On Thursday, Sept. 21, Nike (NYSE:NKE) released Q1 2007 earnings for the period ended Aug. 31. Here's a summary of the high-level numbers that caused a major move in the stock price.

  • Sales advanced 9% to $4.2 billion. Analysts applauded strong results in all major regions (U.S., Europe, Asia/Pacific, the Americas) and across most major product categories (footwear, apparel, equipment)

  • Net income fell 13% to $377.2 million, while diluted earnings fell 9% to $1.47 per share. Most of the downfall came because Nike began expensing employee stock options.

  • Nike continues to buy back a hefty portion of outstanding stock; it repurchased 6 million shares during the quarter for $476.7 million, completing a $1.5 billion buyback started back in June 2004. It also started a new $3 billion repurchase program approved in June 2006.

(Figures in thousands/millions, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

Avg. Est.

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change

Sales

$4,160

$4,194

$3,862

8.6%

Net Profit

--

$377

$432

(12.7%)

EPS

$1.42

$1.47

$1.61

(8.7%)

Diluted Shares

--

256

269

(4.7%)

Get back to basics with a look at the income statement.

Margin Checkup

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change*

Gross Margin

44.09%

45.26%

(1.17)

Operating Margin

13.73%

17.09%

(3.36)

Net Margin

8.99%

11.19%

(6.45)

*Expressed in percentage points.

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Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$1,725

$1,893

(8.9%)

Accounts Rec.

$2,569

$2,391

7.5%

Inventory

$2,134

$1,851

15.3%


Liabilities

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change

Accounts Payable

$868

$708

22.5%

Long-Term Debt

$380

$428

(11.2%)

Learn the ways of the balance sheet.

Cash Flow Highlights
Nike tripped on its laces here, neglecting to include a cash flow statement in the release. First-quarter cash flow information will be available as soon as Nike follows up with its SEC 10-Q form for the quarter.

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