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ABERCROMBIE & FITCH REPORTS SECOND QUARTER 2011 RESULTS; NET SALES INCREASE 23% AND NET INCOME INCREASES 64%; BOARD OF DIRECTORS DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF $0.175

 

New Albany, Ohio, August 17, 2011:  Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today reported unaudited results which reflected net income of $32.0 million and net income per diluted share of $0.35 for the thirteen weeks ended July 30, 2011, compared to net income of $19.5 million and net income per diluted share of $0.22 for the thirteen weeks ended July 31, 2010.  Net income for the thirteen weeks ended July 31, 2010, included a charge of $0.02 per diluted share associated with store closures.

 

Mike Jeffries, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., said:

 

"We are pleased that our results for the quarter continued to reflect strong momentum, both in the US and Europe, resulting in a 71% increase in operating income for the quarter. Going forward, our focus remains very much on execution against our long-term strategy and roadmap objectives. Costing pressures will be greater in the second half of the year, and macroeconomic uncertainty has increased. However, our strong top-line momentum and overall performance for the past several quarters give us confidence that we are well positioned to navigate through this environment."

 

 Second Quarter Summary

 

Net sales for the thirteen weeks ended July 30, 2011 increased 23% to $916.8 million from $745.8 million for the thirteen weeks ended July 31, 2010.  U.S. sales, including direct-to-consumer sales, increased 12% to $684.9 million. International sales, including direct-to-consumer sales, increased 74% to $231.9 million. Total Company direct-to-consumer sales, including shipping and handling, increased 28% to $102.1 million.

 

Total comparable store sales for the quarter increased 9%.  By brand, comparable store sales increased 5% for Abercrombie & Fitch, 7% for abercrombie kids, and 12% for Hollister Co. Total sales by brand were $383.4 million for Abercrombie & Fitch, $83.3 million for abercrombie kids and $434.2 million for Hollister Co.

 

The gross profit rate for the second quarter was 63.6%, 150 basis points lower than last year's second quarter gross profit rate. The decrease in the gross profit rate was driven primarily by an increase in average unit cost partially offset by a higher AUR and an international mix benefit.
                                             
Stores and distribution expense, as a percentage of net sales, decreased to 46.4% from 48.9% for the second quarter last year.  The decrease in the stores and distribution expense rate was primarily driven by lower store occupancy costs as a percentage of net sales.

 

Marketing, general and administrative expense for the first quarter was $110.0 million, a 16% increase compared to $95.2 million during the same period last year.  The increase in marketing, general and administrative expense was due to increases in compensation, including incentive and equity compensation, marketing, and other expenses, net of favorable prior year legal settlements.

 

The effective tax rate for the thirteen weeks ended July 30, 2011 was 30.7%.  The current rate reflects a lower than anticipated full year rate as a result of an increased share of the company's pre-tax income coming from international operations with a lower effective tax rate.

 

Net income was $32.0 million and net income per diluted share was $0.35 for the thirteen weeks ended July 30, 2011, compared to net income of $19.5 million and net income per diluted share of $0.22 for the comparable period last year.

 

During the second quarter of Fiscal 2011, the Company repurchased 950,142 shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of approximately $64.4 million.  As of July 30, 2011, the Company had approximately 8.4 million remaining shares available for purchase under its publicly announced stock repurchase authorizations.

 

In addition, the company repaid outstanding borrowings of $44.3 million and ended the quarter with $539.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $596.5 million in cash and cash equivalents at the comparable point last year.

 

 

2011 Outlook

 

The Company continues to anticipate opening five Abercrombie & Fitch flagship locations during Fiscal 2011, including the flagship opened in Paris in May.  The Company expects to open up to 40 international mall-based Hollister stores, of which six had opened in the first half of the year.

 

The Company expects to open two domestic stores in Fiscal 2011 and now expects to close approximately 60 to 65 domestic stores, primarily at the end of the year through natural lease expirations.

 

Based on current new store plans and other planned expenditures, the Company continues to expect total capital expenditures for fiscal 2011 to be approximately $350 million.

