of the ultimate outcome can be costly to defend Our results and our business could also be negatively impacted if one of our brands suffers substantial damage to its reputation due to a significant product recall or other product related litigation and if we are unable to effectively manage real or perceived concerns about the safety quality or efficacy of our products
  • We also face exposure to product liability and other claims in the event that one of our products is alleged to have resulted in property damage bodily injury or other adverse effects Although we maintain liability insurance in amounts that we believe are reasonable that insurance is in most cases subject to large self insured retentions for which we are responsible We cannot provide assurance that we will be able to maintain such insurance on acceptable terms if at all in the future or that product liability or other claims will not exceed the amount of insurance coverage or that all such matters would be covered by our insurance As a result these types of claims could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition
  • Significant increases in the costs and availability of raw materials energy and transportation may negatively affect our operating results Our suppliers purchase significant amounts of metals and plastics to manufacture our products In addition they also purchase significant amounts of electricity to supply the energy required in their production processes Global political instabilities and tensions and many other factors may increase fuel prices resulting in higher transportation prices and product costs We are heavily dependent on inbound sea rail and truck freight In the past disruptions in the global supply chain and freight networks increased our cost of goods sold and certain operating expenses and any future disruptions could have a material adverse impact on our costs
  • The cost of raw materials energy and transportation in the aggregate represents a significant portion of our cost of goods sold and certain operating expenses which we may not be able to pass on to our customers Our operating results could be adversely affected by future increases in these costs Additionally the loss or disruption of essential manufacturing and supply elements such as raw materials or other finished product components restricted transportation or increased freight costs reduced workforce or other manufacturing and distribution disruption could adversely impact our ability to meet our customers needs
  • A significant portion of our non current assets consists of goodwill and intangible assets recorded as a result of past acquisitions We do not amortize goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets but rather review them for impairment on an annual basis or more frequently whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying value may not be recoverable We review intangible assets with definite lives and long lived assets held and used for impairment if a triggering event occurs during the reporting period We evaluate any long lived assets held for sale quarterly to determine if fair value less cost to sell has changed during the reporting period We record impairment charges to the extent the carrying values of these assets are not recoverable in accordance with the applicable accounting standards
  • Considerable management judgment is necessary in reaching a conclusion regarding the reasonableness of fair value estimates evaluating the most likely impact of a range of possible external conditions considering the resulting operating changes and their impact on estimated future cash flows determining the appropriate discount factors to use and selecting and weighting appropriate comparable market level inputs The recoverability of these non current assets is dependent upon achievement of our projections and the continued execution of key initiatives related to revenue growth and profitability The rates used in our projections are management s estimate of the most likely results over time given a wide range of potential outcomes The assumptions and estimates used in our impairment testing involve significant elements of subjective judgment and analysis by our management While we believe that the assumptions we use are reasonable at the time made changes in business conditions or other unanticipated events and circumstances may occur that cause actual results to differ materially from projected results and this could potentially require future adjustments to our asset valuations
  • Events and changes in circumstances that may indicate there is impairment and which may indicate interim impairment testing is necessary include but are not limited to strategic decisions to exit a business or dispose of an asset made in response to changes in economic political and competitive conditions the impact of the economic environment on our customer base and on broad market conditions that drive valuation considerations by market participants our internal expectations with regard to future revenue growth and the assumptions we make when performing our impairment reviews a significant decrease in the market price of our assets a significant adverse change in the extent or manner in which our assets are used a significant adverse change in legal factors or the business climate that could affect our assets an accumulation of costs significantly in excess of the amount originally expected for the acquisition of an asset and significant changes in the cash flows associated with an asset As a result of such circumstances we may be required to revise certain accounting estimates and judgments related to the valuation of goodwill indefinite lived and definite lived intangible assets and other long lived assets which could result in material impairment charges Any such impairment charges could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations
  • The U S Dollar is the functional currency for the Company and all of its subsidiaries Changes in the relation of other foreign currencies to the U S Dollar will affect our sales and profitability and can result in
  • exchange losses because we have operations and assets located outside the U S We transact a portion of our international business in currencies other than the U S Dollar foreign currencies Such transactions include sales and operating expenses As a result portions of our cash trade accounts receivable and trade accounts payable are denominated in foreign currencies Accordingly foreign operations will continue to expose us to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations which may result in the recognition of foreign exchange losses upon remeasurement to U S Dollars Additionally we purchase a substantial amount of our products from Chinese manufacturers in U S Dollars who source a significant portion of their labor and raw materials in Chinese Renminbi The Chinese Renminbi has fluctuated against the U S Dollar in recent years During fiscal 2024 the average exchange rate of the Chinese Renminbi weakened against the U S dollar by approximately 5 compared to the average rate during fiscal 2023 Chinese Renminbi currency fluctuations have the potential to add volatility to our product costs over time
  • Where operating conditions permit we seek to reduce foreign currency risk by purchasing most of our inventory with U S Dollars and by converting cash balances denominated in foreign currencies to U S Dollars We use derivative financial instruments including forward contracts and cross currency debt swaps to mitigate certain foreign currency exchange rate risk inherent in our transactions denominated in foreign currencies It is not practical for us to mitigate all our exposures nor are we able to accurately project the possible effect of foreign currency remeasurement on our operating results or future net income due to our constantly changing exposure to various foreign currencies difficulty in predicting fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates relative to the U S Dollar and the significant number of currencies involved
  • We need sufficient sources of liquidity to fund our working capital requirements service our outstanding indebtedness and finance business opportunities Without sufficient liquidity we could be forced to curtail our operations or we may not be able to pursue business opportunities The principal sources of our liquidity are funds generated from operating activities available cash and credit facilities If our sources of liquidity do not satisfy our requirements we may need to seek additional financing The future availability of financing will depend on a variety of factors such as economic and market conditions the reaction by banks and financial institutions to a public health crisis such as pandemics and epidemics the regulatory environment for banks and other financial institutions the availability of credit and our reputation with potential lenders Further disruptions in national and international credit markets including adverse developments impacting the financial services industry such as the recent bank closures and investor concerns regarding the U S or international financial systems could result in limitations on credit availability tighter lending standards higher interest rates on consumer and business loans and higher fees associated with obtaining and maintaining credit availability Disruptions may also materially limit consumer credit availability and restrict credit availability to us and our customer base In addition in the event of disruptions in the financial markets current or future lenders may become unwilling or unable to continue to advance funds under any agreements in place increase their commitments under existing credit arrangements or enter into new financing arrangements The Federal Open Market Committee increased the benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points during fiscal 2024 and by 450 basis points during fiscal year 2023 If interest rates continue to increase and adverse economic changes occur our access to credit on favorable interest rate terms may be impacted In an economic downturn we may also be unable to raise capital through debt or equity financings on terms acceptable
  • to us or at all Additionally in challenging and uncertain economic environments we cannot predict when macroeconomic uncertainty may arise whether or when such circumstances may improve or worsen or what impact such circumstances could have on our business and our liquidity requirements These factors could materially adversely affect our liquidity costs of borrowing and our ability to pursue business opportunities or grow our business and threaten our ability to meet our obligations as they become due In addition covenants in our debt agreement could restrict or delay our ability to obtain additional financing potentially limiting our ability to adjust to rapidly changing market conditions or respond to business opportunities or in the event of a failure to comply with such covenants could result in an event of default which if not cured or waived could have a material adverse effect on us We may also assume or incur additional debt including secured debt in the future in connection with or to fund future acquisitions or for other operating needs
  • In addition our variable rate debt and related interest swaps use the Secured Overnight Financing Rate SOFR a rate equal to the secured overnight financing rate as administered by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or a successor administrator of the secured overnight financing rate as a benchmark for establishing interest rates SOFR is a backward looking measure calculated based on short term repurchase agreements backed by U S Treasury securities As such if interest rates were to continue to increase our debt service obligations on variable rate debt subject to SOFR would increase which could negatively impact our net income cash flows and financial condition
  • SOFR began in April 2018 and it therefore has a limited history The future performance of SOFR may be difficult to predict accurately because of limited historical performance data Prior observed patterns if any in the behavior of market variables and their relation to SOFR such as correlations may change in the future In addition the administrator of SOFR may make methodological or other changes that could change the value of SOFR Uncertainty as to SOFR or changes to SOFR will affect the interest rates of our financial instruments linked to SOFR
  • Furthermore the composition and characteristics of SOFR are not the same as those of LIBOR which was previously used as a benchmark for our variable rate debt and which was a forward looking measure based on bank estimates of borrowing costs As a result of these and other differences there can be no assurance that SOFR will perform in the same way as LIBOR would have at any time and there is no guarantee that it is a comparable substitute for LIBOR
  • From time to time we may provide financial projections to our shareholders lenders investment community and other stakeholders of our future sales and net income Since we do not require long term purchase commitments from our major customers and the customer order and ship process is very short it is difficult for us to accurately predict the demand for many of our products or the amount and timing of our future sales related net income and cash flows
  • Our projections are based on management s best estimate of sales using historical sales data and other relevant information available at the time These projections are highly subjective since sales to our customers can fluctuate substantially based on the demand of their retail consumers and related ordering patterns as well as other risks described in this Annual Report Additionally changes in consumer demand retailer inventory management strategies transportation lead times supplier capacity and raw material availability could make our inventory management and sales forecasting more difficult Due to these factors our future sales and net income could vary materially from our projections
  • We are dependent on discretionary spending which is affected by among other things economic and political conditions consumer confidence interest inflation and tax rates a public health crisis such as pandemics and epidemics and financial and housing markets which are all outside of our control
  • The Company relies on electronic information systems networks and technologies to conduct and support its operations and other functions and activities within the Company We rely on commercially available systems software tools third party service providers and monitoring to provide security for processing transmission and storage of confidential information and data We have an enterprise grade information security management program designed to identify protect detect and respond to and manage reasonably foreseeable material cybersecurity threats To protect our information systems from cybersecurity threats we use various security tools that help prevent identify escalate investigate remediate respond and recover from identified vulnerabilities and cybersecurity incidents
  • As part of the Company s cybersecurity risk management program we follow the NIST Cybersecurity Framework CSF to assess identify and manage risks that arise from cybersecurity threats The CSF is closely tied to the Company s enterprise risk management processes to identify and document cybersecurity threats and prioritize responses Included in the CSF process is the identification and assessment of cybersecurity risks to systems assets data and resources The Company also has a vulnerability management process in place This vulnerability management process helps us to detect and identify threats and vulnerabilities and once identified to remediate respond and recover In addition our cybersecurity team subscribes to expert and industry standard security feeds and reports which we use to identify new risks and new vulnerabilities in different systems and infrastructures Our cybersecurity risk management program also includes cybersecurity awareness training for our associates and an incident response team IRT
  • The Company engages third party service providers to be able to perform 24 7 proactive monitoring correlation and triage of logs and activity throughout our systems networks and infrastructures These processes are performed by cybersecurity service providers as well as automated detection These processes include detection and response as well as vulnerability management and remediation The Company also has a vendor risk management process to assess risks related to technology third party service providers where we initially assess their cybersecurity posture upon engaging their services We annually review these vendors to update our risk assessment and to monitor for any changes that could present additional risks
  • We also maintain a cyber incident response plan IRP with the objective of 1 providing a structured and systematic incident response process for cybersecurity threats that affect any of our electronic information systems and networks 2 timely and effectively identifying resolving and communicating cybersecurity incidents and 3 managing internal and external communications and reporting Under the IRP a dedicated information security coordinator is responsible for implementing the IRP as well as
  • If a cybersecurity incident occurs under the IRP the information security coordinator or a designee is required to notify as necessary and applicable the IRT and senior executives and organizational leadership including our Chief Legal Officer our business partners or service providers and other authorities Our Chief Legal Officer working with senior executives is required under the IRP as appropriate to notify the Audit Committee of any cybersecurity incident As discussed below the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors oversees risk management relating to cybersecurity
  • We and our third party service providers have experienced and expect to continue to experience actual or attempted cyber attacks of our information systems and networks We do not believe we have experienced any material system security breach that to date has had a material impact on our operations or financial condition However if any such event whether actual or perceived were to occur it could have a material adverse effect on our business operating results and financial condition For more information regarding the risks we face from cybersecurity threats see Item 1A Risk Factors
  • Cybersecurity is an important part of our enterprise risk management processes and an area of focus for our Board of Directors and management The Company has a dedicated role in the Director of Cybersecurity and IT Compliance who reports to our Chief Information Officer CIO Our current interim CIO has significant experience in information technology across a variety of industries including consumer goods automotive manufacturing and outsourcing Our current interim CIO and Director of Cybersecurity and IT Compliance also have experience in cybersecurity information security policy architecture engineering and incident response The CIO works with other functions within the Company to implement controls procedures and practices to help minimize the Company s risks as well as to introduce security by design Our CIO provides regular updates on cybersecurity matters to our senior management
  • The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors in its oversight of risks related to cybersecurity and directly oversees risk management relating to cybersecurity The Audit Committee is also responsible for assessing the steps management has taken to monitor and control these risks and exposures and evaluating guidelines and policies with respect to our risk assessment and risk management Our Chief Legal Officer working with the CIO and other senior management is responsible for determining and coordinating reports and updates to the Audit Committee or the Board of Directors or as requested by the Audit Committee or the Board of Directors The Audit Committee reviews our cybersecurity program with management and reports to the Board of Directors with respect to and its review of the program Cybersecurity reviews by the Audit Committee generally occur at least annually or more frequently as determined to be necessary or advisable The Board of Directors receives an update on the Company s risk management processes and the risk trends related to cybersecurity at least annually
  • As of February 29 2024 we own lease or otherwise utilize through third party management service agreements various properties worldwide for sales procurement research and development administrative and distribution facilities We lease our U S headquarters which is located in El Paso Texas and we own three main distribution facilities two of which are located in Southaven and Olive Branch Mississippi We completed the construction in March 2023 of our third main distribution facility in Gallaway Tennessee which became operational during the first quarter of fiscal 2024 We also lease one distribution facility in Olive Branch Mississippi Our distribution facilities in Gallaway Tennessee and
  • Southaven Mississippi currently service our Home Outdoor segment Our distribution facilities in Olive Branch Mississippi currently service our Beauty Wellness segment We believe our facilities are adequate to conduct our business See Note 4 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements for additional information
  • We are involved in various legal claims and proceedings in the normal course of operations We believe the outcome of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position results of operations or liquidity except as described below
  • On December 23 2021 Brita LP filed a complaint against Kaz USA Inc and Helen of Troy Limited in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas the Patent Litigation alleging patent infringement by the Company relating to its PUR gravity fed water filtration systems
  • In the Patent Litigation Brita LP seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief relating to the alleged infringement Brita LP simultaneously filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission ITC against Kaz USA Inc Helen of Troy Limited and five other unrelated companies that sell water filtration systems the ITC Action The complaint in the ITC Action also alleged patent infringement by the Company with respect to a limited set of PUR gravity fed water filtration systems In the ITC Action Brita LP requested the ITC to initiate an unfair import investigation relating to such filtration systems This action sought injunctive relief to prevent entry of certain accused PUR products and certain other products into the U S and cessation of marketing and sales of existing inventory that is already in the U S
  • On January 25 2022 the ITC instituted the investigation requested by the ITC Action Discovery closed in the ITC Action in May 2022 and approximately half of the originally identified PUR gravity fed water filters were removed from the case and are no longer included in the ITC Action In August 2022 the parties participated in the evidentiary hearing with additional supplemental hearings in October 2022 On February 28 2023 the ITC issued an Initial Determination in the ITC Action tentatively ruling against the Company and the other unrelated respondents The ITC has a guaranteed review process and thus all respondents including the Company filed a petition with the ITC for a full review of the Initial Determination On September 19 2023 the ITC issued its Final Determination in the Company s favor The ITC determined there was no violation by the Company and terminated the investigation Brita LP is appealing the ITC s decision to the Federal Circuit CAFC Appeal and filed its Notice of Appeal on October 24 2023 The Company intervened in the CAFC Appeal but as of the filing date of this Form 10 K no hearings have been scheduled The Patent Litigation remains stayed for the time being We cannot predict the outcome of these legal proceedings the amount or range of any potential loss when the proceedings will be resolved or customer acceptance of any replacement water filter Litigation is inherently unpredictable and the resolution or disposition of these proceedings could if adversely determined have a material and adverse impact on our financial position and results of operations
  • During fiscal 2022 we were in discussions with the EPA regarding the compliance of packaging claims on certain of our products in the air and water filtration categories and a limited subset of humidifier products within the Beauty Wellness segment that are sold in the U S The EPA did not raise any product quality safety or performance issues As a result of these packaging compliance discussions we voluntarily implemented a temporary stop shipment action on the impacted products as we worked with
  • the EPA towards an expedient resolution Our fiscal 2022 consolidated and Beauty Wellness segment s net sales revenue gross profit and operating income were materially and adversely impacted by the stop shipment actions and the time needed to execute repackaging plans We resumed normalized levels of shipping of the affected inventory during fiscal 2022 and we completed the repackaging and relabeling of our existing inventory of impacted products during fiscal 2023 Additionally
  • as a result of continuing dialogue with the EPA we executed further repackaging and relabeling plans on certain additional humidifier products and certain additional air filtration products which were also completed during fiscal 2023 Although we have not been notified of any fines or penalties imposed against us by the EPA related to this matter there can be no assurances that such fines or penalties will not be imposed in the future
  • Our common stock is our only class of equity security outstanding at February 29 2024 As of April 18 2024 there were 102 holders of record of our common stock A substantially greater number of holders of our common stock are street name or beneficial holders whose shares are held of record by banks brokers and other financial institutions
  • Our current policy is to retain earnings to provide funds for the operation and expansion of our business common stock repurchases and for potential acquisitions We have not paid any cash dividends on our common stock since inception Any change in dividend policy will depend upon future conditions including earnings and financial condition general business conditions any applicable contractual limitations and other factors deemed relevant by our Board of Directors
