G-III Group, Ltd. announced operating results for the three and twelve-month periods ended January 31, 2003.

For the three-month period ended January 31, 2003, G-III reported net sales increased 55.1% to $47.7 million from $30.7 million during the comparable period last year. The Company reported a net loss of $4.5 million, or ($0.66) per share, for the three-month period, compared to a net loss of $3.7 million, or ($0.55) per share, during the comparable period last year.

For the twelve-month period ended January 31, 2003, net sales were $202.7 million compared to $201.4 million last year. The Company reported net income of $382,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended January 31, 2003 compared to net income of $2.4 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, last year.

The results for the three and twelve-month periods ended January 31, 2003 include charges aggregating $4.1 million ($3.4 million on an after-tax basis) in connection with the Company’s previously announced decision to close its manufacturing facility in Indonesia. Excluding these charges, the Company would have had a net loss for the three-month period of $1.1 million, or ($0.16) per share, and net income for the twelve-month period of $3.8 million, or $0.52 per diluted share. In addition, included in the results for the year are after-tax operating losses at our Indonesian facility, prior to its closedown, of approximately $1.8 million.

Morris Goldfarb, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, “We believe we are positioned to both resume sales growth and report improved levels of operating profitability. The transition of our production formerly done in the Indonesian facility to third-party manufacturing is on schedule. This should improve gross margin and operating profit and allow management to focus more of its time and attention on our core business.”

Gross margin during the fourth quarter increased to 20.2% from 9.7% in the fourth quarter of last year due to better inventory management and higher sales of regular priced merchandise. For the full year, gross margin improved to 24.3% from 21.5% in the prior year. Cost of sales for the fourth quarter and full year included $554,000 of charges in connection with the closing of the Indonesian facility.

The Company reported that inventory at January 31, 2003 decreased by 16.7% to $30.9 million compared to inventory of $37.2 million at January 31, 2002. The Company noted that raw material inventory had been significantly reduced as a result of the expected increase in third party manufacturing related to the closing of the Indonesian facility.

Mr. Goldfarb continued, “Our Sports Apparel business is expected to be the most significant driver of revenue growth, particularly in our higher-margin Hardwood Classics and Cooperstown segments. We believe that we will continue to see good results from several of our newer businesses, such as Cole Haan, and Sean John. Additionally, we have received a favorable response for our new men’s line under the licensed James Dean name, as well as our own new women’s brand, Black Rivet.”

For the first quarter ending April 30, 2003, the Company is comfortable with an estimated loss per share of between ($0.40) and ($0.44). The Company’s loss in the quarter ended April 30, 2002 was ($0.62) per share.

Mr. Goldfarb concluded, “We are beginning fiscal 2004 with clear focus, good opportunities for sales growth, a solid operating structure, and renewed optimism. We look forward to demonstrating our ability to leverage our capability to generate excellent returns for our shareholders.”


          (in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

                            Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended

                            1/31/03    1/31/02    1/31/03    1/31/02
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net sales                 $   47,654 $   30,723 $  202,651 $  201,426

Cost of sales                 38,046     27,740    153,367    158,160
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Gross profit                   9,608      2,983     49,284     43,266

Selling, general and
 administrative               11,403      8,392     41,551     35,814

Costs associated with the      3,556                 3,556
 close down of             ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Indonesian Facility

Operating profit (loss)       (5,351)    (5,409)     4,177      7,452

Interest and financing
 charges, net                    533        760      1,907      3,577
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Income (loss) before
 income taxes                 (5,884)    (6,169)     2,270      3,875

Income tax expense
 (benefit)                    (1,364)    (2,507)     1,888      1,511
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net income (loss)         $   (4,520)$   (3,662)$      382 $    2,364