 

 

Other Developments

 

On August 16, 2011, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.175 per share on the Class A Common Stock of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. payable on September 13, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 29, 2011.

 

An investor presentation of second quarter results will be available in the "Investors" section of the Company's website at www.abercrombie.com at approximately 8:00 AM, Eastern Time, today.

 

 

At the end of the second quarter, the Company operated a total of 1,073 stores.  The Company operated 316 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, 179 abercrombie kids stores, 501 Hollister Co. stores and 18 Gilly Hicks stores in the United States.  The Company operated 10 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, four abercrombie kids stores, 44 Hollister Co. stores and one Gilly Hicks store internationally. The Company operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com, www.hollisterco.com and www.gillyhicks.com.

 

Today at 8:30 AM, Eastern Time, the Company will conduct a conference call.  Management will discuss the Company's performance and its plans for the future and will accept questions from participants. To listen to the conference call, dial (888)-218-8170 and ask for the Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Call or go to www.abercrombie.com.  The international call-in number is (913) 312-0839.  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 8454067 or through wwww.abercrombie.com.

 

 

 

For further information, call:
Eric Cerny
Senior Manager, Investor Relations
(614) 283-6385

 

                                   
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 Company's 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&F's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause actual results for the 2011 fiscal year 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 economic and financial conditions, and the resulting impact on consumer confidence and consumer spending, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and liquidity; if we are unable to anticipate, identify and respond to changing fashion trends and consumer preferences in a timely manner, and manage our inventory commensurate with customer demand, our sales levels and profitability may decline; fluctuations in the cost, availability and quality of raw materials, labor and transportation, could cause manufacturing delays and increase our costs; equity-based compensation awarded under the employment agreement with our Chief Executive Officer could adversely impact our cash flows, financial position or results of operations and could have a dilutive effect on our outstanding Common Stock; our growth strategy relies significantly on international expansion, which adds complexity to our operations and may strain our resources and adversely impact current store performance; our international expansion plan is dependent on a number of factors, any of which could delay or prevent successful penetration into new markets or could adversely affect the profitability of our international operations; our direct-to-consumer sales are subject to numerous risks that could adversely impact sales; we have incurred, and may continue to incur, significant costs related to store closures; the costs associate with our development of a new brand concept such as Gilly Hicks could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations; our business could suffer if our information technology systems are disrupted or cease to operate effectively; comparable store sales will continue to fluctuate on a regular basis and impact the volatility of the price of our Common Stock; our market share may be negatively impacted by increasing competition and pricing pressures from companies with brands or merchandise competitive with ours; our ability to attract customers to our stores depends, in part, on the success of the shopping malls in which most of our stores are located; our net sales fluctuate on a seasonal basis, causing our results of operations to be susceptible to changes in Back-to-School and Holiday shopping patterns; our inability to accurately plan for product demand and allocate merchandise effectively could have a material adverse effect on our results; our failure to protect our reputation could have a material adverse effect on our brands; 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; interruption in the flow of merchandise from our key vendors and international manufacturers could disrupt our supply chain, which could result in lost sales and could increase our costs; we do not own or operate any manufacturing facilities and, therefore, depend upon independent third parties for the manufacture of all our merchandise; our reliance on two distribution centers domestically and one third-party distribution center internationally makes us susceptible to disruptions or adverse conditions affecting our distribution centers; our reliance on third parties to deliver merchandise from our distribution centers to our stores and direct-to-consumer customers could result in disruptions to our business; we may be exposed to risks and costs associated with credit card fraud and identity theft that would cause us to incur unexpected expenses and loss of revenues; modifications and/or upgrades to our information technology systems may disrupt our operations; our facilities, systems and stores as well as the facilities and systems of our vendors and manufacturers, are vulnerable to natural disasters and other unexpected events, any of which could result in an interruption in our business and adversely affect our operating results; our litigation exposure could exceed expectations, having 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; the effects of war or acts of terrorism could have a material adverse effect on our operating results and financial condition; our inability to obtain commercial insurance at acceptable prices or our failure to adequately reserve for self-insured exposures might increase our expenses and adversely impact our financial results; reduced operating results and cash flows at the store level may cause us to incur impairment charges; we are subject to customs, advertising, consumer protection, privacy, zoning and occupancy and labor and employment laws that could require us to modify our current business practices, incur increased costs or harm our reputation if we do not comply; changes in the regulatory or compliance landscape could adversely affect our business and results of operations; our unsecured credit agreement includes financial and other covenants that impose restrictions on our financial and business operations; and our operations may be affected by regulatory changes related to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 

