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Express, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results And Updates Guidance

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 

  • First quarter comparable sales decline 11%; EPS totals $0.06 per diluted share
  • Cost reduction initiatives expected to result in approximately $18 million of annual savings

Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR), a specialty retail apparel chain operating approximately 630 stores, today made several announcements.

First Quarter 2014:
The Company announced first quarter financial results covering the 13 week period ended May 3, 2014 compared to the 13 week period ended May 4, 2013.

Michael Weiss, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, noted that, "We had anticipated a very challenging first quarter, but our actual results were weaker than planned. Our business strengthened in April, but not to the degree that we anticipated when we formulated our first quarter guidance. While external challenges contributed to the decline in our first quarter performance, we also did not execute as well as we could have."

Commenting on second quarter and full year 2014 guidance, Mr. Weiss noted that, "Our second quarter results will be impacted by the need to move through slow selling Spring inventory and a Memorial Day event that did not drive traffic as successfully as last year. Our full year guidance incorporates the impact of a very challenging first half, while also anticipating sequential improvements in comparable sales in quarters two through four as we deliver new product we believe will be more in line with customer expectations. We also expect to benefit from cost saving initiatives and, upon completion of our debt refinancing, lower interest expense. I am also delighted to note that the 17 Express Factory Outlet Stores now in operation are exceeding our plans and being met with great enthusiasm; we expect them to contribute to a stronger second half. In light of this performance, we are accelerating future outlet store openings."

First Quarter 2014 Operating Results:

  • Net sales decreased to $460.7 million from $509.4 million in the first quarter of 2013, a decline of 10%.
  • Comparable sales (including e-commerce sales) decreased 11%, following flat comparable sales in last year's first quarter. E-commerce sales declined 2% to $69.0 million following a 48% increase in last year's first quarter.
  • Gross margin as a percentage of net sales declined 370 basis points over last year's first quarter and represented 29.8% of net sales. Merchandise margin declined by 30 basis points and buying and occupancy costs as a percentage of sales rose by 340 basis points compared to last year's first quarter. The lower merchandise margin is attributable to heightened promotional activity, while the buying and occupancy de-leverage was the result of the decline in sales together with increased depreciation expense.
  • Selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $122.9 million versus $112.6 million in last year's first quarter. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A expenses rose by 460 basis points to 26.7% compared to 22.1% in last year's first quarter. This de-leveraging is also attributable to lower sales, and increased marketing spend.
  • Operating income was $15.0 million, or 3.3% of net sales, compared to $58.7 million, or 11.5% of net sales, in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Income tax expense was $4.0 million, at an effective tax rate of 44.3%, compared to $21.2 million, at an effective tax rate of 39.6% in last year's first quarter. The effective tax rate was adversely impacted by nondeductible stock based compensation expenses.
  • Net income was $5.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $32.4 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Real estate activity for the first quarter of 2014 is detailed in Schedule 4.

First Quarter 2014 Balance Sheet Highlights:

  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $250.2 million versus $244.2 million at the end of 2013's first quarter.
  • Capital expenditures totaled $26.9 million, compared to $16.9 million in the prior year's first quarter.
  • Inventory was $235.0 million, an increase of 4%, compared to $226.3 million at the end of the first quarter of 2013. Inventory per square foot was essentially flat compared to the comparable period in 2013. The inventory balance at the end of the first quarter of 2014 includes $10.6 million related to the Express Factory Outlets.

2014 Guidance:
The second quarter and full year guidance takes into account the impact of certain strategic cost reductions as discussed below. The guidance does not take into account any actions the Company will be taking with respect to its long-term debt, which the Company intends to refinance in the second quarter of 2014, or any additional non-core operating items that may occur. The table below compares the Company's projected results for the thirteen week period ended August 2, 2014 to the actual results for the thirteen week period ended August 3, 2013.


Second Quarter 2014

Guidance


Second Quarter 2013

Actual Results

Comparable Sales

Negative mid to high single digits


6%

Effective Tax Rate

Approximately 42%


39.7%

Interest Expense, Net

$5.5 - $6.0 million


$4.8 million

Net Income

($2.5) - $2.5 million


$16.9 million

Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS)

($0.03) - $0.03


$0.20

Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding

84.4 million


85.6 million

See Schedule 4 for projected real estate activity.

The table below compares the Company's projected results for the fifty-two week period ended January 31, 2015 to the actual results for the fifty-two week period ended February 1, 2014.


Full Year 2014

Guidance


Full Year 2013

Actual Results

Comparable Sales

Negative mid single digits


3%

Effective Tax Rate

Approximately 40%


39.7%

Interest Expense, Net

$23 - $25 million


$19.5 million

Net Income

$63 - $76 million


$116.5 million

Diluted EPS

$0.74 - $0.90


$1.37

Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding

84.6 million


85.1 million

Capital Expenditures

$110 - $115 million


$105.4 million

See Schedule 4 for projected real estate activity.

