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Aeropostale Reports Results For Second Quarter Of Fiscal 2012
Second Quarter Earnings of $0.00 Per Diluted Share
Provides Third Quarter Guidance

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men, today reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2012, and provided guidance for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Second Quarter Performance
Net income for the second quarter of 2012 was approximately $0.1 million, or $0.00 per diluted share.  Net income for the second quarter of 2011 was $2.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, which included a non-recurring pre-tax benefit to the Company's gross profit of $8.7 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, which resulted from the resolution of a dispute with one of the Company's sourcing agents.  Of this benefit, $8.0 million, related to periods prior to fiscal 2011.  Excluding this item, the adjusted net loss for the second quarter of 2011 was ($1.7) million, or ($0.02) per diluted share.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2012, net sales increased 4% to $485.3 million, from $468.2 million in the year ago period. Comparable sales, including the e-commerce channel, for the second quarter were essentially flat compared to a 12% decrease last year.  Comparable store sales, excluding the e-commerce channel, for the second quarter decreased 1%, compared to a 14% decrease last year. 

Thomas P. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "While we were encouraged by the customer response to our fashion offering, we were disappointed by our overall financial performance for the second quarter.  Our core basics business experienced significant pricing pressure due to the highly promotional and competitive retail landscape. As a result, we promoted these businesses more aggressively than initially expected to end the quarter with inventories inline with our plan."

E-commerce
Net revenue from the Company's e-commerce business for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 27% to $31.9 million, from $25.1 million in the year ago period. 

Cash Positioning and Share Repurchase Program
The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $169.6 million and no debt. The Company currently has $145.2 million of availability remaining under its share repurchase program.

Store Growth and Capital Spending
The Company opened seven Aeropostale and 15 P.S. from Aeropostale stores, and closed four Aeropostale stores during the quarter. For the second quarter, the Company invested $20.8 million in planned capital expenditures.

Third Quarter Guidance
Based on a soft start to the important back-to-school selling season, the Company expects earnings in the range of $0.25 to $0.30 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $0.30 per diluted share in the same period last year.

Mr. Johnson continued, "While I believe we are focused on the right key initiatives to improve our overall business, sales trends for the early back-to-school season have been inconsistent.  As we move through the remainder of the year, our entire organization is aligned and committed to executing on our strategic initiatives with a sense of urgency and determination."

Use of Non-GAAP Measures
The Company believes that the disclosure of adjusted net loss and adjusted loss per diluted share, which are non-GAAP financial measures, provides investors with useful information to help them better understand the Company's results (see Exhibit D).

Conference Call Information
The Company will be holding a conference call today at 4:15 P.M EDT to review its second quarter results. The broadcast will be available through the 'Investor Relations' link at www.aeropostale.com and www.fulldisclosure.com.  To listen to the broadcast your computer must have Windows Media Player installed. If you do not have Windows Media Player go to the latter site prior to the call, where you can download the software for free.

About Aeropostale, Inc.
Aeropostale®, Inc. is a primarily mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aeropostale® stores and 4 to 12 year-old kids through its P.S. from Aeropostale® stores. The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high quality fashion and fashion basics at compelling values in an innovative and exciting store environment. Aeropostale® maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise. Aeropostale® products can only 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 and online at www.ps4u.com and www.aeropostale.com. The Company currently operates 914 Aeropostale® stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 75 Aeropostale stores in Canada and 97 P.S. from Aeropostale® stores in 22 states. In addition, pursuant to various licensing agreements, our licensees currently operate 20 Aeropostale® and P.S. from Aeropostale® stores in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

SPECIAL NOTE: THIS PRESS RELEASE AND ORAL STATEMENTS MADE FROM TIME TO TIME BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANY CONTAIN CERTAIN "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS" 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 GROWTH STRATEGIES, 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.


EXHIBIT A

AEROPOSTALE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 (In thousands)
(Unaudited)


July 28, 2012

January 28, 2012

July 30, 2011





ASSETS




Current Assets:




  Cash and cash equivalents

$169,640

$ 223,712

$73,077

  Merchandise inventory

246,708

163,522

248,491

  Other current assets

65,921

54,565

79,241

     Total current assets

482,269

441,799

400,809





Fixtures, equipment and improvements, net

300,517

287,393

316,000





Other assets

4,161

6,041

5,186





TOTAL ASSETS

$786,947

$735,233

$721,995





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current Liabilities:




  Accounts payable

$ 141,031

$ 103,476

$ 159,805

  Accrued expenses

89,788

89,735

75,249

     Total current liabilities

230,819

193,211

235,054





Other non-current liabilities

134,012

132,588

129,854





Stockholders' equity

422,116

409,434

357,087





TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$786,947

$735,233

$721,995

 

EXHIBIT B

AEROPOSTALE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND
SELECTED STORE DATA
 (In thousands, except per share and store data)
(Unaudited)


13 weeks ended


July 28, 2012

July 30, 2011



% of sales


% of sales






Net sales

$485,337

100.0%

$468,191

100.0%






Cost of sales (including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses)1

362,567

74.7

354,156

75.6






Gross profit1

122,770

25.3

114,035

24.4






Selling, general and administrative expenses

122,175

25.2

108,649

23.2






Income from operations

595

0.1

5,386

1.2






Interest expense, net

148

0.0

48

0.0






Income before income taxes

447

0.1

5,338

1.2






Income taxes

376

0.1

2,397

0.5






Net income

$71

0.0%

$2,941

0.7%






Basic earnings per share

$0.00


$0.04







Diluted earnings per share

$0.00


$0.04







Weighted average basic shares

81,266


80,729







Weighted average diluted shares

81,708


81,259







STORE DATA:










Comparable sales change (including e-commerce channel)

0%


(12)%







Comparable store sales change (excluding e-commerce channel)

(1)%


(14)%







Stores open at end of period

1,085


1,042







Total square footage at end of period

4,010,522


3,836,721







Average square footage during period

3,988,909


3,820,432


1 During the second quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a favorable pre-tax benefit of $8.7 million, resulting from the resolution of a previously disclosed dispute with one of our sourcing agents.  Of this benefit, $8.0 million related to periods prior to fiscal 2011 (see Exhibit D). 


EXHIBIT C

AEROPOSTALE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND
SELECTED STORE DATA
 (In thousands, except per share and store data)
(Unaudited)


26 weeks ended


July 28, 2012

July 30, 2011



% of sales


% of sales






Net sales

$982,551

100.0%

$937,374

100.0%






Cost of sales (including certain buying, occupancy and warehousing expenses)1

720,769

73.4

686,681

73.3






Gross profit1

261,782

26.6

250,693

26.7






Selling, general and administrative expenses

244,498

24.9

217,731

23.2






Income from operations

17,284

1.7

32,962

3.5






Interest expense, net

307

0.0

115

0.0






Income before income taxes

16,977

1.7

32,847

3.5






Income taxes

6,330

0.6

13,539

1.4






Net income

$10,647

1.1%

$19,308

2.1%






Basic earnings per share

$0.13


$0.24







Diluted earnings per share

$0.13


$0.23







Weighted average basic shares

81,155


81,667







Weighted average diluted shares

81,667


82,352







STORE DATA:










Comparable sales change (including e-commerce channel)

1%


(9)%







Comparable store sales change (excluding e-commerce channel)

0%


(10)%







Average square footage during period

3,958,836


3,778,964


1 During the second quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a favorable pre-tax benefit of $8.7 million, resulting from the resolution of a previously disclosed dispute with one of our sourcing agents.  Of this benefit, $8.0 million related to periods prior to fiscal 2011 (see Exhibit D). 


EXHIBIT D

AEROPOSTALE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME AND DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

The following table presents a reconciliation of net income and diluted earnings per share ("EPS") on a GAAP basis to the non-GAAP adjusted basis discussed in this release. 


13 weeks ended


July 28, 2012

July 30, 2011


Net Income

Diluted EPS

Net Income

Diluted EPS






As reported

$71

$0.00

$2,941

$0.04






Vendor dispute resolution1

(4,688)

(0.06)






As adjusted

$71

$0.00

$(1,747)

$(0.02)


26 weeks ended


July 28, 2012

July 30, 2011


Net Income

Diluted EPS

Net Income

Diluted EPS






As reported

$10,647

$0.13

$19,308

$0.23






Vendor dispute resolution1

(4,704)

(0.05)






As adjusted

$10,647

$0.13

$14,604

$0.18

 

1 During the second quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a favorable pre-tax benefit of $8.7 million, resulting from the resolution of a previously disclosed dispute with one of our sourcing agents.  Of this benefit, $8.0 million related to periods prior to fiscal 2011. 

 

Company Contact:
Kenneth Ohashi/VP, Investor & Media Relations
(646) 452-1876 or kohashi@aeropostale.com

Media Contact:
Leigh Parrish, FTI Consulting
(212) 850-5600

SOURCE Aeropostale, Inc.


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