  • In August 2021 our Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to 500 million of our outstanding common stock The authorization became effective August 25 2021 for a period of three years and replaced our former repurchase authorization of which approximately 79 5 million remained These repurchases may include open market purchases privately negotiated transactions block trades accelerated stock repurchase transactions or any combination of such methods The number of shares purchased and the timing of the purchases will depend on a number of factors including share price trading volume and general market conditions working capital requirements general business conditions financial conditions any applicable contractual limitations and other factors including alternative investment opportunities See Note 10 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements for additional information
  • Our current equity based compensation plans include provisions that allow for the net exercise of share settled awards by all plan participants In a net exercise any required payroll taxes federal withholding taxes and exercise price of the shares due from the option or other share based award holders are settled by having the holder tender back to us a number of shares at fair value equal to the amounts due Net exercises are treated as purchases and retirements of shares
  • The number of shares includes shares of common stock acquired from associates who tendered shares to i satisfy the tax withholding on equity awards as part of our long term incentive plans or ii satisfy the exercise price on stock option exercises For the periods presented there were no common stock open market repurchases
  • Reflects the remaining dollar value of shares that could be purchased under our current stock repurchase authorization through the expiration or termination of the plan For additional information see Note 10 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • The graph below compares the cumulative total return of our Company to the NASDAQ Composite Index and a Peer Group Index assuming 100 was invested on February 28 2019 The Peer Group Index is the Dow Jones U S Personal Products Index The comparisons in this table are required by the SEC and are not intended to forecast or be indicative of the possible future performance of our common stock
  • The Performance Graph shall not be deemed to be soliciting material or to be filed with the SEC or subject to the liabilities of Section 18 under the Exchange Act In addition it shall not be deemed incorporated by reference by any statement that incorporates this Annual Report by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act except to the extent that we specifically incorporate this information by reference
  • This Management s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations MD A should be read in conjunction with the other sections of this Annual Report including Item 1 Business and Item 8 Financial Statements and Supplementary Data The various sections of this MD A contain a number of forward looking statements all of which are based on our current expectations Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors including those discussed in Item 1A Risk Factors and in the section entitled Information Regarding Forward Looking Statements following this MD A and in Item 7A Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk Throughout this MD A we refer to our Leadership Brands which are brands that have leading positions in their respective categories and include OXO Hydro Flask Osprey Vicks Braun Honeywell PUR Hot Tools and Drybar
  • Management uses the following key financial measures some of which are non GAAP as further described below net sales revenue organic business sales revenue adjusted operating margin and adjusted diluted EPS Management uses these measures to evaluate historical performance on a comparable basis predict future performance and benchmark our performance against our competitors We believe these measures provide management and investors with important information that is useful in understanding our business results and trends
  • This MD A including the tables under the headings Operating Income Operating Margin Adjusted Operating Income non GAAP and Adjusted Operating Margin non GAAP by Segment and Net Income Diluted EPS Adjusted Income non GAAP and Adjusted Diluted EPS non GAAP reports operating income operating margin net income and diluted earnings per share EPS without the impact of acquisition related expenses a charge for uncollectible receivables due to the bankruptcy of Bed Bath Beyond Bed Bath Beyond bankruptcy EPA compliance costs gain from insurance recoveries gain on sale of distribution and office facilities restructuring charges amortization of intangible assets and non cash share based compensation for the periods presented as applicable These measures may be considered non GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC Regulation G Rule 100 The tables reconcile these measures to their corresponding GAAP based financial measures presented in our consolidated statements of income We believe that adjusted operating income adjusted operating margin adjusted income and adjusted diluted EPS provide useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations We believe that these non GAAP financial measures in combination with our financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP provide investors with additional perspective regarding the impact of such charges and benefits on applicable income margin and earnings per share measures We also believe that these non GAAP measures facilitate a more direct comparison of our performance to our competitors We further believe that including the excluded charges and benefits would not accurately reflect the underlying performance of our operations for the period in which the charges and benefits were incurred and reflected in our GAAP financial results The material limitation associated with the use of the non GAAP financial measures is that the non GAAP measures do not reflect the full economic impact of our activities Our adjusted operating income adjusted operating margin adjusted income and adjusted diluted EPS are not prepared in accordance with GAAP are not an alternative to GAAP financial measures and may be calculated differently than non GAAP financial measures disclosed by other companies Accordingly undue reliance should not be placed on non GAAP financial measures These non GAAP financial measures are discussed further and reconciled to their applicable GAAP based financial measures contained in this MD A beginning on page 50
  • We are a leading global consumer products company offering creative products and solutions for our customers through a diversified portfolio of brands We have built leading market positions through new product innovation product quality and competitive pricing We currently operate two segments consisting of Home Outdoor and Beauty Wellness
  • Fiscal 2020 began Phase II of our transformation which was designed to drive the next five years of progress The long term objectives of Phase II included improved organic sales growth continued margin expansion and strategic and effective capital deployment Phase II included plans to continue to invest in our Leadership Brands with a focus on growing them through consumer centric innovation expanding them more aggressively outside the U S and adding new brands through acquisition We sought to build further shared service capability and operating efficiency as well as focus on attracting retaining unifying and training the best people Additionally we strove to enhance and consolidate our ESG efforts and accelerate programs related to DEI B to support our Phase II transformation
  • Fiscal 2024 concluded Phase II of our transformation strategy which produced net sales and organic net sales growth and gross profit margin expansion We expanded our Leadership Brands and international footprint with the acquisitions of Drybar Osprey and Curlsmith We completed the divestiture of our Personal Care business and extended our Revlon trademark license for a period of up to 100 years We strategically and effectively deployed capital to construct our new distribution facility in Gallaway Tennessee repurchased shares of our common stock and repaid amounts outstanding under our long term debt agreement We began publishing an annual ESG Report which summarizes our ESG strategy and performance providing further transparency into our ESG efforts During Phase II we also initiated Project Pegasus which included the creation of a North America RMO responsible for sales and go to market strategies for all categories and channels in the U S and Canada and further centralization of certain functions under shared services particularly in operations and finance to better support our business segments and RMOs
  • Project Pegasus is a global restructuring plan intended to expand operating margins through initiatives designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness and reduce costs Project Pegasus includes initiatives to further optimize our brand portfolio streamline and simplify the organization accelerate cost of goods savings projects enhance the efficiency of our supply chain network optimize our indirect spending and improve our cash flow and working capital as well as other activities We anticipate these initiatives will create operating efficiencies as well as provide a platform to fund future growth investments During fiscal 2024 and 2023 we incurred 18 7 million and 27 4 million respectively of pre tax restructuring costs in connection with Project Pegasus which were recorded as Restructuring charges in the consolidated statements of income See further discussion below within Significant Trends Impacting the Business under Project Pegasus and Note 11 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • Fiscal 2025 begins our Elevate for Growth era which provides our strategic roadmap through fiscal 2030 The long term objectives of Elevate for Growth include continued organic sales growth further margin expansion and accretive capital deployment through strategic acquisitions share repurchases and capital structure management The Elevate for Growth era includes an enhanced portfolio management strategy to invest in our brands and grow internationally based upon defined criteria with an emphasis on brand building new product introductions and expanded distribution We are continuing to execute our initiatives under Project Pegasus which we expect to generate incremental investments in our brand portfolio and new capabilities We intend to further leverage our operational scale and assets including our new state of the art distribution center improved go to market structure with our North America RMO and our expanded shared services capabilities We also plan to complete the geographic consolidation of our Beauty Wellness businesses create a centralized marketing organization that embraces next level data analytics and consumer insight capabilities and further integrate our supply chain and finance
  • On April 22 2022 we completed the acquisition of Curlsmith a producer of innovative prestige hair care products for all types of curly and wavy hair The Curlsmith brand and products were added to the Beauty Wellness segment The total purchase consideration was 147 9 million in cash net of a final net working capital adjustment and cash acquired
  • On December 29 2021 we completed the acquisition of Osprey a longtime U S leader in technical and everyday packs for 409 3 million in cash net of a final net working capital adjustment and cash acquired Osprey is highly respected in the outdoor industry with a product lineup that includes a wide range of backpacks and daypacks for hiking mountaineering skiing climbing mountain biking trail running commuting and school as well as rugged adventure travel packs wheeled luggage and travel accessories The Osprey brand and products were added to the Home Outdoor segment
  • On March 30 2022 a third party facility that we utilized for inventory storage incurred severe damage from a weather related incident The inventory that was stored at this facility primarily related to our Beauty Wellness segment While the inventory was insured some seasonal inventory and inventory designated for specific customer promotions was not accessible and subsequently determined to be damaged and as a result unfavorably impacted our net sales revenue during the first quarter of fiscal 2023 As a result of the damages to the inventory stored at the facility we recorded a charge to write off the damaged inventory totaling 34 4 million during fiscal 2023 These charges were fully offset by probable insurance recoveries of 34 4 million also recorded during fiscal 2023 which represented anticipated insurance proceeds not to exceed the amount of the associated losses for which receipt was deemed probable The charges for the damaged inventory and the expected insurance recoveries were included in cost of goods sold in our consolidated statement of income for the fiscal year ended February 28 2023 During fiscal 2023 we received proceeds of 46 0 million from our insurance carriers related to this incident which were included in cash flows from operating activities in our consolidated statement of cash flows for the fiscal year ended February 28 2023 As a result during fiscal 2023 the Company recorded a gain of 9 7 million net of costs incurred to dispose of the inventory as a reduction of SG A expense in our consolidated statement of income
  • On September 28 2023 we completed the sale of our distribution and office facilities in El Paso Texas for a sales price of 50 6 million less transaction costs of 1 1 million Concurrently we entered into an agreement to leaseback the office facilities for a period of up to 18 months substantially rent free which we estimated to have a fair value of approximately 1 9 million The transaction qualified for sales recognition under the sale leaseback accounting requirements Accordingly we increased the sales price by the 1 9 million of prepaid rent and recognized a gain on the sale of 34 2 million within SG A during fiscal 2024 of which 18 0 million and 16 2 million was recognized by our Beauty Wellness and Home Outdoor segments respectively The related property and equipment totaling 17 2 million net of accumulated depreciation of 36 8 million was derecognized from the consolidated balance sheet and at lease commencement we recorded an operating lease asset which includes the imputed rent payments described above and an operating lease liability We used the proceeds from the sale to repay amounts outstanding under our long term debt agreement
  • During fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2023 we divested our Personal Care business On June 7 2021 we completed the sale of our North America Personal Care business to HRB Brands LLC for 44 7 million in cash and recognized a gain on the sale in SG A totaling 0 5 million On March 25 2022 we completed the sale of the Latin America and Caribbean Personal Care business to HRB Brands LLC for 1 8 million in cash and recognized a gain on the sale in SG A totaling 1 3 million
  • During fiscal 2023 we initiated Project Pegasus a global restructuring plan intended to expand operating margins through initiatives designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness and reduce costs Project Pegasus includes initiatives to further optimize our brand portfolio streamline and simplify the organization accelerate cost of goods savings projects enhance the efficiency of our supply chain network optimize our indirect spending and improve our cash flow and working capital as well as other activities We anticipate these initiatives will create operating efficiencies as well as provide a platform to fund future growth investments
  • During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 we made changes to the structure of our organization which resulted in our previous Health Wellness and Beauty operating segments being combined into a single reportable segment As part of our initiative focused on streamlining and simplifying the organization we made further changes to the structure of our organization which included the creation of a North America RMO responsible for sales and go to market strategies for all categories and channels in the U S and Canada and further centralization of certain functions under shared services particularly in operations and finance to better support our business segments and RMOs This new structure reduced the size of our global workforce by approximately 10 We believe that these changes better focus business segment resources on brand development consumer centric innovation and marketing the RMOs on sales and go to market strategies and shared services on their respective areas of expertise while also creating a more efficient and effective organizational structure
  • During the second quarter of fiscal 2024 we announced plans to geographically consolidate the U S Beauty business currently located in El Paso Texas and Irvine California and co locate it with our Wellness business in the Boston Massachusetts area This geographic consolidation and relocation is the next step in our initiative to streamline and simplify the organization and is expected to be completed during fiscal 2025 We expect these changes will enable a greater opportunity to capture synergies and enhance collaboration and innovation within the Beauty Wellness segment
  • We have updated our expectations regarding Project Pegasus charges and savings We have lowered our total estimate of one time pre tax restructuring charges to approximately 50 million to 55 million over the duration of the plan We continue to expect these charges to be completed during fiscal 2025 We previously estimated total pre tax restructuring charges of approximately 60 million to 65 million In addition we now have the following expectations regarding Project Pegasus charges
  • Pre tax restructuring charges to be comprised of approximately 15 million to 19 million of severance and employee related costs 28 million of professional fees 3 million to 4 million of contract termination costs and 4 million of other exit and disposal costs
  • All of our operating segments and shared services will be impacted by the plan and pre tax restructuring charges include approximately 16 million to 17 million in Home Outdoor and 34 million to 38 million in Beauty Wellness
  • We continue to expect targeted annualized pre tax operating profit improvements of approximately 75 million to 85 million which began in fiscal 2024 and which we now expect to be substantially achieved by the end of fiscal 2027
  • We have updated our expectations regarding the estimated cadence of the recognition of the savings to be approximately 25 in fiscal 2024 which was achieved approximately 35 in fiscal 2025 approximately 25 in fiscal 2026 and approximately 15 in fiscal 2027 We previously estimated recognition of the savings to be approximately 25 in fiscal 2024 approximately 50 in fiscal 2025 and approximately 25 in 2026
  • In addition we implemented plans to reduce inventory levels increase inventory turns and improve cash flow and working capital during the second quarter of fiscal 2023 Improvements related to these initiatives began in the second half of fiscal 2023 and continued during fiscal 2024 enabling us to repay amounts outstanding under our long term debt agreement and reduce our interest expense During fiscal 2024 our gross margin and operating margins were favorably impacted by our SKU rationalization efforts in Beauty Wellness and lower commodity costs in Home Outdoor driven by our cost of goods savings projects In addition during fiscal 2024 we had lower personnel costs as a result of our Project Pegasus role reductions however they were offset by higher annual incentive compensation expense annual merit increases and share based compensation expense Expectations regarding our Project Pegasus initiatives and our ability to realize targeted savings including expectations concerning costs and savings are based on management s estimates available at the time and are subject to a number of assumptions that could materially impact our estimates
  • During fiscal 2024 and 2023 we incurred 18 7 million and 27 4 million of pre tax restructuring costs respectively in connection with Project Pegasus which were recorded as Restructuring charges in the consolidated statements of income We made total cash restructuring payments of 18 7 million and 20 8 million during fiscal 2024 and 2023 respectively and had a remaining liability of 4 8 million as of February 29 2024 See Note 11 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements for additional information
  • On December 23 2021 Brita LP filed the Patent Litigation alleging patent infringement by the Company relating to its PUR gravity fed water filtration systems Brita LP simultaneously filed the ITC Action against Kaz USA Inc Helen of Troy Limited and five other unrelated companies that sell water filtration systems The complaint in the ITC Action also alleged patent infringement by the Company with respect to a limited set of PUR gravity fed water filtration systems This action sought injunctive relief to prevent entry of certain accused PUR products and certain other products into the U S and cessation of marketing and sales of existing inventory that is already in the U S On February 28 2023 the ITC issued an Initial Determination in the ITC Action tentatively ruling against the Company and the other unrelated respondents The ITC has a guaranteed review process and thus all respondents including the Company filed a petition with the ITC for a full review of the Initial Determination On September 19 2023 the ITC issued its Final Determination in the Company s favor The ITC determined there was no violation by the Company and terminated the investigation Brita LP is appealing the ITC s decision to the Federal Circuit and filed its Notice of Appeal on October 24 2023 The Company intervened in the CAFC Appeal but as of the date of the filing of this Form 10 K no hearings have been scheduled The Patent Litigation remains stayed for the time being We cannot predict the outcome of these legal proceedings the amount or range of any potential loss when the proceedings will be resolved or customer acceptance of any replacement water filter Litigation is inherently unpredictable and the resolution or disposition of these proceedings could if adversely determined have a material and adverse impact on our financial position and results of operations For additional information regarding the Patent Litigation and the ITC Action see Item 3 Legal Proceedings and Note 12 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • The Federal Open Market Committee increased the benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points during fiscal 2024 and 450 basis points during fiscal 2023 As a result during fiscal 2024 and 2023 we incurred higher average interest rates compared to previous periods The Federal Open Market Committee has indicated that it may lower interest rates in fiscal 2025 While the actual timing and extent of future changes in interest rates remains unknown lower average interest rates would reduce interest expense on our outstanding variable rate debt The financial markets the global economy and global supply chain
  • may also be adversely affected by the current or anticipated impact of military conflicts or other geopolitical events High inflation and interest rates have also negatively impacted consumer disposable income credit availability and spending among others which have adversely impacted our business financial condition cash flows and results of operations and may continue to have an adverse impact See further discussion below under Consumer Spending and Changes in Shopping Preferences We expect continued uncertainty in our business and the global economy due to pressure from inflation volatility in employment trends and consumer confidence any of which may adversely impact our results
  • Our business depends upon discretionary consumer demand for most of our products and primarily operates within mature and highly developed consumer markets The principal driver of our operating performance is the strength of the U S retail economy Approximately 74 of our consolidated net sales revenue in both fiscal 2024 and 2023 was from U S shipments compared to 78 of consolidated net sales revenue in fiscal 2022
  • Among other things high levels of inflation and interest rates may negatively impact consumer disposable income credit availability and spending Consumer purchases of discretionary items including the products that we offer generally decline during recessionary periods or periods of economic uncertainty when disposable income is reduced or when there is a reduction in consumer confidence Dynamic changes in consumer spending and shopping patterns are also having an impact on retailer inventory levels Our ability to sell to retailers is predicated on their ability to sell to the end consumer During fiscal year 2023 we experienced an adverse impact on orders from retail customers as they aimed to rebalance their inventory levels due to lower consumer demand and shifts in consumer spending patterns We experienced some improvement in replenishment orders from certain retail customers in certain product categories during fiscal 2024 If orders from our retail customers continue to be adversely impacted our sales results of operations and cash flows may continue to be adversely impacted We expect continued uncertainty in our business and the global economy due to inflation and changes in consumer spending patterns Accordingly our liquidity and financial results could be impacted in ways that we are not able to predict today For additional information on our related material risks see Item 1A Risk Factors
  • Our concentration of sales reflects the continued evolution of consumer shopping preferences For fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 our net sales to pure play online retailers and retail customers fulfilling end consumer online orders as well as our own online sales directly to consumers comprised approximately 28 23 and 24 respectively of our total consolidated net sales revenue and grew approximately 14 3 in fiscal 2024 while decreasing approximately 8 9 and 1 3 in fiscal 2023 and 2022 respectively over the prior fiscal year periods
