Aeropostale Reports Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2015

Dec 02, 2015, 16:15 ET from Aeropostale, Inc.

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Aéropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men, today reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015, and provided guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Third Quarter Performance For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, net sales decreased 20% to $363.3 million, from $452.9 million in the year ago period. Comparable sales, including the e-commerce channel, for the third quarter decreased 10% compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

The Company reported a net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 of $26.4 million, or $0.33 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $52.3 million, or $0.66 per diluted share last year.  The net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 included:

  • an after-tax charge of $2.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, resulting from store asset impairment charges, partially offset by;
  • an after-tax benefit of $0.4 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, related to the reversal of previously established exit cost obligation liabilities resulting from lease terminations; and
  • an after-tax benefit of $0.4 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, related to the reversal of previously established real estate consulting fee obligation liabilities.

The net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 included:

  • an after-tax charge of $10.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, resulting from store asset impairment charges;
  • an after-tax charge of $3.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, resulting from lease buyout costs;
  • an after-tax charge of $2.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, related to restructuring charges and consulting fees; and
  • an after-tax charge of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, related to severance costs, net of a reversal of stock-based compensation expense.

Excluding the aforementioned charges, the Company reported an adjusted net loss of $24.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to an adjusted net loss of $35.2 million, or $0.45 per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 (see Exhibit D).

The Company reported an operating loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 of $23.1 million versus $54.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 or, excluding the aforementioned charges, an adjusted operating loss of $21.3 million versus $34.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

Julian R. Geiger, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our results for the quarter led to an adjusted operating loss that was within our original guidance range and that demonstrated a $13 million improvement versus last year.  While we are disappointed with our sales performance, we learned a great deal from our first quarter under our new merchandising strategy and intend to build upon the areas of progress and improve our business further."

The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $41.8 million and long-term debt of $142.8 million.

The Company closed one Aéropostale and one P.S. from Aéropostale store during the quarter. For the third quarter, the Company invested $5.4 million in planned capital expenditures.

Fourth Quarter Guidance For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company expects operating losses in the range of $0.0 to $10.0 million, which translates to a net loss in the range of $0.04 to $0.17 per diluted share. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter is projected to be 0%.  This earnings guidance does not include the impact of any store impairments, accelerated store closure costs, lease buyout costs, or real estate consulting fees.

Capital Spending For fiscal 2016, the Company expects to invest approximately $14.0 million primarily related to store remodels and certain infrastructure investments.  This compares to capital expenditures of approximately $16.0 million planned for fiscal 2015.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures The Company believes that the disclosure of adjusted net loss and adjusted loss per diluted share, which are non-GAAP financial measures, provides investors with useful information to help them better understand the Company's results (see Exhibit D).

Conference Call Information The Company will be holding a conference call today at 4:30 P.M. ET to review its third quarter results. The broadcast will be available through the 'Investor Relations' link at www.aeropostale.com or by dialing 877-407-9039 approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time with the passcode "Aeropostale."  A replay will be available approximately one hour after the recording through Wednesday, December 9, 2015 and can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176, using the required passcode 13624775.  An archive will also be available at the Aéropostale website for 12 months.

About Aéropostale, Inc. Aéropostale, Inc. is a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aéropostale stores and website and 4 to 12 year-olds through its P.S. from Aéropostale stores and website.  The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high quality fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values in an exciting and customer friendly store environment.  Aéropostale maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise, other than in licensed stores.  Aéropostale products can be purchased in Aéropostale stores and online at www.aeropostale.com.  P.S. from Aéropostale products can be purchased in P.S. from Aéropostale stores, in certain Aéropostale stores and online at www.ps4u.com and www.aeropostale.com. The Company currently operates 758 Aéropostale® stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 41 Aéropostale stores in Canada and 25 P.S. from Aéropostale® stores in 12 states. In addition, pursuant to various licensing agreements, the Company's licensees currently operate 309 Aéropostale® and P.S. from Aéropostale® locations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.  Since November 2012, Aéropostale, Inc. has operated GoJane.com, an online women's fashion footwear and apparel retailer.  GoJane products can be purchased online at www.gojane.com.