                   
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Consolidated Statements of Income
Thirteen Weeks Ended July 30, 2011 and July 31, 2010
(in thousands, except per share data)
                   
  (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
  Q2 2011 % of Net Sales   Q2 2010 % of Net Sales
                   
Net Sales $   916,763   100.0%   $   745,798   100.0%
                   
Cost of Goods Sold     333,721   36.4%       260,450   34.9%
                   
Gross Profit     583,042   63.6%       485,348   65.1%
                   
Total Stores and Distribution Expense     425,325   46.4%       364,482   48.9%
                   
Total Marketing, General and Administrative Expense   109,999   12.0%         95,206   12.8%
                   
Other Operating Expense (Income), Net            544   0.1%         (1,900)   -0.3%
                   
Operating Income       47,174   5.1%         27,560   3.7%
                   
Interest Expense, Net            985   0.1%              807   0.1%
                   
Income Before Taxes       46,189   5.0%         26,753   3.6%
                   
Tax Expense       14,158   1.5%           7,274   1.0%
                   
Net Income $     32,031   3.5%   $     19,479   2.6%
                   
Net Income Per Share:                  
 Basic $ 0.37       $ 0.22    
 Diluted $ 0.35       $ 0.22    
                   
Weighted-Average Shares Outstanding:                  
 Basic       87,267             88,220    
 Diluted       90,353             89,386    

 

 

 

                   
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Consolidated Statements of Income
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended July 30, 2011 and July 31, 2010
(in thousands, except per share data)
                   
  (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
  Q2 2011 % of Net Sales   Q2 2010 % of Net Sales
                   
Net Sales $   1,753,437   100.0%   $   1,433,602   100.0%
                   
Cost of Goods Sold        626,734   35.7%          516,838   36.1%
                   
Gross Profit     1,126,703   64.3%          916,764   63.9%
                   
Total Stores and Distribution Expense        824,426   47.0%          718,892   50.1%
                   
Total Marketing, General and Administrative Expense        217,650   12.4%          191,838   13.4%
                   
Other Operating Income, Net          (1,292)   -0.1%            (2,814)   -0.2%
                   
Operating Income          85,919   4.9%              8,848   0.6%
                   
Interest Expense, Net            1,935   0.1%              1,632   0.1%
                   
Income from Continuing Operation Before Taxes          83,984   4.8%              7,216   0.5%
                   
Tax Expense (Benefit) from Continuing Operations          27,608   1.6%               (435)   0.0%
                   
Net Income from Continuing Operations          56,376   3.2%              7,651   0.5%
                   
Net Income from Discontinued Operations (net of taxes)               796   0.0%                            -   -   %
                   
Net Income $        57,172   3.3%   $          7,651   0.5%
                   
Net Income Per Share from Continuing Operations:                  
 Basic $ 0.65       $ 0.09    
 Diluted $ 0.62       $ 0.09    
                   
Net Income Per Share from Discontinued Operations:                  
 Basic $ 0.01       $ -    
 Diluted $ 0.01       $ -    
                   
Net Income Per Share:                  
 Basic $ 0.66       $ 0.09    
 Diluted $ 0.63       $ 0.09    
                   
Weighted-Average Shares Outstanding:                  
 Basic          87,274                88,157    
 Diluted          90,397                89,561    

 

 

 

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
                   
      (Unaudited)         (Unaudited)
ASSETS July 30, 2011   January 29, 2011   July 31, 2010
                   