  • With the continued importance of online sales in the retail landscape many brick and mortar retailers are aggressively looking for ways to improve their customer delivery capabilities to be able to meet customer expectations As a result it has become increasingly important for us to leverage our distribution capabilities in order to meet the changing demands of our customers including increasing our online capabilities to support our direct to consumer sales channels and online channel sales by our retail customers In March 2023 we completed the construction of an additional distribution facility in Gallaway Tennessee that became operational during the first quarter of fiscal 2024 and includes state of the art automation suited to fulfill direct to consumer and online channel orders Additionally we continue to invest in a centralized cloud based e commerce platform that we anticipate will enable us to leverage a common system and rapidly deploy new capabilities across all of our brands as well as more easily integrate new brands We anticipate this platform will enhance the customer experience by strengthening the digital presentation and product browsing capabilities and improving the checkout process order delivery and post order customer care
  • During fiscal 2022 the impact of COVID 19 including the related surges in demand and shifts in shopping patterns as well as other factors strained the global supply chain network resulting in higher inbound freight costs and surges in prices for raw materials components and semiconductor chips which adversely impacted our operating costs During fiscal 2023 as consumer demand slowed in reaction to a highly inflationary economic environment global supply chain capacity improved and freight costs began to recede from their previous peaks During fiscal 2024 inbound freight costs have continued to decline and have begun to approach levels seen prior to the impact of COVID 19 Reemergence of these global supply chain disruptions and related inflationary cost trends could have negative impacts to our business results of operations and financial condition
  • Some of our product lines are subject to product identification labeling and claim requirements which are monitored and enforced by regulatory agencies such as the EPA U S Customs and Border Protection the U S Food and Drug Administration and the U S Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • During fiscal 2022 we were in discussions with the EPA regarding the compliance of packaging claims on certain of our products in the air and water filtration categories and a limited subset of humidifier products within the Beauty Wellness segment that are sold in the U S The EPA did not raise any product quality safety or performance issues As a result of these packaging compliance discussions we voluntarily implemented a temporary stop shipment action on the impacted products as we worked with the EPA towards an expedient resolution Our fiscal 2022 consolidated and Beauty Wellness segment s net sales revenue gross profit and operating income were materially and adversely impacted by the stop shipment actions and the time needed to execute repackaging and relabeling plans We resumed normalized levels of shipping of the affected inventory during fiscal 2022 and we completed the repackaging and relabeling of our existing inventory of impacted products during fiscal 2023 Additionally as a result of continuing dialogue with the EPA we executed further repackaging and relabeling plans on certain additional humidifier products and certain additional air filtration products which were also completed during fiscal 2023
  • We recorded charges to cost of goods sold to write off obsolete packaging for the affected products in our inventory on hand and in transit We have also incurred additional compliance costs comprised of obsolete packaging storage and other charges from vendors which were recognized in cost of goods sold and incremental warehouse storage costs and legal fees which were recognized in SG A We refer to these charges as EPA compliance costs throughout this Annual Report
  • Includes a 4 4 million charge to write off the obsolete packaging for the affected additional humidifier products and affected additional air filtration products in our inventory on hand and in transit as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2023
  • Includes a 13 1 million charge to cost of goods sold to write off the obsolete packaging for the affected air filtration water filtration and humidifier products in our inventory on hand and in transit as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2022
  • In addition we incurred and capitalized into inventory costs to repackage a portion of our existing inventory of the affected products beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 through completion of the repackaging in the third quarter of fiscal 2023
  • Although we have not been notified of any fines or penalties imposed against us by the EPA related to this matter there can be no assurances that such fines or penalties will not be imposed in the future See Note 12 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements for additional information and Item 1A Risk Factors in this Annual Report for additional information on our related material risks
  • Since 2019 the Office of the U S Trade Representative USTR has imposed and in certain cases subsequently reduced or suspended additional tariffs on products imported from China We purchase a high concentration of our products from unaffiliated manufacturers located in China This concentration exposes us to risks associated with doing business globally including changes in tariffs Any alteration of trade agreements and terms between China and the U S including limiting trade with China imposing additional tariffs on imports from China and potentially imposing other restrictions on imports from China to the U S may result in further or higher tariffs or retaliatory trade measures by China Furthermore in certain cases we have been successful in obtaining tariff exclusions from the USTR on certain products that we import These exclusions generally expire after a designated period of time In the case that a tariff exclusion is not granted or extended higher tariffs would be assessed on the related products
  • Due to the nature of our operations we have exposure to the impact of fluctuations in exchange rates from transactions that are denominated in a currency other than our functional currency the U S Dollar Such transactions include sales and operating expenses The most significant currencies affecting our operating results are the Euro British Pound and Canadian Dollar
  • Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a favorable impact on consolidated U S Dollar reported net sales revenue of approximately 6 8 million or 0 3 for fiscal 2024 an unfavorable impact of approximately 17 0 million or 0 8 for fiscal 2023 and a favorable impact of approximately 6 8 million or 0 3 for fiscal 2022
  • Sales in several of our Beauty Wellness segment categories are highly correlated to the severity of winter weather and cough cold flu incidence In the U S the cough cold flu season historically runs from November through March with peak activity normally in January to March The 2023 2024 cough cold flu season was below historical averages seen prior to the impact of COVID 19 The 2022 2023 cough cold flu season was above historical averages primarily early in the season as respiratory infections surged in both children and adults and COVID 19 continued to be prevalent The 2021 2022 cough cold flu season was below historical averages
  • Refer to Item 7 Management s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in our 2023 Annual Report on Form 10 K filed with the SEC on April 27 2023 for an analysis and discussion of the fiscal year 2023 results of operations as compared to fiscal year 2022 which such discussion is hereby incorporated by reference
  • Fiscal 2024 includes a full year of operating results from Curlsmith acquired on April 22 2022 compared to approximately forty five weeks of operating results in fiscal 2023 For additional information see Note 6 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • Fiscal 2024 and 2023 include a full year of operating results from Osprey acquired on December 29 2021 compared to approximately nine weeks of operating results in fiscal 2022 For additional information see Note 6 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • Consolidated operating income increased 23 0 or 48 8 million to 260 6 million compared to 211 8 million for the same period last year Consolidated operating margin increased 2 8 percentage points to 13 0 compared to 10 2 for the same period last year Consolidated operating income for fiscal 2024 includes a pre tax gain on sale of distribution and office facilities of 34 2 million pre tax restructuring charges of 18 7 million related to Project Pegasus and a pre tax Bed Bath Beyond bankruptcy charge of 4 2 million Consolidated operating income for fiscal 2023 included pre tax restructuring charges of 27 4 million related to Project Pegasus pre tax EPA compliance costs of 23 6 million a pre tax gain from insurance recoveries of 9 7 million and pre tax acquisition related expenses of 2 8 million
  • Consolidated adjusted operating income increased 0 2 or 0 6 million to 301 5 million compared to 300 9 million for the same period last year Consolidated adjusted operating margin increased 0 5 percentage points to 15 0 of consolidated net sales revenue compared to 14 5 for the same period last year
  • Consolidated operating income decreased 22 3 or 60 8 million to 211 8 million in fiscal 2023 compared to 272 6 million in fiscal 2022 Consolidated operating margin decreased 2 1 percentage points to 10 2 in fiscal 2023 compared to 12 3 in fiscal 2022 Consolidated operating income for fiscal 2023 included pre tax restructuring charges of 27 4 million related to Project Pegasus pre tax EPA compliance costs of 23 6 million a pre tax gain from insurance recoveries of 9 7 million and pre tax acquisition related expenses of 2 8 million Consolidated operating income for fiscal 2022 included pre tax restructuring charges of 0 4 million pre tax EPA compliance costs of 32 4 million and pre tax acquisition related expenses of 2 4 million
  • Consolidated adjusted operating income decreased 15 3 or 54 2 million to 300 9 million in fiscal 2023 compared to 355 1 million in fiscal 2022 Consolidated adjusted operating margin decreased 1 5 percentage point to 14 5 of consolidated net sales revenue in fiscal 2023 compared to 16 0 in fiscal 2022
  • On April 22 2022 we completed the acquisition of Curlsmith Curlsmith sales prior to the first annual anniversary of the acquisition are reported in Acquisition for the Beauty Wellness segment in fiscal 2024 and fiscal 2023 and consist of approximately seven weeks and forty five weeks of incremental operating results respectively For additional information see Note 6 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • On December 29 2021 we completed the acquisition of Osprey Osprey sales prior to the first annual anniversary of the acquisition are reported in Acquisition for the Home Outdoor segment in fiscal 2023 and consist of approximately forty three weeks of incremental operating results For additional information see Note 6 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • In the above tables Organic business refers to our net sales revenue associated with product lines or brands after the first twelve months from the date the product line or brand was acquired excluding the impact that foreign currency remeasurement had on reported net sales revenue Net sales revenue from internally developed brands or product lines is considered Organic business activity
  • Fiscal 2024 and 2023 include a full year of operating results from Osprey acquired on December 29 2021 compared to approximately nine weeks of operating results in fiscal 2022 For additional information see Note 6 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • Consolidated net sales revenue decreased 67 6 million or 3 3 to 2 005 1 million compared to 2 072 7 million The decline was driven by a decrease from Organic business of 80 6 million or 3 9 primarily due to
  • lower sales of fans humidifiers air purifiers and heaters in Beauty Wellness primarily driven by softer consumer demand our SKU rationalization efforts and reduced orders from retail customers as they rebalanced trade inventory in line with softer consumer demand
  • The Curlsmith acquisition contributed 6 1 million or 0 3 to consolidated net sales revenue growth Net sales revenue was favorably impacted by net foreign currency fluctuations of approximately 6 8 million or 0 3
  • Net sales revenue increased 0 7 million or 0 1 to 916 4 million compared to 915 7 million primarily due to the favorable impact of net foreign currency fluctuations of 3 2 million or 0 3 The increase was partially offset by a decrease from Organic business of 2 5 million or 0 3 primarily due to
  • Net sales revenue decreased 68 3 million or 5 9 to 1 088 7 million compared to 1 157 0 million The decrease was primarily driven by a decrease from Organic business of 78 1 million or 6 7 primarily due to
  • lower sales of fans air purifiers and heaters primarily driven by softer consumer demand our SKU rationalization efforts and reduced orders from retail customers as they rebalanced trade inventory in line with softer consumer demand
  • The Curlsmith acquisition contributed 6 1 million or 0 5 to segment net sales revenue growth Net sales revenue was also favorably impacted by net foreign currency fluctuations of approximately 3 7 million or 0 3
  • These factors were partially offset by a gain on the sale of our distribution and office facilities in El Paso Texas of 34 2 million and the favorable comparative impact of EPA compliance costs of 6 6 million incurred in the prior year
  • We incurred 18 7 million of pre tax restructuring costs related primarily to professional fees and severance and employee related costs under Project Pegasus During fiscal 2024 we made total cash restructuring payments of 18 7 million and had a remaining liability of 4 8 million as of February 29 2024
  • We incurred 27 4 million of pre tax restructuring costs related primarily to professional fees and severance and employee related costs under Project Pegasus During fiscal 2023 we made total cash restructuring payments of 20 8 million and had a remaining liability of 6 6 million as of February 28 2023
  • In order to provide a better understanding of the impact of certain items on our operating income the tables that follow report the comparative pre tax impact of acquisition related expenses Bed Bath Beyond bankruptcy EPA compliance costs gain from insurance recoveries gain on sale of distribution and office facilities restructuring charges amortization of intangible assets and non cash share based compensation as applicable on operating income and operating margin for each segment and in total for the periods presented below Adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin may be considered non GAAP financial measures as contemplated by SEC Regulation G Rule 100 For additional information regarding management s decision to present this non GAAP financial information see the introduction to this Item 7 Management s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
  • Fiscal 2024 and 2023 include a full year of operating results from Osprey acquired on December 29 2021 compared to approximately nine weeks of operating results in fiscal 2022 For additional information see Note 6 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • Fiscal 2024 includes a full year of operating results from Curlsmith acquired on April 22 2022 compared to approximately forty five weeks of operating results in fiscal 2023 For additional information see Note 6 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements
  • Consolidated operating income was 260 6 million or 13 0 of net sales revenue compared to 211 8 million or 10 2 of net sales revenue Fiscal 2024 includes a pre tax Bed Bath Beyond bankruptcy charge of 4 2 million a pre tax gain on sale of distribution and office facilities of 34 2 million and pre tax restructuring charges of 18 7 million compared to pre tax acquisition related expenses of 2 8 million pre tax EPA compliance costs of 23 6 million pre tax gain from insurance recoveries of 9 7 million and pre tax restructuring charges of 27 4 million in fiscal 2023 The effect of these items favorably impacted the year over year comparison of consolidated operating margin by a combined 2 7 percentage points The remaining 0 1 percentage point increase in consolidated operating margin was primarily driven by
  • Operating income was 142 7 million or 15 6 of segment net sales revenue compared to 134 1 million or 14 6 of segment net sales revenue The 1 0 percentage point increase in segment operating margin was primarily due to
  • Operating income was 117 9 million or 10 8 of segment net sales revenue compared to 77 7 million or 6 7 of segment net sales revenue The 4 1 percentage point increase in segment operating margin was primarily due to
  • Interest expense was 53 1 million compared to 40 8 million The increase in interest expense was primarily due to a higher average effective interest rate partially offset by lower average borrowings outstanding compared to the prior year
  • The period over period comparison of our effective tax rate is often impacted by the mix of income in our various tax jurisdictions Due to our organization in Bermuda and the ownership structure of our foreign subsidiaries many of which are not owned directly or indirectly by a U S parent company an immaterial amount of our foreign income is subject to U S taxation on a permanent basis under current law Additionally our intellectual property is largely owned by our foreign subsidiaries resulting in proportionally higher earnings in jurisdictions with lower statutory tax rates which decreases our overall effective tax rate
  • The Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development has introduced a framework to implement a global minimum corporate income tax of 15 referred to as Pillar Two Many aspects of Pillar Two are effective for tax years beginning after January 1 2024 with certain remaining aspects to be effective for tax years beginning January 1 2025 or later Certain countries have adopted legislation to implement Pillar Two and other countries are in the process of introducing legislation to implement Pillar Two Based on the countries in which we operate and those that have adopted legislation that is already effective or with effective dates during our fiscal 2025 we currently do not expect the global minimum tax rules will have a material impact to our global effective tax rate in fiscal 2025 We will continue to assess the impact of Pillar Two and monitor developments in legislation regulation and interpretive guidance
  • In response to Pillar Two on December 27 2023 Bermuda enacted a corporate income tax effective for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1 2025 The 15 corporate income tax regime applies to Bermuda businesses that are part of multinational enterprise groups with annual revenue of 750 million or more and is effective for us in fiscal 2026 The Bermuda corporate income tax allows for a beginning net operating loss balance related to the five years preceding the effective date Accordingly during fiscal 2024 we recorded a deferred tax asset of 9 3 million for the Bermuda net operating losses generated from fiscal 2021 through 2024 with an offsetting valuation allowance of 9 3 million Although we currently do not expect the tax regime to have a material impact to our consolidated financial statements we will continue to monitor and evaluate impact as further regulatory guidance becomes available
  • On August 16 2022 the Inflation Reduction Act the Act was enacted and signed into law The Act is a budget reconciliation package that includes significant law changes relating to tax climate change energy and health care The tax provisions include among other items a corporate alternative minimum tax of 15 an excise tax of 1 on corporate stock buy backs energy related tax credits and additional IRS funding We do not expect these tax provisions to have a material impact to our consolidated financial statements
  • Fiscal 2024 income tax expense as a percentage of income before income tax was 19 3 compared to income tax expense of 16 4 for fiscal 2023 primarily due to shifts in the mix of income in our various tax jurisdictions and tax expense recognized for the gain on the sale of our distribution and office facilities in El Paso Texas during fiscal 2024
  • In order to provide a better understanding of the impact of certain items on our income and diluted EPS the tables that follow report the comparative after tax impact of acquisition related expenses Bed Bath Beyond bankruptcy EPA compliance costs gain from insurance recoveries gain on sale of distribution and office facilities restructuring charges amortization of intangible assets and non cash share based compensation as applicable on income and diluted EPS for the periods presented below Adjusted income and adjusted diluted EPS may be considered non GAAP financial measures as contemplated by SEC Regulation G Rule 100 For additional information regarding management s decision to present this non GAAP financial information see the introduction to this Item 7 Management s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
  • Net income was 168 6 million compared to 143 3 million Diluted EPS was 7 03 compared to 5 95 Diluted EPS increased primarily due to higher operating income in both the Beauty Wellness and Home Outdoor segments an increase in interest income and lower weighted average diluted shares outstanding partially offset by higher interest expense and an increase in the effective income tax rate
  • We principally rely on our cash flow from operations and borrowings under our Credit Agreement to finance our operations capital and intangible asset expenditures acquisitions and share repurchases Historically our principal uses of cash to fund our operations have included operating expenses primarily SG A and working capital predominantly for inventory purchases and the extension of credit to our retail customers We have typically been able to generate positive cash flow from operations sufficient to fund our operating activities In the past we have utilized a combination of available cash and existing or additional sources of financing to fund strategic acquisitions share repurchases and capital investments We generated 306 1 million in cash from operations during fiscal 2024 and had 18 5 million in cash and cash equivalents at February 29 2024 As of February 29 2024 the amount of cash and cash equivalents held by our foreign subsidiaries was 17 5 million We have no existing activities involving special purpose entities or off balance sheet financing
  • outstanding long term debt obligations maturing between fiscal 2026 and fiscal 2029 in an aggregate principal value of approximately 665 7 million with 631 3 million of that amount maturing in fiscal 2029 refer to Note 13 for additional information
  • estimated interest payments of approximately 50 0 million 48 9 million 48 1 million and 45 4 million in fiscal 2026 fiscal 2027 fiscal 2028 and fiscal 2029 respectively based on outstanding debt obligations weighted average interest rates and interest rate swaps in effect at February 29 2024 refer to Note 13 for additional information
  • Based on our current financial condition and current operations we believe that cash flows from operations and available financing sources will continue to provide sufficient capital resources to fund our foreseeable short and long term liquidity requirements
  • We continue to evaluate acquisition opportunities on a regular basis We may finance acquisition activity with available cash the issuance of shares of common stock additional debt or other sources of financing depending upon the size and nature of any such transaction and the status of the capital markets at the time of such acquisition
  • We may also elect to repurchase additional shares of common stock under our Board of Directors authorization subject to limitations contained in our debt agreement and based upon our assessment of a number of factors including share price trading volume and general market conditions working capital requirements general business conditions financial conditions any applicable contractual limitations and other factors including alternative investment opportunities We may finance share repurchases with available cash additional debt or other sources of financing For additional information see Item 5 Market for Registrant s Common Equity Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities in this Annual Report
  • Operating activities provided net cash of 306 1 million compared to 208 2 million The increase was primarily driven by higher cash earnings decreases in payments for inventory inbound freight annual incentive compensation income taxes and restructuring activities partially offset by increases in cash used primarily for accounts receivable and interest payments
  • We received proceeds of 49 5 million from the sale of our distribution and office facilities in El Paso Texas and made investments in capital and intangible asset expenditures of 36 6 million of which 19 3 million related to expenditures primarily equipment for our new two million square foot distribution facility Capital and intangible asset expenditures also included expenditures for
  • We paid 147 9 million net of cash acquired to acquire Curlsmith and made investments in capital and intangible asset expenditures of 174 9 million of which 147 0 million was for construction expenditures inclusive of capitalized interest related to our new two million square foot distribution facility Capital and intangible asset expenditures also included 27 9 million primarily for computer software furniture and other equipment and tooling molds and other production equipment
