PIR
$5.80
Pier 1 Imports
$.03
.52%
Earnings Details
2nd Quarter August 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 4:15:02 PM
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Summary

Pier 1 Imports Reports In-line

Pier 1 Imports (PIR) reported a 2nd Quarter August 2016 loss of $0.05 per share on revenue of $405.8 million. The consensus estimate was a loss of $0.06 per share on revenue of $408.9 million. The Earnings Whisper number was for a loss of $0.05 per share. Revenue fell 5.6% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The company said it expects third quarter earnings of $0.09 to $0.15 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.11 per share for the quarter ending November 30, 2016.

Pier 1 Imports Inc is a specialty retailer of imported decorative home furnishings and gifts in the North America. It conducts business as one operating segment and operates stores in the United States and Canada under the name Pier 1 Imports.

Results
Reported Earnings
($0.05)
Earnings Whisper
($0.05)
Consensus Estimate
($0.06)
Reported Revenue
$405.8 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$408.9 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Results

Updates Financial Guidance

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (PIR) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended August 27, 2016.

Alex W. Smith, President and CEO, stated, "Our top-line results reflect soft store traffic levels throughout the second quarter, most notably in July. To drive our business, we have many initiatives currently underway which include: our return to television advertising; merchandise refreshes, including the arrival of new and fall seasonal goods; new floor sets; gift registry introduction; full implementation of our multi-tender loyalty program; and an effective and balanced promotional plan."

Mr. Smith continued, "As we moved through August and into September, we have seen improvement in our sales and merchandise margin trends; however, we remain cautious regarding our sales outlook given that it’s early in the quarter and our biggest selling season is still ahead of us."

"We believe our Pier 1 Imports stores and website are well positioned moving into the holidays and will demonstrate the unique Pier 1 Imports selling proposition. I know that our wonderful Pier 1 Imports associates will continue to focus on delighting our customers at every turn, highlighting our assortments and our brand."

Mr. Smith concluded, "With our omni-channel model in place, we are confident in the programs we have underway to help drive sales, improve our supply chain efficiency, optimize our real estate portfolio and further reduce costs, which we believe will lead to greater value creation for our shareholders."

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results of Operations

Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased 6.7% to $405.8 million, compared to $435.0 million in the same period last year. Company comparable sales for the quarter decreased 4.3%.

E-Commerce represented approximately 20% of net sales in the second quarter, as compared to approximately 17% of net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Taking into account e-Commerce orders placed in or picked-up in-store, approximately 90% of the Company’s second quarter fiscal 2017 net sales directly touched a store.

Gross profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 totaled $145.0 million, or 35.7% of net sales, compared to $154.6 million, or 35.5% of net sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Second quarter merchandise margin (the result of adding back delivery and fulfillment net costs and store occupancy costs to gross profit) totaled $229.8 million, or 56.6% of net sales, compared to $239.8 million, or 55.1% of net sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. The year-over-year improvement in merchandise margin as a percentage of net sales is primarily attributable to a more balanced promotional strategy and improved operational execution within the Company’s distribution centers. For the three months ended August 27, 2016, contribution from operations (gross profit less compensation for operations and operational expenses) totaled $61.5 million, compared to $68.5 million during the same period last year.

Second quarter fiscal 2017 selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $135.8 million, or 33.5% of net sales, compared to $133.4 million, or 30.7% of net sales, in the year-ago period. Cost reductions across the organization were offset by planned investments in marketing, including television advertising. The following table details the breakdown of SG&A expenses for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 as compared to the same period last year (in millions).

Three Months Ended
August 27, 2016
August 29, 2015
Expense
% of Sales
Expense
% of Sales
Compensation for operations
$
61.5
15.1 %
$
63.3
14.6 %
Operational expenses
22.1
5.4 %
22.7
5.2 %
Marketing
19.1
4.7 %
16.7
3.9 %
Other selling, general and administrative
33.2
8.2 %
30.7
7.0 %
Total selling, general and administrative
$ 135.8
33.5 %
$ 133.4
30.7 %

Second quarter fiscal 2017 operating loss was $4.3 million compared to operating income of $8.4 million in the same period last year. Net loss for the second quarter ended August 27, 2016, was $4.1 million, or ($0.05) per share, compared to net income of $3.2 million, or $0.04 per share, in the year-ago period. Second quarter EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was $9.5 million, compared to $20.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

Year-to-Date Results of Operations

Net sales for the six months ended August 27, 2016, were $824.2 million, a decrease of 5.5% from the same period last year. Company comparable sales for the six months ended August 27, 2016, decreased 3.4%. For the same period, e-Commerce represented approximately 20% of net sales, compared to approximately 17% for the six months ended August 29, 2015.