Current Assets                
  Cash and Equivalents $ 539,613   $ 826,353   $ 596,491
  Receivables          108,297             81,264            83,777
  Inventories          516,128           385,857          480,128
  Deferred Income Taxes            47,884             60,405            56,025
  Other Current Assets            96,967             79,389            85,083
                   
Total Current Assets       1,308,889        1,433,268       1,301,504
                   
Property and Equipment, Net       1,196,585        1,144,940       1,200,251
                   
Non-Current Marketable Securities          101,923           100,534          127,536
                   
Other Assets          330,084           269,160          227,572
                   
TOTAL ASSETS $ 2,937,481   $ 2,947,902   $ 2,856,863
                   
                   
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                
                   
Current Liabilities                
  Accounts Payable and Outstanding Checks $ 221,004   $ 137,235   $ 205,025
  Accrued Expenses          300,648           306,587          238,425
  Deferred Lease Credits            42,244             41,538            43,361
  Income Taxes Payable            15,940             73,491            31,229
                   
Total Current Liabilities          579,836           558,851          518,040
                   
Long-Term Liabilities                
  Deferred Income Taxes            23,519             33,515            47,649
  Deferred Lease Credits          194,586           192,619          202,949
  Long-term Debt            26,288             68,566            75,967
  Other Liabilities          213,937           203,567          192,561
                   
Total Long-Term Liabilities          458,330           498,267          519,126
                   
Total Shareholders' Equity       1,899,315        1,890,784       1,819,697
                   
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND                
  SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 2,937,481   $ 2,947,902   $ 2,856,863
                   
                   

 

 

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Domestic Store Count
(Unaudited)
Thirteen and Twenty-Six Week Periods Ended July 30, 2011
                   
                   
Store Activity Abercrombie & Fitch   abercrombie   Hollister   Gilly Hicks   Total
                   
April 30, 2011         316          181         502            18     1,017
                   
New             -               -              -              -             -
                   
Closed             -             (2)           (1)              -          (3)
                   
July 30, 2011        316          179         501            18     1,014
                   
                   
January 29, 2011        316           181         502            18     1,017
                   
New             -               -              -              -             -
                   
Closed             -            (2)           (1)              -          (3)
                   
July 30, 2011        316          179         501            18     1,014
                   
                   
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
International Store Count
(Unaudited)
Thirteen and Twenty-Six Week Periods Ended July 30, 2011
                   
                   
Store Activity Abercrombie & Fitch   abercrombie   Hollister   Gilly Hicks   Total
                   
April 30, 2011            9              4           40             1          54
                   
New            1               -             4              -            5
                   
Closed             -              -              -              -             -
                   
July 30, 2011          10              4           44              1          59
                   
                   
January 29, 2011            9               4           38              1          52
                   
New            1                -             6              -            7
                   
Closed             -               -              -              -             -
                   
July 30, 2011          10              4           44              1          59

 

HUG#1538871

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH TO ANNOUNCE SECOND QUARTER 2011 EARNINGS RESULTS AUGUST 17, 2011 AT 8:30 AM EDT

New Albany, Ohio, August 12, 2011:  Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) will be holding its quarterly earnings conference call for all interested parties on August 17th, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. EDT.  The earnings press release is scheduled to cross the wire shortly after 7:00 a.m. EDT.  

 

What: Abercrombie & Fitch Second Quarter Fiscal 2011 Earnings Call
   
When: 8:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday August 17th, 2011
   
Where: http://www.abercrombie.com
   
How: Live over the internet:  Log on to the web at the above address, select the Investors page and click on Calendar of Events; or call:
   
  Domestic Dial-In Number:  1-888-218-8170, ask for the Abercrombie & Fitch quarterly call.
  Domestic Replay Number:  1-888-203-1112, conference ID number 8454067
   
  International Dial-In Number:  1-913-312-0839
  International Replay Number:  1-719-457-0820, conference ID number 8454067

 

 

The call will be archived and can be accessed for two weeks following the reporting date by calling either of the replay numbers listed above; or for 12 months by visiting the Company's website www.abercrombie.com.