  • we repurchased and retired 432 532 shares of common stock at an average price of 127 67 per share for a total purchase price of 55 2 million through a combination of open market purchases and the settlement of certain stock awards
  • On February 15 2024 we entered into a credit agreement the Credit Agreement with Bank of America N A as administrative agent and other lenders The Credit Agreement replaces our prior credit agreement the Prior Credit Agreement which terminated on February 15 2024 and is further described below We utilized the proceeds from the refinancing to repay all principal interest and fees outstanding under the Prior Credit Agreement without penalty As a result we recognized a loss on extinguishment of debt within interest expense
  • f unamortized prepaid financing fees related to the Prior Credit Agreement and 0 1 million of lender fees related to debt under the Credit Agreement treated as an extinguishment Additionally we expensed 0 3 million of third party fees in fiscal 2024 related to debt under the Credit
  • Agreement treated as a modification which was recognized within interest expense We capitalized 4 0 million of lender fees and 2 2 million of third party fees incurred in connection with the Credit Agreement which were recorded as prepaid financing fees in long term debt and prepaid expenses and other current assets in the amounts of 5 4 million and 0 8 million respectively
  • The Credit Agreement provides for aggregate commitments of 1 5 billion which are available through i a 1 0 billion revolving credit facility which includes a 50 million sublimit for the issuance of letters of credit ii a 250 million term loan facility and iii a committed 250 million delayed draw term loan facility which may be borrowed in multiple drawdowns until August 15 2025 Proceeds can be used for working capital and other general corporate purposes including funding permitted acquisitions At the closing date of the Credit Agreement we borrowed 457 5 million under the revolving credit facility and 250 0 million under the term loan facility and utilized the proceeds to repay all debt outstanding under the Prior Credit Agreement The Credit Agreement matures on February 15 2029 The Credit Agreement includes an accordion feature which permits the Company to request to increase its borrowing capacity by an additional 300 million plus an unlimited amount when the Leverage Ratio as defined in the Credit Agreement on a pro forma basis is less than 3 25 to 1 00 The Company s exercise of the accordion is subject to certain conditions being met including lender approval
  • Outstanding letters of credit reduce the borrowing availability under the Credit Agreement on a dollar for dollar basis We are able to repay amounts borrowed at any time without penalty Borrowings accrue interest under one of two alternative methods pursuant to the Credit Agreement as described below With each borrowing against our credit line we can elect the interest rate method based on our funding needs at the time We also incur loan commitment and letter of credit fees under the Credit Agreement T
  • he term loans are payable at the end of each fiscal quarter in equal installments of 0 625 through February 28 2025 0 9375 through February 28 2026 and 1 25 thereafter of the original principal balance of the term loans beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2025 with the remaining balance due at the maturity date Borrowings under the Credit Agreement bear floating interest at either the Base Rate or Term SOFR as defined in the Credit Agreement plus a margin based on the Net Leverage Ratio as defined in the Credit Agreement of 0 to 1 125 and 1 0 to 2 125 for Base Rate and Term SOFR borrowings respectively
  • Our Prior Credit Agreement with Bank of America N A as administrative agent and other lenders provided for an unsecured total revolving commitment of 1 25 billion and a 300 million accordion which could be used for term loan commitments In June 2022 we exercised the accordion under the Prior Credit Agreement and borrowed 250 million as term loans The proceeds from the term loans were used to repay revolving loans under the Prior Credit Agreement The maturity date of the term loans and the revolving loans under the Prior Credit Agreement was March 13 2025 Borrowings under the Prior Credit Agreement bore floating interest at either the Base Rate or Term SOFR as defined in the Prior Credit Agreement plus a margin based on the Net Leverage Ratio as defined in the Prior Credit Agreement of 0 to 1 0 and 1 0 to 2 0 for Base Rate and Term SOFR borrowings respectively
  • The floating interest rates on our borrowings under the Credit Agreement and Prior Credit Agreement are hedged with interest rate swaps to effectively fix interest rates on 500 million and 425 million of the outstanding principal balance under the revolving loans as of February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 respectively S
  • As of February 29 2024 the outstanding Credit Agreement principal balance was 672 0 million excluding prepaid financing fees and the balance of outstanding letters of credit was 15 5 million The weighted average interest rate on borrowings outstanding under the Credit Agreement was 6 0 at February 29 2024 As of February 29 2024 the amount available for revolving loans under the Credit Agreement was 562 6 million Covenants in the Credit Agreement limit the amount of total indebtedness we can incur As of February 29 2024 these covenants effectively limited our ability to incur more than
  • On February 28 2023 we paid the remaining balance of 15 1 million including principal and interest outstanding under our unsecured loan agreement the MBFC Loan with the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation the MBFC without penalty As a result as of February 28 2023 we no longer had outstanding debt related to the MBFC Loan and the MBFC Loan terminated pursuant to its terms The loan agreement was entered into in connection with the issuance by MBFC of taxable industrial development revenue bonds Borrowings under the MBFC Loan bore interest at either the Base Rate or Term SOFR both as defined in the loan agreement plus a margin based on the Net Leverage Ratio as defined in the loan agreement of 0 to 1 0 and 1 0 to 2 0 for Base Rate and Term SOFR borrowings respectively The borrowings were used to fund construction of our Olive Branch Mississippi distribution facility The maturity date of the MBFC Loan was March 1 2023
  • Our debt under our Credit Agreement is unconditionally guaranteed on a joint and several basis by the Company and certain of its subsidiaries Our Credit Agreement requires the maintenance of certain key financial covenants defined in the table below Our Credit Agreement also contains other customary covenants including among other things covenants restricting or limiting us except under certain conditions set forth therein from 1 incurring liens on our properties 2 making certain types of investments 3 incurring additional debt and 4 assigning or transferring certain licenses Our Credit Agreement also contains customary events of default including failure to pay principal or interest when due among others Upon an event of default under our Credit Agreement the lenders may among other things accelerate the maturity of any amounts outstanding The commitments of the lenders to make loans to us under the Credit Agreement are several and not joint Accordingly if any lender fails to make loans to us our available liquidity could be reduced by an amount up to the aggregate amount of such lender s commitments under the Credit Agreement
  • For any acquisition pre acquisition EBITDA of the acquired business is included so that theEBITDA of the acquired business included in the computation equals its twelve month trailing total In addition the amount of certain pro forma run rate cost savings for acquisitions or dispositions may be added to EBIT and EBITDA
  • The SEC defines critical accounting estimates as those made in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles that involve a significant level of estimation uncertainty and have had or are reasonably likely to have a material impact on a company s financial condition or results of operations We consider the following estimates to meet this definition and represent our more critical estimates and assumptions used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements
  • We must make certain estimates and judgments in determining our provision for income tax expense The provision for income tax expense is calculated on reported income before income taxes based on current tax law and includes in the current period the cumulative effect of any changes in tax rates from those used previously in determining deferred tax assets and liabilities Tax laws may require items to be included in the determination of taxable income at different times from when the items are reflected in the financial statements Deferred tax balances reflect the effects of temporary differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of assets and liabilities and their tax bases as well as from net operating losses and tax credit carryforwards and are stated at enacted tax rates in effect for the year taxes are expected to be paid or recovered
  • Deferred tax assets represent tax benefits for tax deductions or credits available in future years and require certain estimates and assumptions to determine whether it is more likely than not that all or a portion of the benefit will not be realized The recoverability of these future tax deductions and credits is determined by assessing the adequacy of future expected taxable income from all sources including the future reversal of existing taxable temporary differences taxable income in carryback years estimated future taxable income and available tax planning strategies In projecting future taxable income we begin with historical results and incorporate assumptions including future operating income the reversal of temporary differences and the implementation of feasible and prudent tax planning strategies These assumptions require significant judgement and are consistent with the plans and estimates we are using
  • to manage our underlying business Should a change in facts or circumstances such as changes in our business plans economic conditions or future tax legislation lead to a change in judgment about the ultimate recoverability of a deferred tax asset we record or adjust the related valuation allowance in the period that the change in facts and circumstances occurs along with a corresponding increase or decrease in income tax expense Additionally if future taxable income varies from projected taxable income we may be required to adjust our valuation allowance in future years
  • In addition the calculation of our tax liabilities requires us to account for uncertainties in the application of complex and evolving tax regulations We recognize liabilities for uncertain tax positions based on the two step process prescribed within GAAP The first step is to evaluate the tax position for recognition by determining if the weight of available evidence indicates that it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained upon examination by the tax authority based upon its technical merits assuming the tax authority has full knowledge of all relevant information To be recognized in the financial statements the tax position must meet this more likely than not threshold For positions meeting this recognition threshold the second step requires us to estimate and measure the tax benefit as the largest amount that has greater than a 50 percent likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement It is inherently difficult and subjective to estimate such amounts as this requires us to determine the probability of various possible outcomes We reevaluate these uncertain tax positions on a quarterly basis This evaluation is based on factors including but not limited to changes in facts or circumstances changes in tax law effectively settled issues under audit historical experience with similar tax matters guidance from our tax advisors and new audit activity For tax positions that do not meet the threshold requirement we record liabilities for unrecognized tax benefits as a tax expense or benefit in the period recognized or reversed and disclose as a separate liability in our financial statements including related accrued interest and penalties A change in recognition or measurement would result in the recognition of a tax benefit or an additional charge to the tax provision in the period in which the change occurs
  • We record inventory on our balance sheet at the lower of average cost or net realizable value We write down a portion of our inventory to net realizable value based on the historical sales trends of products and estimates about future demand and market conditions among other factors We regularly review our inventory for slow moving items and for items that we are unable to sell at prices above their original cost When we identify such an item we use net realizable value as the basis for recording such inventory and base our estimates on expected future selling prices less expected disposal costs These estimates entail a significant amount of inherent subjectivity and uncertainty As a result these estimates could vary significantly from the amounts that we may ultimately realize upon the sale of inventories if future economic conditions product demand product discontinuances competitive conditions or other factors differ from our estimates and expectations Additionally changes in consumer demand retailer inventory management strategies transportation lead times supplier capacity and raw material availability could make our inventory management and reserves more difficult to estimate
  • A significant portion of our non current assets consists of goodwill and intangible assets recorded as a result of past acquisitions Accounting for business combinations requires the use of estimates and assumptions in determining the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in order to properly allocate the purchase price Goodwill is recorded as the difference if any between the aggregate consideration paid and the fair value of the net tangible and intangible assets received in the acquisition of a business Our intangible assets acquired primarily include trade names and customer relationships The fair value of our assets acquired and liabilities assumed are typically based upon valuations performed by independent third party appraisers using the income approach including estimated future discounted cash flow models DCF Models the relief from royalty method for trade names and the distributor method for customer relationships The fair value of our trade names and customer relationships acquired involved significant estimates and assumptions including revenue growth rates gross profit and operating profit margins discount rates and royalty and customer attrition rates as
  • We review goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets for impairment on an annual basis or more frequently whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying value may not be recoverable We consider whether circumstances or conditions exist which suggest that the carrying value of our goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets might be impaired If such circumstances or conditions exist we perform a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is more likely than not that the assets are impaired We evaluate goodwill at the reporting unit level operating segment or one level below an operating segment If the results of the qualitative assessment indicate that it is more likely than not that the assets are impaired further steps are required in order to determine whether the carrying value of each reporting unit and indefinite lived intangible assets exceeds its fair market value An impairment charge is recognized to the extent the goodwill or indefinite lived intangible asset recorded exceeds the reporting unit s or asset s fair value We perform our annual impairment testing for goodwill and indefinite lived assets as of the beginning of the fourth quarter of our fiscal year Based on our qualitative assessment performed during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2024 and fiscal 2023 we determined that it is not more likely than not that the fair value of each reporting unit and indefinite lived intangible asset is lower than its carrying value therefore quantitative impairment testing was not required
  • Our quantitative impairment test methodology primarily uses DCF Models The DCF Models use a number of assumptions including expected future cash flows from the assets volatility risk free rate and the expected life of the assets the determination of which require significant judgments from management In determining the assumptions to be used we consider the existing rates on Treasury Bills yield spreads on assets with comparable expected lives historical volatility of our common stock and that of comparable companies and general economic and industry trends among other considerations When stock market or other conditions warrant we expand our traditional impairment test methodology to give weight to other methods that provide additional observable market information in order to better reflect the current risk level being incorporated into market prices and in order to corroborate the fair values of each of our reporting units Management will place increased reliance on these additional methods in conjunction with its DCF Models in the event that the total market capitalization of its stock drops below its consolidated stockholders equity balance for a sustained period
  • Considerable management judgment is necessary in determining the fair value of goodwill and intangible assets initially acquired and as part of our impairment testing including the reasonableness of fair value estimates evaluating the most likely impact of a range of possible external conditions considering the resulting operating changes and their impact on estimated future cash flows determining the appropriate discount factors to use and selecting and weighting appropriate comparable market level inputs The recoverability of these assets is dependent upon achievement of our projections and the continued execution of key initiatives related to revenue growth and profitability The rates used in our projections are management s estimate of the most likely results over time given a wide range of potential outcomes The assumptions and estimates used in our fair value analysis involve significant elements of subjective judgment and analysis by our management While we believe that the assumptions we use are reasonable at the time made changes in business conditions or other unanticipated events and circumstances may occur that cause actual results to differ materially from projected results and this could potentially require future adjustments to our asset valuations
  • We review intangible assets with definite lives and long lived assets held and used if a triggering event occurs during the reporting period If such circumstances or conditions exist further steps are required in order to determine whether the carrying value of each of the individual assets exceeds its fair market value If our analysis indicates that an individual asset s carrying value does exceed its fair market value the next step is to record a loss equal to the excess of the individual asset s carrying value over its fair value We evaluate any long lived assets held for sale quarterly to determine if estimated fair value less
  • cost to sell has changed during the reporting period The determination of the fair value of definite lived intangible assets and long lived assets can entail a significant amount of judgment and subjectivity including revenue growth rates discount rates royalty and customer attrition rates as applicable and estimated market prices as applicable
  • We amortize intangible assets such as trademark licenses trade names customer relationships and lists patents and non compete agreements over their economic useful lives unless those assets economic useful lives are indefinite If an intangible asset s economic useful life is deemed indefinite that asset is not amortized The determination of the economic useful life of an intangible asset requires a significant amount of judgment and entails significant subjectivity and uncertainty When we acquire an intangible asset we consider factors such as the asset s history our plans for that asset and the market for products associated with the asset We consider these same factors when reviewing the economic useful lives of our previously acquired intangible assets as well We review the economic useful lives of our intangible assets at least annually We complete our analysis of the remaining useful economic lives of our intangible assets during the fourth quarter of each fiscal year or when a triggering event occurs
  • We grant share based compensation awards to non employee directors and certain associates under our equity plans We measure the cost of services received in exchange for equity awards which include grants of restricted stock awards RSAs restricted stock units RSUs performance stock awards PSAs and performance stock units PSUs based on the fair value of the awards on the grant date These awards may be subject to attainment of certain service conditions performance conditions and or market conditions
  • We grant PSAs and PSUs to certain officers and associates which cliff vest after three years and are contingent upon meeting one or more defined operational performance metrics over the three year performance period Performance Condition Awards The quantity of shares ultimately awarded can range from 0 to 200 of Target as defined in the award agreement as 100 based on the level of achievement against the defined operational performance metrics We recognize compensation expense for Performance Condition Awards over the requisite service period to the extent performance conditions are considered probable Estimating the number of shares of Performance Condition Awards that are probable of vesting requires judgment including assumptions about future operating performance While the assumptions used to estimate the probability of achievement against the defined operational performance metrics are management s best estimates such estimates involve inherent uncertainties The extent actual results or updated estimates differ from our current estimates such amounts will be recorded as a cumulative adjustment to share based compensation expense in the period estimates are revised
  • The critical accounting estimates described above supplement the description of our accounting policies disclosed in Note 1 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements Note 1 describes several other policies that are important to the preparation of our consolidated financial statements but do not meet the SEC s definition of critical accounting estimates
  • Certain written and oral statements in this Annual Report may constitute forward looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 This includes statements made in this Annual Report in other filings with the SEC in press releases and in certain other oral and written presentations Generally the words anticipates believes expects plans may will might would should seeks estimates project predict potential currently continue intends outlook forecasts targets could and other similar words identify forward looking statements All statements that address operating results events or developments that we expect or anticipate may
  • occur in the future including statements related to sales expenses EPS results and statements expressing general expectations about future operating results are forward looking statements and are based upon our current expectations and various assumptions We believe there is a reasonable basis for our expectations and assumptions but there can be no assurance that we will realize our expectations or that our assumptions will prove correct Forward looking statements are only as of the date they are made and are subject to risks that could cause them to differ materially from actual results Accordingly we caution readers not to place undue reliance on forward looking statements We believe that these risks include but are not limited to the risks described in this Annual Report under Item 1A Risk Factors and that are otherwise described from time to time in our SEC reports as filed We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements as a result of new information future events or otherwise
  • The U S Dollar is the functional currency for the Company and all of its subsidiaries and is also the reporting currency for the Company By operating internationally we are subject to foreign currency risk from transactions denominated in currencies other than the U S Dollar foreign currencies Such transactions include sales and operating expenses As a result of such transactions portions of our cash accounts receivable and accounts payable are denominated in foreign currencies Approximately 14 13 and 10 of our net sales revenue was denominated in foreign currencies during fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively These sales were primarily denominated in Euros British Pounds and Canadian Dollars We make most of our inventory purchases from manufacturers in Asia and primarily use the U S Dollar for such purchases
  • In our consolidated statements of income foreign currency exchange rate gains and losses resulting from the remeasurement of foreign income taxes receivables and payables and deferred income tax assets and liabilities are recognized in income tax expense and all other foreign currency exchange rate gains and losses are recognized in SG A We recorded in income tax expense foreign currency exchange rate net gains of 0 3 million during fiscal 2024 and net losses of 0 4 million and 0 5 million during fiscal 2023 and 2022 respectively We recorded in SG A foreign currency exchange rate net losses of 0 5 million 1 7 million and 0 2 million during fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively
  • We identify foreign currency risk by regularly monitoring our foreign currency denominated transactions and balances Where operating conditions permit we reduce our foreign currency risk by purchasing most of our inventory with U S Dollars and by converting cash balances denominated in foreign currencies to U S Dollars