Gross profit for the six months ended August 27, 2016, totaled $294.0 million, or 35.7% of net sales, compared to $324.1 million, or 37.2% of net sales for the six months ended August 29, 2015. Merchandise margin for the six months ended August 27, 2016, totaled $462.3 million, or 56.1% of net sales, compared to $492.7 million, or 56.5% of net sales for the same period last year. For the six-month period ended August 27, 2016, contribution from operations totaled $130.2 million, compared to $153.3 million during the same period last year.

SG&A expenses for the six months ended August 27, 2016, were $278.5 million, or 33.8% of net sales, compared to $277.0 million, or 31.8% of net sales during the same period a year ago. The following table details the breakdown of SG&A expenses for the six months ended August 27, 2016, as compared to the same period last year (in millions).

Six Months Ended
August 27, 2016
August 29, 2015
Expense
% of Sales
Expense
% of Sales
Compensation for operations
$ 121.7
14.8 %
$ 127.7
14.6 %
Operational expenses
42.1
5.1 %
43.1
4.9 %
Marketing
47.7
5.8 %
39.1
4.5 %
Other selling, general and administrative
67.0
8.1 %
67.1
7.7 %
Total selling, general and administrative
$ 278.5
33.8 %
$ 277.0
31.8 %

Operating loss for the six months ended August 27, 2016 was $12.1 million, compared to operating income of $21.9 million for the six months ended August 29, 2015. EBITDA for the six months ended August 27, 2016, totaled $16.2 million, compared to $47.0 million in the year ago period.

Balance Sheet Highlights and Share Repurchase Program

As of August 27, 2016, the Company had $38.3 million of cash and cash equivalents, $196.0 million outstanding under its senior secured term loan and $20.0 million of working capital borrowings outstanding under its $350 million secured revolving credit facility. Inventories at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased approximately 10% to $481.3 million, compared to $533.6 million at the end of the second quarter last year.

During the second quarter ended August 27, 2016, the Company repurchased 805,000 shares of its common stock at a cost of approximately $4.5 million. The majority of these repurchases were completed in June and previously reported in the Company’s first quarter fiscal 2017 press release dated June 29, 2016. Of the Company’s $200 million share repurchase program announced in April 2014, $36.6 million remains available for repurchases.

Real Estate Optimization Initiative

During the second quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company closed six stores and opened two. The Company expects to close approximately 15 to 20 stores in fiscal 2017.

Store Statistics

Store Count
Three Months Ended
Start
Openings
Closures
End
Relocations (1)
May 28, 2016
1,032
3
(8 )
1,027
3
August 27, 2016
1,027
2
(6 )
1,023
2
Fiscal 2017 Year-to-Date :
1,032
5
(14 )
1,023
5
May 30, 2015
1,065
8
(10 )
1,063
6
August 29, 2015
1,063
6
(16 )
1,053
4
Fiscal 2016 Year-to-Date :
1,065
14
(26 )
1,053
10
(1) Relocations are noted only in the period in which the new store
opens.

Fiscal 2017 Second Half and Full-Year Financial Guidance

Jeffrey N. Boyer, EVP and Chief Financial Officer, stated, "Our results on the whole continue to be impacted by soft store traffic and a competitive promotional environment. As such, we are adjusting our full-year guidance - primarily to reflect changes in our expectations for top line performance. We continue to expect to see improvement within our merchandise margin as a percentage of net sales in the second half of the year, and are closely managing expenses throughout the organization. Importantly, our teams are resolutely focused on executing our holiday plans."

