The Jones Group Inc. Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Financial Results

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE: JNY; the "Company") today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.  Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $972 million, as compared with $894 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.  Revenues for the full year 2012 were $3,798 million, as compared with $3,785 million for the full year 2011.   

The Company reported adjusted earnings per share ("EPS") of $0.14 for the fourth quarter of 2012, as compared with adjusted EPS of $0.10 for the same period last year.  The 2011 fourth quarter results include certain tax benefits of $0.07 per share.  Adjusted EPS from continuing operations on a full year basis were $1.24 in 2012, as compared with $1.30 per share in the prior year.  The adjusted results exclude charges related to the impairments of certain intangible assets, the impact of severance and other costs related to restructuring activities, certain acquisition-related costs and other costs not considered relevant for period-over-period comparisons (see reconciliation of adjusted earnings to reported earnings in the accompanying schedule).    

As reported under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company reported a fourth quarter loss per share of ($1.06) and ($0.27) for 2012 and 2011, respectively.  On a full year basis, the Company reported a GAAP loss of ($0.72) per share for 2012, as compared with earnings of $0.61 per share for 2011.  The results for both periods include non-cash impairment charges relating to certain goodwill, trademarks and other intangible assets.  The non-cash impairment charges of $75 million ($66 million after tax) and $32 million ($20 million after tax) for 2012 and 2011, respectively, were primarily related to goodwill in our International Retail business and trade names utilized in our Wholesale Jeanswear business.  Such charges in both periods were a result of the Company's required annual testing under GAAP. 

Wesley R. Card, The Jones Group Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We are pleased with the results we achieved in the fourth quarter and particularly, the improvement in our operating performance.  This resulted in adjusted earnings per share of $0.14 versus $0.03 last year, exclusive of tax benefits of $0.07.  Our domestic wholesale footwear and accessories and jeanswear businesses were our best performers, while our structured sportswear business and retail channels remained more challenging and promotional, although we are encouraged with our overall turnaround efforts in these segments.  Our international segments continued to perform quite well, especially in the face of a difficult economic climate, particularly in Western Europe."

Adjusted operating cash flow during 2012 was $207 million, as compared with $277 million in 2011.  The current year results reflect a higher level of required investment in working capital, higher tax and interest payments, and  slightly lower earnings.  Under GAAP, 2012 cash flows from operations were $113 million, as compared with $272 million in the prior year.  In addition to the aforementioned higher levels of working capital investment, the 2012 GAAP results include significant acquisition payments related to the Stuart Weitzman business.  At year-end, the Company had $150 million in cash and no amounts drawn under its $650 million of committed revolving credit facilities.

John T. McClain, The Jones Group Chief Financial Officer, commented: "Our financial position remains strong.  We ended the year with $150 million in cash and our revolver undrawn.  We are approaching our 2013 inventory commitments with conservatism, consistent with  2012.  With a continued focus on inventory management,  expense control, and operational efficiencies, we believe we will continue to improve margins and maintain a strong balance sheet." 

Mr. Card concluded: "We are committed to enhancing profitability and continue to operate efficiently, control costs and execute at a high level.  We believe our new approach to brand management and creative design talent will advance the reinvigoration of our core brands.  At the same time, we are concentrating our efforts on the areas we believe offer the greatest opportunity for revenue growth – upscale and contemporary brands and international."

The Company's Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share to all common stockholders of record as of March 1, 2013, for payment on March 15, 2013.

The Company will host a conference call with management to discuss these results at 8:30 a.m. eastern time today, which is accessible by dialing 412-858-4600 or through a web cast at www.jonesgroupinc.com (under Investor Relations/Conference Schedule). The call will be recorded and made available through February 21, 2013 and may be accessed by dialing 877-344-7529 (International 412-317-0088).  Enter account number 10024062.  A slide presentation will accompany the prepared remarks and has been posted with the webcast on the Company's website. 

Presentation of Information in the Press Release

Financial information discussed in this press release includes both GAAP and non-GAAP measures, which include or exclude certain items.  These non-GAAP measures differ from reported results and are intended to illustrate what management believes are relevant period-over-period comparisons.  A complete reconciliation of the GAAP measures presented to the comparable non-GAAP information appears in the financial tables section of this press release. 

About The Jones Group Inc.

The Jones Group Inc. (www.jonesgroupinc.com) is a leading global designer, marketer and wholesaler of over 35 brands with product expertise in apparel, footwear, jeanswear, jewelry and handbags.  The Jones Group has a reputation for innovation, excellence in product quality and value, operational execution and talent.  The Company also markets directly to consumers through branded specialty retail and outlet stores, through concessions at upscale department stores and through its e-commerce sites.

The Company's internationally recognized brands and licensing agreements (L) include: Nine West, Jones New York, Anne Klein, Kurt Geiger, Rachel Roy (L), Robert Rodriguez, Robbi & Nikki, Stuart Weitzman, Brian Atwood (L), Boutique 9, Easy Spirit, Carvela, Gloria Vanderbilt, l.e.i., Bandolino, Enzo Angiolini, Nine & Co., GLO, Joan & David, Miss KG, Kasper, Energie, Evan-Picone, Le Suit, Mootsies Tootsies, Grane, Erika, Napier, Jessica Simpson (L), Givenchy (L), Judith Jack, Albert Nipon, Pappagallo and Rafe (L).  