SPECIAL NOTE: THIS PRESS RELEASE AND ORAL STATEMENTS MADE FROM TIME TO TIME BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANY CONTAIN CERTAIN "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS" MADE IN RELIANCE UPON THE SAFE HARBOR PROVISIONS OF SECTION 27A OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED, AND SECTION 21E OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934, AS AMENDED, CONCERNING EXPECTATIONS FOR SALES, STORE OPENINGS, GROSS MARGINS, EXPENSES, STRATEGIC DIRECTION AND EARNINGS.  ACTUAL RESULTS MIGHT DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE PROJECTED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. AMONG THE FACTORS THAT COULD CAUSE ACTUAL RESULTS TO MATERIALLY DIFFER INCLUDE, CHANGES IN THE COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE, INCLUDING THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW PRODUCTS OR PRICING CHANGES BY OUR COMPETITORS, CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY AND OTHER EVENTS LEADING TO A REDUCTION IN DISCRETIONARY CONSUMER SPENDING; SEASONALITY; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGES IN SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND OTHER CONDITIONS AND THE POSSIBLE ADVERSE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN IMPORT RESTRICTIONS; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH UNCERTAINTY RELATING TO THE COMPANY'S ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT ITS  STRATEGIES; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY'S ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT AND REALIZE THE ANTICIPATED BENEFITS OF THE COMPANY'S STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AND COST REDUCTION PROGRAM; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR ABILITY TO REGAIN COMPLIANCE WITH THE NYSE MINIMUM TRADING PRICE AND AVERAGE GLOBAL MARKET CAPITALIZATION LISTING STANDARDS, AS WELL AS THE OTHER RISK FACTORS SET FORTH IN THE COMPANY'S FORM 10-K AND QUARTERLY REPORTS ON FORM 10-Q, FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. THE COMPANY UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION TO UPDATE OR REVISE ANY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS TO REFLECT SUBSEQUENT EVENTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES.

  

EXHIBIT A

AÉROPOSTALE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 (In thousands)

October 31, 2015

January 31, 2015

November 1, 2014

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Current Assets:

  Cash and cash equivalents 

$

41,828

$

151,750

$

109,198

  Merchandise inventory 

205,731

130,474

211,136

  Other current assets 

43,699

67,063

57,156

     Total current assets 

291,258

349,287

377,490

Fixtures, equipment and improvements, net 

111,897

130,109

151,196

Goodwill and intangible assets

22,163

22,728

28,016

Other assets 

9,176

10,065

21,622

TOTAL ASSETS 

$

434,494

$

512,189

$

578,324

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

  Accounts payable 

$

157,436

$

88,289

$

143,354

  Accrued expenses 

68,826

110,560

99,319

     Total current liabilities 

226,262

198,849

242,673

Long-term debt

142,822

138,540

136,042

Other non-current liabilities 

81,196

81,248

95,766

Stockholders' (deficit) equity 

(15,786)

93,552

103,843

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY 

$

434,494

$

512,189

$

578,324

    

EXHIBIT B

AÉROPOSTALE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND

SELECTED STORE DATA

 (In thousands, except per share and store data)

(Unaudited)

13 weeks ended

October 31, 2015

November 1, 2014

% of sales

% of sales

Net sales  

$

363,325

100.0%

$

452,889

100.0%

Cost of sales (including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses) (1)

288,755

79.5%

384,011

84.8%

Gross profit 

74,570

20.5%

68,878

15.2%

Selling, general and administrative expenses (2)

97,732

26.8%

121,250

26.8%

Restructuring (benefit) charges (3)

(92)

-

1,713

0.3%

Loss from operations  

(23,070)

(6.3)%

(54,085)