  • We mitigate certain foreign currency exchange rate risk by using a series of forward contracts and cross currency debt swaps to protect against the foreign currency exchange rate risk inherent in our transactions denominated in foreign currencies Our primary objective in holding derivatives is to reduce the volatility of net earnings cash flows and the net asset value associated with changes in foreign currency exchange rates Our foreign currency risk management strategy includes both hedging instruments and derivatives that are not designated as hedging instruments which have terms of generally 12 to 24 months We do not enter into any derivatives or similar instruments for trading or other speculative purposes We expect that as currency market conditions warrant and our foreign currency denominated transaction exposure grows we will continue to execute additional contracts in order to hedge against certain potential foreign currency exchange rate losses
  • million on a pre tax basis respectively This calculation is for risk analysis purposes and does not purport to represent actual losses or gains in fair value that we could incur It is important to note that the change in value represents the estimated change in fair value of the contracts Actual results in the future may differ materially from these estimated results due to actual developments in the global financial markets Because the contracts hedge an underlying exposure we would expect a similar and opposite change in foreign currency exchange rate gains or losses over the same periods as the contracts Refer to Note 15 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements for further information regarding these instruments
  • A significant portion of the products we sell are purchased from third party manufacturers in China who source a significant portion of their labor and raw materials in Chinese Renminbi The Chinese Renminbi has fluctuated against the U S Dollar in recent years and in fiscal 2024 the average exchange rate of the Chinese Renminbi weakened against the U S Dollar by approximately 5 0 compared to the average rate during fiscal 2023 If China s currency continues to fluctuate against the U S Dollar in the short to intermediate term we cannot accurately predict the impact of those fluctuations on our results of operations Accordingly there can be no assurance that foreign exchange rates will be stable in the future or that fluctuations in Chinese foreign currency markets will not have a material adverse effect on our business results of operations and financial condition
  • Interest on our outstanding debt as of February 29 2024 is based on variable floating interest rates As such we are exposed to changes in short term market interest rates and these changes in rates will impact our net interest expense As of February 29 2024 certain borrowings under the Credit Agreement bore interest at an adjusted Term SOFR as defined in the Credit Agreement SOFR began in April 2018 and it therefore has a limited history The future performance of SOFR cannot reliably be predicted based on hypothetical or limited historical performance data Uncertainty as to SOFR or changes to SOFR may affect the interest rate of certain borrowings under the Credit Agreement We hedge against interest rate volatility by using interest rate swaps to hedge a portion of our outstanding floating rate debt Additionally our cash and short term investments generate interest income that will vary based on changes in short term interest
  • As of February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 a hypothetical adverse 10 change in interest rates would reduce the carrying and fair values of the interest rate swaps by 2 7 million and 4 3 million on a pre tax basis respectively This calculation is for risk analysis purposes and does not purport to represent actual losses or gains in fair value that we could incur It is important to note that the change in value represents the estimated change in the fair value of the swaps Actual results in the future may differ materially from these estimated results due to actual developments in the global financial markets Because the swaps hedge an underlying exposure we would expect a similar and opposite change in floating interest rates over the same periods as the swaps Refer to Notes 13 and 15 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements for further information regarding our interest rate sensitive assets and liabilities
  • As of February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 a hypothetical 1 increase in interest rates would increase our annual interest expense net of the effect of our interest rate swaps by approximately 1 7 million and 5 1 million respectively This calculation is for risk analysis purposes and does not purport to represent actual increases or decreases in interest expense that we could incur Actual results in the future may differ materially from these estimated results due to actual developments in the global financial markets Refer to Item 1A Risk Factors and Item 7 Management s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in this Annual Report for further information regarding our interest rate risks
  • Our internal control system is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with U S generally accepted accounting principles and includes those policies and procedures that
  • provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and that our receipts and expenditures are being made only in accordance with authorizations of our management and Board of Directors and
  • There are inherent limitations in the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting including the possibility that misstatements may not be prevented or detected Furthermore the effectiveness of internal controls may become inadequate because of future changes in conditions or variations in the degree of compliance with our policies or procedures
  • Our management assesses the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting using the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission COSO in Internal Control Integrated Framework Based on our assessment we have concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of February 29 2024
  • Our independent registered public accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP has issued an audit report on the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting Their report appears on the following page
  • issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission COSO In our opinion the Company maintained in all material respects effective internal control over financial reporting as of February 29 2024 based on criteria established in the 2013
  • We also have audited in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board United States PCAOB the consolidated financial statements of the Company as of and for the year ended February 29 2024 and our report dated April 24 2024 expressed an unqualified opinion on those financial statements
  • The Company s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting included in the accompanying Management s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting Management s Report Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U S federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB
  • We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting assessing the risk that a material weakness exists testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion
  • 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 1 pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company 2 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 3 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
  • We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Helen of Troy Limited and subsidiaries the Company as of February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 the related consolidated statements of income comprehensive income stockholders equity and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended February 29 2024 and the related notes and financial statement schedule included under Schedule II Valuation and Qualifying Accounts collectively referred to as the financial statements In our opinion the financial statements present fairly in all material respects the financial position of the Company as of February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended February 29 2024 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America
  • We also have audited in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board United States PCAOB the Company s internal control over financial reporting as of February 29 2024 based on criteria established in the 2013
  • These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company s management Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company s financial statements based on our audits We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U S federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB
  • We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement whether due to error or fraud Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements whether due to error or fraud and performing procedures that respond to those risks Such procedures included examining on a test basis evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion
  • Critical audit matters are matters arising from the current period audit of the financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that 1 relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and 2 involved our especially challenging subjective or complex judgments We determined that there are no critical audit matters
  • When used in these notes within this Annual Report on Form 10 K the Annual Report unless otherwise indicated or the context suggests otherwise references to the Company our Company Helen of Troy we us or our refer to Helen of Troy Limited and its subsidiaries which are all wholly owned We refer to our common shares par value 0 10 per share as common stock References to the FASB refer to the Financial Accounting Standards Board References to GAAP refer to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America the U S References to ASU refer to the codification of GAAP in the Accounting Standards Updates issued by the FASB References to ASC refer to the codification of GAAP in the Accounting Standards Codification issued by the FASB
  • We incorporated as Helen of Troy Corporation in Texas in 1968 and were reorganized as Helen of Troy Limited in Bermuda in 1994 We are a leading global consumer products company offering creative products and solutions for our customers through a diversified portfolio of brands As of February 29 2024 we operated two reportable segments Home Outdoor and Beauty Wellness
  • Our Home Outdoor segment offers a broad range of outstanding world class brands that help consumers enjoy everyday living inside their homes and outdoors Our innovative products for home activities include food preparation and storage cooking cleaning organization and beverage service Our outdoor performance range on the go food storage and beverageware includes lifestyle hydration products coolers and food storage solutions backpacks and travel gear The Beauty Wellness segment provides consumers with a broad range of outstanding world class brands for beauty and wellness In Beauty we deliver innovation through products such as hair styling appliances grooming tools and liquid and aerosol personal care products that help consumers look and feel more beautiful In Wellness we are there when you need us most with highly regarded humidifiers thermometers water and air purifiers heaters and fans
  • Our business is seasonal due to different calendar events holidays and seasonal weather and illness patterns Our fiscal reporting period ends on the last day in February Historically our highest sales volume and operating income occur in our third fiscal quarter ending November 30th We purchase our products from unaffiliated manufacturers most of which are located in China Mexico Vietnam and the U S
  • During fiscal 2023 we initiated a global restructuring plan intended to expand operating margins through initiatives designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness and reduce costs referred to as Project Pegasus See Note 11 for additional information
  • On April 22 2022 we completed the acquisition of Recipe Products Ltd a producer of innovative prestige hair care products for all types of curly and wavy hair under the Curlsmith brand Curlsmith The total purchase consideration was 147 9 million in cash net of a final net working capital adjustment and cash acquired The Curlsmith brand and products were added to the Beauty Wellness segment See Note 6 for additional information
  • On December 29 2021 we completed the acquisition of Osprey Packs Inc Osprey a longtime U S leader in technical and everyday packs for 409 3 million in cash net of a final net working capital adjustment and cash acquired The Osprey brand and products were added to the Home Outdoor segment See Note 6 for additional information
  • During fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2023 we divested certain assets within our Beauty Wellness segment s mass channel personal care business which included liquid powder and aerosol products under brands such as Pert Brut Sure and Infusium Personal Care On June 7 2021 we completed the sale of our North America Personal Care business to HRB Brands LLC for 44 7 million in cash and recognized a gain on the sale in SG A totaling 0 5 million On March 25 2022 we completed the sale of the Latin America and Caribbean Personal Care business to HRB Brands LLC for 1 8 million in cash and recognized a gain on the sale in SG A totaling 1 3 million The net assets sold included intangible assets inventory certain net trade receivables fixed assets and certain accrued sales discounts and allowances relating to our Personal Care business Income before income tax expense for our Personal Care business was 5 5 million in fiscal 2022 inclusive of corporate overhead expenses that were allocable to the business
  • The accompanying consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP and include all of our subsidiaries Our consolidated financial statements are prepared in U S Dollars All intercompany balances and transactions are eliminated in consolidation
  • The preparation of consolidated financial statements in accordance with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in our consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes Actual results may differ materially from those estimates
  • Cash equivalents include all highly liquid investments with an original maturity of three months or less We maintain cash and cash equivalents at several financial institutions which at times may not be federally insured or may exceed federally insured limits We have not experienced any losses in such accounts and believe we are not exposed to any significant credit risks on such accounts We consider money market accounts to be cash equivalents
  • Our receivables are comprised of trade receivables from customers primarily in the retail industry offset by an allowance for credit losses Our allowance for credit losses reflects our best estimate of expected credit losses over the receivables term determined principally based on historical experience specific allowances for known at risk accounts and consideration of current economic conditions and management s expectations of future economic conditions Our policy is to write off receivables when we have determined they will no longer be collectible Write offs are applied as a reduction to the allowance for credit losses and any recoveries of previous write offs are netted against bad debt expense in the period recovered
  • We have a significant concentration of credit risk with three major customers at February 29 2024 representing approximately 20 14 and 12 of our gross trade receivables respectively As of February 28 2023 our significant concentration of credit risk with three major customers represented approximately 18 15 and 13 of our gross trade receivables respectively In addition as of February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 approximately 55 and 52 respectively of our gross trade receivables were due from our five top customers
  • The U S Dollar is the functional currency for the Company and all of its subsidiaries and is also the reporting currency for the Company therefore we do not have a translation adjustment recorded through accumulated other comprehensive income All our non U S subsidiaries transactions denominated in other currencies have been remeasured into U S Dollars using exchange rates in effect on the date each transaction occurred In our consolidated statements of income foreign currency exchange rate gains and losses resulting from the remeasurement of foreign income taxes receivables and payables and deferred income tax assets and liabilities are recognized in income tax expense and all other foreign currency exchange rate gains and losses are recognized in SG A
  • We mitigate certain foreign currency exchange rate risk by using forward contracts and cross currency debt swaps to protect against the foreign currency exchange rate risk inherent in our transactions denominated in foreign currencies For additional information on our derivatives see Financial Instruments below
  • Our inventory consists almost entirely of finished goods Inventories are stated at the lower of average cost or net realizable value We write down a portion of our inventory to net realizable value based on the historical sales trends of products and estimates about future demand and market conditions among other factors Our average costs include the amounts we pay manufacturers for product tariffs and duties associated with transporting product across national borders freight costs associated with transporting the product from our manufacturers to our distribution facilities and general and administrative expenses directly attributable to acquiring inventory as applicable
  • General and administrative expenses directly attributable to acquiring inventory include all the expenses of operating our sourcing activities and expenses incurred for packaging We capitalized 23 4 million 22 9 million and 26 0 million of such general and administrative expenses into inventory during fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively We estimate that 8 9 million and 11 7 million of general and administrative expenses directly attributable to the procurement of inventory were included in our inventory balances on hand at February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 respectively
  • The Cost of goods sold line item in the consolidated statements of income is comprised of the book value of inventory sold to customers during the reporting period and depreciation expense of tooling molds and other production equipment When circumstances dictate that we use net realizable value as the basis for recording inventory we base our estimates on expected future selling prices less expected disposal costs
  • For fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 finished goods purchased from vendors in Asia comprised approximately 79 87 and 88 respectively of total finished goods purchased During fiscal 2024 we had two vendors located in China who fulfilled approximately 7 and 5 of our product requirements compared to two vendors located in China who each fulfilled approximately 6 for fiscal 2023 During fiscal 2022 we had one vendor located in China who fulfilled approximately 9 of our product requirements Additionally during fiscal 2024 we had one vendor located in Mexico who fulfilled approximately 12 of our product requirements compared to approximately 7 for both fiscal 2023 and 2022 For fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 our top two vendors combined fulfilled approximately 19 13 and 16 of our product requirements respectively For fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 our top five vendors fulfilled approximately 33 29 and 36 of our product requirements respectively
  • These assets are recorded at cost Depreciation is recorded on a straight line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets Expenditures for repair and maintenance of property and equipment are expensed as incurred For tax purposes accelerated depreciation methods are used where allowed by tax laws
  • A significant portion of our sales are made subject to trademark license agreements with various licensors Our license agreements are reported on our consolidated balance sheets at cost less accumulated amortization The cost of our license agreements represent amounts paid to licensors to acquire the license or to alter the terms of the license in a manner that we believe to be in our best interest Certain licenses have extension terms that may require additional payments to the licensor as part of the terms of renewal We capitalize costs incurred to renew or extend the term of a license agreement and amortize such costs on a straight line basis over the remaining term or economic life of the agreement whichever is shorter Royalty payments are not included in the cost of license agreements Royalty expense under our license agreements is recognized as incurred and is included in our consolidated statements of income in SG A Net sales revenue subject to trademark license agreements the majority of which require royalty payments comprised approximately 37 40 and 46 of consolidated net sales revenue for fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively During fiscal 2024 two license agreements each accounted for net sales revenue of approximately 10 of consolidated net sales revenue one of which does not require royalty payments No other trademark license agreements had associated net sales revenue that accounted for 10 or more of consolidated net sales revenue
  • We also sell products under trade names that we own for which we have registered trademarks Trade names that we acquire through acquisition from other entities are generally recorded on our consolidated balance sheets based upon the appraised fair value of the acquired asset net of any accumulated amortization and impairment charges Costs associated with developing trade names internally are recorded as expenses in the period incurred In certain instances where trade names have readily determinable useful lives we amortize their costs on a straight line basis over such lives In some instances we have determined that such acquired assets have an indefinite useful life In these cases no amortization is recorded Patents acquired through acquisition if material are recorded on our consolidated balance sheets based upon the appraised value of the acquired patents and amortized over the remaining life of the patent Additionally we incur certain costs in connection with the design and development of products to be covered by patents which are capitalized as incurred and amortized on a straight line basis over the life of the patent in the jurisdiction filed typically 12 to 14 years
  • Other intangible assets include customer relationships customer lists and non compete agreements that we acquired These are recorded on our consolidated balance sheets based upon the fair value of the acquired asset and amortized on a straight line basis over the remaining life of the asset as determined either by a third party appraisal or the term of any controlling agreements
  • Goodwill is recorded as the difference if any between the aggregate consideration paid and the fair value of the net tangible and intangible assets received in the acquisition of a business The fair value of our assets acquired and liabilities assumed are typically based upon valuations performed by independent third party appraisers
  • We review goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets for impairment on an annual basis or more frequently whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying value may not be recoverable We consider whether circumstances or conditions exist which suggest that the carrying
  • value of our goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets might be impaired If such circumstances or conditions exist we perform a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is more likely than not that the assets are impaired We evaluate goodwill at the reporting unit level operating segment or one level below an operating segment If the results of the qualitative assessment indicate that it is more likely than not that the assets are impaired further steps are required in order to determine whether the carrying value of each reporting unit and indefinite lived intangible assets exceeds its fair market value An impairment charge is recognized to the extent the goodwill or indefinite lived intangible asset recorded exceeds the reporting unit s or asset s fair value We perform our annual impairment testing for goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets as of the beginning of the fourth quarter of our fiscal year see Note 7
  • We review intangible assets with definite lives and long lived assets held and used if a triggering event occurs during the reporting period If such circumstances or conditions exist further steps are required in order to determine whether the carrying value of each of the individual assets exceeds its fair market value If our analysis indicates that an individual asset s carrying value does exceed its fair market value the next step is to record a loss equal to the excess of the individual asset s carrying value over its fair value We evaluate any long lived assets held for sale quarterly to determine if estimated fair value less cost to sell has changed during the reporting period
  • The assumptions and estimates used in our impairment testing involve significant elements of subjective judgment and analysis While we believe that the assumptions we use are reasonable at the time made changes in business conditions or other unanticipated events and circumstances may occur that cause actual results to differ materially from projected results and this could potentially require future adjustments to our asset valuations
