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Aeropostale Reports Results For First Quarter Of Fiscal 2013

NEW YORK, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men, today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, and provided guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

First Quarter Performance
For the first quarter of fiscal 2013, net sales decreased 9% to $452.3 million, from $497.2 million in the year ago period. Comparable sales, including the e-commerce channel, for the first quarter decreased 14%, compared to the corresponding 13-week period ended May 5, 2012.

The Company reported a net loss for the first quarter of 2013 of $12.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share.  The Company reported net income of $10.6 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2012.

Thomas P. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "As we had anticipated, our first quarter performance reflected an increase in promotional activity as we cleared through carryover inventory from the fourth quarter.  In addition, we were impacted by a weak macroeconomic environment, as well as unseasonably cool weather.  Our organization continues to work diligently to execute the initiatives we outlined earlier this year to transform the Aeropostale brand and develop our future growth drivers."

E-commerce
Net revenues from the Company's e-commerce business for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, including net revenues from the GoJane.com business, which was acquired on November 13, 2012, increased 13% to $41.9 million, from $37.2 million in the year ago period. 

Cash Position and Share Repurchase Program
The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $148.4 million and no debt. The Company currently has $104.4 million of availability remaining under its share repurchase program.

Store Growth and Capital Spending
The Company opened one Aeropostale and 24 P.S. from Aeropostale stores, and closed three Aeropostale stores during the quarter. For the first quarter, the Company invested $16.4 million in planned capital expenditures.

Second Quarter Guidance
For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company expects to report a loss in the range of $0.15 to $0.20 per diluted share. This compares to earnings of $0.00 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2012.

Mr. Johnson continued, "Our second quarter guidance reflects limited visibility as we head into the initial back-to-school selling period, as well as the uncertainty regarding the overall macroeconomic environment.  As we navigate the remainder of the year, we remain confident about the progress we are making on our strategic initiatives."

Conference Call Information
The Company will be holding a conference call today at 4:15 P.M. EDT to review its first 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 900 Aeropostale® stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 78 Aeropostale stores in Canada and 124 P.S. from Aeropostale® stores in 28 states and Puerto Rico. In addition, pursuant to various licensing agreements, our licensees currently operate 27 Aeropostale® stores and one Aeropostale® and P.S. from Aeropostale® combination store in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.  On November 13, 2012, Aeropostale, Inc. acquired substantially all of the assets of online women's fashion footwear and apparel retailer GoJane.com, Inc. Based in Ontario, California, GoJane.com focuses primarily on fashion footwear, with a select offering of contemporary apparel and other accessories.

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)












May 4, 2013



February 2, 2013



April 28, 2012

ASSETS









Current Assets:









  Cash and cash equivalents 

$

148,355


$

231,501


$

202,625

  Merchandise inventory 


180,268



155,463



174,947

  Other current assets 


69,437



52,976



53,383

     Total current assets 


398,060



439,940



430,955










Fixtures, equipment and improvements, net 


267,442



262,778



295,818

Goodwill and intangible assets


29,144



29,332



-

Other assets 


7,058



8,794



4,905










TOTAL ASSETS 

$

701,704


$

740,844


$

731,678










LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY









Current Liabilities:









  Accounts payable 

$

91,793


$

89,991


$

83,553

  Accrued expenses 


83,794



113,515



92,993

     Total current liabilities 


175,587



203,506



176,546










Other non-current liabilities 


128,487



126,974



134,721










Stockholders' equity 


397,630



410,364



420,411










TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY 

$

701,704


$

740,844


$

731,678










 

EXHIBIT B




















AEROPOSTALE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND

SELECTED STORE DATA

 (In thousands, except per share and store data)

(Unaudited)













13 weeks ended



May 4, 2013



April 28, 2012





% of sales





% of sales

Net sales  

$

452,273


100.0%


$

497,214


100.0%











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


350,838


77.6%



358,202


72.0%











Gross profit 


101,435


22.4%



139,012


28.0%











Selling, general and administrative expenses  


121,941


27.0%



122,323


24.6%











(Loss) income from operations  


(20,506)


(4.6)%



16,689


3.4%











Interest expense, net 


199


0.0%



159


0.1%











(Loss) income before income taxes 


(20,705)


(4.6)%



16,530


3.3%











Income taxes 


(8,537)


(1.9)%



5,954


1.2%











Net (loss) income

$

(12,168)


(2.7)%


$

10,576


2.1%











Basic (loss) earnings per share 

$

(0.16)




$

0.13













Diluted (loss) earnings per share 

$

(0.16)




$

0.13













Weighted average basic shares 


78,370





81,044













Weighted average diluted shares 


78,370





81,626













STORE DATA:




















Comparable sales change (including e-commerce channel) 1


(14)%





2%













Stores open at end of period 


1,106





1,067













Total square footage at end of period 


4,087,060





3,950,570













Average square footage during period 


4,053,745





3,928,764













The comparable sale change for the 13-week period ended May 4, 2013 is compared to the 13-week period ended May 5, 2012.

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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