Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc. Reports Fiscal 2012 Year-End and Fourth Quarter Financial Results

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. , Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc. (NYSE MKT: FOH) ("Company") today announced the financial results for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter and year ended July 28, 2012.

"We have made significant adjustments to our operations over the past few years that have led to improvements in our overall business model.  While there is no question that executing our turnaround strategy has been challenging, we have steadily reduced operating losses and believe that we are on a path toward achieving long-term profitability," stated Thomas Lynch, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"We are focused on continuing to strategically utilize our resources to drive more profitable sales through disciplined expense management, proper inventory levels and an innovative promotional strategy.  We believe that executing our fiscal 2013 operating initiatives also will improve our business.  These initiatives include expanding our product categories, augmenting our product mix to include more branded products, offering a broader assortment of merchandise at varying price points, and implementing a new marketing strategy that utilizes a 'brandzine,' or branded magazine for mailings, and the latest digital marketing tools online such as digital display advertising, email retargeting and increased search marketing," concluded Mr. Lynch. 

The Company also announced today that it will no longer report monthly comparable store sales after reporting them for the past year and will return to just reporting its quarterly financial results.  "We believe that returning to reporting our comparable store sales quarterly will enable investors to focus more on our longer-term overall financial performance," stated Mr. Lynch.

Fiscal Year Ended July 28, 2012 Compared to Fiscal Year Ended July 30, 2011:

  • Net loss applicable to common shareholders was $6.5 million, or $(0.17) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $12.1 million, or $(0.31) per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was a loss of $1.1 million compared to a loss of $2.9 million.  A reconciliation of GAAP results to Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, a non-GAAP measurement, is provided in the accompanying table.
  • Net sales decreased 6.9% to $ 111.4 million from $119.6 million.
    • Comparable store sales increased 0.5%.
    • Total store sales decreased 2.0% to $70.8 million.
    • Direct sales decreased 9.7% to $35.8 million.
    • Other revenue decreased 33.3% to $4.7 million.
  • Gross margin, as a percentage of net sales, increased to 37.4% from 35.9%, which was primarily attributable to a $4.0 million increase in vendor allowances for the year ended July 28, 2012 as compared to the year ended July 30, 2011.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by 8.0% to $45.8 million, or 41.1% of sales, from $49.8 million or 41.6% of sales.

Fiscal 2012 Fourth Quarter Compared to Fiscal 2011 Fourth Quarter:

  • Net loss applicable to common shareholders was $4.0 million or $(0.10) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $7.2 million or $(0.19) per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was a loss of $2.3 million compared to a loss of $3.6 million.  A reconciliation of GAAP results to Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measurement, is provided in the accompanying table.
  • Net sales decreased 21.2% to $20.3 million from $25.8 million.
    • Comparable store sales decreased 10.1%.
    • Total store sales decreased 14.6% to $13.6 million.
    • Direct sales (catalog and website operations) decreased 21.7% to $6.2 million.
    • Other revenue, consisting of shipping revenue, commissions earned on direct sell-through programs, breakage on gift cards and product sales to the Company's licensing partner in the Middle East, decreased 71.6% to $0.6 million.
  • Gross margin, as a percentage of net sales, increased to 32.4% from to 29.4%.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by 21.4% to $9.5 million, or 46.7% of sales, from $12.1 million or 46.8% of sales.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
For purposes of evaluating operating performance, the Company uses an Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") measurement, which is computed as the net loss from continuing operations appearing on the statement of operations plus depreciation and amortization, interest, income tax expense, stock compensation expense and non-cash impairment of long-lived assets.  Adjusted EBITDA is used by management to evaluate the operating performance of the Company's business for comparable periods.  Adjusted EBITDA should not be used by investors or other third parties as the sole basis for formulating investment decisions as it excludes a number of important cash and non-cash recurring items.

While Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, management believes that it is an important indicator of operating performance because:

  • Adjusted EBITDA excludes the effects of financing and investing activities by eliminating the effects of interest and depreciation costs; and
  • Other significant items, while periodically affecting the Company's results, may vary significantly from period to period and have a disproportionate effect in a given period, which affects the comparability of results.