  • Intangible assets consist primarily of trademark license agreements trade names customer relationships and lists patents and non compete agreements We amortize intangible assets over their economic useful lives unless those assets economic useful lives are indefinite If an intangible asset s economic useful life is deemed indefinite that asset is not amortized The determination of the economic useful life of an intangible asset requires a significant amount of judgment and entails significant subjectivity and uncertainty When we acquire an intangible asset we consider factors such as the asset s history our plans for that asset and the market for products associated with the asset We consider these same factors when reviewing the economic useful lives of our previously acquired intangible assets as well We review the economic useful lives of our intangible assets at least annually We complete our analysis of the remaining useful economic lives of our intangible assets during the fourth quarter of each fiscal year or when a triggering event occurs For certain intangible assets subject to amortization we use the straight line method over appropriate periods ranging from 5 to 40 years for trademark licenses 15 to 30 years for trade names 4 5 to 24 years for customer relationships and lists and 5 to 20 years for other definite lived intangible assets see Note 7
  • We use derivatives to manage our exposure to changes in foreign currency exchange rates which include foreign currency forward contracts and cross currency debt swaps In addition we use interest rate swaps to manage our exposure to changes in interest rates All of our derivative assets and liabilities are recorded at fair value Derivatives for which we have elected and qualify for hedge accounting include certain of our forward contracts foreign currency contracts and interest rate swaps Our foreign currency contracts and interest rate swaps are designated as cash flow hedges and changes in fair value are recorded in Other Comprehensive Loss Income OCI until the hedge transaction is settled at which point amounts are reclassified from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss Income AOCI to our consolidated statements of income We evaluate our derivatives designated as cash flow
  • hedges each quarter to assess hedge effectiveness Foreign currency derivatives for which we have not elected hedge accounting consist of certain forward contracts and our cross currency debt swaps and any changes in the fair value of these derivatives are recorded in our consolidated statements of income These undesignated derivatives are used to hedge monetary net asset and liability positions Cash flows from our foreign currency derivatives and interest rate swaps are classified as cash flows from operating activities in our consolidated statements of cash flows which is consistent with the classification of the cash flows from the underlying hedged item Accordingly we present interest paid net of cash flows from our interest rate swaps as supplemental information to our consolidated statements of cash flows We do not enter into any derivatives or similar instruments for trading or other speculative purposes We also invest in U S Treasury Bills as a component of our capital management strategy which are recorded at amortized cost See Notes 14 15 and 16 for more information on our fair value measurements investments and derivatives
  • The provision for income tax expense is calculated on reported income before income taxes based on current tax law and includes in the current period the cumulative effect of any changes in tax rates from those used previously in determining deferred tax assets and liabilities Tax laws may require items to be included in the determination of taxable income at different times from when the items are reflected in the financial statements Deferred tax balances reflect the effects of temporary differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of assets and liabilities and their tax bases as well as from net operating losses and tax credit carryforwards and are stated at enacted tax rates in effect for the year taxes are expected to be paid or recovered
  • Deferred tax assets represent tax benefits for tax deductions or credits available in future years and require certain estimates and assumptions to determine whether it is more likely than not that all or a portion of the benefit will not be realized The recoverability of these future tax deductions and credits is determined by assessing the adequacy of future expected taxable income from all sources including the future reversal of existing taxable temporary differences taxable income in carryback years estimated future taxable income and available tax planning strategies Should a change in facts or circumstances lead to a change in judgment about the ultimate recoverability of a deferred tax asset we record or adjust the related valuation allowance in the period that the change in facts and circumstances occurs along with a corresponding increase or decrease in income tax expense
  • We record tax benefits for uncertain tax positions based upon management s evaluation of the information available at the reporting date To be recognized in the financial statements the tax position must meet the more likely than not threshold that the position will be sustained upon examination by the tax authority based on its technical merits assuming the tax authority has full knowledge of all relevant information For positions meeting this recognition threshold the benefit is measured as the largest amount that has greater than a 50 percent likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement We reevaluate these uncertain tax positions on a quarterly basis This evaluation is based on factors including but not limited to changes in facts or circumstances changes in tax law effectively settled issues under audit historical experience with similar tax matters guidance from our tax advisors and new audit activity For tax positions that do not meet the threshold requirement we record liabilities for unrecognized tax benefits as a tax expense or benefit in the period recognized or reversed in our consolidated financial statements including related accrued interest and penalties
  • Our revenue is primarily generated from the sale of non customized consumer products to customers These products are promised goods that are distinct performance obligations Revenue is recognized when control of and title to the product sold transfers to the customer in accordance with applicable shipping terms which can occur on the date of shipment or the date of receipt by the customer
  • We measure revenue as the amount of consideration for which we expect to be entitled in exchange for transferring goods We allow for sales returns for defects in material and workmanship for periods ranging from one to five years which are accounted for as variable consideration We recognize an accrual for sales returns to reduce sales to reflect our best estimate of future customer returns determined principally based on historical experience and specific allowances for known pending returns
  • Certain customers may receive cash incentives such as customer trade and advertising discounts as well as other customer related programs which are also accounted for as variable consideration In some cases we apply judgment such as contractual rates and historical payment trends when estimating variable consideration Most of our variable consideration is classified as a reduction to net sales In instances when we purchase a distinct good or service from our customer and fair value can be reasonably estimated these amounts are expensed in our consolidated statements of income in SG A The amount of consideration granted to customers recorded in SG A was 44 7 million 40 2 million and 39 0 million for fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively
  • Sales taxes and other similar taxes are excluded from revenue We have elected to account for shipping and handling activities as a fulfillment cost as permitted by the guidance We do not have unsatisfied performance obligations since our performance obligations are satisfied at a single point in time
  • Advertising costs include cooperative retail advertising with our customers traditional and digital media advertising and production expenses and expenses associated with other promotional product messaging and consumer awareness programs Advertising costs are expensed in the period in which they are incurred and included in our consolidated statements of income in SG A We incurred total advertising costs of 106 8 million 98 5 million and 96 4 million during fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively which is inclusive of the amounts described above for consideration granted to customers
  • Research and development expenses consist primarily of salary and employee benefit expenses and contracted development efforts and expenses associated with development of products Expenditures for research activities relating to product design engineering development and improvement are generally charged to expense as incurred and are included in our consolidated statements of income in SG A We incurred total research and development expenses of 56 5 million 47 8 million and 54 0 million during fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively
  • Shipping and handling revenue and expense are included in our consolidated statements of income in SG A This includes distribution facility costs third party logistics costs and outbound transportation costs we incur Our net expense for shipping and handling was 156 7 million 162 0 million and 173 4 million during fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively
  • We grant share based compensation awards to non employee directors and certain associates under our equity plans We measure the cost of services received in exchange for equity awards which include grants of restricted stock awards RSAs restricted stock units RSUs performance stock awards PSAs and performance stock units PSUs based on the fair value of the awards on the grant date These awards may be subject to attainment of certain service conditions performance conditions and or
  • market conditions Share based compensation expense is recognized over the requisite service period during which the employee is required to provide service in exchange for the award unless the awards are subject to performance conditions Performance Condition Awards in which case we recognize compensation expense over the requisite service period to the extent performance conditions are considered probable Estimating the number of shares of Performance Condition Awards that are probable of vesting requires judgment and to the extent actual results or updated estimates differ from our current estimates such amounts will be recorded as a cumulative adjustment to share based compensation expense in the period estimates are revised Share based compensation expense is recorded ratably for PSAs and PSUs subject to attainment of market conditions Market Condition Awards during the requisite service period and is not reversed except for forfeitures at the vesting date regardless of whether the market condition is met All share based compensation expense is recorded net of forfeitures in our consolidated statements of income
  • The grant date fair value of RSAs RSUs PSAs and PSUs is determined using the closing price of our common stock on the date of grant except for Market Condition Awards in which case we use a Monte Carlo simulation model The Monte Carlo simulation model utilizes multiple input variables to estimate the probability that market conditions will be achieved and is applied to the closing price of our common stock on the date of grant See Note 8 for further information on our share based compensation plans
  • which requires a buyer in a supplier finance program to disclose qualitative and quantitative information about its program to allow a user of the financial statements to understand the program s nature activity during the period changes from period to period and potential magnitude The amendments in ASU 2022 04 are effective for fiscal years and interim periods within those fiscal years beginning after December 15 2022 with the exception for the amendment on rollforward information which is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15 2023 The guidance should be applied retrospectively except for the amendment on rollforward information which should be applied prospectively This ASU was effective for us in the first quarter of fiscal 2024 with the exception of the amendment on rollforward information which will be effective for us in our Form 10 K for fiscal 2025 We adopted this ASU during the first quarter of fiscal 2024 and the adoption did not have an impact on our consolidated financial statement disclosures
  • Prior to the issuance of this guidance contract assets and contract liabilities were recognized by the acquirer at fair value on the acquisition date The amendments in ASU 2021 08 are effective for fiscal years and interim periods within those fiscal years beginning after December 15 2022 and should be applied prospectively to acquisitions occurring on or after the effective date We adopted this ASU during the first quarter of fiscal 2024 and the adoption did not have an impact on our consolidated financial statements
  • which provides updates to qualitative and quantitative reportable segment disclosure requirements including enhanced disclosures about significant segment expenses and increased interim disclosure requirements among others The amendments in ASU 2023 07 are
  • effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15 2023 and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15 2024 Early adoption is permitted and the amendments should be applied retrospectively This ASU will be effective for our Form 10 K for fiscal 2025 and our Form 10 Q for the first quarter of fiscal 2026 We are currently evaluating the impact this ASU may have on our consolidated financial statement disclosures
  • which provides qualitative and quantitative updates to the rate reconciliation and income taxes paid disclosures among others to enhance the transparency of income tax disclosures including consistent categories and greater disaggregation of information in the rate reconciliation and disaggregation by jurisdiction of income taxes paid The amendments in ASU 2023 09 are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15 2024 with early adoption permitted The amendments should be applied prospectively however retrospective application is also permitted This ASU will be effective for our Form 10 K for fiscal 2026 We are currently evaluating the impact this ASU may have on our consolidated financial statement disclosures
  • We determine if an arrangement is or contains a lease at contract inception and determine its classification as an operating or finance lease at lease commencement We primarily have leases for office space which are classified as operating leases Operating leases are included in operating lease assets accrued expenses and other current liabilities and lease liabilities non current in our consolidated balance sheets Operating lease assets and operating lease liabilities are recognized based on the present value of the future lease payments over the lease term at commencement date As most of our lease contracts do not provide an explicit interest rate we use an estimated secured incremental borrowing rate based on the information available at the commencement date in determining the present value of lease payments
  • We include options to extend or terminate the lease in the lease term for accounting considerations when it is reasonably certain that we will exercise that option Our leases have remaining lease terms of less than 1 year to 9 years Operating lease expense for lease payments is recognized on a straight line basis over the lease term We do not recognize leases with an initial term of twelve months or less on the balance sheet and instead recognize the related lease payments as expense in the consolidated statements of income on a straight line basis over the lease term We account for lease and non lease components as a single lease component for all asset classes Our lease agreements do not contain any material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants
  • Operating lease expense recognized within SG A in the consolidated statements of income was 14 8 million 16 3 million and 13 3 million for fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively and includes short term lease expense of 4 6 million 6 4 million and 3 7 million for fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively The non cash component of lease expense is included as an adjustment to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities in the consolidated statements of cash flows
  • We recorded 33 2 million 26 4 million and 23 1 million of depreciation expense including 12 6 million 13 0 million and 10 0 million in cost of goods sold and 20 6 million 13 4 million and 13 1 million in SG A in the consolidated statements of income for fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively In March 2023 we completed the construction of an additional distribution facility in Gallaway Tennessee that became operational during the first quarter of fiscal 2024 and currently services some of our Home Outdoor segment
  • On September 28 2023 we completed the sale of our distribution and office facilities in El Paso Texas for a sales price of 50 6 million less transaction costs of 1 1 million Concurrently we entered into an agreement to leaseback the office facilities for a period of up to 18 months substantially rent free which we estimated to have a fair value of approximately 1 9 million The transaction qualified for sales recognition under the sale leaseback accounting requirements Accordingly we increased the sales price by the 1 9 million of prepaid rent and recognized a gain on the sale of 34 2 million within SG A during fiscal 2024 of which 18 0 million and 16 2 million was recognized by our Beauty Wellness and Home Outdoor segments respectively The related property and equipment totaling 17 2 million net of accumulated depreciation of 36 8 million was derecognized from the consolidated balance sheet and at lease commencement we recorded an operating lease asset which includes the imputed rent payments described above and an operating lease liability See Note 3 for additional information
  • On April 22 2022 we completed the acquisition of Recipe Products Ltd a producer of innovative prestige hair care products for all types of curly and wavy hair under the Curlsmith brand Curlsmith s products are a category leader in the prestige market for curly hair and include conditioners shampoos and co washes purposefully designed for the unique joys and challenges of all types of curls and textured hair The Curlsmith brand and products were added to the Beauty Wellness segment The total purchase consideration was 147 9 million in cash net of a final net working capital adjustment of 2 1 million and cash acquired The acquisition was funded with cash on hand and borrowings under our existing revolving credit facility We incurred pre tax acquisition related expenses of 2 7 million during fiscal 2023 which were recognized in SG A within our consolidated statement of income
  • We accounted for the acquisition as a purchase of a business and recorded the excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed as goodwill The goodwill recognized is attributable primarily to expected synergies including leveraging our Beauty Wellness segment s existing marketing and sales structure as well as our global sourcing distribution shared services and international go to market capabilities The goodwill is not expected to be deductible for income tax purposes We have determined the appropriate fair values of the acquired intangible assets and completed our analysis of the economic lives of the assets acquired We assigned 21 0 million to trade names and are amortizing over a 20 year expected life We assigned 12 0 million to customer relationships and are amortizing over a 19 5 year expected life based on historical attrition rates
  • During fiscal 2023 we made adjustments to provisional asset and liability balances which resulted in a corresponding net increase to goodwill of 0 1 million We also finalized the net working capital adjustment during fiscal 2023 which resulted in a 1 8 million reduction to the total purchase consideration and goodwill During the first quarter of fiscal 2024 we made final adjustments to provisional liability balances which resulted in a corresponding increase to goodwill of 0 3 million
  • Represents approximately forty five weeks of operating results from Curlsmith acquired April 22 2022 Net income and EPS amounts include allocations for corporate expenses interest expense and income tax expense
  • The following supplemental unaudited pro forma information presents our financial results as if the acquisition of Curlsmith had occurred on March 1 2021 This supplemental pro forma information has been prepared for comparative purposes and does not necessarily indicate what may have occurred if the acquisition had been completed on March 1 2021 and this information is not intended to be indicative of future results
  • These amounts have been calculated after applying our accounting policies and adjusting the results of Curlsmith to reflect the effect of definite lived intangible assets recognized as part of the business combination on amortization expense as if the acquisition had occurred on March 1 2021
  • On December 29 2021 we completed the acquisition of Osprey a longtime U S leader in technical and everyday packs Osprey is highly respected in the outdoor industry with a product lineup that includes a wide range of backpacks and daypacks for hiking mountaineering skiing climbing mountain biking trail running commuting and school as well as rugged adventure travel packs wheeled luggage and travel accessories The Osprey brand and products were added to the Home Outdoor segment The total purchase consideration net of cash acquired was 409 3 million in cash including the impact of a final 10 7 million favorable net working capital adjustment The acquisition was funded with cash on hand and borrowings under our existing revolving credit facility We incurred pre tax acquisition related expenses of 0 1 million and 2 4 million during fiscal 2023 and 2022 respectively which were recognized in SG A within our consolidated statements of income
  • We accounted for the acquisition as a purchase of a business and recorded the excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed as goodwill The goodwill recognized is attributable primarily to expected synergies including leveraging our information systems shared services capabilities and international footprint The goodwill is not expected to be deductible for income tax purposes
  • During fiscal 2023 we made final adjustments to provisional asset and liability balances which resulted in a corresponding net increase to goodwill of 2 3 million We also finalized the net working capital adjustment which resulted in a 1 6 million reduction to the total purchase consideration and goodwill
  • The following supplemental unaudited pro forma information presents our financial results as if the acquisition of Osprey had occurred on March 1 2020 This supplemental pro forma information has been prepared for comparative purposes and does not necessarily indicate what may have occurred if the acquisition had been completed on March 1 2020 and this information is not intended to be indicative of future results
  • These amounts have been calculated after applying our accounting policies and adjusting the results of Osprey to reflect the effect of definite lived intangible assets recognized as part of the business combination on amortization expense as if the acquisition had occurred on March 1 2020
  • Amortization expense is recorded for intangible assets with definite useful lives and is reported within SG A in our consolidated statements of income Some of our goodwill is held in jurisdictions that allow deductions for tax purposes however in some of those jurisdictions we have no tax basis for the associated goodwill recorded for book purposes Accordingly the majority of our goodwill is not deductible for tax purposes We perform annual impairment testing each fiscal year and interim impairment testing if necessary We write down any asset deemed to be impaired to its fair value
  • Balances as of February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 include intangible assets recorded in connection with the acquisitions of Curlsmith and Osprey on April 22 2022 and December 29 2021 respectively For additional information see Note 6
  • During the fiscal year we had equity activity under one expired and two active share based compensation plans The expired plan consists of the 2008 Stock Incentive Plan the 2008 Plan The active plans consist of the 2018 Stock Incentive Plan the 2018 Plan and the 2018 Employee Stock Purchase Plan the 2018 ESPP The plans are administered by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors which consists of non employee directors who are independent under the applicable listing standards for companies traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
  • On August 22 2018 our shareholders approved the 2018 Plan The 2018 Plan permits the granting of stock options stock appreciation rights RSAs RSUs PSAs PSUs and other stock based awards The aggregate number of shares for issuance under the 2018 Plan will not exceed 2 000 000 shares and as of February 29 2024 697 829 shares were available for issuance
  • On August 22 2018 our shareholders approved the 2018 ESPP The aggregate number of shares of common stock that may be purchased under the 2018 ESPP will not exceed 750 000 shares Under the terms of the plan associates may authorize the withholding of up to 15 of their wages or salaries to purchase our shares of common stock not to exceed 25 000 of the fair market value of such shares for any calendar year The purchase price for shares acquired under the 2018 ESPP is equal to the lower of 85 of the share s fair market value on either the first day of each option period or the last day of each period The plan will expire by its terms on September 1 2028 Shares of common stock purchased under the 2018 ESPP vest immediately at the time of purchase During fiscal 2024 there were 41 749 shares purchased under the plan
