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Chico's FAS, Inc. Reports 39% Increase in Third Quarter Earnings Per Share to $0.25
-- 9.9% increase in third quarter comparable sales
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 20, 2012 07:15 AM
FORT MYERS, Fla., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today announced its financial results for the fiscal 2012 third quarter and thirty-nine weeks ended October 27, 2012.
For the third quarter, the Company reported net income of $41.7 million, an increase of 57.4% compared to net income of $26.5 million in last year's third quarter, and earnings per diluted share of $0.25, an increase of 56.3% compared to $0.16 per diluted share in last year's third quarter. Excluding non-recurring acquisition and integration costs related to the Boston Proper acquisition, the Company's third quarter earnings per diluted share were $0.25, an increase of 38.9% compared to $0.18 per diluted share in last year's third quarter. These results represent the highest third-quarter earnings per share since 2005.
For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 27, 2012, the Company reported net income of $148.7 million, an increase of 28.4% compared to net income of $115.8 million in the same period last year, and record earnings per diluted share of $0.89, an increase of 34.8% compared to $0.66 per diluted share in the same period last year. Excluding non-recurring acquisition and integration costs related to the Boston Proper acquisition, the Company's earnings per diluted share for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 27, 2012 were a record $0.89, an increase of 30.9% compared to $0.68 per diluted share for the same period last year.
For the third quarter, net sales were $636.7 million, an increase of 18.2% compared to $538.5 million in last year's third quarter, reflecting comparable sales growth of 9.9%, square footage increase of 8.2%, and Boston Proper sales for seven incremental weeks of $16.7 million. The 9.9% increase in comparable sales for the third quarter was on top of a 3.7% increase in last year's third quarter, for a two-year stack of 13.6%, and reflected increases in both average dollar sale and transaction count. The comparable sales growth primarily reflected a positive customer response to the fall fashion assortments and the effectiveness of the Company's innovative marketing plans.
The Chico's/Soma Intimates brands' comparable sales increased 11.6% following a 0.6% increase in last year's third quarter for a two-year stack of 12.2%, and the White House | Black Market ("WH|BM") brand's comparable sales increased 6.4% on top of an 11.0% increase in last year's third quarter for a two-year stack of 17.4%.
For the third quarter, gross margin was $364.3 million, an increase of 20.8% compared to $301.5 million in last year's third quarter. As a percentage of net sales, gross margin was 57.2%, a 120 basis point improvement from last year's third quarter, primarily reflecting a higher level of full-price selling and effective promotional activities, partially offset by incentive compensation.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
For the third quarter, selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") were $297.2 million, an increase of 16.8% compared to $254.5 million in last year's third quarter. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A was 46.7%, a 60 basis point improvement from last year's third quarter, primarily reflecting the sales leverage impact on store expenses, partially offset by higher marketing expenses and incentive compensation.
At the end of the third quarter, total inventories were $234.2 million compared to $247.5 million at the end of the third quarter last year. Inventories decreased by $13.3 million, or 5.4%, primarily reflecting planned inventory reductions.
Share Repurchase Program
During the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 0.6 million shares for $11.7 million under its $200 million share repurchase program announced in November 2011. During the thirty-nine weeks ended October 27, 2012, the Company repurchased a total of 2.5 million shares for $37.4 million, with $137.7 million remaining under the program at the end of the third quarter.
The Company's planning assumptions for fiscal 2012 are:
A conference call to review the third quarter is scheduled for today at 8:30 a.m. EST. A live webcast of the call can be accessed at the Events Calendar page of the Chico's FAS, Inc. corporate website at www.chicosfas.com.
ABOUT CHICO'S FAS, INC.
The Company, through its brands – Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper, is a women's specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing items.
The Chico's brand offers women a combination of great style, one-of-a-kind details and warm personal service. Chico's currently operates 614 boutiques and 99 outlets throughout the U.S., mails a catalog and offers round-the-clock shopping at www.chicos.com.
White House | Black Market strives to make women feel beautiful with apparel and accessories in the honest simplicity of black and white and the individuality of styles built from it. White House | Black Market currently operates 401 boutiques and 45 outlets, mails a catalog highlighting its latest fashions and connects with customers at www.whbm.com.
Soma Intimates offers beautiful and sensual lingerie, loungewear and beauty. Soma Intimates currently operates 194 boutiques and 16 outlets, mails a catalog coinciding with key shopping periods and sells direct-to-consumer at www.soma.com.
Boston Proper is a leading direct-to-consumer retailer of women's high-end apparel and accessories. Boston Proper provides unique, distinctive fashion designed for today's independent, confident and active woman. The merchandise focus is about creating a daring, modern style with a sensual feel and is available exclusively through the Boston Proper catalog and website at www.bostonproper.com.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995 Certain statements contained herein, including without limitation, statements addressing the beliefs, plans, objectives, estimates or expectations of the Company or future results or events constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such forward-looking statements involve known or unknown risks, including, but not limited to, general economic and business conditions, and conditions in the specialty retail industry. There can be no assurance that the actual future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur. Users of forward-looking statements are encouraged to review the Company's latest annual report on Form 10-K, its filings on Form 10-Q, management's discussion and analysis in the Company's latest annual report to stockholders, the Company's filings on Form 8-K, and other federal securities law filings for a description of other important factors that may affect the Company's business, results of operations and financial condition. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.
For more detailed information on Chico's FAS, Inc., please go to our corporate website at www.chicosfas.com.
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Supplemental Detail on Earnings Per Share Calculation
In accordance with accounting guidance, unvested share-based payment awards that include non-forfeitable rights to dividends, whether paid or unpaid, are considered participating securities. As a result, such awards are required to be included in the calculation of basic earnings per share pursuant to the "two-class" method. For the Company, participating securities are comprised of unvested restricted stock awards.
Earnings per share is determined using the two-class method, as it is more dilutive than the treasury stock method. Basic earnings per share is computed by dividing net income available to common stockholders by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings per share reflects the dilutive effect of potential common shares from securities such as stock options and performance-based restricted stock units.
The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share shown on the face of the accompanying consolidated statements of income (in thousands, except per share amounts):
SEC Regulation G - The Company reports its consolidated financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, to supplement these consolidated financial results, management believes that certain non-GAAP operating results, which exclude certain non-recurring charges including acquisition and integration costs, may provide a more meaningful measure on which to compare the Company's results of operations between periods. The Company believes these non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses that impact the comparability of the results. A reconciliation of net income and earnings per diluted share on a GAAP basis to net income and earnings per diluted share on a non-GAAP basis is presented in the table below:
SOURCE Chico's FAS, Inc.
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