The Company provided the following updated financial guidance for full-year fiscal 2017. The Company’s adjusted earnings per share guidance excludes approximately $10 million of estimated costs related to the planned departure of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer:

Company comparable sales contraction, which includes e-Commerce, of approximately (4%) to (2%);

-- Net sales contraction of approximately (6%) to (4%);

Merchandise margin, as a percentage of sales, of approximately 56% to 57%;

SG&A expenses of approximately $580 million to $585 million, which includes approximately $10 million of estimated costs related to the planned departure of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer;

-- Depreciation of approximately $56 million;

Earnings per share (GAAP) in the range of $0.16 to $0.24, utilizing a fully diluted share count of approximately 81 million shares;

Adjusted earnings per share (non-GAAP) in the range of $0.24 to $0.32, utilizing a fully diluted share count of approximately 81 million shares; and

-- Capital expenditures of approximately $45 million.

The Company provided the following financial guidance for the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2017. As with the Company’s full-year financial guidance, the fiscal third and fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share guidance excludes the estimated impact of costs related to the planned departure of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer:

Guidance Metric
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
--
Comparable sales contraction (%):
(3%) to (1%)
(3%) to (1%)
--
Net sales contraction (%):
(4%) to (2%)
(5%) to (3%)
--
Merchandise margin (% of net sales):
Approximately 57% to 58%
Approximately 55% to 56%
--
SG&A expenses:
Approximately $155 million to $160 million
Approximately $145 million to $150 million
Approximately $33 million
Approximately $24 million
--
Marketing spend:
--
Earnings per share (GAAP):
$0.03 to $0.09
$0.22 to $0.30
--
Adjusted earnings per share (non-GAAP):
$0.09 to $0.15
$0.24 to $0.32

Declaration of Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Company announced that its Board of Directors declared a $0.07 per share quarterly cash dividend on the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock. The $0.07 quarterly cash dividend will be paid on November 2, 2016, to shareholders of record on October 19, 2016. As of September 27, 2016, approximately 83.1 million shares of the Company’s common stock were outstanding.

Shareholder Rights Plan

The Company announced in a separate press release on September 27, 2016, that the Company’s Board of Directors adopted a Shareholder Rights Protection Agreement effective September 27, 2016, and declared a dividend of one right on each outstanding share of the Company’s common stock, payable to holders of record as of the close of business on October 7, 2016.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Results Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss second quarter fiscal 2017 financial results at 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Investors will be able to connect to the call through the Company’s website at Pier1.com. The conference call can be accessed by selecting "About" on the homepage and linking through the "Investor Relations" page to the "Events" page, or by dialing 1-800-498-7872, or if international, 1-706-643-0435. The conference ID number is 88750376.

A replay will be available after 7:30 p.m. Central Time for a 24-hour period and can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056, or if international, 1-404-537-3406 using conference ID number 88750376.

Financial Disclosure Advisory

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). This press release references non-GAAP financial measures including merchandise margin, contribution from operations, EBITDA and forward-looking adjusted earnings per share.

The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release allow management and investors to understand and compare results in a more consistent manner for the three- and six-month periods ended August 27, 2016, and August 29, 2015. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered supplemental and not a substitute for the Company’s results reported in accordance with GAAP for the periods presented.

Merchandise margin represents the result of adding back delivery and fulfillment net costs and store occupancy costs to gross profit. Contribution from operations represents gross profit less compensation for operations (which includes store and customer service payroll) and operational expenses. EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Management believes merchandise margin, contribution from operations and EBITDA are meaningful indicators of the Company’s performance which provide useful information to investors regarding its financial condition and results of operations. Management uses merchandise margin, contribution from operations and EBITDA, together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, to assess the Company’s operating performance, to enhance its understanding of core operating performance and to compare the Company’s operating performance to other retailers. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or used as an alternative to GAAP financial measures and do not purport to be an alternative to net income (loss) or gross profit as a measure of operating performance. A reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA to contribution from operations to merchandise margin is shown below for the periods indicated (in millions).

Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
August 27, 2016
August 29, 2015
August 27, 2016
August 29, 2015
$ Amount
% of Sales
$ Amount
% of Sales
$ Amount
% of Sales
$ Amount
% of Sales
Merchandise margin (non-GAAP)
$ 229.8
56.6 %
$ 239.8
55.1 %
$ 462.3
56.1 %
$ 492.7
56.5 %
Less:
Delivery and fulfillment net costs
10.6
2.6 %
9.6
2.2 %
21.4
2.6 %
18.4
2.1 %
Store occupancy costs
74.2
18.3 %
75.6
17.4 %
146.9
17.8 %
150.2
17.2 %
Gross profit (GAAP)
145.0
35.7 %
154.6
35.5 %
294.0
35.7 %
324.1
37.2 %
Less:
Compensation for operations
61.5
15.1 %
63.3
14.6 %
121.7
14.8 %
127.7
14.6 %
Operational expenses
22.1
5.4 %
22.7
5.2 %
42.1
5.1 %
43.1
4.9 %
Contribution from operations (non-GAAP)
61.5
15.2 %
68.5
15.7 %
130.2
15.8 %
153.3
17.6 %
Less:
Other nonoperating (income) expense
(0.2 )
0.0 %
0.2
0.1 %
(0.7 )
(0.1 %)
0.1
0.0 %
Marketing and other SG&A
52.2
12.9 %
47.4
10.9 %
114.7
13.9 %
106.2
12.2 %
EBITDA (non-GAAP)
9.5
2.3 %
20.9
4.8 %
16.2
2.0 %
47.0
5.4 %
Less:
Income tax provision (benefit)
(2.8 )
(0.7 %)
2.0
0.5 %
(6.9 )
(0.9 %)
6.0
0.6 %
Interest expense, net
2.8
0.7 %
3.0
0.7 %
5.6
0.7 %
5.9
0.7 %
Depreciation
13.6
3.3 %
12.8
2.9 %
27.6
3.4 %
25.1
2.9 %
Net income (loss) (GAAP)
$
(4.1 )
(1.0 %)
$
3.2
0.7 %
$ (10.1 )
(1.2 %)
$
10.0
1.2 %

This press release also references adjusted earnings per share, which excludes the impact of severance and other charges related to the planned departure of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in fiscal 2017. Management believes this non-GAAP financial measure is useful in comparing the Company’s year-over-year operating performance.

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this press release or otherwise made by our management in connection with the subject matter of this press release are forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) and involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors. This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current estimates or expectations of future events or future results. These statements are not historical in nature and can generally be identified by such words as "believe," "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "plan," "may," "will," "intend" and similar expressions. Management’s expectations and assumptions regarding future results are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this press release. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the effectiveness of the Company’s marketing campaigns and customer databases, consumer spending patterns, inventory levels and values, the Company’s ability to implement planned cost control measures, expected benefits from the real estate optimization initiative, including cost savings and increases in efficiency, changes in foreign currency values relative to the U.S. Dollar and the Company’s ability to retain a new CEO. These and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release can be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other filings with the SEC. Refer to the Company’s most recent SEC filings for any updates concerning these and other risks and uncertainties that may affect the Company’s operations and performance. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which are only current as of the date they are made. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements.

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. is the original global importer of home decor and furniture. Information about the Company is available on www.pier1.com.