(11.9)%

Interest expense 

3,291

1.0%

3,035

0.7%

Loss before income taxes 

(26,361)

(7.3)%

(57,120)

(12.6)%

Income tax expense (benefit)

2

-

(4,797)

(1.0)%

Net loss

$

(26,363)

(7.3)%

$

(52,323)

(11.6)%

Basic loss per share 

$

(0.33)

$

(0.66)

Diluted loss per share 

$

(0.33)

$

(0.66)

Weighted average basic shares 

79,607

79,015

Weighted average diluted shares 

79,607

79,015

STORE DATA:

Comparable sales change (including e-commerce channel) 

(10)%

(11)%

Stores open at end of period 

824

1,052

Total square footage at end of period 

3,177,494

3,912,039

Average square footage during period 

3,181,127

3,988,975

(1) Cost of sales for the third quarter of 2015 was unfavorably impacted by store asset impairment charges of $2.7 million ($2.7 million after tax, or $0.03 per diluted share).  These charges were offset somewhat by the reversal of previously established store closing cost obligation liabilities of $0.4 million ($0.4 million after tax, or less than $0.01 per diluted share).  Cost of sales for the third quarter of 2014 was unfavorably impacted by asset impairment charges of $12.5 million ($10.9 million after tax, or $0.13 per diluted share) and lease buyout costs of $3.7 million ($3.2 million after tax, or $0.04 per diluted share).

(2) Selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2015 were impacted by the reversal of a previously established consulting fee liability of $0.4 million ($0.4 million after tax, or less than $0.01 per diluted share). Selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2014 was unfavorably impacted by consulting fees of $1.4 million ($1.2 million after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share) and severance costs, net of the reversal of stock-based compensation, of $0.3 million ($0.2 million after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share).

(3) Restructuring charges for the third quarter of 2014 included severance and other exit costs of $1.7 million ($1.5 million after tax, or $0.02 per diluted share).      

       

EXHIBIT C

AÉROPOSTALE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND

SELECTED STORE DATA

 (In thousands, except per share and store data)

(Unaudited)

39 weeks ended

October 31, 2015

November 1, 2014

% of sales

% of sales

Net sales  

$

1,008,829

100.0%

$

1,244,902

100.0%

Cost of sales (including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses) (1)

816,807

81.0%

1,042,977

83.8%

Gross profit 

192,022

19.0%

201,925

16.2%

Selling, general and administrative expenses (2)

299,079

29.6%

361,877

29.1%

Restructuring (benefit) charges (3)

(6,100)

(0.6)%

39,221

3.1%

Loss from operations  

(100,957)

(10.0)%

(199,173)

(16.0)%

Interest expense 

9,526

1.0%

5,808

0.5%

Loss before income taxes 

(110,483)

(11.0)%

(204,981)

(16.5)%

Income tax expense (benefit) (4)

4,807

0.4%

(12,057)

(1.0)%

Net loss

$

(115,290)

(11.4)%

$

(192,924)

(15.5)%

Basic loss per share 

$

(1.45)

$

(2.45)

Diluted loss per share 

$

(1.45)

$

(2.45)

Weighted average basic shares 

79,484

78,775

Weighted average diluted shares 

79,484

78,775

STORE DATA:

Comparable sales change (including e-commerce channel) 

(9)%

(12)%

Average square footage during period 

3,234,671

4,028,731

(1) Cost of sales for the first thirty-nine weeks of 2015 was unfavorably impacted by store closing costs of $4.5 million ($4.7 million after tax, or $0.06 per diluted share) and store asset impairment charges of $2.7 million ($2.7 million after tax, or $0.03 per diluted share).  Cost of sales for the thirty-nine weeks of 2014 was unfavorably impacted by asset impairment charges of $34.1 million ($31.9 million after tax, or $0.41 per diluted share) and lease buyout costs of $4.0 million ($3.5 million after tax, or $0.04 per diluted share).

