9341 Courtland Drive, N.E.
Rockford, Michigan 49351
New York Stock Exchange
Ernst & Young, LLP
P.O. Box 30170
College Station, Texas 77842-3170
800.622.6757 (U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico)
Christopher E. Hufnagel
Senior Vice President
Brett A. Parent
Strategy and Investor Relations
A copy of this Annual Report and the Annual Report to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-K for 2016, including the consolidated financial statements and financial statement schedules, may be obtained by any shareholder without charge by writing General Counsel and Secretary, 9341 Courtland Drive, N.E., Rockford, Michigan 49351 or by accessing the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at www.wolverineworldwide.com.
The annual meeting of shareholders will be held at the Corporate Headquarters of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., 9341 Courtland Drive, N.E., Rockford, Michigan on May 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. E.D.T.
The Annual Report contains forward-looking statements, including statements in "The Wolverine Way Forward" section of the Chairman's letter as well as those regarding future operations, strategies, investments, investment benefits, shareholder value, growth, global expansion, and operating results. In addition, words such as "guidance," "estimates," "anticipates," "believes," "forecasts," "step," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "is likely," "expects," "intends," "should," "will," "confident," variations of such words, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions ("Risk Factors") that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood, and degree of occurrence. Risk Factors include, among others: changes in general economic conditions, employment rates, business conditions, interest rates, tax policies and other factors affecting consumer spending in the markets and regions in which the Company's products are sold; the inability for any reason to effectively compete in global footwear, apparel and consumer-direct markets; the inability to maintain positive brand images and anticipate, understand and respond to changing footwear and apparel trends and consumer preferences; the inability to effectively manage inventory levels; increases or changes in duties, tariffs, quotas or applicable assessments in countries of import and export; currency fluctuations; currency restrictions; capacity constraints, production disruptions, quality issues, price increases or other risks associated with foreign sourcing; the cost and availability of raw materials, inventories, services and labor for owned and contract manufacturers; labor disruptions; changes in relationships with, including the loss of, significant wholesale customers; the failure of the U.S. Department of Defense to exercise future purchase options or award new contracts, or the cancellation or modification of existing contracts by the Department of Defense or other military purchasers; risks related to the significant investment in, and performance of, the Company's consumer-direct operations; risks related to the expanding into new markets and complementary product categories as well as consumer-direct operations; the impact of seasonality and unpredictable weather conditions; changes in general economic conditions and/or the credit markets on the Company's distributors, suppliers and customers; increase in the Company's effective tax rates; failure of licensees or distributors to meet planned annual sales goals or to make timely payments to the Company; the risks of doing business in developing countries, and politically or economically volatile areas; the ability to secure and protect owned intellectual property or use licensed intellectual property; the impact of regulation, regulatory and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; the potential breach of the Company's databases, or those of its vendors, which contain certain personal information or payment card data; problems affecting the Company's distribution system, including service interruptions at shipping and receiving ports; strategic actions, including new initiatives and ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, and the Company's success in integrating acquired businesses, and implementing new initiatives and ventures; the risk of impairment to goodwill and other acquired intangibles; the success of the Company's consumer-direct realignment initiatives; changes in future pension funding requirements and pension expenses; and additional factors discussed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and exhibits thereto. The foregoing Risk Factors, as well as other existing Risk Factors and new Risk Factors that emerge from time to time, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Furthermore, the Company undertakes no obligation to update, amend, or clarify forward-looking statements.
WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE and W logo, BATES, CHACO, EVERUN, GRASSHOPPERS, HUSH PUPPIES, HYTEST, KEDS, KINVARA, MERRELL, MOAB, SAUCONY, SEBAGO, SOFT STYLE, SPERRY, SPERRY TOP-SIDER, STRIDE RITE, 360° LACING SYSTEM, WAVE-SIPING, WOLVERINE, WOLVERINE 1000 MILE and related design marks are registered and unregistered trademarks of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.
CAT, CATERPILLAR and related design marks are registered trademarks of Caterpillar, Inc. HARLEY-DAVIDSON and related design marks are registered trademarks of H-D U.S.A., LLC. Cat Footwear and Harley-Davidson Footwear are produced under license by Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
All other trademarks and designs are the property of their respective owners.
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