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements regarding the Company's expected financial position, business and financing plans are forward-looking statements.  The words "believes," "expects," "plans," "intends," "anticipates" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements also include representations of the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties, including:

  • those associated with the effect of national, regional and international economic conditions;
  • lowered levels of consumer spending resulting from a general economic downturn or lower levels of consumer confidence;
  • the tightening of the credit markets and the Company's ability to obtain capital on satisfactory terms;
  • given the uncertain economic environment, the possible unwillingness of committed lenders to meet their obligations to lend to borrowers, in general;
  • the performance of the Company's products within the prevailing retail environment;
  • customer acceptance of both new designs and newly-introduced product lines;
  • the Company's reliance on a few department store groups for large portions of the Company's business;
  • the Company's ability to identify acquisition candidates and, in a competitive environment for such acquisitions, acquire such businesses on reasonable financial and other terms;
  • the integration of the organizations and operations of any acquired businesses into the Company's existing organization and operations;
  • consolidation of the Company's retail customers;
  • financial difficulties encountered by the Company's customers;
  • the effects of vigorous competition in the markets in which the Company operates;
  • the Company's ability to attract and retain qualified executives and other key personnel;
  • the Company's reliance on independent foreign manufacturers, including political instability in countries where contractors and suppliers are located;
  • changes in the costs of raw materials, labor, advertising and transportation, including the impact such changes may have on the pricing of the Company's products and the resulting impact on consumer acceptance of the Company's products at higher price points;
  • the Company's ability to successfully implement new operational and financial information systems; 
  • the Company's ability to secure and protect trademarks and other intellectual property rights;
  • the effects of extreme or unseasonable weather conditions; and
  • the Company's ability to implement its strategic initiatives to enhance profitability.

A further description of these risks and uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, including, but not limited to, the Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Disclosure and Item 1A-Risk Factors therein, and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such expectations may prove to be incorrect.  The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

THE JONES GROUP INC.


CONSOLIDATED OPERATING RESULTS


(UNAUDITED)









All amounts in millions, except per share data


















FOURTH QUARTER


TOTAL YEAR







2012


2011


2012


2011



















Net sales


$     958.3

98.6

%

$     878.1

98.3

%

$  3,750.6

98.7

%

$  3,734.0

98.6

%

Licensing income


13.2

1.4


15.1

1.7


46.2

1.2


50.2

1.3


Other revenues


0.4

0.0


0.4

0.0


1.3

0.0


1.1

0.0



















Total revenues


971.9

100.0


893.6

100.0


3,798.1

100.0


3,785.3

100.0



















Cost of goods sold


635.4

65.4


574.0

64.2


2,427.4

63.9


2,440.1

64.5



















Gross profit


336.5

34.6


319.6

35.8


1,370.7

36.1


1,345.2

35.5



















SG&A expenses


317.3

32.6


314.0

35.1


1,226.9

32.3


1,173.2

31.0


Trademark impairments


21.5

2.2


31.5

3.5


21.5

0.6


31.5

0.8


Goodwill impairment


47.6

4.9


-

-


47.6

1.3


-

-



















Operating (loss) income


(49.9)

(5.1)


(25.9)

(2.9)


74.7

2.0


140.5

3.7



















Net interest expense and financing costs (1)

(55.8)

(5.7)


(14.5)

(1.6)


(145.1)

(3.8)


(73.3)

(1.9)


Equity in income of unconsolidated affiliate

1.1

0.1


1.3

0.1


2.5

0.1


3.9

0.1



















(Loss) income before (benefit) provision for income taxes

(104.6)

(10.8)


(39.1)

(4.4)


(67.9)

(1.8)


71.1

1.9


(Benefit) provision for income taxes


(24.5)

(2.5)


(18.2)

(2.0)


(12.9)

(0.3)


19.6

0.5



















Net (loss) income


(80.1)

(8.2)


(20.9)

(2.3)


(55.0)

(1.4)


51.5

1.4



















Less: income attributable to noncontrolling interests

0.2

0.0


0.2

0.0


1.1

0.0


0.8

0.0



















(Loss) income attributable to Jones

$      (80.3)

(8.3)

%

$      (21.1)

(2.4)

%

$      (56.1)

(1.5)

%

$       50.7

1.3

%


















(Loss) earnings per share (2)















Net (loss) income


$      (80.1)



$      (20.9)



$      (55.0)



$       51.5




Less: income attributable to noncontrolling interests

0.2



0.2



1.1



0.8




(Loss) income attributable to Jones

(80.3)



(21.1)



(56.1)



50.7




Less: (loss) income allocated to participating securities

(2.2)



(0.7)



(1.8)



1.5




(Loss) income available to common stockholders of Jones

$      (78.1)



$      (20.4)



$      (54.3)



$       49.2




















Shares outstanding - diluted


73.7



76.0



74.9



82.3




















(Loss) earnings per share  - diluted


$      (1.06)



$      (0.27)



$      (0.72)



$       0.61




















Percentages may not add due to rounding.


















(1)

Refer to item "k" on the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP for amounts impacting interest expense relating to adjustment of remaining consideration payable related to acquisition of Stuart Weitzman.



















(2)

Earnings per share is calculated under the "two-class method," where income or loss is allocated between common shares and participating securities (unvested restricted shares held by employees that have a nonforfeitable right to dividends).  Both our common shares and participating securities share equally in dividend payments and earnings.


 

THE JONES GROUP INC.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP

for the quarters and years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011

(UNAUDITED)

































All amounts in millions, except per share data


FOURTH QUARTER


TOTAL YEAR






2012


2011


2012


2011

Operating (loss) income


$    (49.9)



$      (25.9)



$   74.7



$      140.5

Adjustments:












Goodwill impairment (a)


47.6



-



47.6



-

Items affecting segment income:













Trademark impairments (a)


21.5



31.5



21.5



31.5


Expenses related to retail store closure plan (b)


0.4



2.3



1.9



5.7


Charges related to acquired businesses (c)


2.1