(2) Selling, general and administrative expenses for the thirty-nine weeks of 2015 was unfavorably impacted by real estate consulting fees of $1.9 million ($2.0 million after tax, or $0.03 per diluted share) and favorably impacted by a retirement plan settlement adjustment of $1.1 million ($1.1 million after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share).   Selling, general and administrative expenses for the thirty-nine weeks of 2014 was unfavorably impacted by consulting fees of $4.4 million ($4.1 million after tax, or $0.05 per diluted share) and severance costs, net of the reversal of stock-based compensation, of $0.3 million ($0.2 million after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share). 

(3) Restructuring charges for the first thirty-nine weeks of 2015 included the benefit of reversals of previously established exit cost obligation liabilities resulting from subsequent lease terminations of $6.1 million ($6.5 million after tax, or $0.09 per diluted share).  Restructuring charges for the first thirty-nine weeks of 2014 included store asset impairment charges of $30.5 million ($29.1 million after tax, or $0.37 per diluted share) and other restructuring charges of $8.7 million ($8.2 million after tax, or $0.10 per diluted share).      

(4) Income tax benefit for the first thirty-nine weeks of fiscal 2014 was unfavorably impacted by the establishment of reserves against net deferred tax assets of $3.4 million after tax, or $0.04 per diluted share.      

    

EXHIBIT D

AÉROPOSTALE, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING LOSS, NET LOSS AND DILUTED LOSS PER SHARE

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

The following table presents a reconciliation of operating loss, net loss and diluted loss per share on a GAAP basis to the non-GAAP adjusted basis discussed in this release.  

13 weeks ended

October 31, 2015

November 1, 2014

Operating Loss

Net Loss 

Diluted EPS

Operating Loss

Net Loss

Diluted EPS

As reported  

$

(23,070)

$

(26,363)

$

(0.33)

$

(54,085)

$

(52,323)

$

(0.66)

Restructuring charges (benefit) (1)

(92)

(92)

-

1,713

1,500

0.02

Store closing costs

(399)

(399)

(0.01)

-

-

-

Consulting costs

(395)

(395)

(0.01)

1,365

1,195

0.01

Store asset impairment charges 

2,654

2,654

0.03

12,479

10,929

0.13

Lease buyout costs

-

-

-

3,661

3,206

0.04

Severance, net of reversal of stock-

based compensation

-

-

-

281

246

0.01

As adjusted  

$

(21,302)

$

(24,595)

$

(0.31)

$

(34,586)

$

(35,247)

$

(0.45)

39 weeks ended

October 31, 2015

November 1, 2014

Operating Loss

Net Loss 

Diluted EPS

Operating Loss

Net Loss

Diluted EPS

As reported  

$

(100,957)

$

(115,290)

$

(1.45)

$

(199,173)

$

(192,924)

$

(2.45)

Restructuring charges (benefit) (1)

(6,100)

(6,460)

(0.09)

8,724

8,231

0.10

Store closing costs

4,457

4,748

0.06

-

-

-

Consulting costs

1,888

2,025

0.03

4,416

4,124

0.05

Retirement plan settlement adjustment

(1,064)

(1,099)

(0.01)

-

-

-

Store asset impairment charges

2,654

2,654

0.03

64,612

60,977

0.78

Establishment of reserves against 

net deferred tax assets

-

-

-

-

3,440

0.04

Lease buyout costs

-

-

-

3,997

3,529

0.04

Severance, net of reversal of stock-

based compensation

-

-

-

281

246

0.01

As adjusted  

$

(99,122)

$

(113,422)

$

(1.43)

$

(117,143)

$

(112,377)

$

(1.43)

(1) Net of reversal of restructuring liabilities.

  

Company Contact: Susan Lewis/VP, Investor & Media Relations (646) 364-0215 or slewis@aeropostale.com

Media Contact: Effie Veres, FTI Consulting (212) 850-5676

SOURCE Aeropostale, Inc.



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