Strategic Cost Reductions:
The Company has undertaken a comprehensive review of its operations and expense structure and determined that certain changes can be implemented to reduce costs without materially impacting business operations. Savings from these reductions, as well as one time costs associated with their implementation, have been incorporated into the Company's guidance. In total, these actions represent approximately $18 million of annualized savings, with the impact in 2014 being approximately $15 million.

Store Closures:
The Company has completed a review of its store fleet and has decided to close approximately 50 stores over the next 36 months primarily at the natural expiration of their leases. These store closures are expected to result in profit improvement of $5 to $8 million once all stores are closed. Because these closures are expected to start at the end of this fiscal year or the beginning of the next fiscal year, no costs or savings associated with planned store closings have been included in the Company's guidance.

Refinancing of Long-Term Debt:
The Company had previously announced its plan to redeem all of its outstanding 8 ¾% Senior Notes due 2018, which total approximately $200 million, and to refinance the Senior Notes using proceeds from a term loan bearing a substantially lower interest rate. Both transactions are expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014. To take advantage of currently low interest rates, the Company plans to enter into a $300 million term loan. Details regarding the interest rate and the impact on the Company's annual interest expense along with related costs will be provided after the refinancing has been completed.

Share Repurchase Program:
The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized it to repurchase up to $100 million of its common stock. The share repurchases are expected to be made over the next 18 months and will be funded through the Company's available cash.

The Company may repurchase shares of its outstanding common stock from time to time on the open market, including through Rule 10b5-1 plans, in privately negotiated transactions, through block purchases, or otherwise in compliance with applicable laws, including Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The timing and amount of stock repurchases will depend on a variety of factors, including business and market conditions as well as corporate and regulatory considerations. The share repurchase program may be suspended, modified, or discontinued at any time and the Company has no obligation to repurchase any amount of its common stock under the program.

Conference Call Information:
A conference call to discuss first quarter 2014 results is scheduled for Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003 approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at: http://www.express.com/investor and remain available for 90 days. A telephone replay of this call will be available from 8:00 p.m. ET on May 29, 2014 until 11:59 p.m. ET on June 5, 2014 and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 and entering replay pin number 13581956.

About Express:
Express is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women's and men's merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30 year old customer. The Company has over 30 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The Company currently operates more than 600 retail and factory outlet stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Express merchandise is also available at franchise stores in the Middle East and Latin America. The Company also markets and sells its products through the Company's e-commerce website, www.express.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
Certain statements are "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact and include, but are not limited to, (1) guidance for the second quarter and full year 2014, including statements regarding expected comparable sales, effective tax rates, interest expense, net income, earnings per diluted share, and capital expenditures, (2) statements regarding expected store openings, store closures, and gross square footage, (3) statements regarding the Company's future plans and initiatives, including plans to refinance the Company's long-term debt and plans to reduce expenses, (4) statements regarding expectations for the Company's outlet stores and new product; and (5) statements regarding the Company's intention to repurchase shares of common stock and the sources of funding for such repurchases. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions, which may not prove to be accurate. These statements are not guarantees and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from these forward-looking statements. Among these factors are (1) changes in consumer spending and general economic conditions; (2) our ability to identify and respond to new and changing fashion trends, customer preferences and other related factors; (3) fluctuations in our sales and results of operations on a seasonal basis and due to store events, promotions and a variety of other factors; (4) competition from other retailers; (5) customer traffic at malls, shopping centers, and our stores; (6) our dependence on a strong brand image; (7) our ability to develop and maintain a reliable omni-channel experience for our customers; (8) the failure or breach of information systems upon which we rely; (9) our ability to protect customer data from fraud and theft; (10) our dependence upon independent third parties to manufacture all of our merchandise; (11) changes in the cost of raw materials, labor, and freight; (12) supply chain disruption; (13) our dependence upon key executive management; (14) our growth strategy, including our new store, e-commerce, and international expansion plans; (15) our reliance on third parties to provide us with certain key services for our business; (16) claims made against us resulting in litigation or changes in laws and regulations applicable to our business; (17) impairment charges on long-lived assets; and (18) lease obligations and our substantial indebtedness, including restrictions imposed by such indebtedness on current and future operations and our ability to effect share repurchases. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Express, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

 

Schedule 1

Express, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



May 3, 2014


February 1, 2014


May 4, 2013

ASSETS









CURRENT ASSETS:









Cash and cash equivalents

$

250,208



$

311,884



$

244,214


Receivables, net

20,326



17,384



10,773


Inventories

235,033



212,510



226,329


Prepaid minimum rent

28,389



28,554



25,362


Other

20,302



13,129



9,850


Total current assets

554,258



583,461



516,528











PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

795,619



767,661



650,899


Less: accumulated depreciation

(400,256)



(391,539)



(354,879)


Property and equipment, net

395,363



376,122



296,020











TRADENAME/DOMAIN NAME

197,812



197,812



197,734


DEFERRED TAX ASSETS

17,558



17,558



16,808


OTHER ASSETS

7,153



7,717



9,773


Total assets

$

1,172,144



$

1,182,670



$

1,036,863











LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY









CURRENT LIABILITIES:









Accounts payable

$

151,861



$

154,736



$

158,394


Deferred revenue

23,278



28,436



22,117


Accrued bonus

84



694



468


Accrued expenses

89,487



115,341



94,857


Total current liabilities

264,710



299,207



275,836











LONG-TERM DEBT

199,257



199,170



198,923


DEFERRED LEASE CREDITS

117,962



114,509



98,033


OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

107,120



95,215



56,464


Total liabilities

689,049



708,101



629,256











COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES


















Total stockholders' equity

483,095



474,569



407,607


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,172,144



$

1,182,670



$

1,036,863



Note: Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified or adjusted to conform to current year presentation.

 

 

Schedule 2

Express, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Thirteen Weeks Ended


May 3, 2014


May 4, 2013

NET SALES

$

460,652



$

509,362


COST OF GOODS SOLD, BUYING AND OCCUPANCY COSTS

323,279



338,585


Gross profit

137,373



170,777


OPERATING EXPENSES:






Selling, general, and administrative expenses

122,860



112,623


Other operating income, net

(478)



(540)


Total operating expenses

122,382



112,083








OPERATING INCOME

14,991



58,694








INTEREST EXPENSE, NET

5,897



4,805


OTHER (INCOME) EXPENSE, NET

(25)



229


INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

9,119



53,660


INCOME TAX EXPENSE

4,036



21,223


NET INCOME

$

5,083



$

32,437








OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:






Foreign currency translation gain

382



70


COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

$

5,465



$

32,507








EARNINGS PER SHARE:






Basic

$

0.06



$

0.38


Diluted

$

0.06



$

0.38








WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:






Basic

84,005



85,095


Diluted

84,424



85,490



Note: Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified or adjusted to conform to current year presentation.

 

 

Schedule 3

Express, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



2014


2013

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:






Net income

$

5,083



$

32,437


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:






Depreciation and amortization

19,494



17,441


Loss on disposal of property and equipment

65



64


Impairment charge

785



-


Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation

-



(1)


Share-based compensation

6,336



5,011


Landlord allowance amortization

(3,047)



(2,212)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:






Receivables, net

(2,923)



287


Inventories

(22,453)



(11,296)


Accounts payable, deferred revenue, and accrued expenses

(33,371)



(44,776)


Other assets and liabilities

(1,156)



8,406


Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(31,187)



5,361








CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:






Capital expenditures

(26,937)



(16,853)


Net cash used in investing activities

(26,937)



(16,853)








CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:






Payments on capital lease obligation

(402)



(15)


Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation

-



1


Proceeds from share-based compensation

-



1,082


Repurchase of common stock

(3,274)



(1,785)


Net cash used in financing activities

(3,676)



(717)








EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH

124



126








NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(61,676)



(12,083)


CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, Beginning of period

311,884



256,297


CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, End of period

$

250,208



$

244,214



Note: Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified or adjusted to conform to current year presentation.

 

 

Schedule 4

Express, Inc.

Real Estate Activity

(Unaudited)







First Quarter 2014 - Actual



May 3, 2014

Company-Operated Stores

Opened

Closed

Conversion


Store Count

Gross Square Footage

United States - Retail Stores

2

(9)

(15)


595


United States - Outlet Stores

2

-

15


17


Canada

1

-

-


16


Total

5

(9)

-


628

5.5 million








Second Quarter 2014 - Projected



August 2, 2014

Company-Operated Stores

Opened

Closed

Conversion


Store Count

Gross Square Footage

United States - Retail Stores

1

(4)

-


592


United States - Outlet Stores

4

-

-


21


Canada

1

-

-


17


Total

6

(4)

-


630

5.5 million








Full Year 2014 - Projected



January 31, 2015

Company-Operated Stores

Opened

Closed

Conversion


Store Count

 Gross Square Footage

United States - Retail Stores

7

(17)

(17)


590


United States - Outlet Stores

18

-

17


35


Canada

2

-

-


17


Total

27

(17)

-


642

5.6 million

 

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