Pier 1 Imports, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
August 27,
% of
August 29,
% of
2016
Sales
2015
Sales
Net sales
$ 405,823
100.0 %
$ 434,992
100.0 %
Cost of sales
260,787
64.3 %
280,438
64.5 %
Gross profit
145,036
35.7 %
154,554
35.5 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses
135,777
33.5 %
133,415
30.7 %
Depreciation
13,598
3.3 %
12,754
2.9 %
Operating income (loss)
(4,339 )
(1.1 %)
8,385
1.9 %
Nonoperating (income) and expenses:
Interest, investment income and other
(458 )
106
Interest expense
3,017
3,091
2,559
0.6 %
3,197
0.7 %
Income (loss) before income taxes
(6,898 )
(1.7 %)
5,188
1.2 %
Income tax provision (benefit)
(2,829 )
(0.7 %)
2,022
0.5 %
Net income (loss)
$
(4,069 )
(1.0 %)
$
3,166
0.7 %
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic
$
(0.05 )
$
0.04
Diluted
$
(0.05 )
$
0.04
Dividends declared per share:
$
0.07
$
0.07
Average shares outstanding during period:
Basic
80,437
86,038
Diluted
80,437
86,717
Pier 1 Imports, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
Six Months Ended
August 27,
% of
August 29,
% of
2016
Sales
2015
Sales
Net sales
$ 824,193
100.0 %
$ 871,858
100.0 %
Cost of sales
530,190
64.3 %
547,765
62.8 %
Gross profit
294,003
35.7 %
324,093
37.2 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses
278,501
33.8 %
277,002
31.8 %
Depreciation
27,649
3.4 %
25,148
2.9 %
Operating income (loss)
(12,147 )
(1.5 %)
21,943
2.5 %
Nonoperating (income) and expenses:
Interest, investment income and other
(1,239 )
(173 )
Interest expense
6,064
6,099
4,825
0.6 %
5,926
0.7 %
Income (loss) before income taxes
(16,972 )
(2.1 %)
16,017
1.8 %
Income tax provision (benefit)
(6,883 )
(0.9 %)
5,977
0.6 %
Net income (loss)
$ (10,089 )
(1.2 %)
$
10,040
1.2 %
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic
$
(0.12 )
$
0.12
Diluted
$
(0.12 )
$
0.11
Dividends declared per share:
$
0.14
$
0.14
Average shares outstanding during period:
Basic
81,050
87,167
Diluted
81,050
87,869
Pier 1 Imports, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands except share amounts)
(unaudited)
August 27,
February 27,
August 29,
2016
2016
2015
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents, including temporary investments
of $34,420, $110,413 and $36,979, respectively
$
38,339
$
115,221
$
41,114
Accounts receivable, net
20,760
22,639
25,583
Inventories
481,297
405,859
533,614
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
43,555
31,175
35,624
Total current assets
583,951
574,894
635,935
Properties and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation
of $506,160, $481,758 and $463,835, respectively
195,672
207,633
212,048
Other noncurrent assets
35,773
36,664
39,192
$
815,396
$
819,191
$
887,175
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable
$
82,198
$
72,570
$
89,707
Gift cards and other deferred revenue
59,983
64,081
60,356
Borrowings under revolving line of credit
20,000
-
60,000
Accrued income taxes payable
54
6,324
995
Current portion of long-term debt
2,000
2,000
2,000
Other accrued liabilities
103,509
101,712
100,976
Total current liabilities
267,744
246,687
314,034
Long-term debt
199,667
200,255
200,841
Other noncurrent liabilities
89,975
87,492
84,073
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock, $0.001 par, 500,000,000 shares authorized,
125,232,000 issued
125
125
125
Paid-in capital
187,779
211,019
206,823
Retained earnings
708,171
729,537
711,460
Cumulative other comprehensive loss
(8,304 )
(10,637 )
(11,367 )
Less -- 41,910,000, 41,760,000 and 38,185,000
common shares in treasury, at cost, respectively
(629,761 )
(645,287 )
(618,814 )
Total shareholders’ equity
258,010
284,757
288,227
$
815,396
$
819,191
$
887,175
Pier 1 Imports, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
Six Months Ended
August 27,
August 29,
2016
2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss)
$ (10,089 )
$
10,040
Adjustments to reconcile to net cash used in
operating activities:
Depreciation
30,457
27,495
Stock-based compensation expense
2,778
3,405
Deferred compensation, net
2,885
2,909
Deferred income taxes
(1,586 )
27
Excess tax benefit from stock-based awards
-
(558 )
Amortization of deferred gains
(536 )
(1,370 )
Other
3,935
311
Changes in cash from:
Inventories
(75,438 )
(54,771 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets
(9,430 )
13,668
Accounts payable and other liabilities
9,689
(21,037 )
Accrued income taxes payable, net of payments
(6,270 )
(12,465 )
Net cash used in operating activities
(53,605 )
(32,346 )
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures
(22,781 )
(26,065 )
Proceeds from disposition of properties
49
16
Proceeds from sale of restricted investments
1,913
8,615
Purchase of restricted investments
(765 )
(8,177 )
Net cash used in investing activities
(21,584 )
(25,611 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Cash dividends
(11,277 )
(12,155 )
Purchases of treasury stock
(10,566 )
(50,000 )
Proceeds from stock options exercised,
stock purchase plan and other, net
1,150
1,604
Excess tax benefit from stock-based awards
-
558
Repayments of long-term debt
(1,000 )
(1,000 )
Borrowings under revolving line of credit
23,000
63,000
Repayments of borrowings under revolving line of credit
(3,000 )
(3,000 )
Net cash used in financing activities
(1,693 )
(993 )
Change in cash and cash equivalents
(76,882 )
(58,950 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
115,221
100,064
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$
38,339
$
41,114

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