(in thousands)


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



July 28,

2012


July 30, 2011


July 28, 2012


July 30, 2011

Net loss from continuing operations


$(3,875)


$(6,872)


$(6,432)


$(10,330)

Depreciation and amortization


522


750


2,460


3,122

Interest


925


379


2,224


1,483

Income tax provision


25


74


75


134

Stock compensation expense


112


146


553


823

Non-cash impairment of long-lived assets


-


1,910


-


1,910

        Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations


$(2,291)


$(3,613)


$(1,120)


$(2,858)

Forward Looking Statement
Certain of the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs.  Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein.  Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: competition; business conditions and industry growth; rapidly changing consumer preferences and trends; general economic conditions; working capital needs; continued compliance with government regulations; loss of key personnel; labor practices; product development; management of growth, increases in costs of operations or inability to meet efficiency or cost reduction objectives; timing of orders and deliveries of products; risks of doing business abroad; the ability to protect our intellectual property; and the other risks that are described from time to time in the Company's SEC reports.  The Company is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

About Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc.
Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, sells women's intimate apparel and related products under its proprietary Frederick's of Hollywood® brand through 118 specialty retail stores, a catalog and an online shop at http://www.fredericks.com/.  With its exclusive product offerings including Seduction by Frederick's of Hollywood and the Hollywood Exxtreme Cleavage® bra, Frederick's of Hollywood is the Original Sex Symbol®.

Our press releases and financial reports can be accessed on our corporate website at http://www.fohgroup.com.

This release is available on the KCSA Strategic Communications Web site at http://www.kcsa.com.

CONTACT:                                                                          
Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc.                                   
Thomas Rende, CFO                                                                             
(212) 779-8300

Investor Contacts:
Todd Fromer / Garth Russell
KCSA Strategic Communications
212-896-1215 / 212-896-1250
tfromer@kcsa.com / grussell@kcsa.com

 

(Tables Below)

 

 

FREDERICK'S OF HOLLYWOOD GROUP INC.
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Thousands)

 








July 28,


July 30,








2012


2011


ASSETS





CURRENT ASSETS:






Cash and cash equivalents

$        741


$        448



Accounts receivable

997


1,214



Income tax receivable

-


51



Merchandise inventories

12,915


14,816



Prepaid expenses and other current assets

952


2,108



Deferred income tax assets

48


68




Total current assets

15,653


18,705


PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, Net

6,806


8,925


INTANGIBLE ASSETS

18,259


18,259


OTHER ASSETS

756


588




TOTAL ASSETS

$    41,474


$    46,477












LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIENCY)





CURRENT LIABILITIES:






Revolving credit facilities

$      7,356


$      5,415



Accounts payable and other accrued expenses

14,623


21,250




Total current liabilities

21,979


26,665












 

DEFERRED RENT AND TENANT ALLOWANCES

3,887


4,749


TERM LOANS

9,039


7,527


OTHER

-


5


DEFERRED INCOME TAX LIABILITIES

7,352


7,372




TOTAL LIABILITIES

42,257


46,318



















TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIENCY)

(783)


159





TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'

EQUITY (DEFICIENCY)

$   41,474


$    46,477


 

 

FREDERICK'S OF HOLLYWOOD GROUP INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

 



Three Months Ended

(Unaudited)


Year Ended



July 28,

2012


July 30,

2011


July 28,

2012


July 30,

2011

Net sales


$20,342


$25,817


$111,406


$119,615

Cost of goods sold, buying and occupancy


13,761


18,232


69,782


76,647

Gross profit


6,581


7,585


41,624


42,968

Selling, general and administrative expenses


9,506


12,094


45,757


49,771

Impairment of long-lived assets


-


1,910


-


1,910

Operating loss


(2,925)


(6,419)


(4,133)


(8,713)

Interest expense


925


379


2,224


1,483

Loss before income tax provision


(3,850)


(6,798)


(6,357)


(10,196)

Income tax provision


25


74


75


134

Net loss from continuing operations


(3,875)


(6,872)


(6,432)


(10,330)

Net loss from discontinued operations


-


(312)


-


(1,725)

Net loss


(3,875)


(7,184)


(6,432)


(12,055)

Less: Preferred stock dividends


84


-


84


-

Net loss applicable to common shareholders


$(3,959)


$(7,184)


$ (6,516)


$(12,055)










Basic and diluted net loss per share from continuing operations


$(0.10)


$(0.18)


$  (0.17)


$(0.27)

Basic and diluted net loss per share from discontinued operations


-


$(0.01)


-


$(0.04)

Total basic and diluted net loss per share applicable to common shareholders


$(0.10)


$(0.19)


$  (0.17)


$(0.31)










Weighted average shares outstanding basic and diluted


38,963


38,641


38,844


38,517

 

 

SOURCE Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc.



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