Aeropostale Announces Further Expansion In Asia And EMEA Region

Nov 03, 2015, 14:01 ET from Aeropostale, Inc.

NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men, today announced additional expansion plans in Asia and the EMEA region. Through two new licensing agreements, Aeropostale will launch in Thailand and Egypt over the next five years. 

Julian R. Geiger, Chief Executive Officer of Aeropostale, stated, "Aeropostale's international expansion began in Asia and the Middle East and it is with great pleasure that we announce further expansion across these key regions. Thailand and Egypt will be important markets as we continue to expand globally across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. We are confident that our partnerships with Robinson Department Store and Q and A Retail Company will ensure that the Aeropostale brand will continue to thrive and prosper internationally."

The Company has signed a licensing agreement with Robinson Department Store Public Company Limited to open approximately 40 standalone and shop-in-shop locations over the next five years in Thailand. The first Aeropostale location in Thailand will open in the Robinson Department Store in Sriracha.

Paresh Chauhan, Executive Vice President of International Brands at Robinson Department Store, said, "Robinson Department Store is very excited to bring Aeropostale to the Thailand market place, with the brand's strong combination of trend-right merchandise at compelling prices. We hope to emulate Aeropostale's success and be the leaders in teen fashion in our market."

Aeropostale has also signed a licensing agreement with Q and A Retail Company to open approximately 10 standalone stores over the next five years in Egypt. 

"We are eager to partner with Aeropostale to bring this iconic brand to North Africa for the first time.  We are confident that the strength of the Aeropostale brand will resonate with the consumers of Egypt and we look forward to continuing our expansion throughout the region over the next several years," said Ayman Seoudy, Director of Q&A Retail Company.

Aeropostale's expansion plans in Thailand and Egypt are planned to begin in early 2016. 

About Aeropostale, Inc. Aeropostale, Inc. is a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aeropostale stores and website and 4 to 12 year-olds through its P.S. from Aeropostale 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. Aeropostale maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise, other than in licensed stores. Aeropostale products can be purchased in Aeropostale stores and online at www.aeropostale.com. P.S. from Aeropostale products can be purchased in P.S. from Aeropostale stores, in certain Aeropostale stores and online at www.ps4u.com and www.aeropostale.com. The Company currently operates 758 Aeropostale® stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 41 Aeropostale stores in Canada and 25 P.S. from Aeropostale® stores in 12 states. In addition, pursuant to various licensing agreements, the Company's licensees currently operate 303 Aeropostale® and P.S. from Aeropostale® locations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Since November 2012, Aeropostale, Inc. has operated GoJane.com, an online women's fashion footwear and apparel retailer. GoJane products can be purchased online at www.gojane.com.

About Robinson Department Store Robinson Department Store Public Company Limited is a mall-based retail department store operating in Thailand, under the name of "Robinson Department Store" since 1977. It is the first department store registered in the Stock Exchange of Thailand, with Central Retail Corporation as the major shareholder. As of the end of 2015 the company is operating 24 department stores and 17 lifestyle malls with 10 locations in Bangkok, and 31 locations outside of Bangkok and an online presence www.robinson.co.th. Robinson Department Store aims to be the most popular department store in Thailand with an extensive range of products within Men's, Women's, Kids and Home. With coverage countrywide, Robinson offers a retailing approach with modern products and services that are compatible with customers' lifestyles and needs, under the concept "Robinson...New colors of lives."

About Q and A Retail Company Q and A Retail Company is a subsidiary of Quattro Trading Company, which was established in 2007. Quattro Trading is a premium fashion and home furniture retail company currently present in The Middle East and North Africa with expansion plans soon to follow. The company owns and operates leading international franchises. Quattro is working on extending its activities in the near future into the food and beverage sector. Quattro Trading has a strong operational background in the retail sector. The company's vision is to become the preferred garments/furniture franchising company in Egypt. The Company holds an extensive collection of the luxury brands from around the world from fashion lifestyle, homeware to accessories and with many more yet to come.

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, 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.

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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