ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO. REPORTS THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
New Albany, Ohio, November 18, 2016: Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) today reported GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.12 for the third quarter ended October 29, 2016, compared to GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.60 for the third quarter last year. Excluding certain items, the company reported adjusted non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.02 for the third quarter, compared to adjusted non-GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.48 last year. The adverse impact from year-over-year changes in foreign currency exchange rates for the quarter was approximately $0.09 per diluted share.
A description of the use of non-GAAP financial measures and a schedule reconciling GAAP financial measures to adjusted non-GAAP financial measures accompanies this release.
Arthur Martinez, Executive Chairman, said:
"As expected, our third quarter was challenging. While Hollister improved sequentially, it was more than offset by disappointing performance in A&F. On a total company basis, conversion trends remained positive across both channels and the direct-to-consumer business grew domestically and internationally. In addition, we remained disciplined as expense and inventory were well controlled.
We were pleased with the progress in Hollister where the comparable sales trend improved throughout the quarter. There continued to be positive response to Hollisters product innovations, emerging categories and overall customer experience and we expect the comparable sales trend to further improve in the fourth quarter.
For A&F, flagship and tourist locations continued to be a major headwind. In addition, chain store traffic patterns remained negative. Weakness in A&F was compounded by underperformance of seasonal categories, which ultimately led to pressure on gross margin. While we anticipate the A&F business will remain challenging through the balance of the fiscal year, we continue to move aggressively to evolve the brand across all channels through significant changes in product, customer experience and marketing. A comprehensive set of strategic and operational actions is being taken by an experienced team under new leadership, and we expect to see benefits as our efforts gain traction."
Third Quarter Sales Results
Net sales for the third quarter of $821.7 million were down 6% over last year, with comparable sales for the third quarter down 6%.
Fiscal 2016 Comparable Sales Summary (1)
(1) Comparable sales are calculated on a constant currency basis.
(2) Abercrombie includes the Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids brands.
By brand, net sales for the third quarter decreased 13% to $358.3 million for Abercrombie and decreased 1% to $463.5 million for Hollister over last year.
By geography, net sales for the third quarter decreased 7% to $531.4 million in the U.S. and decreased 5% to $290.3 million in international markets over last year.
Direct-to-consumer and omnichannel sales grew to approximately 23% of total company net sales for the third quarter, compared to approximately 21% of total company net sales last year.
Additional Third Quarter Results Commentary
The gross profit rate for the third quarter was 62.2%. Excluding certain items last year, the gross profit rate decreased 60 basis points on a constant currency basis, primarily due to lower average unit retail, partially offset by lower average unit cost.
Stores and distribution expense for the third quarter was $386.6 million, down from $392.9 million last year. Excluding certain items last year, stores and distribution expense decreased $5.8 million, primarily due to the realization of savings on lower sales and expense reduction efforts, partially offset by higher direct-to-consumer expense.
Marketing, general and administrative expense for the third quarter was $105.3 million, down from $117.7 million last year. Excluding certain items, adjusted non-GAAP marketing, general and administrative expense decreased $6.4 million, primarily due to expense reduction efforts, partially offset by higher marketing expenses.
Net other operating income for the third quarter was $0.8 million, compared to net other operating income of $3.9 million last year.
Operating income for the third quarter was $19.6 million, compared to operating income of $41.0 million last year. Excluding certain items, adjusted non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter decreased $37.4 million.
The effective tax rate for the third quarter was 45%, reflecting a catch-up adjustment related to a change in the estimated full year effective tax rate.
Net income attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co. for the third quarter was $7.9 million, compared to net income attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co. of $41.9 million last year. Excluding certain items, adjusted non-GAAP net income attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co. for the third quarter was $1.4 million, compared to adjusted non-GAAP net income attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co. of $32.9 million last year.
The company ended the quarter with $469.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, and gross borrowings under the companys term loan agreement of $293.3 million, compared to $405.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and $297.0 million in borrowings last year.
The company ended the quarter with $516.1 million in inventory, a decrease of 14% versus last year.
As previously announced, on November 16, 2016 the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Class A Common Stock of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., payable on December 12, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 2, 2016.
The company will be closing its A&F flagship store in Seoul in January 2017. In addition, subsequent to the end of the third quarter, the company exercised a lease kick-out option for its A&F flagship store in Hong Kong. As a result of this decision, the company expects to incur a lease termination charge of approximately $16 million during the fourth quarter. These actions are part of the companys ongoing strategic review and are expected to drive economic benefit over time.
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, the company expects:
- Comparable sales to be challenging, but modestly improved from the third quarter
- Continued adverse impact from foreign currency on sales and operating income
- A gross margin rate down slightly to last years adjusted non-GAAP rate of 60.7%, driven by lower average unit retail, partially offset by lower average unit cost
- Operating expense, including a lease termination charge of approximately $16 million, to be up about 1% from last years adjusted non-GAAP operating expense of $554 million, with the lease termination charge partially offset by savings from lower sales and expense reduction efforts
- Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests of approximately $1 million
- A weighted average diluted share count of approximately 68 million shares, excluding the effect of potential share buybacks
On a full year basis, the company expects the effective tax rate to be in the mid to upper 20s, but to remain sensitive at lower levels of pre-tax earnings.