  • There have been no new grants of options since fiscal 2017 and all options outstanding at February 28 2023 and February 29 2024 were exercisable A summary of stock option activity under our 2008 plan was as follows
  • During fiscal 2024 we issued under the 2018 Plan 7 256 RSAs to non employee members of the Board of Directors with a total grant date fair value of 0 8 million or 108 40 per share The RSAs vested immediately and accordingly were expensed immediately The total fair value of RSAs granted to our non employee members of the Board of Directors that vested immediately on grant dates in fiscal 2023 and 2022 was 0 8 million and 0 6 million respectively
  • We grant RSAs and RSUs to associates which primarily vest ratably over three or four years or have specified graded vesting terms over 3 years Service Condition Awards A summary of Service Condition Awards activity during fiscal 2024 follows
  • The total fair value of Service Condition Awards that vested in fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 was 6 2 million 10 2 million and 14 3 million respectively The weighted average grant date fair value of Service Condition Awards granted during fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 was 109 97 195 90 and 218 35 respectively
  • We grant Performance Condition Awards to certain officers and associates which cliff vest after three years The vesting of these awards is contingent upon meeting one or more defined operational performance metrics over a three year performance period The quantity of shares ultimately awarded can range from 0 to 200 of Target as defined in the award agreement as 100 based on the level of achievement against the defined operational performance metrics A summary of Performance
  • The total fair value of Performance Condition Awards that vested in fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 was 7 5 million 37 8 million and 29 9 million respectively The weighted average grant date fair value of Performance Condition Awards granted during fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 was 110 83 204 20 and 216 20 respectively
  • We grant Market Condition Awards to certain officers and associates which cliff vest after three years The vesting of these awards is contingent upon meeting specified stock price return targets compared to a predetermined peer group over a three year period The quantity of shares ultimately awarded can range from 0 to 200 of Target as defined in the award agreement as 100 based on the level of achievement against the defined targets A summary of Market Condition Awards activity during fiscal 2024 follows and reflects all PSAs granted and outstanding at maximum achievement of 200 of Target
  • The fair value of our Market Condition Awards are estimated using a Monte Carlo simulation valuation model The Monte Carlo simulation model utilizes multiple input variables to estimate the probability that market conditions will be achieved and is applied to the closing price of our common stock on the date of grant The input variables utilized are included in the table below
  • The expected term is consistent with the explicit service period and the risk free interest rate is based on U S Treasury securities with maturities equal to the expected term of the awards Expected volatility is based equally on the historical volatility of our stock prices over the expected term of the awards and at the money call options traded on or near the grant date of the awards
  • As of February 29 2024 our total unrecognized share based compensation for all awards was 17 1 million which will be recognized over a weighted average amortization period of 2 0 years The total unrecognized share based compensation reflects an estimate of Target achievement for Performance Condition Awards granted during fiscal 2024 and an estimate of zero percent of Target achievement for Performance Condition Awards granted during fiscal 2023 and fiscal 2022
  • We sponsor defined contribution savings plans in the U S and other countries where we have associates Total company matching contributions made to these plans for fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 were 6 0 million 5 9 million and 5 6 million respectively
  • In August 2021 our Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to 500 million of our outstanding common stock The authorization became effective August 25 2021 for a period of three years and replaced our former repurchase authorization of which approximately 79 5 million remained These repurchases may include open market purchases privately negotiated transactions block trades accelerated stock repurchase transactions or any combination of such methods As of February 29 2024 our repurchase authorization allowed for the purchase of 348 4 million of common stock
  • Our current equity based compensation plans include provisions that allow for the net exercise of share settled awards by all plan participants In a net exercise any required payroll taxes federal withholding taxes and exercise price of the shares due from the option or other share based award holders are settled by having the holder tender back to us a number of shares at fair value equal to the amounts due Net exercises are treated as purchases and retirements of shares
  • As part of our global restructuring plan Project Pegasus we incur severance and employee related costs professional fees contract termination costs and other exit and disposal costs which are recorded as Restructuring charges in the consolidated statements of income Severance and employee related
  • costs consist primarily of salary continuation benefits prorated annual incentive compensation based on eligibility outplacement services and continuation of health benefits Severance and employee related benefits are pursuant to our severance plan and are accounted for in accordance with ASC 712
  • based upon the characteristics of the termination benefits pursuant to our severance plan Severance and employee related costs are recognized when the benefits are determined to be probable of being paid and reasonably estimable Professional fees contract termination costs and other exit and disposal costs are accounted for in accordance with ASC 420
  • and are recognized as incurred Restructuring accruals are based upon management estimates at the time and are subject to change depending upon changes in facts and circumstances subsequent to the date the original liability was recorded
  • During fiscal 2023 we initiated Project Pegasus a global restructuring plan intended to expand operating margins through initiatives designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness and reduce costs Project Pegasus includes initiatives to further optimize our brand portfolio streamline and simplify the organization accelerate cost of goods savings projects enhance the efficiency of our supply chain network optimize our indirect spending and improve our cash flow and working capital as well as other activities We anticipate these initiatives will create operating efficiencies as well as provide a platform to fund future growth investments
  • During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 we made changes to the structure of our organization which resulted in our previous Health Wellness and Beauty operating segments being combined into a single reportable segment As part of our initiative focused on streamlining and simplifying the organization we made further changes to the structure of our organization which included the creation of a North America Regional Market Organization RMO responsible for sales and go to market strategies for all categories and channels in the U S and Canada and further centralization of certain functions under shared services particularly in operations and finance to better support our business segments and RMOs This new structure reduced the size of our global workforce by approximately 10 We believe that these changes better focus business segment resources on brand development consumer centric innovation and marketing the RMOs on sales and go to market strategies and shared services on their respective areas of expertise while also creating a more efficient and effective organizational structure
  • During the second quarter of fiscal 2024 we announced plans to geographically consolidate the U S Beauty business currently located in El Paso Texas and Irvine California and co locate it with our Wellness business in the Boston Massachusetts area This geographic consolidation and relocation is the next step in our initiative to streamline and simplify the organization and is expected to be completed during fiscal 2025 We expect these changes will enable a greater opportunity to capture synergies and enhance collaboration and innovation within the Beauty Wellness segment
  • We have updated our expectations regarding Project Pegasus charges and savings We have lowered our total estimate of one time pre tax restructuring charges to approximately 50 million to 55 million over the duration of the plan We continue to expect these charges to be completed during fiscal 2025 We previously estimated total pre tax restructuring charges of approximately 60 million to 65 million In addition we now have the following expectations regarding Project Pegasus charges
  • Pre tax restructuring charges to be comprised of approximately 15 million to 19 million of severance and employee related costs 28 million of professional fees 3 million to 4 million of contract termination costs and 4 million of other exit and disposal costs
  • All of our operating segments and shared services will be impacted by the plan and pre tax restructuring charges include approximately 16 million to 17 million in Home Outdoor and 34 million to 38 million in Beauty Wellness
  • We continue to expect targeted annualized pre tax operating profit improvements of approximately 75 million to 85 million which began in fiscal 2024 and which we now expect to be substantially achieved by the end of fiscal 2027
  • We have updated our expectations regarding the estimated cadence of the recognition of the savings to be approximately 25 in fiscal 2024 which was achieved approximately 35 in fiscal 2025 approximately 25 in fiscal 2026 and approximately 15 in fiscal 2027 We previously estimated recognition of the savings to be approximately 25 in fiscal 2024 approximately 50 in fiscal 2025 and approximately 25 in 2026
  • During fiscal 2024 and 2023 we incurred 18 7 million and 27 4 million respectively of pre tax restructuring costs in connection with Project Pegasus which were recorded as Restructuring charges in the consolidated statements of income We recognized
  • Under agreements with customers licensors and parties from whom we have acquired assets or entered into business combinations we indemnify these parties against liability associated with our products Additionally we are party to a number of agreements under leases where we indemnify the lessor for liabilities attributable to our actions or conduct The indemnity agreements to which we are a party do not in general increase our liability for claims related to our products or actions and have not materially affected our consolidated financial statements
  • We are involved in various other legal claims and proceedings in the normal course of operations We believe the outcome of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position results of operations or liquidity except as described below
  • On December 23 2021 Brita LP filed a complaint against Kaz USA Inc and Helen of Troy Limited in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas the Patent Litigation alleging patent infringement by the Company relating to its PUR gravity fed water filtration systems In the Patent Litigation Brita LP seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief relating to the alleged infringement Brita LP simultaneously filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission ITC against Kaz USA Inc Helen of Troy Limited and five other unrelated companies that sell water filtration systems the ITC Action The complaint in the ITC Action also alleged patent infringement by the Company with respect to a limited set of PUR gravity fed water filtration systems In the ITC Action Brita LP requested the ITC to initiate an unfair import investigation relating to such filtration systems This action sought injunctive relief to prevent entry of certain accused PUR products and certain other products into the U S and cessation of marketing and sales of existing inventory that is already in the U S On January 25 2022 the ITC instituted the investigation requested by the ITC Action Discovery closed in the ITC Action in May 2022 and approximately half of the originally identified PUR gravity fed water filters were removed from the case and are no longer included in the ITC Action In August 2022 the parties participated in the evidentiary hearing with additional supplemental hearings in October 2022 On February 28 2023 the ITC issued an Initial Determination in the ITC Action tentatively ruling against the Company and the other unrelated respondents The ITC has a guaranteed review process and thus all respondents including the Company filed a petition with the ITC for a full review of the Initial
  • Determination On September 19 2023 the ITC issued its Final Determination in the Company s favor The ITC determined there was no violation by the Company and terminated the investigation Brita LP is appealing the ITC s decision to the Federal Circuit CAFC Appeal and filed its Notice of Appeal on October 24 2023 The Company intervened in the CAFC Appeal but as of the filing date of this Form 10 K no hearings have been scheduled The Patent Litigation remains stayed for the time being We cannot predict the outcome of these legal proceedings the amount or range of any potential loss when the proceedings will be resolved or customer acceptance of any replacement water filter Litigation is inherently unpredictable and the resolution or disposition of these proceedings could if adversely determined have a material and adverse impact on our financial position and results of operations
  • Our operations are subject to national state local and provincial jurisdictions environmental health and safety laws and regulations and industry specific product certifications Many of the products we sell are subject to product safety laws and regulations in various jurisdictions These laws and regulations specify the maximum allowable levels of certain materials that may be contained in our products provide statutory prohibitions against misbranded and adulterated products establish ingredients and manufacturing procedures for certain products specify product safety testing requirements and set product identification labeling and claim requirements Some of our product lines are subject to product identification labeling and claim requirements which are monitored and enforced by regulatory agencies such as the U S Environmental Protection Agency the EPA U S Customs and Border Protection the U S Food and Drug Administration and the U S Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • During fiscal 2022 we were in discussions with the EPA regarding the compliance of packaging claims on certain of our products in the air and water filtration categories and a limited subset of humidifier products within the Beauty Wellness segment that are sold in the U S The EPA did not raise any product quality safety or performance issues As a result of these packaging compliance discussions we voluntarily implemented a temporary stop shipment action on the impacted products as we worked with the EPA towards an expedient resolution Our fiscal 2022 consolidated and Beauty Wellness segment s net sales revenue gross profit and operating income were materially and adversely impacted by the stop shipment actions and the time needed to execute repackaging and relabeling plans We resumed normalized levels of shipping of the affected inventory during fiscal 2022 and we completed the repackaging and relabeling of our existing inventory of impacted products during fiscal 2023 Additionally as a result of continuing dialogue with the EPA we executed further repackaging and relabeling plans on certain additional humidifier products and certain additional air filtration products which were also completed during fiscal 2023 Although we have not been notified of any fines or penalties imposed against us by the EPA related to this matter there can be no assurances that such fines or penalties will not be imposed in the future
  • We recorded charges to cost of goods sold to write off obsolete packaging for the affected products in our inventory on hand and in transit We have also incurred additional compliance costs comprised of obsolete packaging storage and other charges from vendors which were recognized in cost of goods sold and incremental warehouse storage costs and legal fees which were recognized in SG A We refer to these charges as EPA compliance costs
  • Includes a 4 4 million charge to write off the obsolete packaging for the affected additional humidifier products and affected additional air filtration products in our inventory on hand and in transit as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2023
  • Includes a 13 1 million charge to cost of goods sold to write off the obsolete packaging for the affected air filtration water filtration and humidifier products in our inventory on hand and in transit as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2022
  • In addition we incurred and capitalized into inventory costs to repackage a portion of our existing inventory of the affected products beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 through completion of the repackaging in the third quarter of fiscal 2023
  • For additional information refer to Item 1A Risk Factors and to Item 7 Management s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations including EPA Compliance Costs included within this Annual Report
  • On March 30 2022 a third party facility that we utilized for inventory storage incurred severe damage from a weather related incident The inventory that was stored at this facility primarily related to our Beauty Wellness segment While the inventory was insured some seasonal inventory and inventory designated for specific customer promotions was not accessible and subsequently determined to be damaged and as a result unfavorably impacted our net sales revenue during the first quarter of fiscal 2023 As a result of the damages to the inventory stored at the facility we recorded a charge to write off the damaged inventory totaling 34 4 million during fiscal 2023 These charges were fully offset by probable insurance recoveries of 34 4 million also recorded during fiscal 2023 which represented anticipated insurance proceeds not to exceed the amount of the associated losses for which receipt was deemed probable The charges for the damaged inventory and the expected insurance recoveries were included in cost of goods sold in our consolidated statement of income for the fiscal year ended February 28 2023 During fiscal 2023 we received proceeds of 46 0 million from our insurance carriers related to this incident which are included in cash flows from operating activities in our consolidated statement of cash flows for the fiscal year ended February 28 2023 As a result during fiscal 2023 the Company recorded a gain of 9 7 million net of costs incurred to dispose of the inventory as a reduction of SG A expense in our consolidated statement of income
  • We sell certain of our products under trademarks licensed from third parties Some of these trademark license agreements require us to pay minimum royalties As of February 29 2024 we estimate future minimum annual royalty payments over the noncancellable term of these arrangements to be approximately 6 3 million 6 0 million 6 0 million 5 5 million and 2 8 million per year during the next five fiscal years respectively
  • On February 15 2024 we entered into a credit agreement the Credit Agreement with Bank of America N A as administrative agent and other lenders The Credit Agreement replaces our prior credit agreement the Prior Credit Agreement which terminated on February 15 2024 and is further described below We utilized the proceeds from the refinancing to repay all principal interest and fees outstanding under the Prior Credit Agreement without penalty As a result we recognized a loss on extinguishment of debt within interest expense
  • f unamortized prepaid financing fees related to the Prior Credit Agreement and 0 1 million of lender fees related to debt under the Credit Agreement treated as an extinguishment Additionally we expensed 0 3 million of third party fees in fiscal 2024 related to debt under the Credit Agreement treated as a modification which was recognized within interest expense We capitalized 4 0 million of lender fees and 2 2 million of third party fees incurred in connection with the Credit Agreement which were recorded as prepaid financing fees in long term debt and prepaid expenses and other current assets in the amounts of 5 4 million and 0 8 million respectively
  • The Credit Agreement provides for aggregate commitments of 1 5 billion which are available through i a 1 0 billion revolving credit facility which includes a 50 million sublimit for the issuance of letters of credit ii a 250 million term loan facility and iii a committed 250 million delayed draw term loan facility which may be borrowed in multiple drawdowns until August 15 2025 Proceeds can be used for working capital and other general corporate purposes including funding permitted acquisitions At the closing date of the Credit Agreement we borrowed 457 5 million under the revolving credit facility and 250 0 million under the term loan facility and utilized the proceeds to repay all debt outstanding under the Prior Credit Agreement The Credit Agreement matures on February 15 2029 The Credit Agreement includes an accordion feature which permits the Company to request to increase its borrowing capacity by an additional 300 million plus an unlimited amount when the Leverage Ratio as
  • Outstanding letters of credit reduce the borrowing availability under the Credit Agreement on a dollar for dollar basis We are able to repay amounts borrowed at any time without penalty Borrowings accrue interest under one of two alternative methods pursuant to the Credit Agreement as described below With each borrowing against our credit line we can elect the interest rate method based on our funding needs at the time We also incur loan commitment and letter of credit fees under the Credit Agreement T
  • he term loans are payable at the end of each fiscal quarter in equal installments of 0 625 through February 28 2025 0 9375 through February 28 2026 and 1 25 thereafter of the original principal balance of the term loans beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2025 with the remaining balance due at the maturity date Borrowings under the Credit Agreement bear floating interest at either the Base Rate or Term SOFR as defined in the Credit Agreement plus a margin based on the Net Leverage Ratio as defined in the Credit Agreement of 0 to 1 125 and 1 0 to 2 125 for Base Rate and Term SOFR borrowings respectively
  • Our Prior Credit Agreement with Bank of America N A as administrative agent and other lenders provided for an unsecured total revolving commitment of 1 25 billion and a 300 million accordion which could be used for term loan commitments In June 2022 we exercised the accordion under the Prior Credit Agreement and borrowed 250 million as term loans The proceeds from the term loans were used to repay revolving loans under the Prior Credit Agreement The maturity date of the term loans and the revolving loans under the Prior Credit Agreement was March 13 2025 Borrowings under the Prior Credit Agreement bore floating interest at either the Base Rate or Term SOFR as defined in the Prior Credit Agreement plus a margin based on the Net Leverage Ratio as defined in the Prior Credit Agreement of 0 to 1 0 and 1 0 to 2 0 for Base Rate and Term SOFR borrowings respectively
  • The floating interest rates on our borrowings under the Credit Agreement and Prior Credit Agreement are hedged with interest rate swaps to effectively fix interest rates on 500 million and 425 million of the outstanding principal balance under the revolving loans as of February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 respectively S
  • As of February 29 2024 the balance of outstanding letters of credit was 15 5 million and the amount available for revolving loans under the Credit Agreement was 562 6 million Covenants in the Credit Agreement limit the amount of total indebtedness we can incur As of February 29 2024 these covenants effectively limited our ability to incur more than 474 6 million of additional debt from all sources including the Credit Agreement or 562 6 million in the event a qualified acquisition is consummated
  • On February 28 2023 we paid the remaining balance of 15 1 million including principal and interest outstanding under our unsecured loan agreement the MBFC Loan with the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation the MBFC without penalty As a result as of February 28 2023 we no longer had outstanding debt related to the MBFC Loan and the MBFC Loan terminated pursuant to its terms The loan agreement was entered into in connection with the issuance by MBFC of taxable industrial development revenue bonds Borrowings under the MBFC Loan bore interest at either the Base Rate or Term SOFR both as defined in the loan agreement plus a margin based on the Net Leverage Ratio as defined in the loan agreement of 0 to 1 0 and 1 0 to 2 0 for Base Rate and Term SOFR borrowings respectively The borrowings were used to fund construction of our Olive Branch Mississippi distribution facility The maturity date of the MBFC Loan was March 1 2023
  • Our debt under our Credit Agreement is unconditionally guaranteed on a joint and several basis by the Company and certain of its subsidiaries Our Credit Agreement requires the maintenance of certain key financial covenants defined in the accompanying Management s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Financial Condition Liquidity and Capital Resources Credit Agreement and Other Debt Agreements Our Credit Agreement also contains other customary covenants including among other things covenants restricting or limiting us except under certain conditions set forth therein from 1 incurring liens on our properties 2 making certain types of investments 3 incurring additional debt and 4 assigning or transferring certain licenses Our Credit Agreement also contains customary events of default including failure to pay principal or interest when due among others Upon an event of default under our Credit Agreement the lenders may among other things accelerate the maturity of any amounts outstanding The commitments of the lenders to make loans to us under the Credit Agreement are several and not joint Accordingly if any lender fails to make loans to us our available liquidity could be reduced by an amount up to the aggregate amount of such lender s commitments under the Credit Agreement
