CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-VF posts higher-than-expected profit, raises forecast

Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:48am EDT

(Corrects analysts' estimate in paragraph 6 to $3.49 a share from $3.42; corrects earnings beat in first bullet point to 3 cents a share from 10 cents)

* Quarterly earnings beat Wall Street view by 3 cents a share

* Full-year profit outlook raised by 10 cents a share

* Revenue of $3.15 billion misses Wall Street estimate

* Raises quarterly dividend 21 percent to $0.87/share

* Shares fall nearly 5 percent

Oct 22 (Reuters) - VF Corp, owner of clothing brands like The North Face, Wrangler and Lee, posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Monday as its outdoor and action sports segment continued to do well.

VF Corp, considered to have among the best global supply chains in the industry, said international revenue had risen 28 percent in the third quarter on a constant-dollar basis.

The company said revenue from its own brands, excluding acquisitions, had increased 25 percent in Asia. It recently said it aimed to add $1.1 billion in revenue to its Asia-Pacific business over the next five years.

For the third quarter, VF earned $381.3 million, or $3.42 a share, compared with $300.7 million, or $2.69 a share, a year earlier.

The results include expenses from the September 2011 Timberland acquisition and a gain on the sale of John Varvatos Enterprises Inc.

Excluding those items, the profit came in at $3.52 a share, while analysts on average were expecting $3.49, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The Greensboro, North Carolina-based company raised its full-year profit outlook to $9.60 per share from the $9.50 that it had forecast in July. The analysts' average estimate is $9.54 a share.

Third-quarter revenue rose 14 percent to $3.15 billion, while analysts were expecting $3.17 billion.

VF's board announced a quarterly dividend of 87 cents per share - an increase of 21 percent over last quarter's payout. It is payable Dec. 20 to shareholders of record on Dec. 10.

Shares of VF were down 4.9 percent at $159 in trading before the market opened. (Reporting by Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Chicago; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Lisa Von Ahn)

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