The company now expects capital expenditures to be approximately $140 million for the full year.
In addition to the 13 stores opened year to date, including five outlet stores, the company expects to open seven new stores in the fourth quarter, including five in China and two in the U.S. The company also anticipates closing approximately 35 stores in the U.S. in the fourth quarter through natural lease expirations, in addition to the 15 stores closed year to date.
Excluded from the companys outlook are the effects of certain potential items, such as asset impairment charges, litigation charges and insurance recoveries.
An investor presentation of third quarter results will be available in the "Investors" section of the companys website at www.abercrombie.com at approximately 8:00 AM, Eastern Standard Time, today.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995
A&F cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this Press Release or made by management or spokespeople of A&F involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors, many of which may be beyond the companys control. Words such as "estimate," "project," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by applicable law, we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements. The following factors, in addition to those included in the disclosure under the heading "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND RISK FACTORS" in "ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS" of A&Fs Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2016, in some cases have affected, and in the future could affect, the companys financial performance and could cause actual results for Fiscal 2016 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of the forward-looking statements included in this Press Release or otherwise made by management: changes in global economic and financial conditions, and the resulting impact on consumer confidence and consumer spending, as well as other changes in consumer discretionary spending habits, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and liquidity; our inability to anticipate customer demand and changing fashion trends and to manage our inventory commensurately could adversely impact our sales levels and profitability; a significant component of our growth strategy is international expansion, which requires significant capital investment, the success of which is dependent on a number of factors that could affect the profitability of our international operations; direct-to-consumer sales channels are a significant component of our growth strategy, and the failure to successfully develop our position in these channels could have an adverse impact on our results of operations; our market share may be negatively impacted by increasing competition and pricing pressures from companies with brands or merchandise competitive with ours; we have currently suspended our search for a new Chief Executive Officer and the continuance of our interim governance structure may create uncertainty; our inability to successfully implement our strategic plans could have a negative impact on our growth and profitability; our failure to protect our reputation could have a material adverse effect on our brands; our business could suffer if our information technology systems are disrupted or cease to operate effectively; we may be exposed to risks and costs associated with cyber-attacks, credit card fraud and identity theft that would cause us to incur unexpected expenses and reputation loss; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations; fluctuations in the cost, availability and quality of raw materials, labor and transportation, could cause manufacturing delays and increase our costs; we depend upon independent third parties for the manufacture and delivery of all our merchandise, and a disruption of the manufacture or delivery of our merchandise could result in lost sales and could increase our costs; our ability to attract customers to our stores depends, in part, on the success of the shopping malls or area attractions that our stores are located in or around; we rely on the experience and skills of our senior executive officers, the loss of whom could have a material adverse effect on our business; our reliance on two distribution centers domestically and third-party distribution centers internationally makes us susceptible to disruptions or adverse conditions affecting our distribution centers; our litigation exposure could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations; our inability or failure to adequately protect our trademarks could have a negative impact on our brand image and limit our ability to penetrate new markets; fluctuations in our tax obligations and effective tax rate may result in volatility in our operating results; extreme weather conditions and the seasonal nature of our business may cause net sales to fluctuate and negatively impact our results of operations; our facilities, systems and stores, as well as the facilities and systems of our vendors and manufacturers, are vulnerable to natural disasters, pandemic disease and other unexpected events, any of which could result in an interruption to our business and adversely affect our operating results; the impact of war or acts of terrorism could have a material adverse effect on our operating results and financial condition; changes in the regulatory or compliance landscape could adversely affect our business and results of operations; our Asset-Based Revolving Credit Agreement and our Term Loan Agreement include restrictive covenants that limit our flexibility in operating our business; and, compliance with changing regulations and standards for accounting, corporate governance and public disclosure could adversely affect our business, results of operations and reported financial results.
About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) is a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Kids through three renowned brands. The iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand embodies American casual luxury. With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of todays 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style. The Hollister brand epitomizes the liberating and carefree spirit of the endless California summer for the teen market. abercrombie kids creates smart, playful apparel for children ages 3-14, celebrating the wide-eyed wonder of childhood. The brands share a commitment to offering products of enduring quality and exceptional comfort that allow consumers around the world to express their own individuality and style.
The Company operates over 900 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the e-commerce sites www.abercrombie.com and www.hollisterco.com.
Today at 8:30 AM, Eastern Standard Time, the company will conduct a conference call. Management will discuss the companys performance and its plans for the future and will accept questions from participants. To listen to the conference call, dial (888) 428-9496 and ask for the Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Call or go to www.abercrombie.com. The international call-in number is (719) 325-2201. This call will be recorded and made available by dialing the replay number (888) 203-1112 or the international number (719) 457-0820 followed by the conference ID number 7343043 or through www.abercrombie.com.
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