 

An investor presentation of second quarter results will be available in the "Investors" section of the Company's website at www.abercrombie.com at approximately 8:00 AM, Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 17th.

 

At the end of the second quarter, the Company operated a total of 1,073 stores.  The Company operated 316 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, 179 abercrombie kids stores, 501 Hollister Co. stores and 18 Gilly Hicks stores in the United States.  The Company operated 10 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, four abercrombie kids stores, 44 Hollister Co. stores and one Gilly Hicks store internationally. The Company operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com, www.hollisterco.com and www.gillyhicks.com.

 

 

For further information, call:
Eric Cerny
Senior Manager, Investor Relations
(614) 283-6385

 

 

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 Company's 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&F's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause actual results for the 2011 fiscal year 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 economic and financial conditions, and the resulting impact on consumer confidence and consumer spending, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and liquidity; if we are unable to anticipate, identify and respond to changing fashion trends and consumer preferences in a timely manner, and manage our inventory commensurate with customer demand, our sales levels and profitability may decline; fluctuations in the cost, availability and quality of raw materials, labor and transportation, could cause manufacturing delays and increase our costs; equity-based compensation awarded under the employment agreement with our Chief Executive Officer could adversely impact our cash flows, financial position or results of operations and could have a dilutive effect on our outstanding Common Stock; our growth strategy relies significantly on international expansion, which adds complexity to our operations and may strain our resources and adversely impact current store performance; our international expansion plan is dependent on a number of factors, any of which could delay or prevent successful penetration into new markets or could adversely affect the profitability of our international operations; our direct-to-consumer sales are subject to numerous risks that could adversely impact sales; we have incurred, and may continue to incur, significant costs related to store closures; the costs associate with our development of a new brand concept such as Gilly Hicks could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations; our business could suffer if our information technology systems are disrupted or cease to operate effectively; comparable store sales will continue to fluctuate on a regular basis and impact the volatility of the price of our Common Stock; our market share may be negatively impacted by increasing competition and pricing pressures from companies with brands or merchandise competitive with ours; our ability to attract customers to our stores depends, in part, on the success of the shopping malls in which most of our stores are located; our net sales fluctuate on a seasonal basis, causing our results of operations to be susceptible to changes in Back-to-School and Holiday shopping patterns; our inability to accurately plan for product demand and allocate merchandise effectively could have a material adverse effect on our results; our failure to protect our reputation could have a material adverse effect on our brands; 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; interruption in the flow of merchandise from our key vendors and international manufacturers could disrupt our supply chain, which could result in lost sales and could increase our costs; we do not own or operate any manufacturing facilities and, therefore, depend upon independent third parties for the manufacture of all our merchandise; our reliance on two distribution centers domestically and one third-party distribution center internationally makes us susceptible to disruptions or adverse conditions affecting our distribution centers; our reliance on third parties to deliver merchandise from our distribution centers to our stores and direct-to-consumer customers could result in disruptions to our business; we may be exposed to risks and costs associated with credit card fraud and identity theft that would cause us to incur unexpected expenses and loss of revenues; modifications and/or upgrades to our information technology systems may disrupt our operations; our facilities, systems and stores as well as the facilities and systems of our vendors and manufacturers, are vulnerable to natural disasters and other unexpected events, any of which could result in an interruption in our business and adversely affect our operating results; our litigation exposure could exceed expectations, having 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; the effects of war or acts of terrorism could have a material adverse effect on our operating results and financial condition; our inability to obtain commercial insurance at acceptable prices or our failure to adequately reserve for self-insured exposures might increase our expenses and adversely impact our financial results; reduced operating results and cash flows at the store level may cause us to incur impairment charges; we are subject to customs, advertising, consumer protection, privacy, zoning and occupancy and labor and employment laws that could require us to modify our current business practices, incur increased costs or harm our reputation if we do not comply; changes in the regulatory or compliance landscape could adversely affect our business and results of operations; our unsecured credit agreement includes financial and other covenants that impose restrictions on our financial and business operations; and our operations may be affected by regulatory changes related to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 

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