  • During fiscal 2024 and 2023 we incurred interest costs totaling 53 9 million and 46 2 million respectively of which we capitalized 0 9 million and 5 5 million respectively as part of property and equipment in connection with the construction of a new distribution facility During fiscal 2022 we incurred interest costs totaling 12 8 million none of which was capitalized
  • The following table contains information about interest rates and the related weighted average borrowings outstanding under our Credit Agreement including under the Prior Credit Agreement and the MBFC Loan for the periods presented below
  • The average effective interest rate during each year is computed by dividing the total interest expense associated with the borrowing for a fiscal year by the average borrowings outstanding for the same fiscal year Beginning in fiscal 2024 we included the impact of our interest rate swaps and commitment fees incurred under the Credit Agreement and Prior Credit Agreement in computing total interest expense A
  • Interest rate range reflects the interest rates on the borrowings under the Credit Agreement and Prior Credit Agreement pursuant to the respective agreements and excludes the impact of our interest rate swaps
  • Beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2024 the weighted average interest rate on borrowings outstanding at year end under the Credit Agreement is computed inclusive of the impact of our interest rate swaps Accordingly w
  • Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date Valuation techniques under the accounting guidance related to fair value measurements are based on observable and unobservable inputs These inputs are classified into the following hierarchy
  • Observable inputs other than quoted prices that are directly or indirectly observable for the asset or liability including quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets quoted prices for similar or identical assets or liabilities in markets that are not active and model derived valuations whose inputs are observable or whose significant value drivers are observable and
  • When circumstances dictate the transfer of an asset or liability to a different level we report the transfer at the beginning of the reporting period in which the facts and circumstances resulting in the transfer occurred There were no transfers between the fair value hierarchy levels during the periods presented
  • All of our financial assets and liabilities except for our investments in U S Treasury Bills are classified as Level 2 because their valuation is dependent on observable inputs and other quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities or model derived valuations whose significant value drivers are observable Our investments in U S Treasury Bills are classified as Level 1 because their value is based on quoted prices in active markets for identical assets The following table presents the fair value of our financial assets and liabilities
  • All of our financial assets and liabilities except for our investments in U S Treasury Bills are measured and recorded at fair value on a recurring basis Our investments in U S Treasury Bills are recorded at amortized cost As of February 29 2024 the current and non current carrying amounts of our U S Treasury Bills were 2 5 million and 6 6 million respectively and were included within Prepaid expenses and other current assets and Other assets respectively in our consolidated balance sheet
  • The carrying amounts of cash accounts payable accrued expenses and other current liabilities and income taxes payable approximate fair value because of the short maturity of these items The carrying amounts of receivables approximate fair value due to the effect of the related allowance for credit losses The carrying amount of our floating rate long term debt approximates its fair value
  • Our investments in U S Treasury Bills are classified as held to maturity because we have the positive intent and ability to hold the securities to maturity We invest in U S Treasury Bills with maturities ranging from less than one to five years Gross unrealized gains and losses are not material for any period presented During fiscal 2024 we recognized interest income on these investments of 0 3 million which is included in Non operating income net in our consolidated statement of income
  • We use derivatives to manage our exposure to changes in foreign currency exchange rates which include foreign currency forward contracts and cross currency debt swaps In addition we use interest rate swaps to manage our exposure to changes in interest rates All of our derivative assets and liabilities are recorded at fair value See Notes 1 15 and 16 for more information on our derivatives
  • The U S Dollar is the functional currency for the Company and all of its subsidiaries and is also the reporting currency for the Company By operating internationally we are subject to foreign currency risk from transactions denominated in currencies other than the U S Dollar foreign currencies Such transactions include sales and operating expenses As a result of such transactions portions of our cash accounts receivable and accounts payable are denominated in foreign currencies Approximately
  • 14 13 and 10 of our net sales revenue was denominated in foreign currencies during fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively These sales were primarily denominated in Euros British Pounds and Canadian Dollars We make most of our inventory purchases from manufacturers in Asia and primarily use the U S Dollar for such purchases
  • In our consolidated statements of income foreign currency exchange rate gains and losses resulting from the remeasurement of foreign income taxes receivables and payables and deferred income tax assets and liabilities are recognized in income tax expense and all other foreign currency exchange rate gains and losses are recognized in SG A We recorded in income tax expense foreign currency exchange rate net gains of 0 3 million during fiscal 2024 and net losses of 0 4 million and 0 5 million during fiscal 2023 and 2022 respectively We recorded in SG A foreign currency exchange rate net losses of 0 5 million 1 7 million and 0 2 million during fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively We mitigate certain foreign currency exchange rate risk by using forward contracts and cross currency debt swaps to protect against the foreign currency exchange rate risk inherent in our transactions denominated in foreign currencies We do not enter into any derivatives or similar instruments for trading or other speculative purposes Certain of our forward contracts are designated as cash flow hedges foreign currency contracts Foreign currency derivatives for which we have not elected hedge accounting consist of certain forward contracts and our cross currency debt swaps These undesignated derivatives are used to hedge monetary net asset and liability positions We evaluate our derivatives designated as cash flow hedges each quarter to assess hedge effectiveness For additional information on our accounting for derivatives see Note 1
  • Interest on our outstanding debt as of February 29 2024 is based on floating interest rates If short term interest rates increase we will incur higher interest expense on any future outstanding balances of floating rate debt Floating interest rates are hedged with interest rate swaps to effectively fix interest rates on a portion of our outstanding principal balance under the Credit Agreement and Prior Credit Agreement which totaled 672 0 million and 936 9 million as of February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 respectively As of February 29 2024 and February 28 2023 500 million
  • of the outstanding principal balance under the Credit Agreement and Prior Credit Agreement respectively was hedged with interest rate swaps to fix the interest rate we pay Our interest rate swaps are designated as cash flow hedges and we evaluate our derivatives designated as cash flow hedges each quarter to assess hedge effectiveness For additional information on our accounting for derivatives see Note 1
  • These forward contracts for which we have not elected hedge accounting hedge monetary net asset and liability positions for the notional amounts reported creating an economic hedge against currency movements
  • We expect a net gain of 1 5 million associated with foreign currency contracts and interest rate swaps currently recorded in AOCI to be reclassified into income over the next twelve months The amount ultimately realized however will differ as exchange rates and interest rates change and the underlying contracts settle See Notes 1 14 and 16 for more information
  • Financial instruments including foreign currency contracts forward contracts cross currency debt swaps and interest rate swaps expose us to counterparty credit risk for non performance We manage our exposure to counterparty credit risk by only dealing with counterparties who are substantial international financial institutions with significant experience using such derivative instruments We believe that the risk of incurring credit losses is remote
  • We currently operate in two segments consisting of Home Outdoor and Beauty Wellness The Curlsmith and Osprey brands and products were added to the Beauty Wellness and Home Outdoor segments respectively upon the completion of the acquisitions of Curlsmith and Osprey
  • Fiscal 2024 and 2023 include a full year of operating results from Osprey acquired on December 29 2021 compared to approximately nine weeks of operating results in fiscal 2022 For additional information see Note 6
  • Fiscal 2024 includes a full year of operating results from Curlsmith acquired on April 22 2022 compared to approximately forty five weeks of operating results in fiscal 2023 For additional information see Note 6
  • We compute segment operating income based on net sales revenue less cost of goods sold SG A and restructuring charges The SG A used to compute each segment s operating income is directly associated with the segment plus shared services and corporate overhead expenses that are allocable to the segment We do not allocate non operating income and expense including interest or income taxes to operating segments Our chief operating decision maker reviews balance sheet information at a consolidated level
  • Worldwide sales to our largest customer Amazon com Inc accounted for approximately 21 17 and 19 of our consolidated net sales revenue in fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively Sales to our second largest customer Target Corporation accounted for approximately 10 in both fiscal 2024 and 2023 and 11 in fiscal 2022 of our consolidated net sales revenue Sales to our third largest customer Walmart Inc including its worldwide affiliates accounted for approximately 9 10 and 11 of our consolidated net sales revenue in fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively Sales to these largest customers include sales across both of our business segments No other customers accounted for 10 or more of consolidated net sales revenue during these fiscal years Sales to our top five customers accounted for approximately 47 43 and 49 of our consolidated net sales revenue in fiscal 2024 2023 and 2022 respectively
  • We reorganized the Company in Bermuda in 1994 and many of our foreign subsidiaries are not directly or indirectly owned by a U S parent As such a large portion of our foreign income is not subject to U S taxation on a permanent basis under current law Additionally our intellectual property is largely owned by foreign subsidiaries resulting in proportionally higher earnings in jurisdictions with lower statutory tax rates which decreases our overall effective tax rate The taxable income earned in each jurisdiction whether U S or foreign is determined by the subsidiary s operating results and transfer pricing and tax regulations in the related jurisdictions
  • The Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development has introduced a framework to implement a global minimum corporate income tax of 15 referred to as Pillar Two Many aspects of Pillar Two are effective for tax years beginning after January 1 2024 with certain remaining aspects to be effective for tax years beginning January 1 2025 or later Certain countries have adopted legislation to implement Pillar Two and other countries are in the process of introducing legislation to implement Pillar Two Based on the countries in which we operate and those that have adopted legislation that is already effective or with effective dates during our fiscal 2025 we currently do not expect the global minimum tax rules will have a material impact to our global effective tax rate in fiscal 2025 We will continue to assess the impact of Pillar Two and monitor developments in legislation regulation and interpretive guidance
  • In response to Pillar Two on December 27 2023 Bermuda enacted a corporate income tax effective for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1 2025 The 15 corporate income tax regime applies to Bermuda businesses that are part of multinational enterprise groups with annual revenue of 750 million or more and is effective for us in fiscal 2026 The Bermuda corporate income tax allows for a beginning net operating loss balance related to the five years preceding the effective date Accordingly during fiscal 2024 we recorded a deferred tax asset of 9 3 million for the Bermuda net operating losses generated from fiscal 2021 through 2024 with an offsetting valuation allowance of 9 3 million Although we currently do not expect the tax regime to have a material impact to our consolidated financial statements we will continue to monitor and evaluate impact as further regulatory guidance becomes available
  • On August 16 2022 the Inflation Reduction Act the Act was enacted and signed into law The Act is a budget reconciliation package that includes significant law changes relating to tax climate change energy and health care The tax provisions include among other items a corporate alternative minimum tax of 15 an excise tax of 1 on corporate stock buy backs energy related tax credits and additional IRS funding We do not expect these tax provisions to have a material impact to our consolidated financial statements
  • On March 11 2021 the American Rescue Plan Act the ARP was enacted and signed into law The ARP is an economic stimulus package in response to the COVID 19 outbreak which contains tax provisions that did not have a material impact to our consolidated financial statements
  • The Company continues to elect to account for U S tax on global intangible low taxed income GILTI as a period cost and therefore has not recorded deferred taxes related to GILTI on its foreign subsidiaries
  • While U S federal tax expense has been recognized on the undistributed earnings of our U S owned foreign subsidiaries no deferred tax liabilities with respect to items such as certain foreign exchange gains or losses foreign withholding taxes or state taxes have been recognized No deferred taxes have been provided on the undistributed earnings of our foreign owned subsidiaries as these earnings will continue to be permanently reinvested Due to the number of legal entities and jurisdictions involved our legal entity structure and the tax laws in the relevant jurisdictions we believe it is not practicable to estimate the amount of additional taxes which may be payable upon distribution of these undistributed earnings
  • Our total income tax expense differs from the amounts computed by applying the U S statutory tax rate to income before income taxes An income tax rate reconciliation of these differences are as follows
  • Each year there are significant transactions or events that are incidental to our core businesses and that by a combination of their nature and jurisdiction can have a disproportionate impact on our reported effective tax rates Without these transactions or events the trend in our effective tax rates would follow a more normalized pattern
  • In assessing the realizability of deferred tax assets we consider whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized We consider the scheduled reversal of deferred tax liabilities expected future taxable income and tax planning strategies in assessing the ultimate realization of deferred tax assets If recovery is not likely we must increase our provision for taxes by recording a valuation allowance against the deferred tax assets that we estimate will not be recoverable In fiscal 2024 the 8 3 million net increase in our valuation allowance was principally due to net operating loss carryforwards recorded in fiscal 2024 as a result of the Bermuda corporate income tax enactment that are not expected to be recoverable
  • If we are able to sustain our positions with the relevant taxing authorities approximately 6 8 million excluding interest and penalties of uncertain tax position liabilities as of February 29 2024 would favorably impact our effective tax rate in future periods We do not expect any significant changes to our existing unrecognized tax benefits during the next twelve months resulting from any issues currently pending with tax authorities
  • We classify interest and penalties on uncertain tax positions as income tax expense At the end of fiscal 2024 and 2023 the liability for tax related interest and penalties associated with unrecognized tax benefits was 3 2 million and 3 1 million respectively Additionally during fiscal 2024 and 2023 we recognized a de minimus amount of tax expense and tax benefits of 0 1 million respectively from tax related interest and penalties in the consolidated statements of income
  • We file income tax returns in the U S federal jurisdiction and in various states and foreign jurisdictions As of February 29 2024 tax years under examination or still subject to examination by material tax jurisdictions are as follows
  • We compute basic earnings per share using the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period We compute diluted earnings per share using the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding plus the effect of dilutive securities Dilutive securities at any given point in time may consist of outstanding options to purchase common stock and issued and contingently issuable unvested RSUs PSUs RSAs PSAs and other stock based awards see Note 8 Anti dilutive securities are not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share under the treasury stock method
  • Additions to the allowance for credit losses represent periodic net charges to the provision for doubtful receivables inclusive of any recoveries of receivables previously written off The addition to the allowance for credit losses in fiscal 2024 includes a charge for uncollectible receivables due to the bankruptcy of Bed Bath Beyond In fiscal 2024 the addition to the deferred tax asset valuation allowance was primarily due to net operating loss carryforwards recorded in fiscal 2024 as a result of the Bermuda corporate income tax enactment that are not expected to be recoverable partially offset by changes in estimates of the recoverability of deferred tax assets
  • Deductions to the allowance for credit losses represent uncollectible balances written off Deductions to the deferred tax asset valuation allowance in fiscal 2023 and fiscal 2022 were primarily due to changes in deferred tax assets that are not expected to be recoverable
  • Based on their evaluation as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report on Form 10 K our Company s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our Company s disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rule 13a 15 e under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are effective at the reasonable assurance level During our fiscal quarter ended February 29 2024 there were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect our internal control over financial reporting
  • Management s report on internal control over financial reporting and the attestation report on internal control over financial reporting of the independent registered public accounting firm required by this item are set forth under Item 8 Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report and are incorporated herein by reference
  • During the fiscal quarter ended February 29 2024 none of our officers or directors adopted or terminated any contract instruction or written plan for the purchase or sale of our securities that was intended to satisfy the affirmative defense conditions of Rule 10b5 1 c or any non Rule 10b5 1 trading arrangement
  • We have adopted a Code of Ethics governing our Chief Executive Officer Chief Financial Officer Principal Accounting Officer and finance department members The full text of our Code of Ethics is published on our website at www helenoftroy com under the Investor Relations Governance caption The information on our website is not part of this Annual Report We intend to disclose future amendments to or waivers from certain provisions of this Code of Ethics on our website or in a current report on Form 8 K
  • Information set forth under the captions Director Compensation Executive Compensation Tables Compensation Discussion Analysis CEO Pay Ratio for Fiscal Year 2024 Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation and Compensation Committee Report in our Proxy Statement is incorporated by reference in response to this Item 11
  • Information set forth under the captions Equity Compensation Plan Information and Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management in our Proxy Statement is incorporated by reference in response to this Item 12
  • Information set forth under the caption Audit and Other Fees Paid to our Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm and Pre Approval Policies and Procedures in our Proxy Statement is incorporated by reference in response to this Item 14
  • The exhibit numbers succeeded by an asterisk indicate exhibits filed herewith The exhibit numbers succeeded by two asterisks indicate exhibits furnished herewith that are not deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and otherwise are not subject to liability All other exhibit numbers indicate exhibits filed by incorporation by reference Exhibit numbers succeeded by a cross are management contracts or compensatory plans or arrangements
  • Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of December 8 2010 among Helen of Troy Texas Corporation KI Acquisition Corp Kaz Inc the Company and the Kaz Inc shareholders party thereto incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2 1 to the Company s Current Report on Form 8 K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 9 2010
  • Memorandum of Association incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3 1 to the Company s Registration Statement on Form S 4 File No 33 73594 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 30 1993
  • Amended and Restated Bye Laws incorporated by reference to Appendix A to the Company s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A File No 001 14669 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 27 2016
  • Description of the Company s Securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4 1 of the Company s Annual Report on Form 10 K for the fiscal year ended February 29 2020 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 29 2020
  • Form of Indemnification Agreement incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 1 of the Company s Annual Report on Form 10 K for the fiscal year ended February 28 2014 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 29 2014
  • Helen of Troy Limited Amended and Restated 2008 Stock Incentive Plan incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 1 to the Company s Current Report on Form 8 K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 25 2015
  • Amended and Restated Helen of Troy Limited 2011 Annual Incentive Plan incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 1 of the Company s Quarterly Report on 10 Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 11 2016
  • Helen of Troy Limited 2018 Stock Incentive Plan incorporated by reference to Annex B of the Company s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 28 2018 the 2018 Proxy
  • Severance Agreement between Helen of Troy Nevada Corporation and Brian Grass dated September 25 2023 incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 1 to the Company s Current Report on Form 8 K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 4 2023
  • Amended and Restated Employment Agreement among Helen of Troy Nevada Corporation Helen of Troy Limited a Bermuda company Helen of Troy Limited a Barbados company and Julien Mininberg effective March 1 2021 incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 1 to the Company s Current Report on Form 8 K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 10 2020 the December 2020 8 K
  • Employment Agreement among Helen of Troy Nevada Corporation and Noel Geoffroy dated April 25 2023 incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 1 to the Company s Current Report on Form 8 K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 26 2023
  • Credit Agreement dated February 15 2024 by and among Helen of Troy Texas Corporation Helen of Troy Limited Bank of America N A as administrative agent and the other lenders party thereto incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 1 to the Company s Current Report on Form 8 K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 20 2024 the February 2024 8 K
  • Guaranty dated February 15 2024 made by Helen of Troy Limited and certain of its subsidiaries in favor of Bank of America N A and other lenders incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 2 of the Company s February 2024 8 K
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