Freeport, Maine (PRWEB) March 07, 2014
L.L.Bean announced today a positive close to its 2013 fiscal year. On the basis of the business performance for 2013, the company announced its intent to pay 8% performance bonuses to approximately 5,000 full and part-time employees.
For the 2013 fiscal year ending February 23, 2014, L.L.Bean reported annual net sales of $1.56 billion, a 3% increase over 2012.
“L.L.Bean has performed very well in a marketplace that continued to struggle - with economic uncertainty, political distractions and shaky consumer confidence,” said Chris McCormick, L.L.Bean’s President and CEO. “The company’s solid performance in fiscal 2013 is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication of our employees. The positive performance is also the outcome of strategies and investments put in motion in 2010 while the economy was still in a recession.”
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express our appreciation to the L.L.Bean employees that made this happen,” said Shawn Gorman, L.L.Bean’s Chairman of the Board. “This year-end bonus is in recognition of their hard work, and a tribute to the strategies and investments we set in motion in 2010 that positioned the company for growth. We have an amazingly talented team in place and are pleased to continue the family’s commitment to keeping employee and shareholder interests aligned and reward our employees for their hard work, dedication and achievements.”
In addition to the bonus announcement, the company also reported to its employees the additional contribution of $40 million to fully fund its defined benefit pension program. Combined with the bonus, this represents a $78.5 million investment in L.L.Bean employees.
McCormick went on to elaborate on the results of 2013. “We have made substantial investments in our website as well as in our internal processes, all with a goal of providing better product assortment and quality service to our customers. These investments have paid off in increased online sales, greater productivity and wide appeal for new fits and styles in Men’s, Women’s and Outerwear, as well as an expanded Active line. In addition we saw growth in Sporting Equipment with strong performance in our Hunting and Fishing lines as people continue to spend more time outdoors. Our Maine-made L.L.Bean Boot production is at an all-time high, demonstrating Bean’s first product is as relevant today as it was 101 years ago.”
“We look forward to another successful year in 2014,” said Chris McCormick. “The past few years have focused on prudent management of the business and conservative growth plans. In the new fiscal year we will make the largest single-year capital investment with an additional $100 million in the Web, Retail expansion and business systems to fuel our continued growth. We will be opening four new stores, expanding our Signature product line and growing the brand as we see continued strengthening of the economy.”
2013 Business Highlights:
L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean still upholds the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. L.L.Bean products are rigorously tested, guaranteed to last and always shipped free. In the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship. The 220,000 sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at http://www.llbean.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.
A privately held company, L.L.Bean does not publicly disclose financials.